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FALL 2020 UPDATE: President Jamie Cassels announced yesterday [May 11] that the university will offer programming “predominantly online for the fall term.” Where possible, in-person instruction may support “essential experiential learning, graduate education and work-integrated learning.” A gradual return of researchers, and academic, administrative and support employees is also being planned. MORE INFORMATION HERE

The University of Victoria offers Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation. Located on the tip of an island on the edge of a continent, it is consistently ranked in the top three Canadian comprehensive universities. 

More than 70% of UVic students come from outside the Greater Victoria area. With over 1,000 Indigenous students from across Canada and 3,400 international students representing 100 nationalities, you’ll be welcomed into a diverse student body that will help you prepare for success in our increasingly globalized world.   

Learn more at uvic.ca/future-students.

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Campus Locations

UVic Welcome Centre

University Centre,
Victoria, BC

UVic Welcome Centre

University Centre
Victoria, BC

Nearby Highlights

Situated on the south end of Vancouver Island on Canada’s spectacular West Coast, Victoria has all the amenities of a large urban centre, yet maintains the character of a small town. We’re famous for our stunning natural environment, friendly community and fantastic restaurants.

Downtown Victoria is a short drive away from UVic, and it’s worth the trip to see the Inner Harbour, legislature buildings, and the storied Empress Hotel. Head out of the city on a day trip, and you’ll find lots of hiking trails, beaches, and other outdoor activities as you explore the island.

Credentials Available
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Arts & Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Career-Focused
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Doctorate/PhD Degrees
  • Master’s Degree / Graduate Credentials
  • Professional Degrees

Programs Programs

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Areas of Study Available
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Education and Library Sciences
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Health Related
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Sciences
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service

Study Abroad Opportunities

University of Victoria students have opportunities to study abroad in 42 countries, many of these in the Asia-Pacific region. International study abroad programs provide opportunities for students who want to spend time learning in a foreign country while they are studying at UVic. Students receive UVic credits for their time at foreign institutions, and these credits count towards their UVic degree. The length of the exchange and procedure for applying to it vary by program.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

UVic admission requirements are based on your current or most recent education system and the faculty/program to which you’re applying. If you’re applying for full-time undergraduate studies, you may need to also demonstrate English language proficiency and submit a supplemental application. Typically, most programs will require English 12 or English First Peoples 12 and other approved Grade 11 and 12 courses.

View admission requirements for undergraduate programs.

IB and AP Credits

Higher Level IB certificate or diploma courses may be eligible for transfer credit. Additional credit is also given to recognize completion of a full IB diploma.

Students who have completed an Advanced Placement exam through the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) with a grade of 4 or 5 may be eligible for transfer credit. A grade of 3 will be considered for advanced standing, which allows students to register into a higher level of course work, but does not give credit for a specific UVic course.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants to UVic (regardless of country of origin or citizenship status) are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission. You are not required to provide proof of language proficiency if you have studied full time for at least four years within Canada at the high school and/or post-secondary level, and all of your instruction has been in English.

Learn more at uvic.ca/enpr.

Application Deadline

The application deadlines for all current high school students (domestic and international) are annual fixed dates, and the university reserves the right to make changes as necessary. The Application Deadline for the Fall semester is February 28, and supplemental application deadlines vary by program.

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fees for undergraduate programs are as follows:

  • $77.75 if all transcripts are from institutions within Canada
  • $132.00 if any transcripts come from institutions outside of Canada.
How to Apply

Applications for undergraduate programs are submitted through UVic’s online application portal.

Visit uvic.ca/apply to review the steps involved in submitting an application.

Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

Entrance scholarships are awarded based on the grades you report to UVic.

  • Current grade 12 students at Canadian high schools (including offshore and IB schools) are required to self-report your interim/final grade 11 and 12 marks or predicted IB grades between February 15 and March 31.
  • International high school students are required to upload documents showing your interim grades and/or predicted exam results to your UVic application by March 31.

Entrance Scholarships Info
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Residence Residence

Residence Options

If you’re a current high-school student in your graduating year, we guarantee you a space for your first year in residence. To be eligible for the first-year guarantee, you must meet the following criteria by June 30:

  • Graduate from high school in the current year
  • Not attend a post-secondary institution (college or university) prior to attending UVic
  • Accept your offer of admission to UVic and pay your acceptance deposit of $200 to the university.

If you don’t qualify for the first-year guarantee, we have a limited number of residence spaces available that are determined by lottery.

Total Average Residence Cost
$10,000 for a dormitory room from September to April, including meal plan
Residence Cost Details

Accommodation options for the academic year (September to April) include:

  • Dormitory – Single room (includes meal plan): $11,034
  • Dormitory – Double room (includes meal plan): $9,678
  • Cluster room: $6,686
  • Bachelor apartment: $6,716
  • One-bedroom apartment: $8,384

All fees are listed in Canadian dollars and include:

  • heat, hot water and electricity
  • Internet access

Residence Application Deadline

Residence applications open on February 15 and the deadline is June 30. Applications received after June 30 will not be eligible for the first-year guarantee, but will be placed on a waitlist.

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International Student Info

At UVic, it’s not about where you’re coming from. It’s about where you’re going. As a UVic student, you’ll pursue your academic goals while sharing your unique perspective and learning about Canadian culture. We offer undergraduate degree programs for students coming directly from high school or transferring from other post-secondary institutions, as well as a variety of quality graduate degree programs.

English Language Requirement

All applicants to UVic (regardless of country of origin or citizenship status) are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

You are not required to provide proof of language proficiency if you have studied full time for at least four years within Canada at the high school and/or post-secondary level, and all of your instruction has been in English.

For more information, visit uvic.ca/enpr.

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