Graduate student resources
Resources for current graduate students
You'll also find graduate program information in the graduate studies section of the University Calendar as well as on the Faculty of Graduate Studies site. The Calendar lists all policies and procedures governing graduate studies at UVic. Check with your supervisor and graduate adviser if you need academic advice.
- Grad student orientation
- Engineering webmail
- UVic webmail
- Faculty of Engineering directory
- UVic directory
- Faculty of Engineering clubs and societies
- UVic Students' Society
- UVic clubs
- Life in Victoria
- Advocacy groups
- Computer Science Course Union
- Engineering Students' Society
- Indigenous student support
- International student support
- Resource Centre for Students With a Disability
- Student Services Handbook
- Women in Engineering & Computer Science
Societies and groups
Societies and groups
- Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUVic)
- Canadian Institute for Accessibility and Inclusion at University of Victoria (CanAssist)
- Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES)
- Computer Science Course Union (CSCU)
- Engineering Students' Society (ESS)
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
- Formula SAE Collegiate Club (FSAE)
- Graduate Student Society (GSS)
- IEEE Student Branch
- IEEE Women in Engineering
- Let's Talk Science
- Science Venture
- Women in Engineering and Computer Science (WECS)
- UVic AERO
- UVic Students' Society (UVSS)
- BEng Alumni
- UVic Alumni
- Faculty of Graduate Studies
- Graduation and convocation
- Graduate Admissions and Records
- International and Exchange Student Services
- Standards for professional behaviour
Student services handbook
Handbook of Student Resources and Services
Aboriginal services and resources
The mission of the Aboriginal/First Nations Counsellor is to help Aboriginal/First Nations students, faculty and staff gain all they can from their experience at UVic. This may involve helping with personal, learning, and or career concerns, while also promoting success and wellness. The Aboriginal/First Nations Counsellor offers confidential counselling for individuals, couples, and families.
Academic Advising Centres
For help with choosing a program of studies, contact the advising service in the faculty or program you're planning to enter. Academic advisers are a great resource for students. Advisers can help you plan your program, decide which courses to take and find out which courses you can transfer to UVic.
A student who is affected by illness, accident or family affliction should immediately consult with Counselling Services, University Health Services or another health professional. In such cases, the student may apply for an academic concession. Requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation in all cases. An academic concession may be:
If you feel you have received unfair treatment at the University of Victoria, you may wish to contact the Ombudsperson (see Ombudsperson).
Academic regulations, BEng and BSEng
Academic regulations, BSc in Computer Science
Academic standing, BEng and BSEng students
A student is in Satisfactory Standing if their sessional GPA is greater than or equal to 3.0. Students with Satisfactory Standing may proceed in the program. A student is in Probationary Standing if their sessional GPA is greater than or equal to 2.0 but less than 3.0. Students with Probationary Standing must attain Satisfactory Standing in the next sessional GPA. A student is in Failed Standing if their sessional GPA is less than 2.0 or if the student is currently in Probationary Standing and their next sessional GPA is less than 3.0. Students with Failed Standing in the BEng or BSEng programs are required to withdraw from the program and will not be considered for re-admission for at least one year. Please refer to the Readmission to the Faculty section in the calendar. Students with Failed Standing in the BEng or BSEng programs who also have University Failed Standing are required to withdraw from UVic and will not be considered for readmission for at least one year.
Academic standing, BSc in Computer Science students
Undergraduates must maintain a sessional grade point average of at least 2.0 (or equivalent if a UVic student takes courses elsewhere for credit towards a UVic program). Students whose sessional grade point average is less than 2.0 are considered to have unsatisfactory standing and will be placed on academic probation for the next session attended. Students should note that individual faculties may set a higher sessional grade point average. Students who are on academic probation and who achieve a sessional grade point average of 2.0 or above at UVic will clear their probation status at the end of the session, except as noted below. Students registered in 4.5 units or more in a session whose grade point average is less than 1.0 will be required to withdraw, normally for one academic year. If a student has started Summer Session courses before receiving notice of unsatisfactory standing, these courses may be completed, but the student will be required to then withdraw, normally for one academic year. Students registered in less than 4.5 units in a session whose grade point average is less than 1.0 (or equivalent if a UVic student takes courses elsewhere for credit towards a UVic program) will be placed on probation for the next session attended rather than being required to withdraw. Under these circumstances, a student who is placed on probation and who then obtains a grade point average of 2.0 or greater in the next session will not be taken off probation automatically. A review will be made of the student's record by the Dean of the faculty concerned, and the student will be informed of the Dean's decision. A student who is on academic probation and whose Winter sessional or Summer sessional grade point average falls below 2.0 (or equivalent if a UVic student takes courses elsewhere for credit towards a UVic program) will have failed to clear their probation status. These students will be required to withdraw regardless of the registered unit total, normally for one academic year. A student who is required to withdraw a second time will not be permitted to register for credit courses at the University for at least five academic years. All students who have been required to withdraw must apply to reregister. Permission to reregister will normally be granted to students who have: completed the required withdrawal period; and since their last registration at UVic, completed a minimum of 6 units of transferable non-duplicate course work with a C+ (3.0) average in ALL transferable courses attempted, including currently in-progress course work. All students returning after a requirement to withdraw will be placed on probation for the next session attended. Students who have grounds for appeal as noted under Appealing Admission/Reregistration Decisions, may appeal to the Senate Committee on Admission Reregistration and Transfer stating why they should be considered for reregistration. A student who is permitted to reregister following a requirement to withdraw will be on academic probation for the duration of the session in which UVic studies are resumed. Students will be notified by Undergraduate Records that they have been placed on probation through the addition of a notation to their academic record. Students on probation should contact the appropriate Advising Centre or Counselling Services for assistance, or take the Learning Skills Course or other workshops offered by Counselling Services. Depending upon a student's performance during the period of probation, the Dean may at any time either remove the student from probation for the remainder of the session or, acting on a decision of the faculty, require that the student withdraw from the University (see Withdrawal, below). Students who are on probation, or whose standing is withheld in their most recent session because of deferred status, are not eligible for registration until their sessional grade point average for the latest/deferred session has been determined as satisfactory, except as noted below. If a student's projected sessional grade point average for the latest/deferred session, including a grade of 0 for all deferred courses, was determined to be above the minimum by the faculty concerned, the student will be authorized. The projected grade point average is calculated at the end of the session when the deferred standing is assigned. The projected grade point average does not appear on a student's academic record.
To ensure success, especially in your first year at UVic, it is important to attend your classes, stay on top of your homework, and keep in touch with your professors. If you feel you need help, be sure to ask! There are many resources on campus to assist you, including your instructor, your department or faculty advising office, Peer Helpers, and the academic help centres, such as the Chemistry Drop-in Centre, the Mathematics and Statistics Assistance Centre, the Physics Aid Service, and the Writing Centre. You may want to consider taking ED-D 101: Learning Strategies for University success. If you need help with a personal matter, be sure to contact Counselling Services. The Ombudsperson is also available to help you if you feel you have received unfair treatment at the University of Victoria (see Ombudsperson).
ACCESS UVic! is a student advocacy group that promotes the full participation and inclusion of disabled students at the University of Victoria. ACCESS UVic! works towards providing a safe and supportive environment and welcomes all self-identified disabled students. ACCESS UVic! advocates for individual accommodation and also for systemic changes to the university that will make post-secondary education more accessible to all. To get involved, call or drop by the Disability Advocacy Centre in the Student Union Building.
All major buildings are equipped with wheelchair ramps, elevators, and washrooms designed to accommodate wheelchair users. Keys to operate all electric lifts on campus are available from the Resource Centre. Maps indicating wheelchair ramp locations, accessible washrooms, and accessible parking are available at http://rcsd.uvic.ca/general/campus-accessibility.html. Most classroom and office doors are marked in Braille to assist students with vision loss. Tactile maps of the campus and of most buildings are available from the Resource Centre. Campus route-training and tours for blind or vision loss students can be arranged by contacting the Orientation and Mobility Instructor at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind at (250) 595-1100.
The Accounting Services department is responsible for managing the University's financial and accounting affairs. This includes the management of banking functions, cashier functions, tuition fee assessments, ledgers, financial systems, payroll, accounts payable, research accounting, endowment accounting, pension functions and all internal and external financial reporting.
Please note that the majority of public pay phones on campus are now equipped with an amplifier capability. There is currently a TTY unit available for use in Room 139 of the Resource Centre. In addition, several other TTY public phone units are located in the following locations on campus: basement of McPherson Library; lobby of University Centre; Begbie building (across from room 142); A-Wing lobby of Human and Social Development building; classroom wing of Business and Economics Building.
Advanced educational testing
The University of Victoria, in conjunction with Educational Testing Service (http://www.ets.org), operates a Computer-Based Testing Centre, located within the Counselling Services in the Campus Services Building. The Campus Services Building is conveniently located adjacent to the Bookstore and Bus Terminal, on the "outside" of Ring Road. Some tests are administered in the Campus Services Building, and some are administered in the computer labs of the nearby Continuing Education Building.
The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is your on-campus sexual assault centre. We offer confidential services for anyone who has experienced sexual violence or knows someone who has. Staff and volunteers are trained to offer emotional support and act as a bridge for anyone seeking counselling, health and legal services. We also offer a resource library, educational workshops and awareness events on-campus. Sexual assault is any form of non-consensual sexual activity. Forced sexual activity may include kissing, touching, oral sex, and vaginal/anal intercourse. Sexual assaults occur in all ethnic, religious, and economic groups. It can take place in heterosexual, same-sex and trans-gendered relationships. The Anti-Violence Project is committed to the support and empowerment of people of all genders who have been affected by sexualized violence – both survivors and allies – within the university community. We work towards the creation of a non-violent community.
Applied Career Transitions Program
The Applied Career Transitions (ACT) Program is an initiative of UVic Career Services to guide recent graduates through a structured and applied approach to managing their career transition out of the university. It is currently offered free of charge.
Ask a question
(see Ask UVic)
Ask plain language questions like: How do I apply for admission? or Will student loans cover all of my expenses? There is no need to use keywords. If you don't get an answer, try rephrasing your question, or look at the questions in the dropdown box under “See also.” If you are not satisfied with your answer, please use the contact our staff link at the bottom of each response page. This database contains answers to questions related to undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as awards, recruitment, and scheduling.
For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599.
Athletics and recreation
Athletics is your source for information on our sixteen varsity athletic teams, event schedules and results. Recreation Services coordinates health and wellness programs on campus, including facility schedules, courses and intramurals.
There are five ATMs on campus: Bank of Nova Scotia in the Cadboro Commons, the MacLaurin Building, and the Bookstore; Royal Bank has two ATMs at either end of the Student Union Building. There are no bank branches on campus.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle of the University of Victoria (AUVic)
AUVic is a research organization within the University of Victoria consisting of students from all Computer, Electrical, Mechanical and Software Engineering and faculty advisors. The objective of this organization is to be actively involved in the design and building of an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV).
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) office
The BEng Office handles admission to all BEng and BSEng programs, as well as advising for first and second year BEng and BSEng students. In addition, the office coordinates various activities and events for new and continuing computer science and engineering students, as well as interested high school students, teachers, and parents. Students wishing to apply for admission to engineering, modify their program, apply for a supplemental exam, obtain a letter of permission for studies elsewhere, have transfer credit reviewed, apply for the Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Option or the Management Option, obtain information regarding scholarships for computer science and engineering students, should contact the BEng Office for assistance.
Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSEng) office
The BSEng Office administers the Bachelor of Software Engineering Program, including course delivery, and advising for third and fourth year BSEng students.
Back in Line Chiropractic & Massage
Your university experience can be challenging and fun but it can also be stressful and very hard on the body. With hours sitting at the computer, carrying heavy backpacks and sleeping on old futons, Back In Line Chiropractic & Massage can help provide relief for your aching back and throbbing headache. Come by and treat yourself to a relaxing and soothing massage or Chiropractic treatment. We bill the UVic Health Plan (Greenshield) for you directly; $500 coverage for chiropractic as well as $500 coverage for massage.
Clubs, course unions, and other student groups can use the Banner Room to paint advertisements for their group or their group's events. It is located in the basement of the Student Union Building, and contains banner paper, paint and paintbrushes.
The UVic Bookstore is your source for books, office supplies, gifts, and clothing.
The Buddy Program hosts social and cultural group events for UVic students who would like to meet new friends from around the world and learn about other cultures while sharing their own. New international students in their first year at UVic can also request to be matched with a returning UVic student for friendship, mentorship and support. We encourage you to find out more about this fun and rewarding program and to get involved!
UVic is served by ten bus routes (see http://www.uvic.ca/maps/busroutes.html). The UVic bus exchange is in front of the UVic Bookstore.
http://web.uvic.ca/security For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
Campus Security works to provide a safe and welcoming environment to enhance the well-being of students, staff, faculty and visitors, and protect all University property. Campus Security administers parking services, including parking passes, on campus, as well as the SafeWalk Program.
We understand that choosing a university can be a difficult decision. Why not visit us for a campus tour? It's a great way to see our beautiful, friendly campus. Our guides are typically third- or fourth-year students who will share their experiences of life at UVic and provide an overview of what UVic has to offer. If you are unable to visit UVic in person, you may download a copy of the Self Guided Walking Tour at http://registrar.uvic.ca/recruiting/documents/SelfGuidedWalkingTour.pdf to learn more about the university campus and facilities.
CanAssist, formerly known as the University of Victoria Assistive Technology Team (UVATT), is dedicated to developing technology, devices and services that improve the quality of life of those with special needs. Our goal is to harness and marshal the extraordinary resources on campus and in the wider community to achieve this end. We are passionate in our belief that those with special needs be given every opportunity to participate in, and contribute to society. We are a highly interdisciplinary team and are unique in North America with respect to the diversity of our projects, the huge student participation in our activities (over 1000 since our inception) and our extensive community outreach and engagement. In engaging students, we provide them with unique and enriching experiential learning opportunities. We believe that it is critically important that students, as the potential future leaders of our society, be given every opportunity to interact with and support those in the disabled community and learn about disability issues. All of our projects are taken on in response to requests from the community. We are a not-for-profit organization and, wherever possible, we do not charge for our devices or services. Our devices and technology are in use across the province, the country and around the world (see http://www.uvatt.org/pdfdocs/worldmap.jpg). A significant portion of our activities is directed at undertaking projects but we also have a research program that addresses longer-term issues and challenges. This program is directed at three general areas: Communication, Mobility and Movement, and Human Computer Interactions.
Counselling Services provides many services to UVic students who have questions or concerns about picking a major or deciding what they want to do for a career after graduation.
Numerous career events are scheduled throughout the year. It's a great way to network and meet potential employers.
Career Services engages UVic students and alumni in developing skills for a lifetime of effective career management through career education services, programs, and resources, and by facilitating connections between students, employers, alumni, faculty and the community. Whether you are a student looking for summer or part-time work or an up-coming graduate seeking career direction and employment, we have a variety of services and tools to ensure your career development success, now and in the future. All services except workshops are free. Depending on the program in which you are registered, international students are eligible for some or all of our services. Our staff offers friendly and professional support!
Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC)
The Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC) at the University of Victoria is a research centre committed to interdisciplinary work on advanced materials and technology. The scope of this work covers a wide spectrum of research in theoretical and applied areas. With this in mind CAMTEC coordinates related research among the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Earth and Ocean Sciences. CAMTEC members work in close association with scientists and engineers from the private and public sectors to ensure technological transfer to industry. CAMTEC's objectives are to carry out fundamental and applied research in advanced materials, to train technical and academic personnel in these areas, and to disseminate the knowledge gained from the research through scientific publications, conferences, workshops and seminars. As part of the University of Victoria, CAMTEC serves as a teaching centre involving graduate students in the latest developments and applications of materials research. In each of the participating departments, members are continually developing new graduate courses in advanced materials. The centre stimulates the development and purchase of new equipment and facilities that will also attract graduate students and visiting scientists.
The Ceremonies Department is responsible for the planning and implementation of all major University events, including convocation.
Broadcasting live from the University of Victoria in the Student Union Building 104.3 on Cable.
Cheating and plagiarism
Chemistry Drop-in Centre
The mandate of the centre is to provide face-to-face help for students in the lab and lecture courses for selected introductory chemistry classes. The schedule is available at http://web.uvic.ca/~berryde/2ndyrdropin/index.htm.
Child Care Services
Child Care Services is more than just a great place for children of faculty, staff and student – it's also part of the campus community. The centres offer real-life learning opportunities for work students from the School of Child and Youth Care and connects researchers with children for studies on behalf of the Department of Psychology's Child Development Laboratory.
Cinecenta is the Students' Society's very own 300-seat movie theatre located in the SUB. Cinecenta always offers a great selection of movies – from alternative, foreign, independent, documentary films to the best of Hollywood. Catch a Friday, Saturday or Sunday matinee or a midnight cult classic. UVSS students get the best price in town. Pick up a free 7-week schedule around campus…a must for everyone's fridge!
Circumventing the learning process
There are over 75 different athletic, international and cultural, general interest, political, and religious clubs that you can join on campus. Clubs are funded through student fees, are free to join and open to all students. From Swing Dance to Aikido to the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, there is something for everyone. If you cannot find a club that interests you, you are welcome to start a new one! If you want to start a new club, drop by the UVSS Resource Centre in SUB B103 and talk to the Director of Services.
UVic Communications provides central communications support services to campus units, on behalf of the university as a whole, on projects which enhance the reputation of the University of Victoria by focusing on the defining characteristics, key priorities and institutional strengths identified in UVic's strategic plan. The department will promote significant activities and accomplishments related to the major themes and distinguishing characteristics identified in A Vision for the Future (see http://web.uvic.ca/strategicplan). UVic Communications is also responsible for the university's relationship with local, regional and national media, and ensuring that the institutional perspective is communicated effectively on issues of concern to its range of target audiences. It produces a set of strategic, institution-wide publications and co-ordinates the university's central Web presence. Where units have access to their own communications resources, UVic Communications is an approving authority for media relations activities, and strategic publications, advertising and Web materials to ensure they accurately reflect the university and its vision.
Computer Help Desk
The Computer Help Desk provides information and advice to faculty, staff and students of the university for the computing resources that it supports. The Computer Help Desk also resolves problems and accepts work orders for equipment repairs and network problems.
UVic students, faculty and staff have access to all of the Student Computing Facilities via their Netlink-ID. All visitors to the University, including conference attendees, who wish to access the Student Computing Facilities operated by SFG are required to pay an access fee.
Computer Science Department
The information explosion and the broadening dependence on computing present formidable and exciting challenges for computer scientists and for a Computer Science Department in both research and education. As a result we teach fundamental concepts that will be important for decades to come and also skills and abilities that are needed in today's workplace. In a fast-paced discipline, we stress the educational foundation necessary for life-long learning. We strive to integrate research and education so that research contributes tangibly to the undergraduate curriculum, keeping it continually up-to-date. Computer Science is “the systematic study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information: their theory, analysis, design, efficiency, implementation, and application.”
Computer Science Consultant's Office
The Consultant's Office is a focal point for reporting software, hardware, and networking problems in the computing facilities run by the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Engineering. The main function of the Consultants' Office is to provide direct assistance for Computer Science undergraduates doing course laboratory assignments.
Computer Science Course Union
The University of Victoria's Computer Science Course Union was founded in the Fall of 1991. It is a student-operated organization that provides support for all computer science students or anyone taking a computer science course at the University of Victoria.
The Computer Store is non-profit, University owned and focused on serving the needs of students, staff and faculty of UVic. Our edicational focus and major technology company partnerships enable us to offer you the latest technology at the lowest possible price.
Conflict of interest and bias
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
Counselling Services delivers a wide range of services to UVic students through individual appointments, crisis groups, workshops, and presentations.
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
Course and laboratory evaluations
There is a darkroom in the basement of the SUB for the use of aspiring photojournalists and artists. Use is restricted to photo club members and Martlet staff. Contact them via the Society web page or drop by the Director of Services offices for more information.
Declaring your program, Computer Science
Declaring your program, Engineering
There are numerous degree options available to BEng, BSEng, and BSc in Computer Science students. See a complete list, including instructions on how to apply, at the website listed above or visit your program advisor for more information and advice.
UVic's Design Day is an event undertaken by first year students. They will be presented with a design challenge, and will have one day to achieve a solution. Students will be rewarded with an enhanced knowledge of the design process, teamwork skills, and food! The project for design day 2007 has been selected! Students will be asked to create an electromagnetic crane. The crane body will be made of PVC pipe. The magnet and motor will be controlled by a microcontroller. There will be three main components of the project: (1) Designing, testing and building the crane body; (2) Learning about electromagnetism and building and testing an electromagnet; (3) Programming the microcontroller to co-ordinate the process.
Design Engineering Office
The Design Engineering Office is part of the Dean's Office within the Faculty of Engineering and is involved with all four disciplines of engineering.Our primary goal is to enhance the design experience that UVic engineering students gain, while increasing their exposure to the field of Sustainable Energy Systems. We have implemented many academic initiatives and industry contact programs with this goal in mind.
http://registrar.uvic.ca/recruiting/destination.html (also see Experience UVic)
Planning on attending UVic next year? Want to feel what it's like to live in residence? Not sure what Victoria has to offer? Want to meet fellow first year students before you arrive? Want to hand pick the room that you will live in next year? Destination UVic is the program for you!
(see Netlink ID)
Use the directory to locate faculty members, staff, experts, services, media contacts, departments, courier, mail and email addresses, buildings, and maps.
The Diversity office provides coordinated communication to support the university's commitment to a welcoming and inclusive learning, teaching and working environment.
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers two accredited undergraduate programs, B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and B.Eng. in Computer Engineering. The Department also offers graduate programs leading to M.A.Sc., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees. The mandate of the Department is: to offer undergraduate and graduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering of outstanding quality and in addition, the undergraduate programs should meet all accreditation requirements of the Canadian Engineering Accredition Board (CEAB); to educate our students for professional careers as engineers with advanced technical knowledge which is based on strong applied science knowledge coupled with applications of engineering practice and an ability to understand the impact of technology and to communicate well; to carry out both theoretical and experimental research in electrical and computer engineering and to disseminate the results in the form of publications, patents and technology transfer to industry.
(see Netlink ID)
(see Career Services)
Engineering and Computer Science/Math Co-op Office
Co-operative Education is a pedagogy that integrates classroom and work place learning. Students alternate academic terms on campus with relevant, paid, full-time work experience. The practical experience gained on these structured and supervised work terms is an integral part of the students' education. The term Co-operative Education emphasizes the relationship between the employer, the student and the University.
Engineering Students' Society (ESS)
The ESS is the student group for UVic Engineering students. There are many opportunities to get involved with ESS events and programs. We encourage anyone and everyone to compete at competitions, attend conferences, help write publications, raise money for charities, and much more. Remember, there's more to UVic Engineering than just classes!
Engineers Without Borders
At the turn of the Millennium the people of the world, through the United Nations, formulated the Millennium Development Goals aimed at halving world poverty by 2015. Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) is a leading charitable organisation dedicated to meeting this challenge. Formed in 2000, we have now become one of Canada's most respected development organisations. In the past five years we have sent over 160 young Canadian engineers to work on projects all over the world. Closer to home, our 15,000 members across the country strive to make Canada the most development-friendly and sustainable country in the world. EWB is comprised of 27 university chapters located all across Canada. Its members are passionate about helping people gain access to the technology they need to improve their lives. We do so by contributing our knowledge, financial resources, volunteer time, skills, and collective voice to help communities around the world.
English Language Centre
The University of Victoria's English Language Centre (ELC) offers a unique opportunity for international students to improve their English for work, travel, or further study, experience West Coast Canadian culture, and make new friends. For more than 30 years, we have provided outstanding language immersion opportunities for students from all over the world. Recognized internationally, our programs combine the best in classroom instruction, English as a Second Language (ESL) technology, and exciting cultural activities. Whether you choose a short-term program to enjoy during your regular holidays, or commit to a longer stay in Victoria, the ELC is an experience you will never forget. We invite you to get to know us better.
English Writing Centre
The Writing Centre offers tutorial help to students in all departments. It supplements regular instruction by offering advice on writing problems ranging from essay organization to specific points of grammar. Tutors do not offer advice or opinions about the contents of an essay or its grade. Records of student progress will be available for faculty to review. Two general conditions apply: (1) The Writing Centre does not proofread essays. Tutors work with students to identify problems, then provide instruction that enables students to correct their errors. (2) Because teaching English as a second language is beyond the Centre's mandate, it can offer only limited help to ESL students. Tutors will see students who have been referred by their instructor, or students who themselves seek assistance. However: (1) Students currently enrolled in English courses must have the permission of their instructors. (2) Students in all disciplines who seek assistance for work that has not yet been gradedmust have the permission of their instructors.
(see Events Calendar)
Equity and Human Rights Office
The mandate of the EQHR office is to promote human rights, equity and fairness in both the work and study environments through a comprehensive and coordinated equity and human rights program. Specifically the EQHR office provides leadership in the development and coordination of plans, policies and procedures which support the University's organizational and legislative commitments to provide equitable access to and participation in employment and educational opportunities. This includes the development and implementation of educational programs, investigating human rights complaints, assisting with dispute resolution, providing consultation on implementing equity plans and advising the University on reaching its strategic goals in these areas.
The UVic on-line events calendar is provided as a public service and lists events sponsored by units at the University of Victoria. These listings do not include bookings of university facilities by people or organizations not associated with UVic, except for events held at the university's major public venues, such as the Farquhar Auditorium (University Centre), Centennial Stadium, Phoenix Theatre, and CineCenta. Non-UVic sponsored events at these facilities are included in this calendar as a public service. UVic is not responsible for the content or organization of these events. While UVic Communications attempts to ensure the accuracy of information provided on this events calendar, the University cannot guarantee the accuracy of information in these listings. The University of Victoria is not responsible for any loss or inconvenience caused by inaccuracies in these listings.
For December exams a preliminary timetable is posted about mid-October and the final timetable at the end of October. For April exams a preliminary timetable is posted about mid-February and the final timetable at the end of February. Do not make travel/work plans before the final examination timetable is posted. Exam timetables are on the web at the address listed above.
Exams Service, Old
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
http://registrar.uvic.ca/recruiting/experience2.html (also see Destination UVic)
Want to explore your campus? Need advice on choosing your classes? Want to meet your faculty, current students, staff and alumni? Want to know what academic and career opportunities are available? Want to discuss financial aid? Come and Experience UVic!
Failing a course
What should you do if you think you may be failing a course? Start by talking to the course instructor. You may be overreacting to the situation and s/he may be able to provide a bit of helpful perspective or insight that will clear up your problem. (Hint: instructors are more sympathetic toward students who clearly are trying to master the material. Non-attendance at lectures and failure to submit assignments are definite negative inputs to faculty when it comes to providing later help.) Do a self-appraisal of your problem and check out the opportunities for assistance provided by the Counselling Centre. Consider seeking help through study groups, the Help Centres on campus (e.g., the Chemistry Drop-in Centre, Mathematics & Statistics Assistance Centre, the Physics Aid Service, the Writing Centre, etc.), tutors, etc. If you are having medical problems consider the possibility of asking for an Academic Concession - but do so in a timely fashion. Academic Concession forms can be obtained in person from Records Services or at https://registrar.uvic.ca/undergrad/records/forms/forms.html.Don't delay in acting. There are definite deadlines for taking action so that a Fail mark does not appear on your transcript.
(see Academic Concession)
The Family Centre serves the families of UVic students both living on (in 181 self contained units) and off campus. Conveniently located in the Student Family Housing, the Family Centre is rapidly becoming a "neighbourhood house", coordinating family initiated activities and programs, and offering support to both new and experienced families. There are always a variety of activities suitable for all students' family members. Drop by anytime to get involved in the occasional and weekly events, benefit from our variety of resources, toys, videos, etc. or just to chat. There is always something for somebody in the family: parent-tot group, health related discussions in topics ranging from midwifery to earthquake preparedness, kitchen club and many more are all happening at the Centre. You may get the information about the latest events at our events page at http://web.uvic.ca/family-centre/what_we_offer.php or by the phone (250-472-4062) during the working hours.
The Family Housing complex offers on-campus accommodation to full-time UVic students with families in 181 self-contained units. Situated on the corner of Finnerty and Sinclair Roads, Family Housing is close to campus facilities, daycare services and local schools. Units are unfurnished and utilities are not included. Cablevision, telephone and computer networking are available. Built in 1994, Family Housing contains: 48 one-bedroom apartments, 12 two-bedroom apartments, 115 two-bedroom townhouses, 6 three-bedroom townhouses. Units are rented to eligible UVic students on a month-to-month basis with the maximum stay not exceeding 5 years. Due to the high demand, it is recommended that you apply several months prior to your arrival. To apply, fill out the online application at http://www.housing.uvic.ca/family/fhappinfo.php or phone 250-472-4504. Applications are also accepted at the front desk of the Housing Office.
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
Felicita's Campus Pub
(see Food service outlets)
(see Cinecenta Films)
First Year Courses, Computer Science
Year 1 (BSc Major in Computer Science program – for other programs, see link above)
CSC 110, 115, 212 = 4.5 units
For other program information and course offering and requirements, see:
First Year Courses, Engineering
(Common first year for all BEng and BSEng programs)
For other program information and course offerings and requirements, see:
Program Requirements, Electrical & Computer Engineering
The Students' Society believes if you want to feed your mind you have to feed your body. Many students have a tough time financing their education and recent tuition fee increases at UVic can break your budget. The UVSS is proud to host a comprehensive food hamper system through the emergency Food Bank, located in the basement of the SUB. The Food Bank is run by volunteers and offers single and family food hampers for up to 2 weeks. Students can drop by the Food Bank during posted drop-in hours or make an appointment with the UVSS Director of Services to pick up a hamper. All services are totally confidential and all UVic students are welcome to take advantage of this service. Donations are always welcome and volunteers are always needed. To download a schedule of the Food Bank hours of operation see http://www.uvss.uvic.ca/services/uvssfoodbank_winter07.pdf.
You can buy food cards at any of the food service outlets on campus that accept food cards. If you want to put money for food on your Student ID Card, you can do so at the Housing Office.
Housing, Food and Conference Services manages the following food outlets: Residence Dining Room, Caps Deli/Pizzeria & Bistro, Village Market, Village Greens, University Centre, Sweet Greens, Mac's Bistro, Fraser Snack Shack, Nibbles & Bytes Café. For location and current hours of operation see http://hfcs.uvic.ca/food/hours.php. The UVSS Student Union Building offers a wide variety of food options at student friendly prices. Whether it's coffee, snacks, health food, or meals and drinks, the SUB has something for every taste. The SUB food outlets include: Bean There, Felicita's Campus Pub, Health Food Bar, International Grill, Munchie Bar, UVSS Food Bank.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is an international organization that hosts an annual event called Formula SAE. Formula SAE is a competition that has been held since 1981. The event is prestigious and is now appropriately supported by Ford, GM, Daimler-Chrysler and many other large corporations. The competition consists of design, fabrication, marketing and cost effectiveness of a formula-style, open-wheeled, open-cockpit racecar. This competition takes place annually in May at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit. It is truly one of the most exciting student engineering competitions in the world and is a stepping-stone into the field of motorsports.
Students can use the phone next to Vertigo in the SUB to make free local calls. In addition, twelve "Direct Dial to Campus Security" pay phones are located across campus. They are identified by a red and white “SECURITY” sign and a corresponding number. For phone locations see http://web.uvic.ca/security/images/helpphonemap.gif. These phones do not require payment to call Campus Security. Press the button labelled SECURITY to obtain immediate assistance or request a Safe Walk escort.
Frequently asked uestions
(see Ask UVic)
Frosh is held during the first week of classes in September of each year and is organized by the Engineering Students' Society. It's a great way to have fun and to get to know your classmates in Engineering.
(see Learning Skills Program)
Grad year connections
The Grad Year Connections website is designed to help you, as a student, make the most of your final years of study at university - UVic in particular - as well as help you on your way through to convocation and beyond. Find out about workshops and events for all students, services only available to you during your graduating year, opportunities available to you as a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, and visit our comprehensive monthly checklist that will keep you on track with graduation requirements.
Grad year orientation
(see Grad year Connections)
Grade Point average, sessional (sessional GPA)
The sessional Grade Point average is based on all courses completed in a session, which have a unit value. Courses bearing the grade COM are not included in the calculation of the Grade Point Average. (A Grade Point Average is found by multiplying the grade point value of each final grade by the number of units, totalling the grade points for all the grades, and dividing the total Grade Points by the total number of units.)
Grade Point average, cumulative (cumulative GPA)
The cumulative Grade Point Average, which normally appears at the end of a transcript, is based on all courses (other than COM-graded courses) taken or challenged at the University for which grades have been assigned (including F and N).
Grade Point average, graduating (graduating GPA), BEng and BSEng students
The graduating average of a student in the BEng of BSEng program will be the weighted average of the grade values (other than COM, N, F and E) assigned to 300- and 400- level courses taken or challenged at UVic and used within the student's degree program. Courses taken at the 500-level may be included in the graduating average if they are used to meet degree requirements. If the total unit value of such courses does not exceed 30 units, then all such courses will be included in the average. If the total exceeds 30 units, then the average will be taken on a maximum of 30 units of such courses, chosen so as to give the highest average, including, where necessary, the appropriate fraction of a course. A course that has been used to satisfy the requirement for one degree or in the calculation of the student's graduating average for one degree cannot be used for credit towards another degree. Senior level courses used to complete the Management Option or a Minor in some other area are excluded from the graduating average computation.
Grade Point average, graduating (graduating GPA), BSc in Computer Science students
The graduating average of a student in a bachelor's degree program (other than BEng and Law) will be determined as the weighted average of the grade values assigned to 300- and 400- level (and in Education 700-level) courses (other than COM-graded courses) taken or challenged at UVic. Courses at the 500-level may be included in the graduating average if they are accepted as credit towards the undergraduate degree. A course which has been used to satisfy the requirements for one degree, or which has been used in the calculation of the student's graduating average for one degree, cannot be used for credit towards another degree.
A primary purpose of evaluation and grading is to further effective teaching and learning. Any practices which assign a predetermined percentage of students a specific grade, that is, a certain percentage get A, another percentage get B and so on, without regard to individual achievement are prohibited. The undergraduate grading table, which shows the grades, grade point values and descriptions, is available at http://web.uvic.ca/calendar/FACS/UnIn/UARe/Grad.html.
Graduate Students' Society
The Graduate Students' Society (GSS) is an autonomous, not-for-profit society that strives to promote the interests and represent the views of graduate students at the University of Victoria. The society is democratically organized with members having a say through elections, referenda, general meetings and the Graduate Representative Council. The Society is governed by its Constitution and Bylaws (available at http://gss.uvic.ca/documents/Bylaws-2006_000.pdf; which can only be amended by referenda or at a general meeting of the membership. The Society operates the George and Ida Halpern Centre for Graduate Students and offers a range of services to graduate students including the IQ Bistro for food and beverage, Extended Health and Dental Plans, free room bookings and travel grants, to name a few. The best way to find out what the Society offers is to read the GSS Members' Handbook and Daily Planner, available each year to members at the Grad Centre, and sign up to the GSS Electronic Bulletin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grafix department is the creative soul of the UVSS. We provide in-house design and production services to the UVSS Board and businesses. Logos, signage, menus, posters, even the Cinecenta schedule--most of what you see in the SUB was designed by us. Just fill out a work order and see what we can do for you! In addition to digital design, Grafix also provides hand-painted banner and chalkboarding services to promote your event or business, as well as offering on-campus poster runs. Advertising on the SUB Sign, which faces Ring Road, is a great way to get your message across. Grafix also handles Zoom Media (the official reading material for "powdering your nose"). Design services are also available to external clients on a fee basis, time permitting.
H2Drive (Solar Car)
We are a group of graduate and undergraduate engineering students that came together to build a fuel cell car for the shell-ecomarathon 2008 in California. Our team consists of highly qualified graduate engineers with a strong background in automotive mechanics, fuel cell systems, hybrid vehicles, hydrogen storage, instrumentation and machine design. Furthermore, we all have a vested interest in environmental sustainability. As far as we know, we will be the first student fuel cell car team in BC, if not all of Canada!
Health Services provides accessible and comprehensive medical care to UVic students. This includes emotional and physical care as well as the promotion of wellness.
Hi-Tech Co-op career fair
(see Career events)
(see Academic Success)
The Canadian Federation of Students provides a free national housing database for students. This free service is for those searching for housing vacancies, student tenants or roommates, and helpful moving tips and advice. Browse through the extensive listings or place an ad for free on the website. Looking just got easier!
Housing, Food and Conference Services
Housing, Food and Conference Services provides outstanding residential, food and conference services to support and enhance the educational and developmental goals of the residents and the University community.
Housing, on campus
Housing, off campus
For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
Important dates and deadlines
Innovation and Development Corporation
The University of Victoria strongly supports the transfer of knowledge from the University to society, and the social and economic benefits that result thereof. One mechanism in support of this is the transfer of university inventions and innovations to the private sector. To support such knowledge and technology transfer, in 1992 UVic established the University of Victoria Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC), as the technology transfer organization for the institution. Moving research and innovations into both the public and private sector, through partnerships and other forms of collaboration, is the mandate of IDC. IDC provides a full range of typical and comprehensive technology transfer or university-industry liaison services to the entire UVic community. As such, IDC offers an entry point into the exciting world of UVic research by providing management expertise in the areas of private sector-university contract negotiation, intellectual property management, and commercial enterprise development. Since founding and as of December 2004, IDC has filed over 200 national and international patent applications, helped incorporate over 35 university spin-off companies, and received over 350 invention disclosures. On average, IDC now receives ~50 new invention disclosures per year from across UVic. IDC's services are available to all members of the UVic community, including faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. In some cases, IDC will also provide services to recent graduates and alumni.
Institute for Integrated Energy Systems
The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria (IESVic) promotes feasible paths to sustainable energy systems. Founded in 1989, IESVic conducts original research to develop key technologies for sustainable energy systems and actively promotes the development of sensible, clean energy alternatives. Our specific areas of expertise are fuel cells, cryofuels, energy systems analysis and energy policy development.
Interfaith Chaplains Services
Interfaith Chaplains Services (ICS) fosters a strong network of on-campus relationships that include participation from Baha'I, Buddhist, Christian, First Nations, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Wiccan communities. Two full-time and several part-time chaplains assist those in the network seeking spiritual identity and learning.
International and Exchange Student Services
The International and Exchange Student Services Office develops programs to integrate international students into the university community, and supports students participating in international activities, including academic exchange and study abroad programs.
International Opportunities Fair
Have you always dreamed of studying, working or volunteering abroad, but don't know where to start? The International Opportunities Fair will help point you in the right direction. Representatives from departments and programs on campus, as well as past participants of UVic's programs, will be available to answer your questions about: exchange programs, field schools, international co-op placements, internships, post-grad employment, practicum placements, teaching English overseas, volunteer positions, and working holidays.
International student identity card
This internationally recognized student identification is free to all full time members of the UVSS, as members of the Canadian Federation of Students. You can pick up your card at the Info Booth by bringing a passport-size photo and your identification. With the ISIC you can secure discount student fares on most forms of transportation both domestic and international. Drop by Travel CUTS and check out savings on fares across the globe. For more information, check out the Canadian Federation of Students website at http://www.uvss.uvic.ca/about/cfs.html or www.travelcuts.ca.
(see Netlink ID)
ITRIP is an online travel registry for students participating in international activities.
(see Career Services)
Laboratory for Automation, Communication and Information Systems Research
Founded at the University of Victoria in 1987, LACIR is an on-campus, cross-disciplinary research centre. Specific research areas include adaptive optics systems, ocean technology and micro-machining. LACIR engages in collaborative research with industry, government, and other universities. Currently, LACIR works with the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (Caltech), the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Victoria), McGill University and CANARIE.
Learning Skills Program
This website provides students with useful information regarding organizing notes, reading, time and study management, exam preparation and writing, assignment writing, and study strategies.
LE,NONET (pronounced le-non-git)—a SENCOTEN (Straits Salish) word meaning "success after enduring many hardships" speaks to many Aboriginal student experiences. The LE,NONET Project was designed to help create a space at the University of Victoria where Aboriginal students will feel welcomed, can be successful in a community environment, and experience a beneficial educational experience. To accomplish this goal, several interrelated programs and initiatives were designed in consultation with Aboriginal students, faculty, staff, and representatives from local First Nations. The LE,NONET Project includes: research apprenticeships & community internships, student mentoring, student bursaries, training & support for faculty and staff, partnerships with Vancouver Island First Nations and Aboriginal organizations.
Let's Talk Science partnership program at UVic
UVic libraries include the McPherson Library, Curriculum Laboratory, Diana M. Priestly Law Library, and the Electronic Business Library.
Life at UVic
(see Student Life)
Lost & found
Ask department secretaries for lost items or ask at Information Booths in the SUB, GSS, and University Centre. Ultimately everything goes to Campus Security every Wednesday, so check with them a couple of times in case your missing item turns up.
(see People's Pharmacy)
The University of Victoria's independent newspaper. Stories, photos and comics are due by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before publication. Copies are available across campus and at various locations throughout Victoria.
Mathematics and Statistics Assistance Centre
The Mathematics and Statistics Assistance Centre offers free tutoring to UVic students. Check their website for location and hours - http://www.math.uvic.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=354&Itemid=81. The Centre is staffed with talented Mathematics and Statistics graduates eager to answer questions about your 100 and 200 level Mathematics or 200 level Statistics courses. They help students work problems from the text and - to an extent - with assigned homework. They explain basic concepts but do not replace lectures. If you have missed a lecture, try to obtain the notes from another student.
Engr 141 Help Centre
Instructor office hours
Additional help centre hours
Mechanical Engineering Department
The Department of Mechanical Engineering, one of the three departments of the Faculty of Engineering at UVic, is known for the diversity, innovation and strength of its undergraduate, graduate and research programs. The B.Eng. program provides a solid engineering background in the first three years, and a variety of options through technical electives in the fourth year. The technical electives allow specialization within areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials, Control and Robotics, Computer Aided Engineering and Engineering Design, Integrated Energy Systems and Thermodynamics, Thermo-Fluids and Aerodynamics, etc. Our co-operative education combines practical work experience with academic studies. A Management Option allows students to learn fundamental principles in business while completing their ME program. A new Mechatronics Option and Specialization, further improves the diversity and the quality of our program. A Mechanical Systems Minor is offered to students outside of Mechanical Engineering program. Known for its energetic and forward-looking atmosphere, the department has recruited outstanding faculty who conduct a broad scope of research on leading edge technologies. This forms the foundation of an outstanding and vibrant graduate program (M.Eng, M.A.Sc & Ph.D). Several of our faculty have received various distinguished awards and held the Canada Research Chairs. The department is actively collaborating with sibling departments and faculties, government agencies, and industries. Our research funding is diverse, ranging from government (NSERC, BC Science Council, etc.) to contract research from industry. The department is part of three National Network of Centers of Excellence. A number of research programs include active participation from industry. Many members of the department are affiliates and founders of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, a leader in hydrogen fuel cell and energy systems research.
(see Health Services for non-emergency medical help; for medical emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599)
For medical emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
(see People's Pharmacy)
There are four microwaves that are free for student use. The microwaves are located between Felicita's and Vertigo in the SUB.
(see Cincenta Films)
(see Food Service outlets)
If you received an N (i.e., incomplete) grade for a course because you were waitlisted for a course but never attended, and you wish to appeal the fees, go to the instructor who taught your section of the course and ask him/her to write a note indicating that you never attended the class. Fill out the “Drop” section of an Undergraduate Course Change form (available from Records and Registrarial Services), attach the instructor's note and a note from you stating the reasons you didn't drop the course and hand them to the appropriate advisor (i.e., BEng, BSEng or CSC) for the Dean to review. If the Dean backdates the drop to the Academic deadline, you must appeal to the Fee Reduction Appeals Committee (through Accounting or Undergraduate Admissions and Records) for a possible refund. Remember, you are responsible for the accuracy of your registration!
Native Students' Union
The NSU Council and members acknowledge with respect that the University of Victoria resides on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Straits Salish Peoples. O Si'em na Si'aya. We raise our hands to the Elders and Chiefs of these territories where we are guests. In a good way, we thank our host nations of the Greater Victoria area. The Native Students Union is pleased to welcome you to the University of Victoria. The NSU council and all members look forward to meeting you. The Native Student Union works towards empowering students to benefit from the technical and academic learning available at UVic while at the same time providing an outlet to maintain strong cultural and spiritual ties with other First Nations students involved in higher education. The membership offers support and encouragement in the form of regular meetings and social events. A number of committees also support and facilitate cultural awareness including a "talking circle" and "speakers forum". The NSU also sponsors various events around the University community. To become involved, drop by our office.
A NetLink-ID is a unique personal identifier, which is used as your "username" for various services provided by the University of Victoria. Computing Services recommends that all UVic students, faculty, and staff register for a NetLink-ID. Many systems and services use the NetLink-ID as a means of access to those systems and services. Your NetLink-ID does not guarantee access to all services but only those for which you are authorized. Some examples of services which require NetLink-IDs are the central UVic e-mail system, access to a number of student computer labs, the Library gateway, WebCT, WebBoard, Corporate Time calendaring system, and Telephone Directory changes to name a few. Your NetLink-ID will also be the key to access future electronically-enhanced services at UVic.
New student orientation
There are many different opportunities for a new student – whether you're new to university, or just to UVic – and that's where we come in. New Student Orientation programs help get you pointed in the right direction and make the most of your university experience by providing connections to a wide range of campus resources.
Old exam services
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
The Ombudsperson provides confidential, impartial and independent advice and assistance to students who feel treated unfairly within the University system. The Ombudsperson can help students identify their options for resolving difficulties and may investigate complex situations. Problems commonly dealt with by the Ombudsperson include: academic concessions, accusations of cheating and plagiarism, admission and re-registration appeals, breakdowns in communication, grade appeals, housing difficulties, and requirements to withdraw. The office of the Ombudsperson is staffed Monday to Friday. Please see the website for drop-in times or call/email to make an appointment.
On the Fringe Hair Design
Our mission at On The Fringe Hair Design is to give exceptional service at a reasonable price. We are proud of the upbeat, comfortable atmosphere that has been created in both salons. At On The Fringe Hair Design, everyone is welcome...whether you are a student, university employee, or local resident. Our award-winning stylists have extensive education and experience with a wide range of hairstyling, cutting and colouring techniques. They are continually updating their education to push their creative boundaries to help you find the style that best suits your lifestyle or mood. On the fringe hair design wants your visit to be a memorable one. We strive to give you high quality service in a comfortable, energetic atmosphere that reflects the styles and attitudes of our contemporary clientele. Our fully qualified stylists are always ready and eager to create the look that's right for you. Whether your style is extreme progressive or ultra conservative, we can achieve it!!
(see Degree options)
(see Learning Skills Program)
(see Campus Security)
Passport to Education
Bring your Passport to Education to Accounting Services as soon as possible. It will reduce your first term fees. If you wait until late in the month you will face long lineups.
Pay phones are located in most buildings on campus. In case of emergency, you may use one of the twelve free “Direct Dial to Campus Security” phones on campus. To find locations, see http://web.uvic.ca/security/images/helpphonemap.gif. These phones do not require payment to call Campus Security. Press the button labelled SECURITY to obtain immediate assistance or request a Safe Walk escort.
Peer Helpers are students with training in listening and counselling skills. Our drop-in centre provides a comfortable, private, confidential and safe space for students who would like someone to talk to. It is located in the basement of the Student Union Building, SUB B005, and is open Monday to Friday. Please feel free and welcome to drop by and talk with one of us about whatever is on your mind.
Peoples Pharmacy on campus is your convenient choice for all your pharmacy needs. There is always a pharmacist available for consultation. Full prescription service; transfer prescriptions easily; reorder prescription by phone or online; vitamins, cold medicines and over the counter medications; health and beauty items in stock; compounding medication available; full service Canada Post outlet (stamps, priority, parcels, student loans, postal box rentals, etc.)
(see People's Pharmacy)
Our productions serve the academic requirements of the Department of Theatre's Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees. When you attend the Phoenix Theatre you experience some of the city's most exciting eclectic theatre while making a contribution to the education of our students. Enjoy the talents of Canada's next generation of theatre artists! Upcoming events are listed on our website.
(see Free phones)
(see Pay phones)
Phones, student phones
(discount student phone program, see Studentphones.com)
Photo I.D. Centre
UVic's Photo I.D. Centre produces official photo identification for students, faculty and staff. The I.D. card provides: visual cardholder identification; access to Library privileges; access to athletic facility privileges; U-Pass (the Universal Bus Pass provides unlimited access on all Greater Victoria BC Transit routes) and access to Food Service whereby funds can be applied to the card.
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
Physics Aid Service
The Physics Aid Service provides face-to-face help for students in the lab and lecture courses for selected introductory physics classes. The schedule is available at http://www.phys.uvic.ca/undergrad/PAS.pdf.
Places to study
(see People's Pharmacy)
Program declaration, Computer Science
To declare your program in Computer Science, pick up a form from Jane Guy, the Undergraduate Advising and Admissions Officer for Computer Science. You should meet with her to discuss your selection and any questions you may have.
Program declaration, Engineering
(available Jan-April) https://secure.engr.uvic.ca/tools/student/student_declare.php
The Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering and the Bachelor of Software Engineering program have a common first year. Every attempt will be made to accommodate students into their first area of choice, however, in the event that demand for any program is exceeded, admission to the second year of these degree programs will be based on academic performance in the first year of studies. Should you not gain admission to the second year of the program of your choice, you will be offered admission to your second choice.
In January of each year, all first year BEng and BSEng students will receive an email, requesting that they fill out the Program Declaration Form to rank their selection of programs for second year. This online form must be submitted by the end of April. Should you not fill out this program declaration form, we will designate spaces in 2nd year in those programs that have room in them. The form is simple to use. You will sign on to the form using your Engineering username and password. If you have not activated your Engineering account, there is a link at the bottom of the first page of the form that will show you how to do that, then you can return to the Programs Declaration page to continue filling out the form. You will be notified of the results of the program declarations after the final grades are available for Spring 2006 term and GPAs are calculated.
There are numerous options available to students in Computer Science and Engineering. For more information regarding admission, requirements, and courses, please see http://www.engr.uvic.ca/options.php.
Program requirements, Computer Science
Program requirements, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Program requirements, Mechanical Engineering
Program Requirements, Software Engineering
(see Ask UVic)
(see CFUV Radio)
(see Athletics and Recreation)
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
Registering for courses
Resource Centre for Students with a Disability
The Resource Centre for Students with a Disability (RCSD) supports students with disabilities through quality programs and services that promote independence and integration into the university community.
The Ring is the University of Victoria's Community Newspaper, published once a month. Copies are available across campus.
Come into Campus Security Services if you are ever in need of assistance. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our front foyer is a Safe Haven that has a surveillance camera and intercom that will put you in direct contact with the Dispatcher who can immediately radio a Security Officer for assistance.
Campus Security Services provides a Safe Walk service, which is available to members of the University Community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is provided from building to building, building to vehicle, and vice versa within the boundaries of the campus (call 721-7599).
Campus Alone is a UVic program initiated and provided by Campus Security Services and is available to all members of the campus community who work or study on campus during the quiet hours of evenings, weekends, holidays, etc. Individuals concerned for their personal safety while working/studying alone at night may telephone Campus Security Services at 721-6683 and provide the following information: (1) Your name, an exact location and phone number in the building if you will be working in an office; (2) An estimated time of departure. If this changes, you must advise us; (3) Your mode of travel and, if applicable, a vehicle description and location where you've parked your vehicle; (4) Call us at 721-6683 just prior to your departure.
Safety on campus
http://www.engr.uvic.ca/awards/index.php (also see Student Awards and Financial Aid)
There are many scholarships, awards, internships, fellowships and competitions open to Computer Science and Engineering students sponsored by the University of Victoria and external agencies, which are listed at http://www.engr.uvic.ca/awards/index.php.
Science Venture is a dynamic, educational organization that stimulates an appreciation for science, engineering and technology using a hands-on, minds-on approach that educators confirm to be the most effective teaching method. We strive to introduce children of all abilities to diverse sciences. Providing children with tools and role models, dispelling common stereotypes and encouraging a positive science experience are our primary goals. The Science Venture team is composed of numerous undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. We work year-round towards a common goal: to stimulate an excitement for science in today's youth. All of our members contribute their strengths, resources and expertise, from computer science, to education, to biology. We provide children with positive learning experiences through elementary school workshops, summer camps, community events, all-girl's initiatives and science clubs. As we develop and deliver our science and engineering programs we not only affect young Canadians, but also each other.
Selecting a program
(see Campus Security)
For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
(see Zap! Copy Centre)
The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria. Through the bureau, experts from UVic are made available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).
SPOKES Bicycle Bursary Program
SPOKES is a bicycle bursary program at the University of Victoria campus that combines recycling with cycling. The project aims to divert old, unwanted bicycles from the landfill by fixing them up and lending them out to students. Fleets of refurbished bikes are given out in September, January and April of each year. As of January 2007, 172 bicycles have been given out to UVIC students! Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply for a SPOKES Bursary. The application forms for the upcoming year are available on our website. This program is run entirely by volunteers and could not be possible without the generous contributions from the Bicycle User's Committee, The UVSS, The GSS, the UVic Sustainability Project and the University of Victoria. We are always looking for volunteer mechanics and promotions people! We welcome mechanics with any level of experience. Work parties are held on various days and times each semester at our storage cage on campus. Our program emphasizes both peer education and formal instruction. Promotions people can help with putting up posters, distributing application forms, writing articles, and volunteer recruitment. We are happy to accommodate your schedule or expertise. If you are interested in volunteering for the program, please email email@example.com and we will send you a list of opportunities and upcoming work party dates. At this time we are not currently accepting bicycle donations.
(see Athletics and Recreation)
Standards for professional behaviour
It is the responsibility of all members of the Faculty of Engineering, students, staff and faculty, to adhere to and promote standards of professional behaviour that support an effective learning environment that prepares graduates for careers as professionals. Please refer to the website above for requirements concerning respect for others, commitment to quality, responsibility, personal integrity, professional codes of ethics, and professional conduct in the Faculty (i.e., cheating and plagiarism, circumventing the learning process, course and laboratory evaluations, academic violations, use of facilities, confidentiality, conflict of interest and bias, and harassment).
(see Academic Standing)
Student and Ancillary Services
The Division of Student and Ancillary Services plays a pivotal role in achieving the University of Victoria's vision to be a “University of choice for outstanding students, faculty, and staff from across the province, the country, and from around the world.” Mechanisms by which we provide the best practices in the delivery of student service programs include: (1) Developing and enhancing innovative and responsive programs, services and facilities that accommodate and respect a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, abilities, experiences, and interests; (2) Providing quality experiences within a supportive, learning-centered environment that fosters self-reliance, integrity, and respect for others; (3) Encouraging students to utilize and integrate learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom; (4) Building an inclusive and connected campus community that encourages personal and professional growth, and develops the passion for lifelong learning; (5) Continuous review, evaluation and enhancement of programs and activities guided by data collection and analysis; assessment and feedback from users and providers.
Student awards and financial aid
In recognition of outstanding students, UVic awards more than 3 million dollars in Entrance and In-Course Scholarships each year. Scholarships are non-repayable and are awarded to students on the basis of academic merit or excellence. In addition, the University of Victoria awards over 3.9 million dollars in Entrance, Transfer and In-Course Bursaries. Bursaries are non-repayable awards based on financial need and reasonable academic standing. These awards are for students who are receiving the maximum student loans available for their period of study and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. International students should visit the International Student Resources page at http://registrar.uvic.ca/safa/howmuch/international.html. If you receive a monetary award from UVic, it will automatically be deposited into your student account towards your tuition fees.
Student Employment Centre
(see Career Services)
Student ID card
As soon as you are registered, you are eligible to go to the Photo ID and Information Centre in the lobby of the University Centre to have your photo taken for your student ID card. This card will serve as your library card, Athletics and Recreation pass and student bus pass. For information, go to http://www.uvic.ca/photoid.
Students, faculty and staff are key to UVic 's success – it's people like you who make UVic a perfect place to live and learn.
Studentsaver discount card
One of the many benefits of being a member of the Canadian Federation of Students is the free Studentsaver card. Use it and save on everyday and special purchases in your community and across the country. There is a Student Savor Discount card in your handbook (available in the Resource Center).
Student Society Services
Life outside the classroom:
On the first few weeks:
Student Transition Centre
The Student Transition Centre is a drop-in centre that opened in 2005 to provide a “first stop” for students. It provides students with greater accessibility to the University and its services by providing transition programs, including orientation and grad year connections, as well as providing a resource to students who are unsure of where to go to access particular information.
Student tuition and fees assessment
First term (September to December) fees are due September 30th. A 1.5% service charge (minimum $2.00) annualized at 19.56% will be added if the account is not paid on or by the due date. Second term (January to April) fees are due January 31st. The monthly service charge is applicable as above. You can pay for your full year with one payment in September. Failure to pay full first term fees by October 31st or second term fees by February 28th can result in cancellation of course registrations and in denial of services. To find out how much you owe, look at your account online at USource - https://isisweb.uvic.ca/~zzsyst01/ugdoc.html - then the SD (student account detail) option. Please note that we do not accept any credit cards for payment of tuition fees. You may pay using the following methods: Internet Banking, Telephone Banking, Cheque, Money Order, Interact/Debit, or Cash.
Student Union Building
Students of Colour Collective (SOCC)
The UVic Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) welcomes and encourages all self-identified students of colour at UVic to become active members. SOCC advocates on behalf of all students of colour by initiating a progressive, anti-racist mandate. SOCC supports all marginalized peoples in their struggles against oppression, whether it is due to gender, sexuality, ability and/or class. For more information about resources, activities and how to get involved, check out the SOCC bulletin board outside the SOCC office.
Have you ever wanted to experience life in another country? If you are interested in an international experience (other than an organized student exchange) there are still many opportunities available for you. Participating in a field school or studying another language abroad are just a few of the options available. Many students research their own opportunities, but you can also check out the programs on the study abroad site above.
The Michele Pujol Room (MPR) in the Student Union Building contains tables and chairs so students can study, socialize, and eat lunch. For a quieter and comfier atmosphere, check out the Upper Lounge just across the hall from the Michele Pujol Room. Vertigo, located at the end of the hall by Felicita's, is also open most days for lunch and study space.
SUBtext, your campus used bookstore, is a consignment bookstore run entirely by students. With more than 5000 books on the shelves, odds are that you'll find a deal on your texts. All of the books are also listed online, including a list of the top sellers. Use the “Bookwire” service to search the database and purchase texts online. Textbooks are generally cheaper at SUBtext and you can earn money by letting SUBtext sell your old books. SUBtext consigns textbooks, novels, CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs, and computer games. SUBtext is also a small general store and stocks a wide variety of items including newspapers, pop, candy, health food bars, dairy products, golf discs and phone cards. SUBtext is a not-for-profit service of the Students' Society.
(see Academic Success)
(see Career Services)
A T2202A form for tax purposed is issued in February of each year. These forms are available for pickup in the University Centre. If you are registered as a distance student or are not registered in the Spring term your T2202A form will be mailed to your permanent address.
Test drive your campus
(see Experience UVic)
(see Campus Security)
UVic's feminist anti-racist magazine.
Time limit to degree completion, Engineering
Students not completing their programs within the specified time limits must have their program extension approved by the Dean of Engineering. The starting month in determining the length of a student's program is the first month in which courses are taken in the BEng or BSEng programs at UVic.
In exceptional circumstances, a student may undertake programs not bound by the above regulations. Such programs must be approved by the Dean before the student begins studies in the Faculty of Engineering.
BEng and BSEng students who wish to take time away from their degrees must write a letter to the Dean to apply for a Leave of Absence from their studies. BEng students should submit the letter to the BEng Office (EOW 206) and BSEng students should submit the letter to the BSEng Office (ELW B210). Computer Science students should talk to the Undergraduate Admissions and Advising Officer for Computer Science.
The UVic Torch Alumni Magazine is published biannually by the University of Victoria and the UVic Alumni Association and distributed free of charge to approximately 56,000 UVic graduates and supporters. The magazine builds active interest in UVic by striving to reflect its high level of academic, research, cultural and athletic achievement; the accomplishments of outstanding alumni; the current intellectual, cultural, and social life on campus; and the university's heritage. Ideas and opinions expressed in the Torch are not necessarily endorsed by the university or the alumni association. Content may be reprinted with written permission.
If you wish to take a course at another college or university and obtain transfer credit for the course at UVic, you may request a Letter of Permission from the appropriate advising office (i.e., BEng, BSEng or Computer Science).
Transition to university
It's a good idea to figure out how you plan to get around. Victoria has an excellent bus system (see Bus Routes) and students receive a low-cost bus pass (see UPASS) that grants them full access to Victoria routes. Many students bring a car to campus. You can buy a parking pass that will allow you to park in many of the campus parking lots. Parking is available for all students, and rates vary (see Campus Security).
Travel CUTS, Canada's Student Travel Experts, has over 60 offices across Canada, located on or near university and college campuses. Whether you are traveling home for the holidays, looking for a sunny vacation for spring break, taking off to Europe for the summer, or planning to take a term off to work overseas, Travel CUTS can help! Visit the office in the SUB and ask about the student and budget oriented products for traveling in Canada and around the world, including airfares, bus and train passes, budget accommodation, package holidays and the SWAP Work Abroad Program. Plus, if you pick up an International Student ID Card (ISIC) from the UVSS Info Booth, Travel CUTS can give you even better deals, with discounts on VIA Rail, Greyhound, and many other travel companies around the world. Travel CUTS is owned and operated by the Canadian Federation of Students.
Trouble with courses
Trouble with personal issues
(see Adapted Phones/TTY/TTD)
Undergraduate Admissions, Registration, and Records
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Registration and Records deals with matters relating to admissions, registration, and records for undergraduate students, and maintains the web tools AskUVic, WebReg, WebTT and WebView.
University of Victoria (Undergraduate) Students' Society (UVSS)
Members of the UVic Students' Society voted to join the Canadian Federation of Students in 1985. The Canadian Federation of Students represents over 500,000 students at post-secondary institutions nation-wide. The Canadian Federation of Students is the historical continuation of the student movement in Canada and has maintained its ardent position of affordable, accessible post-secondary education since its founding in 1981. The Resource Centre serves as the hub of activism on campus. Located in room B103 in the Student Union Building, it offers materials and information for many interests and houses the offices of the UVSS Board of Directors. Your experience as a student is enhanced by the community around you. Working with other students to improve your university education (and society as a whole) by addressing issues that affect us all, such as waitlists, student debt, racial discrimination and environmental degradation expands your opportunities for learning that can't be found in a classroom. Volunteers are always needed to work on campaigns of the Students' Society and the Canadian Federation of Students. In the past, student campaigns have proven effective in making changes and increasing awareness on a host of issues. Visit the Resource Centre to find out what campaigns and events will be initiated this year, or to gain support for your own initiatives. The Resource Centre also houses the UVSS Board of Directors and Resource Centre staff. If you have any questions about the Society, or want to get involved, feel free to call, email or just drop in and ask to speak to the Resource Coordinator.
University of Victoria Assistive Technologies Team (UVATT)
UVic was the first university in British Columbia to implement the Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass) program. The UPass is an affordable transportation alternative that allows all students to use the Victoria Regional Transit System at a significantly reduced rate. The funding for the pass was established through a successful student referendum in March of 1999 and quickly became a popular service offered by the UVSS. Initiated by the University of Washington as a method to reduce the number of cars coming to campus, the U-Pass program is now a key component of transportation demand management programs at campuses across North America. Several universities and colleges have implemented this program as a way to provide affordable transit to students. UVic's program is one of the most affordable and user-friendly, and collaborative. In order to keep the cost to the students low, the fees are mandatory and spread across almost all of the student population, including graduate and undergraduate, and full-time and part-time students. The university also subsidizes the overall cost of the passes by $170,000 a year through contributions from parking revenues. All graduate and undergraduate students registered at the University of Victoria and taking at least one course are eligible to receive a U-Pass. Students currently (2006/2007 academic year) pay $61.00 for a four (4) month semester pass. These charges will appear on your UVic fees statement. Please Note: Co-op Students are NOT automatically assessed the U-Pass.
Use of facilites
USource is the portal where you'll find the following information:
The UVic AERO Team was started in late 2005 by several undergraduate students to meet the growing interest in aeronautics and aerospace at the university. Since then, the membership has been steadily growing along with support from the faculty. Our goal is to promote the fields of aerospace and engineering in general through attending competitions, starting student chapters of CASI and AIAA as well as attending various school/community events. In addition, the team wants to set a solid groundwork to ensure the AERO club provides benefits to students for many years to come.
UVic calendars are available at the University Bookstore and online at: http://registrar.uvic.ca.
UVic events calendar
(see Events calendar)
UVic Graduate Students' Society
UVSS health and dental plan
Each year the cost of prescription drugs and basic health and dental services not covered by provincial health plans take increasingly larger portions out of the limited budgets of many students. To address this problem, the Canadian Federation of Students-Services created the National Student Health Network. Established in 1985, the CFS assists students' associations with the design, negotiation, promotion and administration of campus health and dental plans. Through negotiations with Canada's only non-profit insurance provider, Green Shield, the CFS offers one of the most comprehensive sets of benefits available through a university health plan. Several years ago, UVSS members voted in a referendum, unequivocally stating they wanted the UVSS to provide an Extended Health Plan. As a result, the UVSS joined the National Student Health Network. In 2003 UVSS members voted in another referendum, mandating that the UVSS provide a Dental Plan. Both of these plans ensure access for all UVSS members to affordable extended health and dental benefits.
The Pride Collective is a constituency group of the University of Victoria Students' Society mandated to represent, advocate for, and provide services for queer students on Campus. We receive our funding from the undergraduate students at the University of Victoria. Therefore it is our responsibility to meet the needs of the student body as a whole on queer issues. Finally, our advocacy is for the wider community as a whole - everyone is welcome.
UVic Speakers Bureau
(see Speakers Bureau)
Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG)
The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest. It is an ideal place for students and volunteers who wish to work on social justice or environmental issues on campus, or at the community level. VIPIRG's work spans a wide range of issues including urban agriculture and food security, global economics and trade, local poverty issues, native vegetation, anti-racist organizing, militarism, and developing the research and organizing skills to be effective activists and citizens. VIPIRG organizes conferences, conducts research, lobbies all levels of government, and writes and produces publications. VIPIRG employs students and offers a Research Internship Program linking community research needs with students conducting research for course work. VIPIRG also hosts a busy alternative research centre with magazines, videos, books and clippings files dealing with a wide range of social justice and environmental issues. If you are looking for information for a paper or project that is outside mainstream sources, this is the place!
Student-athletes interested in the Vikes varsity athletic program are encouraged to contact the coaches of the sports in which they wish to compete. Coaches can give you the specific information on their sports as well as other important information about the university. They can also get you in touch with current and former Vikes athletes who can tell you about their own experiences while at UVic. Over 80 UVic Student-Athletes have represented Canada at the 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Since 1980, UVic teams have captured 45 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships and won 80 gold, 85 silver and 65 bronze medals in individual swimming and running at CIS Championship events. In the past five years, UVic captured 17 National Championship titles in men's and women's rowing, men's rugby and men's golf. Each year more than 250 student-athlete's compete for the Vikes, playing in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Canada West, NAIA, and B.C. Rugby Union leagues and at many other international, national, and provincial competitions. The Vikes coaches are considered among the best in their field in Canada and across the World and their knowledge, passion and commitment for their sport ensures each student-athlete's experience is exceptional. It is an expectation that a Vikes varsity student-athlete will grow athletically and academically while with the program. In addition, the Vikes student-athletes are active in the community and believe that "giving back" is a key to developing in all areas of one's life. Many Vikes are volunteers with local schools and community groups or participate in many of the Vikes led Community Initiatives.
For emergencies contact Campus Security at (250) 721-7599
Try not to be discouraged if you have to go on a waitlist for a course. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to get into the class if you are on a waitlist, there are a few things you can do to monitor your progress. To find out your position on the waitlist, check WebReg. WebReg will show a list of the courses in which you are registered/waitlisted. If you are waitlisted for a course(s), it will say WLS # under the Status column (WLS = waitlist, and # = your number on the waitlist). Use WebReg frequently to check your position on the waitlist. Sometimes there is not much movement on a waitlist until the course begins. If you are still on the waitlist when the course begins, make sure that you attend the course. Try to speak directly to the instructor to find out your chances of getting into the course. BEng and BSEng students registering according to the set academic schedule should have no problem getting into the required courses, assuming that they haven't left their registration to the last minute!
“What can I do with a degree in…” career forums
Are you puzzling over: What to do with your degree? Which major would be the best complement to your unique talents and interests? What jobs (by title) graduates in your field of study have obtained after graduation? Register for the Career Forums held in October of each year and get the information you're looking for!
Withdrawing from Engineering programs
If you wish to withdraw from the BEng program, you must submit a “Request to Withdraw from the Bachelor or Engineering Program” form to the BEng Office. BSEng students must submit a “Request to Withdraw from the Bachelor of Software Engineering Program” form to the BSEng Office.
(see Netlink ID)
The Women's Centre is a collectively run drop-in centre open to all self-identified women on campus. It provides a safe space for women to hang out, meet people, get information and organise. Members are encouraged to work within their own areas of interest. The Women's Centre is committed to the elimination of racism, homophobia, poverty, and other forms of oppression. The Collective participates in organizing events such as: Take Back the Night March, December 6 Memorial, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and International Women's Week. The Centre also has a library that is open to all genders. For more information, stop by the Centre and talk to the Coordinator, or drop by during your spare time either to relax or to volunteer!
(see English Writing Centre)
Your Future @ Work Career Fair
This is your opportunity to make connections to employers for summer, co-op and career opportunities; connections to graduate, technical and specialized programs at UVic and other post-secondary institutions; and connections to career paths and volunteer opportunities with local non-profit organizations.
Zap! Copy Centre
Zap! Copy Centre is your student digital print and copy headquarters. From copying to binding, Zap! provides a wide variety of services to students. There are seven self-serve copiers, including full-colour copying and 100% recycled paper copying. The knowledgeable staff can give you tips on selecting the right presentation for your project, resume, or business cards. You can print colour posters and banners up to 60 inches wide and nothing looks better than a presentation on colour transparencies. Digital editing and printing from memory stick, disk, FTP upload, CD and e-mail are available using a wide range of computer programs. Self serve computer workstations able to print black and white documents are available for customer use. You can send and receive faxes at Zap!, as well as mail almost anything anywhere via Purolator Courier service. Zap!'s Old Exam Service is extremely popular, providing students with hundreds of old exams to study from. Order exams online by e-mail, use Paypal at www.zapcopy.com or just come into Zap! and place your order in person. Zap! also offers a wide selection of school supplies, as well as a self-serve laser and ink jet cartridge refilling service. Recycle old batteries at Zap! or shred your private documents.
Documents and forms