International students

International students find a home at UVic

International students find a home at UVic

International Students talk frankly, openly and genuinely about what they love about their life at the University of Victoria in this video.

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Tania Akter, UVic software engineering student

Tania Akter, Software Engineering

"People at UVic make you feel like you truly belong here. It's a tight community and the perfect size for anyone who wants to do well at university."

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Guodong (Gordon) Wang, UVic economics student

Guodong (Gordon) Wang, Economics

"I wanted to improve my English language skills and Victoria offers me a better chance to do that than other larger North American cities."

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Andrew Hendrickson, UVic kinesiology student and varsity athlete

Andrew Hendrickson, Kinesiology

"The reason UVic is one of the best universities in Canada is because it's filled with people with an insatiable urge to be better, smarter, stronger and willing to go that extra step to find out what the answers to the really big questions are."

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Yulianna Shirokaya, UVic business student

Yulianna Shirokaya, Business

"UVic is full of opportunity. People here are accepting of everyone and value cultural diversity in a way that I've never experienced before."

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International Commons

The Marnie Swanson International Commons in the Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library is a place where international and domestic students can access academic help, information, resources, programming, services and events to support their success at UVic.

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International students

UVic rates as one of the world's best schools according to Times Higher Education's (THE) world university rankings. Learn more about our rankings.

Over 1600 international students from 100 different countries choose UVic each year for our many undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as our diverse athletic, social and cultural opportunities.

Real-life learning

UVic stands out for its approach to learning, tying it directly to real-life work through one of the largest co-operative education programs in Canada.

Support for international students

UVic has a strong commitment to its international student community. We have a wide variety of services to make our international students' experience as positive as possible.

Once you're on campus, visit the International Office to connect with the Global Community or to meet with an international student adviser. Advisers can answer your questions about things like health insurance and Canadian immigration regulations, and can provide advice on academic resources available to you.

You'll also feel right at home in the International Commons, a place where international students can access academic help, information, resources, programming, services and events to support their success at UVic. 

About our location in Victoria

The university is located a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria, BC and within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Victoria is British Columbia's beautiful capital city at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. One of the best places to live, Victoria is home to a mix of arts, food, shopping and sports—a city of both cultural entertainment and natural spaces. Learn more about Victoria.

Visit the following websites for information on the fees you can expect to pay as a UVic student:

Come to UVic to develop English for life. The English Language Centre (ELC) has been offering high quality ESL programs since 1970. They welcome over 2500 students each year and are an important part of UVic. 

The ELC also offers the Homestay program, where international students are placed with host families. Homestay is available for all of the ELC's 12-week programs, and monthly English programs from September to May.

UVic recruiters travel throughout the fall and winter, visiting students across Canada and around the world.

Meet our team of recruiters and find out when we're coming to a location near you. If you're planning to visit Victoria in the near future attend one of our on-campus recruiting events.

Applicants to the University of Victoria are not required to hire an agent or commercial representative to assist with the application process.

If you wish to verify an agent's relationship please contact uvip@uvic.ca.