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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International Commons

The new 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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A network of support for international students

Over 1600 international students from 100 different countries choose UVic each year. We have a wide variety of services to make our international students' experience as positive as possible.

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Contributing to progress

Pramuk (May) Pongpitpitak (mechanical engineering) spent a co-op work term at Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), where he was responsible for quality control and managed research on elevator traffic for the new Patient Care Centre at Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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A view of UVic from the air

Be inspired by the West Coast. UVic is located minutes to the ocean. Enjoy year-round hiking, cycling and surfing.

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.