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.
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.
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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.
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