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Support for international students

International students

Visiting delegate Mary Okumu (left) with her her daughter and husband.

UVic welcomes international students

Over 1600 international students from 100 countries choose UVic each year.

Life at UVic is diverse and inclusive. Over 70 per cent of students come from outside Victoria and you’ll find a strong sense of community. Learn more about student life.

Masters in Public Administration graduate Leo Sin immigrated from Hong Kong. "I chose UVic because of the astounding campus. It’s very beautiful, and I wanted to balance the stresses of studies with a campus life that was fairly easy. I chose a smaller university because of its environment."

About UVic

UVic student satisfaction is 97 per cent and we’re consistently ranked one of the top-ranked universities in Canada.

UVic in your country

UVic recruiters travel the world. Check their travel schedule to see if one will be visiting your area.

Financial information

International student fees are different than domestic student fees. UVic offers many resources to assist international students as they pursue their degree:

Services

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.

International students are encouraged to contact the International and Exchange Student Services Office, which strives to make each student's stay at UVic as rewarding as possible. They provide pre-arrival support, orientation on arrival and ongoing assistance after international students have arrived for their studies at UVic.

If you are looking to improve your English language skills, we strongly encourage you to visit the English Language Centre.

Once you're on campus, visit the International and Exchange Student Services Office to connect with a Buddy (a returning UVic student) who will show you around the campus and Victoria, or to meet with an international student advisor. Advisors can answer your questions about things like health insurance and Canadian immigration regulations, and can provide advice on academic resources available to you.

There are many opportunities to connect with other students on campus. Student clubs like the Association of International and Canadian Students (AICS) and the International Friendship Group hold events year-round and all students are welcome to participate.

Take a virtual tour

virtual tour


Take the interactive HSD Virtual Tour to learn more about us.

The interactive UVic Virtual Experience will show you academic life, campus life and life around town.

Note: This presentation is about 2.5 MB in Flash format

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