International opportunities

Lauren Law in India
UVic geography student Lauren Law earned university credits studying abroad in India during a field school. Photo: Phil Dearden.

Have you ever wanted to experience life in another country?

If you are interested in an international experience, there are many opportunities available for you. Participating in an exchange or field school are just a couple of the options available to Social Science students.

Sign up for the International Office's study abroad mailing list to learn more about study abroad options or contact your department.

A field school is an extended field trip, group study tour or off-campus university course for a small group of students. The students are accompanied by an instructor for the field school, who is usually an academic staff member from their home institution.

Students normally receive course credit for successful participation in field schools. For field schools planned for the coming academic year, contact the department's undergraduate advisor(s).

Recent department offerings

  • The Department of Geography offers a variety of field schools, including opportunities to study in San Francisco and India. They also offer field schools around the province of BC.
  • The Department of Anthropology, in partnership with Parks Canada, offers a collaborative archaeology field school in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, British Columbia.
  • The School of Environmental Studies offers Redfish School of Change, an interactive and experiential field school designed for undergraduate students interested in food security, ecological sustainability and social equity. Students are placed across British Columbia.

If you yearn for travel, but feel an equal desire to continue your studies, an international exchange helps you do both.

The University of Victoria has agreements with over 100 partnership agreements with institutions in 33 countries. From Europe to the South Pacific, from the Far East to the Netherlands, you have many corners of the world to choose from. Learn more from the IESS website.

Our department offerings

Co-op and Career offers job opportunities all over the world—about six per cent of our placements are with employers outside Canada. We can help you find, plan and prepare for a co-op job abroad. For more information visit the Co-op abroad page on the Co-op and Career Services website.

The Department of Political Science offers a Model United Nations Club, an academic simulation of the United Nations. Each year the UVic Model UN club has participated in the National Model United Nations conference in the New York City. UVic has represented such countries as the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, China and, most recently, Saudi Arabia.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) has a database of over 2,000 short-term study-abroad options.