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International perspectives

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UVic hosts over 4,000 international students. Our academic and research activities make a vital impact world-wide. 

UVic’s International Plan

The UVic International Plan sets key objectives and strategies to move us forward in this era of heightened connectivity. We’re advancing our vision of internationalization and contributing to a better future for people, places and the planet.

International study & work

We attract students, faculty and staff from around the world. We have over 4,000 international students  - 3,000 of these are here on study permits from 118 different countries. 

Each year, more than 800 UVic students pursue formal international education and research opportunities. These include field schools, exchange programs and co-op job placements.

International research

UVic ranks among the world’s best and most internationally-engaged research universities. Our international focus infuses the work of every faculty and research centre.

Our research strengths are at the core of UVic’s commitment to meaningful change. Our international research partnerships address some of the social, economic and environmental challenges most relevant to the world today. 

Global partnerships

UVic has active partnership agreements with over 300 post-secondary institutions located worldwide. Through these partnerships, our faculty, students and staff travel abroad for study, co-op, professional development and research.

International stories

Open Global business program leads grad home

Global business program leads grad home

Kashtin Apsassin, who graduates with a Master of Global Business degree this spring, is one of many new grads around the world who finished their degrees during a pandemic. In his case that also meant...

UVic moves up in global rankings

The results of the 2022 QS World University Rankings show that UVic continues to be a global leader, climbing 36 places from last year. UVic is also ranked at 120 globally in the primary QS indicator...

Open From Saanich to Spain—and back again

From Saanich to Spain—and back again

One semester studying abroad in Spain gave UVic graduate Elijah Ackerly a new perspective on life back home in Saanich that would change his path forever. “I fell in love with the language and culture...

More international stories

Student experiences

International students talk about what they love about their life at UVic.

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