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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 Power of sport bridging divides

Power of sport bridging divides

The 2022 Victoria Forum convenes global delegates to discuss the Commonwealth lək̓ʷəŋən Sport Declaration on Truth, Reconciliation and Partnership with Indigenous Peoples.

Open Paddle forward together

Paddle forward together

Hand-carved paddles will be gifted to each country and institution ratifying the lək̓ʷəŋən declaration.

Open Ocean observing gets a big boost

Ocean observing gets a big boost

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, today welcomes a new federal investment in its world-leading ocean observatories located on the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic...

More international stories

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