Academic important dates

In recognition of the fact that the University of Victoria is a diverse community, the Office of Equity and Human Rights has compiled a list of high holy days. Faculty and staff may wish to refer to this list in responding to requests from members of religious groups for variations in examination schedules due to religious observances.

Classes are cancelled on all public holidays and during reading breaks. Administrative offices and academic departments are closed on public holidays. Holidays that fall on a weekend are observed on the next available weekday, normally on a Monday. The UVic Libraries are normally closed on holidays; exceptions are posted in advance.

Winter session - second term

January 2024

University closed (Winter Break)

Monday, January 1st 

Senate meets

Friday, January 5th

Second term classes begin for all faculties

Monday, January 8th

Last day for adding or dropping courses in the Faculty of Law

Thursday, January 18th

Last day for 100% reduction of second term fees for standard courses

Sunday, January 21st
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in second term

Sunday, January 21st

Last day for adding courses that begin in the second term (except for Faculty of Law)

Wednesday, January 24th

Last day for paying second term fees without penalty

Wednesday, January 31st

February 2024

Senate meets

Friday, February 2nd

Last day for 50% reduction of tuition fees for standard courses

Sunday, February 11th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Centrally Scheduled Midterm Examination Period (Pilot)

Friday, February 9th - Saturday, February 10th

(Select courses in the Faculties of Science, Social Sciences, and Engineering and Computer Science only)

Faculty of Graduate Studies deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Thursday, February 15th
Students completing in the Spring term only

University Closed (Family Day)

Monday, February 19th

Reading Break for all faculties

Monday, February 19th until Friday, February 23rd

Last day for withdrawing from full year and second term courses without penalty of failure

Thursday, February 29th

March 2024

April 2024

University Closed (Easter Monday)

Monday, April 1st

Senate Meets

Friday, April 5th

Last day of classes for all faculties

Monday, April 8th

Examinations begin for all faculties

Thursday, April 11th

Examinations end for all faculties

Friday, April 26th
End of Winter Session

2024/2025 Official academic year begins


Summer session

See undergraduate and graduate Summer Session add and drop dates.

May 2024

Senate Meets

Friday, May 3rd

May - August courses begin for all faculties

Wednesday, May 8th

May and May-June courses begin

Monday, May 13th

University Closed (Victoria Day)

Monday, May 20th

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in summer

Tuesday, May 21st

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Thursday, May 23rd

Fees deadlines for summer

Friday, May 31st
See undergraduate and graduate add and drop dates for standard summer courses

June 2024

May Courses End

Wednesday, June 5th

June Courses Begin

Thursday, June 6th

Spring Convocation

Monday, June 10th - Friday, June 14th

May-June and June Courses End

Friday, June 28th

July 2024

University Closed (Canada Day)

Monday, July 1st

Reading Break May-August sections only

Monday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 2nd

July and July-August courses begin

Wednesday, July 3rd

Deadline to apply to graduate for Fall Convocation (all faculties)

Monday, July 15th

July courses end

Thursday, July 25th

August courses begin

Friday, July 26th

Supplemental and deferred examinations for Winter Session 2023-2024 (except for Business and Law courses)

Monday, July 29th - Wednesday, July 31st

August 2024

 

May-August classes end for all faculties

Friday, August 2nd

University Closed (British Columbia Day)

Monday, August 5th

May-August examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, August 6th

May-August examinations end for all faculties

Saturday, August 17th

July-August and August courses end

Sunday, August 18th

Winter session - first term

September 2024

University Closed (Labour Day)

Monday, September 2nd

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 3rd

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 4th

Last day for adding or dropping courses in the Faculty of Law

Thursday, September 12th

Last day for 100% reduction of tuition fees for standard first term and full year courses

Tuesday, September 17th
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in first term

Tuesday, September 17th

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 20th

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Monday, September 30th

University Closed (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

Monday, September 30th

October 2024

Senate meets

Friday, October 4th

Last day for 50% reduction of tuition fees for standard courses

Tuesday, October 8th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

University Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

Monday, October 14th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 23rd

Last day for withdrawing from first term courses without penalty of failure

Thursday, October 31st

November 2024

Senate meets

Friday, November 1st

University Closed (Remembrance Day)

Monday, November 11th

Reading Break for all faculties 

Monday, November 11th - Wednesday, November 13th

Fall Convocation

Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, Nov 13th

Faculty of Graduate Studies deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Friday, November 15th
Students completing in the Fall term only

December 2024

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties

Wednesday, December 4th

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Wednesday, December 4th

Classes and exams cancelled from 11:30am - 12:30pm

Senate meets

Friday, December 6th

First term examinations begin for all faculties

Saturday, December 7th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Sunday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Friday, December 20th

University closed (Winter Break)

Wednesday, December 25th - Tuesday, December 31st

Winter session - second term

January 2025

University closed (Winter Break)

Wednesday, January 1st 

Senate meets

Friday, January 3rd

Second term classes begin for all faculties

Monday, January 6th

Last day for adding or dropping courses in the Faculty of Law

Thursday, January 16th

Last day for 100% reduction of second term fees for standard courses

Sunday, January 19th
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in second term

Sunday, January 19th

Last day for adding courses that begin in the second term (except for Faculty of Law)

Wednesday, January 22nd

Last day for paying second term fees without penalty

Friday, January 31st

February 2025

Senate meets

Friday, February 7th

Last day for 50% reduction of tuition fees for standard courses

Sunday, February 9th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Faculty of Graduate Studies deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Saturday, February 15th
Students completing in the Spring term only

University Closed (Family Day)

Monday, February 17th

Reading Break for all faculties

Monday, February 17th - Friday, February 21st

Last day for withdrawing from full year and second term courses without penalty of failure

Friday, February 28th

March 2025

Senate Meets

Friday, March 7th

Last day of classes for all faculties

Friday, April 4th

Examinations begin for all faculties

Monday, April 7th

University Closed (Good Friday)

Friday, April 18th

University Closed (Easter Monday)

Monday, April 21st

Examinations end for all faculties

Friday, April 25th
End of Winter Session

2025/2026 Official academic year begins


Summer session

See undergraduate and graduate Summer Session add and drop dates.

May 2025

Senate Meets

Friday, May 2nd

May-August courses begin for all faculties

Wednesday, May 7th

May and May-June courses begin

Monday, May 12th

University Closed (Victoria Day)

Monday, May 19th

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in summer

Tuesday, May 20th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Thursday, May 22nd

Fees deadlines for summer

Saturday, May 31st
See undergraduate and graduate add and drop dates for standard summer courses

June 2025

May Courses End

Wednesday, June 4th

June Courses Begin

Thursday, June 5th

Spring Convocation

Monday, June 9th - Friday, June 13th

May-June and June Courses End

Friday, June 27th

Reading Break May-August sections only (except Law)

Monday, June 30th

July 2025

University Closed (Canada Day)

Tuesday, July 1st

Reading Break May-August sections only (except Law)

Tuesday, July 1st 

July and July-August courses begin

Thursday, July 3rd

Deadline to apply to graduate for Fall Convocation (all faculties)

Tuesday, July 15th

July courses end

Friday, July 25th

August courses begin

Monday, July 28th

Supplemental and deferred examinations for Winter Session 2024-2025 (except for Business and Law courses)

Tuesday, July 29th - Thursday, July 31st

August 2025

 

May-August classes end for all faculties

Friday, August 1st

University Closed (British Columbia Day)

Monday, August 4th

May-August examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, August 5th

May-August examinations end for all faculties

Saturday, August 16th

July-August and August courses end

Wednesday, August 20th

Winter session - first term

September 2025

University Closed (Labour Day)

Monday, September 1st

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 2nd

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 3rd

Last day for adding or dropping courses in the Faculty of Law

Thursday, September 11th

Last day for 100% reduction of tuition fees for standard first term and full year courses

Tuesday, September 16th
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

Last day for graduate students to register in a personal leave in first term

Tuesday, September 16th

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 19th

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Tuesday, September 30th

University Closed (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)

Tuesday, September 30th

October 2025

Senate meets

Friday, October 3rd

Last day for 50% reduction of tuition fees for standard courses

Tuesday, October 7th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see undergraduate and graduate course add and drop dates.

University Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

Monday, October 13th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 22nd

Last day for withdrawing from first term courses without penalty of failure

Friday, October 31st

November 2025

Senate meets

Friday, November 7th

University Closed (Remembrance Day)

Tuesday, November 11th

Reading Break for all faculties 

Monday, November 10th - Wednesday, November 12th

Fall Convocation

Monday, November 10th and Wednesday, Nov 12th

Faculty of Graduate Studies deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Saturday, November 15th
Students completing in the Fall term only

December 2025

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties

Wednesday, December 3rd

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Wednesday, December 3rd

Classes and exams cancelled from 11:30am - 12:30pm

Senate meets

Friday, December 5th

First term examinations begin for all faculties

Saturday, December 6th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Monday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Saturday, December 20th

University closed (Winter Break)

Thursday, December 25th - Wednesday, December 31st