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 - first term

September 2022

Labour Day

Monday, September 5th

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 6th

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 7th

Last day for course changes in Faculty of Law

Thursday, September 15th

Day of Mourning - Queen Elizabeth II

Monday, September 19th

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

Tuesday, September 20th
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 20th

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 23rd

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Friday, September 30th

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Friday, September 30th

October 2022

Senate meets

Friday, October 7th

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 10th

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

Tuesday, October 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.

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 19th

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

Monday, October 31st

November 2022

Senate meets

Friday, November 4th

Fall Convocation

Wednesday, November 9th - Thursday, November 10th

Reading Break for all faculties 

Wednesday, November 9th - Friday, November 11th

Remembrance Day

Friday, November 11th

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

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

December 2022

Senate meets

Friday, December 2nd

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Tuesday, December 6th
Classes and exams cancelled from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties

Tuesday, December 6th (Friday course schedule)

First-term examinations begin for all faculties

Thursday, December 8th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Thursday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Wednesday, December 21st

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25th

Boxing Day

Monday, December 26th

University closed

Sunday, December 25th - Saturday, December 31st

Winter session - second term

January 2023

University closed (Winter Break)

Sunday, January 1st and Monday, January 2nd

Senate meets

Friday, January 6th

Second term classes begin for all faculties

Monday, January 9th

Last day for course changes in Faculty of Law

Thursday, January 19th

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

Sunday, January 22nd
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 22nd

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

Wednesday, January 25th

Last day for paying second term fees without penalty

Tuesday, January 31st

February 2023

Senate meets

Friday, February 3rd

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

Sunday, February 12th
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

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

University Closed (Family Day)

Monday, February 20th

Reading Break for all faculties

Monday, February 20th until Friday, February 24th

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

Tuesday, February 28th

March 2023

Senate meets

Friday, March 3rd

April 2023

Last day of classes for all faculties

Thursday, April 6th

University Closed (Good Friday)

Friday, April 7th

University Closed (Easter Monday)

Monday, April 10th

Examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, April 11th

Senate meets

Friday, April 14th

Examinations end for all faculties

Wednesday, April 26th
End of Winter Session

2023/2024 Official academic year begins


Summer session

See undergraduate and graduate Summer Session add and drop dates.

May 2023

May - August courses begin for all faculties

Wednesday, May 3rd

Senate meets

Friday, May 5th

May and May-June courses begin

Monday, May 15th

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

Tuesday, May 16th

University Closed (Victoria Day)

Monday, May 22nd

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Thursday, May 25th

Fees deadlines for summer

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

June 2023

May Courses End

Wednesday, June 7th

June Courses Begin

Thursday, June 8th

Spring Convocation

Monday, June 12th - Friday, June 16th

May-June and June Courses End

Friday, June 30th

July 2023

University Closed (Canada Day)

Saturday, July 1st

Reading Break May-August sections only

Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th

July and July-August courses begin

Wednesday, July 5th

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

Saturday, July 15th

July courses end

Thursday, July 27th

Supplemental and deferred examinations for Winter Session 2022-2023 (except for Business and Law courses)

Thursday, July 27th - Monday, July 31st

August courses begin

Friday, July 28th

May-August classes end for all faculties

Friday, July 28th

August 2023

University Closed (British Columbia Day)

Monday, August 7th

May-August examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, August 8th

May-August examinations end for all faculties

Friday, August 18th

July-August and August courses end

Monday, August 21st

Winter session - first term

September 2023

University Closed (Labour Day)

Monday, September 4th

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 5th

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 6th

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

Thursday, September 14th

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

Tuesday, September 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 first term

Friday, September 22nd

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 22nd

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Saturday, September 30th

October 2023

Senate meets

Friday, October 6th

University Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

Monday, October 9th

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

Tuesday, October 10th
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.

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 18th

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

Tuesday, October 31st

November 2023

Senate meets

Friday, November 3rd

University Closed (Remembrance Day, Nov 11th)

Monday, November 13th

Reading Break for all faculties 

Monday, November 13th - Wednesday, November 15th

Fall Convocation

Tuesday, November 14th and Wednesday, Nov 15th

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

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

December 2023

Senate meets

Friday, December 1st

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties

Monday, December 4th

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Monday, December 4th

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

First-term examinations begin for all faculties

Thursday, December 7th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Friday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Wednesday, December 20th

University closed (Winter Break)

Monday, December 25th - Sunday, December 31st

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.

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

Tuesday, February 29th

March 2024

Senate meets

Friday, March 1st

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

Tuesday, April 11th

Examinations end for all faculties

Wednesday, April 26th
End of Winter Session