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 statutory holidays and during reading breaks. Administrative offices and academic departments are closed on statutory 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.

2020/2021 Official academic year begins


Summer session

See this page for summer session add and drop dates.

May 2020

Senate meets

Friday, May 1st

May-August courses begin for all faculties

Monday, May 4th

May and May-June courses begin

Monday, May 11th

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

Sunday, May 17th

Victoria Day

Monday, May 18th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Thursday, May 21st - postponed to July 15th, 2020

June 2020

May courses end

Wednesday, June 3rd

June courses begin

Thursday, June 4th

Spring Convocation

Monday, June 8th until Friday, June 12th - postponed, see convocation for details

May-June and June courses end

Friday, June 26th

July 2020

Canada Day

Wednesday, July 1st

Reading Break May-August sections only

Wednesday, July 1st until Thursday, July 2nd

July and July-August courses begin

Monday, July 6th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, July 15th

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

Wednesday, July 15th

July courses end

Tuesday, July 28th

August courses begin

Wednesday, July 29th

Supplemental and deferred examinations for Winter Session (2019-2020)

Wednesday, July 29th until Friday, July 31st
Except for Business and Law courses

May-August classes end for all faculties

Friday, July 31st

August 2020

British Columbia Day

Monday, August 3rd

May-August examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, August 4th

May-August examinations end for all faculties

Monday, August 17th

July-August and August courses end

Friday, August 21st

Winter session - first term

September 2020

Labour Day

Monday, September 7th

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 8th

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 9th

Last day for course changes in Faculty of Law

Thursday, September 17th

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

Tuesday, September 22nd
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses, see Course add and drop dates

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

Tuesday, September 22nd

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 25th

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Wednesday, September 30th

October 2020

Senate meets

Friday, October 2nd

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 12th

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

Tuesday, October 13th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see Course add and drop dates

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 21st

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

Saturday, October 31st

November 2020

Senate meets

Friday, November 6th

Fall Convocation

Monday, November 9th until Tuesday, November 10th

Reading Break (except Faculty of Law)

Monday, November 9th until Wednesday, November 11th

Remembrance Day

Wednesday, November 11th

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

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

December 2020

Last day of classes in the first term for Faculty of Law

Thursday, December 3rd

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Friday, December 4th
Classes and exams cancelled from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties except the Faculty of Law

Friday, December 4th

Senate meets

Friday, December 4th

First term examinations begin for all faculties

Monday, December 7th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Tuesday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Monday, December 21st

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25th

University closed

Friday, December 25th until Sunday, January 3rd

Boxing Day

Saturday, December 26th

Winter session - second term

January 2021

New Year’s Day

Friday, January 1st

University closed

Friday, January 1st until Sunday, January 3rd

Second term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, January 6th

Senate meets

Friday, January 8th

Last day for course changes in Faculty of Law

Thursday, January 14th

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 19th

Last day for adding courses that begin in the second term

Wednesday, January 20th

Last day for paying second term fees without penalty

Sunday, January 31st

February 2021

Senate meets

Friday, February 5th

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

Sunday, February 7th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see Course add and drop dates

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

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

Family Day

Monday, February 15th

Reading Break for all faculties

Monday, February 15th until Friday, February 19th

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

Sunday, February 28th

March 2021

Senate meets

Friday, March 5th

April 2021

Good Friday

Friday, April 2nd

Easter Monday

Monday, April 5th

Last day of classes for all faculties except Faculty of Law

Wednesday, April 7th

Last day of class for the Faculty of Law

Friday, April 9th

Senate meets

Friday, April 9th

Examinations begin for all faculties except Faculty of Law

Saturday, April 10th

Examinations begin for the Faculty of Law

Monday, April 12th

Examinations end for all faculties

Monday, April 26th
End of Winter Session

2021/2022 Official academic year begins


Summer session

See this page for summer session add and drop dates.

May 2021

May - August courses begin for all faculties

Wednesday, May 5th

Senate meets

Friday, May 7th

May and May-June courses begin

Monday, May 10th

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

Tuesday, May 18th

Victoria Day

Monday, May 24th

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Thursday, May 27th

June 2021

May Courses End

Wednesday, June 2nd

June Courses Begin

Thursday, June 3rd

Spring Convocation

Monday, June 7th until Friday, June 11th

May-June and June Courses End

Friday, June 25th

July 2021

Canada Day

Thursday, July 1st

Reading Break May-August sections only

Thursday, July 1st until Friday, July 2nd

July and July-August courses begin

Monday, July 5th

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

Thursday, July 15th

July courses end

Tuesday, July 27th

August courses begin

Wednesday, July 28th

Supplemental and deferred examinations for Winter Session 2020-2021 (except for Business and Law courses)

Wednesday, July 28th until Friday, July 30th

May-August classes end for all faculties

Friday, July 30th

August 2021

British Columbia Day

Monday, August 2nd

May-August examinations begin for all faculties

Tuesday, August 3rd

May-August examinations end for all faculties

Thursday, August 19th

July-August and August courses end

Friday, August 20th

Winter session - first term

September 2021

Labour Day

Monday, September 6th

First year registration and opening assembly for Faculty of Law

Tuesday, September 7th

First term classes begin for all faculties

Wednesday, September 8th

Last day for course changes in Faculty of Law

Thursday, September 16th

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

Tuesday, September 21st
50% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see Course add and drop dates

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

Tuesday, September 21st

Last day for adding courses that begin in the first term

Friday, September 24th

Last day for paying first term fees without penalty

Thursday, September 30th

October 2021

Senate meets

Friday, October 1st

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 11th

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

Tuesday, October 12th
100% of tuition fees will be assessed for courses dropped after this date. For non-standard courses see Course add and drop dates

Senate Committee on Academic Standards meets to approve Convocation lists

Wednesday, October 20th

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

Sunday, October 31st

November 2021

Senate meets

Friday, November 5th

Fall Convocation

Wednesday, November 10th

Reading Break (except Faculty of Law)

Wednesday, November 10th until Friday, November 12th

Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 11th

Fall Convocation

Friday, November 12th

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

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

December 2021

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Friday, December 3rd
Classes and exams cancelled from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Senate meets

Friday, December 3rd

Last day of classes in first term for all faculties

Friday, December 3rd

First-term examinations begin for all faculties

Monday, December 6th

Undergraduate deadline to apply to graduate for Spring Convocation

Wednesday, December 15th

First term examinations end for all faculties

Monday, December 20th

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25th

University closed

Saturday, December 25th until Monday, January 3rd

Boxing Day

Sunday, December 26th