Academic advising

Academic advising
An adviser will help you to succeed at university and assist you in reaching your full potential.

Advising services are available to assist you in matching programs and opportunities to your abilities, interests and career goals, and to provide guidance on academic requirements and appropriate strategies and resources to support degree completion.

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Contacting your adviser

If you have questions or need assistance with program and degree planning you're encouraged to take advantage of the advising services available to you:

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Peter B. Gustavson Contact Phone Email
Business Student Services Office (BEC 283) Advising Team 250-472-4728

Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies Phone Email
Registration help (CST 2nd floor) 250-472-4777

Refer to the Continuing Studies A-Z directory for program-specific advisors.

Faculty of Education

Education Phone Email
Kinesiology (MCK 115) 250-721-6554
Recreation & Health Education (MCK 115) 250-721-6554
Teacher Education (MAC A250) 250-721-7877

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Contact Phone Email
1st year BEng and BSEng (EOW 211) LeAnne Golinksy 250-721-6018
2nd, 3rd and 4th year BME, MECH and BSEng (EOW 207) Belinda de Jong 250-472-5215
2nd, 3rd and 4th year CENG, CIVE and ELEC (EOW 219) Alejandra Montenegro 250-472-5216
Exchange and visiting students (EOW 206) Tracy Kirkendale 250-721-6023
Advising support (EOW 206)

Val Cross

Tracy Kirkendale



Computer Science (ECS 512) Sue Butler 250-472-5757
Computer Science advising support (ECS 514) Erin Robinson 250-472-5812

Faculty of Fine Arts

Fine Arts Contact Phone Email
Fine Arts (FIA 119) Fine Arts Advising 250-472-5165
Music (MAC B106) Jill Michalski 250-721-7904

Faculty of Human and Social Development

Human & Social Development Contact Phone Email
Child & Youth Care (HSD B102A) Kathy Harrison 250-721-7984
Health Information Science (HSD A202) Sandy Polomark 250-721-8576
Indigenous Student Support Centre Shauna Underwood 250-472-5431
Nursing (HSD A402) Lori Klear 250-721-7961
Public Administration (HSD A302) Heather Kirkham 250-721-8849
Public Health and Social Policy Joan Gillie 250-853-3845
Social Work (HSD B302) Andrea Roszmann 250-721-8036

Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences

Academic Advising Centre

The Academic Advising Centre supports students in the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences throughout their degree with course selection and in developing personal academic plans that ensure graduation requirements will be met. Academic advisers can also help you reflect on your abilities, interests and career goals as they relate to your program and course choices.

Academic unit advisers

Academic unit advisers are faculty members who provide advice on their own specific programs of study within the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences; they can make students aware of the resources and academic opportunities in their units, advise on career paths in their academic field, approve adjustments to program requirements and determine whether transfer credits can be substituted for UVic course requirements.

The front-line staff in your department of study will be able to tell you the name and office number for your program's academic unit adviser.

Faculty of Law

Law Contact Phone Email
Pre-law students Janet Person 250-721-8155 or 250-721-8151
Current law students Yvonne Lawson 250-721-8153
Law Careers Office Heather Wiltse 250-472-4719 or 250-721-8790  or  
Law Co-op Office Francine Proctor 250-721-8196 or 250-721-8195  or
Financial Aid Office Margaret Suderman 250-721-8166

Courses to take if you know your program

If you're set on a particular field of study, review the corresponding program outline to determine the most appropriate courses for your first year at UVic. Once you've reviewed the outline for your program, it's also worth looking at the appropriate Calendar entry to get a better idea of how the recommended courses fit with your overall program requirements.

If you aren't sure what program to study

Many students are undecided about their program of study when they begin their undergraduate studies, while others end up graduating from a different program than the one in which they started.

Ask yourself:

  • What am I interested in? What are my values?
  • What are some future goals that I want to achieve? How or what kind of classes will support these goals?
  • What classes did I like in high-school? What are the classes that I didn’t like as much?
  • What kind of classes could I take that may open my mind to new ideas?

If you are still having a hard time deciding on the program to pursue, you might want to take a selection of courses from different areas of study so that you can explore your options. If you’d like to speak with someone about making the right program choice for you, get in touch with an academic adviser or check out the career exploration tools and workshops available through Counselling Services.