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.

Program Office - location Contact
Business Business Student Services Office - BEC 283 250-472-4728
Continuing Studies Registration help - CST 2nd floor
Kinesiology, Recreation & Health Education Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Adviser - MCK 115
Teacher Education Teacher Education Adviser - MAC A250
Indigenous Education Indigenous Education Student Support - MAC A264
Engineering & Software Engineering 1st Year Adviser - EOW 211
Biomedical, Computer, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical & Software Engineering Exchange and visiting students - EOW 206
Biomedical, Computer, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical & Software Engineering Advising support - EOW 206



Biomedical, Mechanical & Software Engineering 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Adviser - EOW 207
Computer, Civil and Electrical Engineering 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Adviser - EOW 219
Computer Science  Adviser - ECS 512
Computer Science  Advising support - ECS 514
Fine Arts Adviser - FIA  119
Music Adviser - MAC  B106
Child & Youth Care Adviser - HSD B102A
Health Information Science Adviser -  A202 250-721-8576
Indigenous Student Support Centre Student Support Centre 250-472-5431
Nursing Adviser - HSD A402


Public Administration Adviser - HSD A302
Public Health and Social Policy Adviser 
Social Work Adviser - HSD B302
Law Pre-law student adviser
250-721-8155 or 250-721-8151
Law Current law student adviser

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.

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.