New students

Congratulations on joining UVic! Be sure to check out the UVic Orientation site for the latest campus wide information on UVic's pre-arrival program, orientation eventsnew student handbook, and more.

Are you getting ready to start your first year in UVic Engineering or UVic Computer Science this September? With registration for classes now open, our Academic Advisors want to provide a few tips and suggestions to help set you on a path for success.

What kind of laptop should I buy?  Check out our latest computer recommendations, available services, software packages and more on our Faculty of Engineering IT service catalog.

Additional info for international students

Coming to UVic from another country can involve quite a few more steps than if you're arriving from just down the street.

Visit to find helpful advice and resources for international students who are new to Canada, including information on immigration, health insurance and cultural support.

Incoming student orientation

Orientation sessions are held at the beginning of September for engineering and computer science students entering the faculty. Another session is held at the beginning of January for engineering students entering via the bridge program.

An information session on the engineering programs is also held in late February to assist students in deciding which discipline to declare for second year.

Materials from recent sessions are available for review:

First year engineering and transfer student information

The following information is for students intending to pursue a BEng or BSEng degree.

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Software Engineering programs have a common requirement in physics, mathematics, programming, design and academic writing and differ by only one course. In the first year, students take:

  • CHEM 150 Engineering Chemistry
  • CSC 111 Fundamentals of Programming with Engineering Applications
  • ENGR 110 Design and Communication I
  • ENGR 120 Design and Communication II
  • ENGR 130 Introduction to Professional Practice
  • ENGR 141 Engineering Mechanics
  • MATH 100 or MATH 109 Calculus I
  • MATH 101 Calculus II
  • MATH 110 Matrix Algebra for Engineers
  • PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS 111 Introductory Physics II
  • CSC 115 Fundamentals of Programming II – for students pursuing Bachelor of Software Engineering, during first year, this second programming course should be done in the January-April term.  To make room for this, Chemistry can be done in second year.

Check out the program planning page for two-term and three-term first year engineering schedule options.

The allocation of students into individual BEng and BSEng degree programs (biomedical, civil, ...) for their second year will be carried out on a competitive basis. To qualify for program declaration students must have completed at least 12.0 units of program requirements, have a C+ average and no individual course grade less than C.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate students into their first area of choice, however, in the event that demand for any program is exceeded, admission to the second year of these degree programs will be based on academic performance.

For students attending university for the first time, we highly recommend a three-term schedule for the first year program. The three-term schedule allows students to consider other life commitments, family commitments, some extra-curricular, transition to the Victoria area, and/or transition to post secondary studies.

The first year of the program can be completed over three terms (Fall, Spring & Summer) or two terms (Fall & Spring). The summer term is designed to be lighter than the other terms in order to allow time to enjoy beautiful Victoria. When registration starts in June, you will register in both the Fall (September - December) and Spring terms (January - April) on your registration date and time. For those of you planning for the three-term first year, you will register for the Summer session in mid-March.

Playing a sport while studying? Are you trying to manage other significant demands on your time? – The three term first year program offers a reduced course load, but if you have another significant demand on your time, like playing a sport or being a care giver, then you might find that this is not enough of a reduced course load. We recommend that you meet with your program adviser to develop a custom program plan to help you achieve academic success while still meeting the demands of your other life obligations.

Check out the program planning page for two-term and three-term first year engineering schedule options.

If you have transferred into our program into the second year of the program, please use the engineering program planning worksheets to assist you in planning your course registration.