New students

Undergraduate students

Congratulations on joining UVic! Once you've confirmed your offer of admission, it's time to begin planning for your arrival at UVic. We're here to help, with lots of information to get you started.

Review the Academic Writing Requirement

All undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program are required to meet UVic's Academic Writing Requirement. Your admission offer will indicate if you have already satisfied the requirement.

Register for a math pretest

If you have not previously completed grade 11/12 math through a Canadian curriculum high school, you may need to write a math pretest to demonstrate that you meet prerequisites for certain math courses. Sign up in advance to write a test when you arrive at UVic.

Start planning your studies

Course registration begins in mid-June for both fall and spring terms and mid-March for summer term. Check out Program planning and course registration for information on selecting courses, structuring your schedule and planning your degree.

Attend a Registration 101 event

Attend a Registration 101 event in your community, on campus or online by webinar.

Register for courses

Look for your timeticket email, which contains your date and time for course registration:

  • Timeticket emails are sent in early June for courses running September-April (winter session)
  • Timeticket emails are sent in March for courses running May-August (summer session)

Get your ONECard

After you are admitted to UVic and pay the $200 acceptance deposit, you are eligible to login to the ONECard Photo Submission page via My page.

New students should upload their photo online before arrival to reduce line-ups when picking up their new ONECard. Once you have registered for courses, the ONECard office will print your new card.

Sign up for UVic Orientation

Every new student is invited to participate in the programs and events offered by UVic Orientation. Registration opens in June for September orientation activities, and in November for January orientation.

Graduate students

Chek out the following pages on the he Faculty of Graduate Studies website to start your transition to life as a UVic graduate student:

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

Engineering information

The first year of the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Software Engineering program have a common requirements 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 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.

The allocation of students into BEng and BSEng degree programs will be carried out on a competitive basis. 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 in the first year of studies.

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.

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.