International students find a home at UVic

International students find a home at UVic

International Students talk frankly, openly and genuinely about what they love about their life at the University of Victoria in this video.

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International Commons

The new Marnie Swanson International Commons in the Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library is a place where international and domestic students can access academic help, information, resources, programming, services and events to support their success at UVic.

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A network of support for international students

Over 1600 international students from 100 different countries choose UVic each year. We have a wide variety of services to make our international students' experience as positive as possible.

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Contributing to progress

Pramuk (May) Pongpitpitak (mechanical engineering) spent a co-op work term at Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), where he was responsible for quality control and managed research on elevator traffic for the new Patient Care Centre at Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital.

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A view of UVic from the air

Be inspired by the West Coast. UVic is located minutes to the ocean. Enjoy year-round hiking, cycling and surfing.

International students

UVic rates as one of the world's best schools according to Times Higher Education's (THE) world university rankings. Learn more about our rankings.

Over 1600 international students from 100 different countries choose UVic each year. With many undergraduate programs, graduate programs, diverse athletic, social and cultural opportunities.

Real-life learning

UVic stands out for its approach to learning, tying it directly to real-life work through one of the largest co-operative education programs in Canada.

Support for international students

You'll feel right at home in the Marnie Swanson International Commons. It's a place where international students can access academic help, information, resources, programming, services and events to support their success at UVic. Read an article about the opening and watch a performance by international students.

About our location in Victoria

The university is located a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria, BC and within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Victoria is British Columbia's beautiful capital city at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. One of the best places to live, Victoria is home to a mix of arts, food, shopping and sports—a city of both cultural entertainment and natural spaces. Learn more about Victoria.

Average costs for international undergraduate students

Based on two terms of study, five courses per term. Current as of September 2013.

Expense International
citizens
Canadian citizens and
permanent residents
Tuition $16,366 $5,058
Student fees $149 $149
Books and supplies $1,700 (up to) $1,700 (up to)
Room and board $7,500 (average) $7,500 (average)
Bus pass $162 $162
Health and dental plan * $288 $288
Athletics and recreation $158 $155
TOTAL * $26,323 $15,015

Come to UVic to develop English for life. The English Language Centre (ELC) has been offering high quality ESL programs since 1970. They welcome over 2500 students each year and are an important part of UVic. 

The ELC also offers the Homestay program, where international students are placed with host families. Homestay is available for all of the ELC's 12-week programs, and monthly English programs from September to May.

Spring 2014 - International travel schedule:

Dates Location Contact
Jan 27-31 India Sue
Feb 11-13 Seattle Heather
Feb 12-April 12 China Qi
Feb 22-Mar 2 Mexico Heather
March 1-6 Denmark Sue
Mar 17-27 Korea Qi
Mar 28-31 Vietnam Qi
Apr 1-11 Oslo, Copenhagen and Germany Angela
Apr 7-10 Hawaii/NACAC Heather
Apr 22-May 1 Southern California/NACAC Angela
Apr 25-29 Seattle and Portland/PNACAC Sue
Apr 30-May 2 Santa Fe Heather
May 3-10 Northern California/WACAC Heather

UVic has a strong commitment to its international student community. We have a wide variety of services to make our international students' experience as positive as possible.

The International Office strives to make each international student's stay at UVic as rewarding as possible. They provide pre-arrival support, orientation on arrival and ongoing assistance after students have arrived for their studies at UVic.

Get advice

Once you're on campus, visit the International Office to connect with the Global Community or to meet with an international student adviser. Advisers can answer your questions about things like health insurance and Canadian immigration regulations, and can provide advice on academic resources available to you.

International commons

Drop by the Marnie Swanson International Commons for study space, conversational cafes, workshops, an intercultural learning group and more.

Connect with other students

You'll find many opportunities to connect with other students on campus. Student clubs like the Association of International and Canadian Students (AICS) and the International Friendship Group hold events year-round and all students are welcome to participate.

Applicants to the University of Victoria are not required to hire an agent or commercial representative to assist with the application process.

If you wish to verify an agent's relationship please contact uvip@uvic.ca.