Explore UVic

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Whether you're applying for September 2018 or just thinking ahead, Explore UVic is your chance to see what we're all about. We're excited to welcome you to our campus and show you all of the reasons why UVic students love being a part of our extraordinary academic environment.

Are you energized by world-class programs? Do you have a strong desire to make an impact? Or are you just looking for opportunities that you can't get anywhere else?

Whatever it is that motivates you, you'll find it at the University of Victoria.

Event schedule

There's lots to do at Explore UVic, and you can pick and choose what you'll do and when you'll do it. Take in everything we have to offer, or focus on the activities that matter most to you!

NEW! Our downloadable schedule and map is now available, and we encourage you to plan your day so that you can make the most of your time.

Download the PDF

Please note that times and locations are subject to change.

Check-in & information desk (8:15 - 4:15)

Visit the Welcome Centre to pick up your Explore UVic information package, including a special discount coupon for the UVic Bookstore. Start here if you need help planning your day or finding your way around our campus.

Information fair (8:30 - 4:00)

Campus tours (8:45 - 5:30)

Go on a walking tour of our campus to see some of our favourite spots, led by a current student who can tell you all about their experience at UVic. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long, and depart from the University Centre at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited. We recommend signing up at least 10-15 minutes ahead of time.

Presentations & student panels (9:00, 10:00, 2:00, 3:00)

Find out everything you need to know about becoming a UVic student. You'll get an overview of admissions for high school and transfer students, learn about the next steps after you apply, and get your questions answered by a panel of current UVic students. Above all, you'll see how we support you throughout your time at UVic.

Presentations and student panels take place in the Engineering and Computer Science Building, and are approximately 50 minutes long.

  • High school students (ECS Room 123): 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Transfer students (ECS Room 124): 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Sample lectures (9:00, 10:00, 2:00, 3:00)

Take in a special lecture by a UVic faculty member to experience a real university classroom environment. We're planning four lectures on a variety of topics, so that you can see what's in store for you at UVic.

Sample lectures take place in the Bob Wright Centre (Room B150), and are approximately 50 minutes long.

9:00 a.m. - Cultural Intelligence: A critical leadership skill for everyone

Learn about cultural intelligence from Professior Brian Leacock. You'll explore how it builds on emotional intelligence, and learn why it's considered a critical skill for leadership in a multicultural society and globalized business environment.

10:00 a.m. - Stereochemistry: Molecular Handshakes Between Medicines and their Targets in the Body

Stereochemistry is the study of molecular shapes. Molecules act on their surroundings by binding to other molecules, and their shapes determine which other molecules they bind to. Meet Dr. Fraser Hof and learn about chirality—a form of stereochemistry that is especially important for the chemistry of medicines and of life.

2:00 p.m. - Game Over: Are video games better than books?

Join Dr. Chris Goto-Jones and explore the provocative question of whether video games have replaced books as the pre-eminent expression of the human spirit in contemporary societies. If so, should we lament or celebrate this? And why?

3:00 p.m. - Information Security: The CIA Triad

Communicating on the internet is like shouting across a crowded room: your message can be overheard by anyone who listens, not just the intended recipient. The study of information security includes methods to keep private messages secret, prevent impersonation and ensure reliability. Join Dr. Bill Bird to learn about three core facets of information security known as "The CIA triad": Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.

Faculty information fairs & building tours (10:30 - 2:30)

Visit our faculties to meet your future professors and talk to current students who can tell you about our academic programs and departments. You'll see the buildings and classrooms that serve as home bases for our faculties and schools, and learn about the opportunities available to you.

  • Information fairs: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Building tours: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited. We recommend signing up at least 10-15 minutes ahead of time.

Faculty/school Building Location
Business Business and Economics Lobby
Education: Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education McKinnon Lobby
Education: Teacher Education MacLaurin David Lam Auditorium Lobby
Engineering Engineering Lab Wing Lobby
Fine Arts Fine Arts Lobby
Human & Social Development Human & Social Development Lobby
Humanities Clearihue Room A127
Science Bob Wright Centre Lobby
Social Sciences David Turpin A-Wing Lobby (UPDATED!)

UVic Bookstore

The UVic Bookstore offers much more than just textbooks, with all sorts of UVic gear, a coffee shop and even a kid's section! It's open from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Don't forget to check in at the Welcome Centre to get your special discount coupon for Explore UVic attendees.

Food outlets

If you're looking for a cup of coffee or want to sit down for lunch, you'll find lots of great options across campus.

Outlet Building Hours
Commons Kitchen Cadboro Commons 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mystic Market: Boardwalk Cafe, General Store University Centre 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Nibbles & Bytes Cafe Engineering Lab Wing 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Bean There Student Union 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BiblioCafe McPherson Library 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Finnerty Express Cafe Bookstore 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mystic Market: Flamin' Good Grill, Tofino's University Centre 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Getting here

At Explore UVic, you'll meet families who have lived in Victoria their entire lives, and others who are visiting Vancouver Island for the very first time. We've got options to help you get here, including complimentary buses from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and free parking for the whole day (look for the parking code in your confirmation email).

Round-trip buses from Swartz Bay

Catch the 7:00 a.m. ferry from Tsawwassen as a walk-on passenger, and when you arrive at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal we'll be there to meet you! At the end of the day, we'll return you to Swartz Bay for the 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. sailing.

The bus service is free, but you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.

Free parking at UVic

If you're travelling in your own vehicle, we'll provide you with free, all-day parking in any of our General Parking lots (refer to the parking map for locations).

After you register, you'll receive a parking access code in your email prior to the event. Register your vehicle by entering the code and your license plate number into a UVic parking machine.


Registration is closed.