How to apply

Am I eligible for incoming exchange?

Is your school an exchange partner with the UVic Peter B. Gustavson School of Business?

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business has partnerships with over 80 different international universities. Please refer to our list of exchange partners to see if your school currently has a partnership with us.

Have you been selected to go on exchange to Peter B. Gustavson School of Business?

All exchange students must be officially nominated by their home universities. The selection process varies from school to school. Please visit the exchange office in your home university to find out about eligibility for the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business exchange.

Have you met the English language proficiency requirement?

Students normally require a minimum TOEFL score of 550 to participate in the program. Students with a TOEFL below 575 will be restricted in their course selection and course load. Students interested in MBA-level courses require a TOEFL score of 575.

Application details

Application deadline

April 30 is the application deadline for the fall and spring terms.

Application package

You are required to submit the following by email:
  • International Exchange Program Application Form
  • Course Preference Form
  • one passport-sized colour photo
  • unofficial transcript  
  • TOEFL score (TOEIC is also acceptable)

Course selection

Term Dates

Fall Term—first week of September to third week of December
Spring Term—first week of January to third week of April

Course Load

A normal course work load for Canadian students is five courses (7.5 units).  Exchange students can take from three to five courses depending on their academic comfort level.

Exchange Courses

There are two courses specially designed for and offered to exchange students:

  • COM 206: Business English (1.5 units)

Business English is designed to support the study of other course material and to enhance the transition to regular business courses offered by the Faculty of Business. Students in the course are given opportunities to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills under the guidance of a highly trained instructor experienced in teaching English as a second language.  Students with a TOEFL score of less than 575 are required to enrol in this course.

  • COM 390/290: An Introduction to the Canadian Business Environment (1.5 units)

The purpose of this course is to introduce exchange students to the practical realities of doing business in Canada, with Canadians. The course covers a broad range of topics including an overview of the social, political and economical environments in Canada. 

How to Register for Courses

Exchange students studying in the fall and/or spring semester must submit their Course Selection Forms by April 30 along with their exchange application form.

You should make your selection from the following course list only. Please do not choose from courses listed in the UVic Calendar or from other sources. You should complete our Course Preference Form and submit it to us by the deadline date. If you have the proper prerequisites and TOEFL score, we will do our best to register you in your selected courses; however, this is not always possible due to course availability.

Course outlines are sent to partner universities at the same time as the exchange applicaitons.

Course List

Below is the tentative list of courses available for the fall (September) and spring (January) terms 2013/14. 

The 400-level courses are specialization courses, which students take in the last year of their business degree program. These top-quality courses are taught by professors who are leaders in their respective fields. The 300-level courses are basic business courses taught to students in their first year of the business degree (third-year courses in the BCom program) and are similar to the core business courses taught in most business schools around the world. Please note: there is limited space in these courses.
MBA specializations are available only to MBA exchange students with a TOEFL score above 575. Each specialization is worth three courses, a total of 4.5 units.

Course list - 2013/14

Exchange work term

We believe combining classroom theories and concepts with real world problems is an integral part of the education process. As such, we have developed agreements with some of our exchange partners to assist each others' students in obtaining a work term in the host country for the semester following the academic exchange.

Work terms are paid and usually last for four months. Students compete for positions in Victoria, and throughout all of Canada. Our employers range from multi-national corporations to local businesses, and offer a wide range of positions in many fields.

For more information, please visit the Business Co-op and Career Centre.
If you are interested in this additional exchange opportunity, contact your International Office to find out if such an agreement is in place our School.

Your work term application form and current resumé must be submitted along with your exchange application by April 30. Note: if you wish to participate in the work term exchange, you need to obtain a Study Permit before arriving in Canada.

Important dates


Fall Term 2013


Spring Term 2014






Adventure Tour






First term classes begin






New Year's day - holiday

Exchange welcome

Second term classes begin




Thanksgiving Day





Reading break






Remembrance day

Reading break









Last day of classes

Final exams begin

Last day of final exams







Last day of classes

Final exams begin

Easter break

Last day of final exams