Before and when you arrive

Please be sure to put your travel documents, health insurance and housing in order before you arrive. Once you do arrive, you'll find our student orientation provides you with everything you need to launch an amazing Canadian business school exchange.

Have further questions? Contact our Incoming Exchange Adviser.

It is important that you obtain and maintain your immigration status with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). To study in Canada, you may need to apply for a study permit from a Canadian visa office outside of Canada. Also, you may need to obtain a temporary resident visa in order to enter Canada. Please check with the nearest Canadian visa office in order to find out more.

Starting Fall 2018, the University of Victoria has implemented a Mandatory Temporary Medical Insurance (MTMI) plan, administered through, which will cover exchange students for one semester while studying at UVic. If you are staying for two semesters, you would need to apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) once you arrive in Victoria for medical coverage during your second semester. The cost of this MTMI plan is CAD $265.00 (subject to change during the 2021/2022 academic year) for the semester and must be purchased once you are in Victoria.

There are two types of accommodation (residence and homestay) available which are arranged for you through the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

UVic Residence

Others may prefer on-campus residence (room & access to cafeteria). The Gustavson School of Business is allotted 40 single rooms in residence. Rooms will be assigned on a waitlist basis if you are only staying for one term. The residence location is convenient; all campus facilities can be reached within ten minutes by foot. Please note, the process for on-campus housing is extremely competitive, especially in the fall term; as a result, the likelihood of securing a spot on-campus is very low. The process is less competitive during the spring term. To apply and find out more information, please visit the UVic Housing website. If you are assigned a room, you can make arrangements to move in prior to the Exchange Orientation (for the fall term only). UVic Housing website:

Homestay (Due to COVID-19, Uvic’s homestay program is closed until further notice)

Homestay is available to all students. Homestay (room & board) is an excellent way for students to improve their English and experience Canadian living. Should you choose homestay, you will be matched with a Canadian host who has been carefully selected for his/her ability to provide a safe, comfortable, and friendly home. The family will provide you with your own room and food for CDN $950 per month. There is also a one time $250 application fee. To apply, please visit the Home Placement website. Homestay website:

Off-Campus Housing

Off-campus housing is the most common form of housing for UVic and exchange students. Exchange students can also search for accommodation independently. In such instances, students are responsible for undertaking the search process and making food arrangements. Please check out the Off-Campus Housing website for more information, as well as the local newspapers’ websites (Exp: Times Colonist) and UVic bulletin boards. Most accommodation will be available the 1st of September, but some may be available immediately. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us for information regarding locations in Victoria. Off-Campus Housing:

Orientation is a MANDATORY event that is held for international exchange students coming to the University of Victoria through the Gustavson School of Business. It gives the opportunity for exchange students to get to know one another, other UVic students, faculty, and staff on a personal basis. Exchange students have always found this orientation to be an invaluable experience which aids in their integration to UVic.

In the fall semester, the orientation is scheduled one week before classes start; in the spring, the orientation takes place the day before classes begin.

It is important to note that Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, separate from Canada’s mainland and the city of Vancouver. Most international flights arrive at the Vancouver International Airport in the city of Vancouver. 

From there, you need to take a plane or a ferry to Victoria. Since you may have a long flight to Vancouver, we strongly encourage you to take a plane, which takes only 20 minutes. (By bus and ferry, it takes more than four hours to travel) There are TWO ways to get to the University of Victoria from the Victoria Airport:

  • Take the airport (YYJ Airport Shuttle ) shuttle bus. The bus leaves the airport frequently and takes you to major hotels downtown. You can also ask the driver to take you to the UVic Housing Office. The cost is approximately $25.00 per person
  • Take a taxi to the University. The cost is approximately $40.00 to $50.00. If you are traveling with two more people, this may be a good option.