Incoming exchange students

Incoming exchange students celebrating the Vancouver Winter Olympics
Incoming exchange students celebrating the Vancouver Winter Olympics

Come experience an academic adventure on Canada's extraordinary West Coast!

Each year, exchange students from over 40 countries come to live and study at the Gustavson School of Business located in Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. The University of Victoria campus is located on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, and we acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples as well as the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Vancouver Island spans the Pacific Northwest coast from the Great Bear Rainforest to the Salish Sea. From mountain ranges, windswept beaches to rainforests – there are many things to explore on our beautiful island. Come and study at our university where you can build rich personal connections and be a part of a vibrant learning community.

Eligibility

Here are three things that incoming exchange students need to have to be eligible for our program:

  1. Your home university is an exchange partner with the Gustavson School of Business. View our list of exchange partners to see if your school currently has a partnership with us. Please visit the exchange office in your home university to see if you are eligible for the Gustavson School of Business exchange.
  2. You have completed a minimum of 1 year of business courses prior to exchange. Students who have taken Microeconomics, Statistics & Finite Math will have a larger course selection at Gustavson.
  3. You have a strong English proficiency level. All our courses are in English and require active participation. We request students to have a strong English level in order to succeed and get the best experience in our program.

Nomination & Application Procedures

Nomination

Once you have applied for exchange at your home university, your home university will nominate you to our school. Upon your nomination, we will email students with exchange application materials.

Application

Once you have received our exchange application materials, please read the instructions carefully and submit documents through our online portal by the stated deadline.

You will be asked to include the following items:

  1. A coloured head & shoulder photo of yourself
  2. Transcript of grades in English
  3. List of preferred courses, in order of preference 

Term Dates

Courses

Course Load: A typical course load at the Gustavson School of Business is five courses (7.5 units). Each course is worth 1.5 units. Exchange students usually take three to five courses depending on their academic comfort level.

Course Registration: In your Exchange Application Form, you will be asked to list your top 10 preferred courses, in order of preference. We will do our best to register you in your selected courses as long as there is space and you have the proper course prerequisites. However, course availability varies year to year and we recommend students to remain flexible when registering for courses. After you have submitted your Exchange Application, you will receive more information about course registration in July.

Before and when you arrive

Here is some information that incoming exchange students might need before starting at the Gustavson School of Business.

Depending on your nationality and/or length of stay, you may need to either apply for a study permit or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). To learn more about what documents you may need for entry into Canada, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
The cost of health care in Canada is very high for those who do not have health insurance. Without coverage, you could be denied treatment or pay thousands of dollars each day for medical services. Due to this, UVic automatically enrols international students in the guard.me@UVic plan upon course registration. This fee will show up in your UVic student account as the Mandatory Temporary Medical Insurance (MTMI) fee. This plan covers required medical services to address new and unexpected illness or injury. It will cover exchange students for one semester while studying at UVic.

There are different types of places for you to stay during your exchange.

UVic Residence

Living in residence is a great experience and allows you to be steps away from campus and your classes. Due to its popularity, there are very limited spaces for on-campus housing and preference is given to students who are studying for two terms. Students who are only here for the fall term are placed on a waitlist when applying for on-campus housing. Please note, the process for on-campus housing is extremely competitive in the fall term, therefore you may need to find alternative housing off-campus.

UVic housing is determined by UVic Residence services so please visit the UVic Residence website for more information about application, placement and costs.

Homestay

Homestay allows you to live with a host family where you can improve your English and learn about Canada in a family setting. Host families provide a safe, comfortable, and friendly experience for students. To learn more, please visit the Homestay website.

Off-Campus Housing

Students can search for off-campus accommodation through the UVic Off-Campus Housing website. Renting a shared apartment or basement suite can range from $900 - $1200 CAD/month (not including food). Please be vigilant when searching for off-campus housing and take extra care before putting a deposit down. 

Orientation is MANDATORY for international exchange students coming to the University of Victoria through the Gustavson School of Business. It gives you the opportunity to get to know the other incoming exchange students, and the faculty and staff of Gustavson. Orientation is an invaluable experience in welcoming you to UVic and typically takes place a few days before classes begin.