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Carmencita Duna

Associate Director

International Centre for Students


Tips for Success

One tip that I would offer new international students starting their program at UVic is... That we recommend applying for a study permit as soon as possible because you must have a valid study permit or study permit approval (letter of introduction) when you arrive to Canada to engage in your studies if your program of study is 6 months or longer. 

One of the best ways for international students to get connected during their time at UVic would be… To attend class and engage with other students, your teaching assistants and your instructors. 

Student Success Tip: Ask questions and for help when you need it.


I grew up on Vancouver Island and studied at UVic. After my studies, I lived in different parts of Canada and in Australia working professionally with immigrants, refugees and international students. Now that I am back at UVic, I am fortunate to be able to continue working with international students.


Travel, food, books, and interior design.

Fun fact

I have a 100lb dog. Her nickname is Monster, but she is a gentle giant.