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UVic Global Community

The UVic Global Community (GC) initiative provides opportunities and creates space for international and domestic students, staff and faculty to share perspectives, celebrate diversity, foster intercultural connections and cultivate an inclusive and globally-minded campus.

group of international students

Our programs:

  • connect international, Indigenous and domestic students
  • support all students’ well-being, social inclusivity and academic success
  • respect the beliefs, values, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities of all people
  • empower students to get involved and take on leadership roles
  • unify and enrich our global citizenry

Social drop-ins

Come and hang out with us at the bi-weekly GC Social Drop In! Connect with others, play games, drink some tea, and enjoy some baking and treats. 

Come alone or bring your friends—everyone is welcome.

  • Every second Friday 2:30pm - 4:30pm:
    • January 19
    • February 2
    • February 16
    • March 1
    • March 15
    • March 29
  • Wallace 150, in the Robert Wallace Hall

No registration is required.

Conversation Partners Program

This program provides students, who have English as an additional language, with opportunities to practice, build confidence and improve their conversational English skills.

One or two students are matched with a conversation partner and meet for a minimum of 1 hour every week throughout the term.

Activities include:

  • academic: studying together, attending workshops, training, conferences, and symposiums
  • informal meetups: coffee, meals, walks
  • community activities: museum tours, and festivals
  • intercultural engagement: participating in cultural festivals, intercultural training, holiday events (e.g. Thanksgiving, Holi Festival, Lunar New Year) and International Education Week
  • fitness and sport: hiking, working out together

Get matched with a conversation partner

Volunteer as a conversation partner

Note: conversation partners are not teachers or tutors; they provide English-as-an-additional-language students with opportunities to practice their conversational English in an informal setting.

Mentorship Program

This program gives students a chance to explore intercultural connections, make new friends and receive support as they navigate their social and academic transition to UVic. Mentors make arrangements with the student(s) to meet every week throughout the term.

Activites in this program are similar to activities offered in the conversations program.

Get matched with a mentor

Volunteer as a mentor

Events

We coordinate events that are open to all international and domestic students, staff and faculty.

These events aim to share perspectives, celebrate diversity, foster intercultural connections and cultivate an inclusive and globally minded campus.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer as a conversation partner

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer in our Conversation Partners Program and supporting students to build confidence in their conversational English skills?

Volunteers:

  • are undergraduate and graduate students, staff or faculty
  • are matched with up to 3 students to form a group
  • organize weekly meet ups for approximately 1 hour throughout the term
  • are proficient in conversational English and feel confident speaking one-on-one or in a group
  • must have completed 1 term at UVic before volunteering

Volunteer as a mentor

Are you interested in volunteering in our Mentorship Program and supporting students as they navigate their transition to UVic and living in Victoria?

Volunteers:

  • are undergraduate and graduate students, staff or faculty
  • are matched with up to 3 students to form a group
  • organize weekly meet ups for approximately 1 hour throughout the term
  • must have completed 1 term at UVic before volunteering

International student welcome

Each term, the International Centre for Students welcomes new international students to UVic during International Student Welcome Week. There are many short-term volunteer opportunities to help us welcome new international students and start the year in a good way!

Please check back here for details and volunteer registration information.

Global Community general interest list

Throughout the year, we have many different ways to get involved in campus and community volunteer opportunities.

Email us at if you would like to be put on the list to hear about upcoming events.

GC Student Advisory Council

The GC Student Advisory Council is comprised of students from the international community who are committed to supporting the success of international students at UVic through peer connections, community engagement and inclusion.

The Council meets regularly to share ideas, experiences and opinions that contribute to the GC initiative, and the advancement of UVic's strategic directions for fostering a globally mindful campus and to enhance the international student experience. 

Learn more about the Student Advisory Council volunteer role.

Stay connected

Join the  for information about student life, on- and off-campus events, education abroad programs, funding opportunities and more!

For questions and to learn more about the UVic GC, contact: