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VIRS: Mitacs

All Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) who are enrolled in an undergraduate program of study at an accredited or recognized university outside Canada and have been approved to engage in a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship at UVic must do the following:

Apply for admission to UVic

Step 1: Letter of Agreement

You will receive an email from the with instructions and a template.

Your Letter of Agreement must include signatures from:

  • the VIRS (you)
  • your supervisor at your home institution
  • your UVic supervisor

Step 2: Application form

Complete the VIRS application form for Mitacs students.

English Language Proficiency is not a requirement for this application. Language screening is the responsibility of your UVic supervisor.

Step 3: Verification of Enrolment

Prepare a verification of enrolment or a current transcript indicating registration at your home institution. This will demonstrate that you are enrolled in an undergraduate program of study.

Step 4: Submission

Submit the Letter of Agreement, the application form, and the verification of enrolment or transcript via email to the .

All documents must be received before you can be admitted to UVic.

Obtain immigration documents

You will receive an email from the with instructions for obtaining immigration documents and entering Canada.

DO NOT apply for immigration documents before you receive instructions from the Immigration Coordinator.


UVic application fees, tuition fees, and other student fees are waived for Mitacs VIRS.

As a UVic student you will receive access to campus resources, such as UVic Libraries, campus computing facilities, Student Wellness Centre and International Centre for Students.

You may also be eligible to purchase a University of Victoria Students' Society (UVSS) membership package, which includes a U-Pass for BC Transit, at the UVSS Info Booth in the Student Union Building. Alternatively, you can buy BC Transit tickets or passes at vendors throughout Victoria.

Course registration

All Mitacs VIRS are registered into an undergraduate VIRS 300-level course. No tuition fees are charged for this course.

VIRS courses are graded (Pass/Fail) and you can request a transcript from the Office of the Registrar after you complete your research activity at UVic.

If you wish to take additional courses for credit at UVic, you must apply through the regular admission process.

Next steps

As soon as you receive a UVic student number (V Number), you can create a UVic NetLink ID and receive a UVic ONECard.