International Commons

UVic students studying at the International Commons.
UVic students studying at the International Commons.

The International Commons is a welcoming space within the McPherson Library's Learning Commons where students can study, connect and access a variety of programs and resources designed to support academic success.

International Academic Success Program

The International Academic Success Program (IASP) enables students to work with learning strategists who can offer tips and techniques to improve your academic performance.

  • Improve your skills for time management, reading, exam preparation and notetaking.
  • Develop effective strategies for academic success.
  • Gain a better cultural understanding of the Canadian university classroom.

Visit the IASP page to learn more and meet our learning strategists.

Conversation Cafés

Conversation cafés provide opportunities to practice your skills in a variety of languages.

Sessions are facilitated by UVic graduate students, and are open to all UVic students, faculty and staff on a drop-in basis, regardless of language proficiency.

Refer to the 2017-18 winter session second term schedule for more details.

Academic Advising for Students in Humanities, Science and Social Sciences

International undergraduate students in the faculties of Humanities, Science or Social Sciences can meet one-on-one with academic advisers at the International Commons. If you have questions about your degree program requirements or are experiencing difficulties with your academic courses, meet with an adviser to discuss your situation.

Academic advising appointments are held in the International Commons on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Pre-book your appointment by contacting or sign up when you arrive at the International Commons.

Find out other ways you can connect with an academic adviser.

Undergraduate students in other faculties should contact the appropriate academic adviser. Graduate students should contact the appropriate graduate adviser or graduate secretary.

More information

Contact to learn more about the International Commons.