Welcome to UVic!

UVic Global Community Newsletter: August 28, 2017

Welcome and welcome back to our new and returning students.

We are delighted to have you in our UVic community.

This year we are welcoming over 4500 new students, including approximately 820 international students, from over 125 countries around the world.

Whether you are just getting started or you are returning to your studies here at UVic, this is an exciting time of year and it is also normal to feel nervous as you adjust.  The International Student Services (ISS) team will do everything we can to help you have a smooth and enjoyable transition.  We hope that you will come visit us in the International Student Centre.  We look forward to helping you get to know the campus and how things work at UVic, and more broadly here in Canada.

The ISS team offers many services, resources and programs to support you throughout your time here, including arrival programs and the International Student Welcome event, immigration advising and settlement services, socio-cultural programs and academic support.

UVic is a welcoming place and we want to see you succeed.  We appreciate your diverse contributions and the ways in which you enrich our campus.  Whether you have travelled from many miles away or just across the border, and no matter how long your time with us will be, we hope that you will have a rewarding learning experience.

We imagine that this will be a time of growth and new discoveries as you navigate being in a new place, learn about new cultures and deepen your own self-understanding.  We hope that we can help you make the most of your time at UVic.  Take advantage of the many ways to get involved, including connecting with classmates, engaging with your professors and joining student groups. Seize opportunities for volunteering and professional development – they will help you build connections and community.

We wish you success as you achieve your academic goals and learn more about yourself and the world around you.  On behalf of UVic and our ISS team, I wish you the very best for your time here.  Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any way that we can support your journey!

We wish you a very warm welcome and welcome back to UVic.


Tricia Best
Associate Director, International Student Services