Tia's Advice: International Student Advising

UVic Global Community Newsletter: September 24, 2018

Tia's Advice is a section of the UVic Global Community Newsletter that includes valuable information and important dates for undergraduate and graduate international students in the following categories: degree-seeking, incoming exchange, and incoming study abroad/visiting.

What is International Student Advising?

International Student Services (ISS) is dedicated to helping you optimize your UVic experience. Consider us your local consultants for all things new and different.

The ISS International Student Advising team provides pre-arrival support, settlement services on arrival, and non-academic assistance throughout your program of studies at UVic.

We can answer your questions about Canadian immigration documents, work authorization, health insurance, housing, banking, and other issues related to your international student experience.

We can also connect you with helpful resources, both on and off campus.

How can I access International Student Advising?

There are many ways to access our services and get help when you need it.


Valuable information is available on our website. This is a great place to start whenever you have questions.


The UVic Global Community Newsletter includes important information in this Tia's Advice section.

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In person

The International Student Centre (ISC) is located on the second floor of University Centre in room B272.

The ISC is open on weekdays between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Our Frontline Assistant, Sarah, can answer many questions and help you find what you are looking for.

If your situation is complicated, Sarah will recommend that you speak with an International Student Adviser (ISA).

ISAs are authorized to answer immigration questions and provide advice and guidance related to your temporary resident status in Canada.

Our ISAs, Amy and Carmencita, are available during drop-in hours. Drop-in hours generally take place on weekdays between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. During drop-in hours, no appointment is necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

If drop-in hours are not convenient for your schedule, or if you require more than 10 to 15 minutes with an ISA, please ask to set up an appointment.

When you visit the ISC, please bring your UVic ONECard, your passport, and your Canadian immigration documents.

Phone and email

Contact the International Student Centre (ISC) by phone at +1-250-721-6361 or by email at .

Voicemail and email messages will be responded to on weekdays between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Please be sure to include your UVic student number in all correspondence with the ISC.

Information sessions and workshops

We host information sessions and workshops on topics related to your international student experience.

Information sessions and workshops are promoted on the .

Any time you have questions for the ISS International Student Advising team, please do not hesitate to visit or contact the International Student Centre (ISC).

Important Dates

September 30: Change of coverage deadline for the GSS health and dental plan.*

September 30: Last day for paying first term tuition fees without penalty.**

October 8: Thanksgiving Day. This is a statutory holiday, so classes are cancelled and UVic services are closed.

October 9: Last day for 50% reduction of tuition fees if you drop first term or full year courses. Students must pay 100% of tuition fees for courses dropped after this date. DO NOT assume the instructor will drop you from a course if you do not attend classes. You are responsible for your own registration.**

October 15: The preliminary exam timetable for first term exams is available. Travel plans should be made AFTER the final exam timetable has been posted, because the preliminary exam schedule may change.

October 29: The final exam timetable for first term exams is available.

October 31: Last day for withdrawing from first term courses without penalty of failure.

October 31: Halloween.

* Incoming exchange students are not automatically enrolled for the UVSS or GSS health and dental plans but may be eligible to opt in during the change of coverage period if they choose to purchase a UVSS or GSS membership package.

** Incoming exchange students do not pay tuition fees to UVic.

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