Living in Canada

For COVID-19 related information, visit the COVID-19 Information webpage and the UVic Return to Campus website. Please note, as information can change without notice, for the most current immigration information, always visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website and the Government of Canada website

Wherever you're coming from, and whatever your previous connection to Canada, the International Centre for Students (ICS) is dedicated to helping you optimize your UVic experience. Consider us your local consultants for all things new and different.

The International Student Advising (ISA) team provides non-academic support, such as pre-arrival considerations, settlement resources and immigration (e.g., study permit, work authorization) assistance for undergraduate and graduate international students who are seeking a UVic credential, as well as undergraduate and graduate international students who are visiting UVic from other institutions.

In this section, you will find information on the following topics:

International Advising

International Student Advising team provides non-academic support, such as settlement resources and referrals, and immigration advice related to being a student (e.g. study permit, work authorization) throughout your program of studies at UVic.

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Immigration Documents

Immigration Documents

As an international students, you may need certain Canadian immigration documents to study at UVic. Our international student advisers are immigration practicitioners who can legally advise on Canadian immigration documents you need. 

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Health Insurance

All UVic students are required to have comprehensive coverage for the entire duration of their studies in Canada. Without coverage, you could be denied treatment or pay thousands of dollars each day for medical services.

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Housing and Finances

Before you arrive in Victoria, you need to think about where you are going to live and how you are going to pay for your tuition fees, student fees, and living expenses.

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Getting Started



You are about to become part of a legacy of achievement and success that dates back more than a century on our campus. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Working in Canada



Find relevant information about working in Canada, such as finding work, getting your Social Insurance Number, and understanding income tax.

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Pre-arrival/ Arrival Checklists



The International Student Advising team has put together a pre-arrival checklist and an arrival checklist to assist you before you arrive and after you arrive to Canada.

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Resources



The International Student Advising team has put together a list of resources to help your transition.

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If you have questions about any of these topics, please contact the International Student Advising (ISA) team.