Although UVic remains firmly committed to international education, we are also facing significant travel restrictions for inbound and outbound travel in Canada (GAC level 3 Global Travel Advisory) and in many countries around the world. Taking direction from federal, provincial and local health authorities, UVic has made the decision to place a hold on university sanctioned, outbound global student mobility programs until such time that the Canadian government lifts the global travel advisory (GAC Level 3) (including exchange, co-operative education, practica, and internships).

Individual students who have special circumstances or are participating in graduate programs where international travel is necessary can request permission to continue in a UVic sanctioned program or activity abroad. This temporary process to review and approve requests has been established to facilitate special authorization to travel and/or special authorization to participate in an academic program outside of Canada.

Academic units are best positioned to determine the importance of international mobility for their students/programs. As such, in order to continue in a UVic sanctioned program or activity abroad, a Special Authorization Form must be signed by the student, their supervisor/program lead and their dean/program director.

After completing the form and obtaining signatures, submit the signed form to the Office of Global Engagement:

The form must be received in the OGE no later than 6 weeks prior to the student's travel.


The University has created a webpage dedicated to providing information and updates related to the current situation around COVID-19: UVic COVID-19

See here for Fall 2021 mobility.