Update for international students

- University of Victoria

We’ve received some questions from international students and our community regarding the upcoming fall term. There are still a lot of unknowns, particularly with respect to travel, but we want to share some information that will help you plan.

Academic programming

As noted in President Hall’s March 9 letter, we expect to publish the timetable in late May, which will indicate how a course is taught. Although the 2020/21 academic year looked very different, UVic is a predominantly face-to-face teaching and learning institution, and we will offer as many face-to-face courses as possible in 2021/22.

Please note that we will not be able to offer our full suite of courses in both an online and face-to-face format, although we are exploring options to do so for some courses, including large and/or popular courses. We expect to welcome the majority of our students to campus in September while ensuring we follow health and safety guidelines.

The health and safety of our students and community remains a top priority, and we will continue to do our part to keep our campus and community safe.

Supporting international students

We know currently there are challenges with obtaining study permits and navigating travel and quarantine restrictions, and we are hopeful the situation will improve in the coming months. We are currently determining what kinds of supports international students will need.

International students should reach out to UVic's International Student Services for support with their study permit process and travel to Canada.

Division of Continuing Studies

We are looking at different options for our English language and business diploma programs offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. Given that federal quarantine measures are still in place for international travellers, we are limiting our in-person programs this fall. 

We will not be offering on-campus monthly English language programs until January 2022. Any students that we welcome back this fall will be for longer English language programs (e.g. 3–5 months).

International students enrolled in professional programs (e.g. business) can expect courses to be offered primarily online in the fall. 

Visit the Continuing Studies website to learn more about our English language programs and Diploma in Business Administration, including online options for the summer, as well as to access supports and resources.