Orientation events

New undergraduate students led by a UVic Orientation leader

Welcome to UVic!

UVic offers a number of programs to help our newest students adjust to life at UVic. Through participating in our programs, you'll meet new friends, get to know campus services and gain insight into how to succeed at UVic. UVic orientation programs are your official welcome to the UVic community--and we can't wait for you to join us!

September Orientation

An orientation tour leader and a new student

Students starting at UVic in September are encouraged to attend either New Student Welcome or Graduate Student Orientation.


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January Orientation

All undergraduate and graduate students starting at UVic in January are encouraged to attend our January Orientation program.


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Students lining up for food at January Orientation

May Orientation

Two students taking part in a campus tour

All undergraduate and graduate students starting at UVic in May are encouraged to attend May Orientation program.   

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Other orientation programs

In addition to our main orientation programs, we also offer a number of programs and resources for specific populations. You are encouraged to attend any additional programs that may be applicable to you. Note: Not all additional programs are offered every term.

Residence Orientation

Three women rolling suitcases towards residence


For students living in residence, Residence Orientation will help you get to know your neighbours, introduce you to your residence community and help you learn your way around your new home. 

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International Student Welcome


Our International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff, faculty and current students who will provide advice on living and learning in Canada. 

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Three students walking on campus

Indigenous Student Orientation

Participants entering the Ceremonial Hall for an Indigenous ceremony


Self-identified Indigenous students are encouraged to come learn more about tailored campus supports, meet other Indigenous students and get answers to your questions about Indigenous programs and services. 

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