International Student Welcome

Two international students attending International Student Welcome

Thursday, August 29, 2019

As an international student, you have a unique experience transitioning to university and life in Canada, so we've designed an orientation program just for you. The International Student Welcome program introduces you to UVic staff and current students who will help you settle into life at UVic.

    • Make new friends while discovering important campus resources
    • Meet the International Student Services team
    • Get introduced to Canadian culture
    • Get help with immigration documents, health insurance and other important tasks

For questions about International Student Welcome, please contact International Student Services at .


International Student Welcome runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will begin in the University Centre

Time Activity
9:30 a.m. Check-in
10:00 a.m. Opening presentations
11:15 a.m. Lunch
12:10 p.m. Information sessions
1:30 p.m. Discover your campus activity (undergraduate students) or graduate student social
3:15 p.m. Ice cream social

Parents and family members of international students are also invited to participate in International Student Welcome and will attend a coffee social during the 'Discover your campus' activity.  


International Student Welcome is for all new international undergraduate and graduate students, including exchange and study abroad students.

International students who are participating in International Student Welcome and will be living in residence may be eligible to move in as early as August 28, 2019. Applications for early move-in will be available on the Residence Services website in mid-July.

Online registration for International Student Welcome is now closed. Late registration will be available at the event, during check-in.

UVic Orientation and International Student Services are committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at


Other programs supporting international students

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program offers friendship and guidance for international students as they navigate their social and academic transition to UVic and Canada.

Learn more

Conversation Partners

The Conversation Partners Program provides students with opportunities to practice and build confidence in their conversational English skills.

Learn more

International Commons

The International Commons is a welcoming space within the Learning Commons where students can study, connect and access a variety of programs and resources.

Learn more