International Student Welcome

Two international students attending International Student Welcome

August 31, 2023

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

  • Make new connections with fellow students while discovering important campus resources.
  • Learn about immigration documents, work eligibility requirements, health insurance, and other important tasks as an international student.
  • Engage in fun activities to build and get to know your community, including the International Centre for Students team.

For questions about International Student Welcome, please contact the International Centre for Students at


International Student Welcome will be a full day of in-person programming that will start with an opening ceremony, include lunch and information sessions, and end with a social that will connect you with new friends, campus resources and the International Centre for Students team. 

Event Description
Welcome ceremony We are looking forward to celebrating your arrival to UVic at this interactive ceremony. Meet new friends, our volunteers, and the International Centre for Students team. From Canadian Trivia to small group activities, this will be a fun and enjoyable way to start your journey at UVic.
Information sessions These sessions will equip with all of the information you need as an international student. Learn about immigration documents, work authorization, health insurance, resources, and more!
Lunch Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on the Quad with your new friends while also getting to know your team for our Discover Your Campus activity.
Discover your campus activity or Family coffee social

Participate in some friendly competition together with your team while also getting to know about the great resources that are available to you as an international student at UVic. There will be prizes for those that complete all of the activities and for teams who win the photo challenge!

For parents and family members that are joining us today, there will be refreshments and calming music for you to relax to while Discover Your Campus is taking place. Participants will have the opportunity to meet Tricia Best, the Director of the International Centre for Students. This will also be an opportunity for parents and families to ask and get answers to questions that they may have.

Ice cream social Connect with your new friends and relax over some delicious ice cream to finish off a busy day!

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.  

Late Registration

The registration form is now closed. 

To register for the International Student Welcome Event on Thursday, Aug. 31st please email with your full name and V number. We look forward to welcoming you to UVic.

International Student Welcome is for all new international undergraduate and graduate students, including degree-seeking and short-term exchange students, study abroad students and visiting students

International students who are participating in the International Student Welcome and will be living in residence may be eligible to move in as early as August 28, 2023. Applications for early move-in will be available starting July 14 on the Residence Services website.

UVic Orientation and the International Centre for Students 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

International Student Orientation Programs

August 21 - September 3, 2023

In addition to the International Student Welcome, the International Centre for Students and the UVic Global Community have organized two weeks of online information sessions and fun in person social programs from August 21 – September 3. These programs offer opportunities to meet both international and domestic students, will help you learn more about UVic and Victoria, and will ease your transition to Canada. We hope you will join us!

  • August 21 – August 25: online information sessions
  • August 29 – September 3: in-person events and activities

Please check out the full International Student Orientation Programs schedule and register for each event. 

View the schedule 

View the recordings

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

Global Community Events

The Global Community hosts a number of events and activities that celebrate diversity and foster intercultural connections! They are open for all students.

GC events