International Student Welcome

Two international students attending International Student Welcome

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. The International Student Welcome program will introduce you to UVic staff and students who will help you settle into your learning at UVic.

    • Make new connections while discovering important campus resources
    • Meet the International Student Services team
    • Learn about 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 Programs: Building Your Community

Monday, August 24, 2020 to Friday, August 28, 2020

This online program will welcome new and returning international students to Canada through social programming. It will provide opportunities for all international students to connect, engage and learn more about Canadian culture. Also, students who may be carrying out their 14-day self-isolation in Canada are encouraged to join. 

Sessions will include:

  • Fun activities
  • Opportunities to build community
  • Learning more about living in Victoria


Registration for these sessions is not required. 

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International Student Welcome Week: Getting to Know Your Campus

Sunday, August 30, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020

International Student Welcome Week will be held in a multi-day online conference-style format and will include a formal welcome day (Sunday, August 30, 2020) and various sessions throughout the week. This Welcome Week will focus on giving you the opportunity to get to know other students, our campus partners and resources.

Session topics will include:

  • Immigration and settlement information
  • Academic success and online learning for international students
  • Health and wellness strategies
  • Opportunities for social connections



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

You can register for International Student Welcome at the same time you register for your main orientation program:

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