January Orientation

Students lining up for food at January Orientation

Sunday, January 9, 2022

UPDATE (Dec. 24): Given the recent announcement by the university that most spring term classes will temporarily shift to virtual learning until January 24, we have decided that January Orientation will shift to virtual delivery. More details will be available in January.

January Orientation is UVic's official orientation event for all UVic students starting in January, including first-year, international, exchange, graduate, mature and transfer students. The program will introduce you to campus, academic expectations, support services and your fellow students. 

    • Meet other new students and begin developing friendships
    • Get tips for success inside and outside the classroom
    • Learn about campus resources and supports
    • Become a part of Vikes Nation


January Orientation will take place virtually in January 2022. 


#ThisIsUVic Opening Celebration Join the entire incoming class at our opening ceremony to celebrate this major milestone-you're now a UVic student! You'll learn about the UVic community, participate in UVic traditions, meet Thunder and leave feeling like you're a part of Vikes Nation.
Student panel and speed friending Come hear from current UVic students as they share their experiences, tips and wisdom. Come with any questions you might have for them! The panel will be followed by a round of speed friending, where you'll get to meet a number of other new students one after the other. 
Campus tour* Get to know the UVic campus with an in-person tour led by an upper-year UVic student. They'll help you get acquainted with campus buildings, introduce you to campus resources and share some of the tips and tricks they have learned as a UVic student. *Due to the shift to virtual delivery, campus tours will no longer be offered on Sunday, January 9. However, all new students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a campus tour prior to beginning in-person classes. Details to come!
Social activities Spend some time getting to know your fellow new students while eating delicious food, playing games, creating art, participating in our photo booth and more. 

Students are also encouraged to attend Winter Welcome programming from Jan. 5 - 7 to participate in additional workshops and social activities. 


January Orientation is for all new undergraduate and graduate first-year, transfer and exchange students. All students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 

Registration for January Orientation is now closed. 

UVic Orientation is 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 orientation@uvic.ca.

Other orientation programs

While January Orientation is our main orientation program for student starting their studies at UVic in January, we also offer a number of programs targeted to specific populations. You are encouraged to register for and attend any additional programs that may be applicable to you. 

Residence Orientation

Three women rolling suitcases towards residence

September 4 & 5, 2022

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. 

Learn more

International Student Welcome

September 1, 2022

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

Learn more

Three students walking on campus

Indigenous Student Orientation

Participants entering the Ceremonial Hall for an Indigenous ceremony

September 1 or 2, 2022

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. 

Learn more