January Orientation

Students lining up for food at January Orientation

Sunday, January 5, 2020

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
    • Explore campus and learn your way around
    • Get tips for success inside and outside the classroom
    • Learn about campus resources and supports
    • Become a part of Vikes Nation


January Orientation starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The program will take place in the Bob Wright Centre.

Event Description
Check-In Check in with UVic staff and begin getting to know your peers and orientation leaders.
Opening Ceremony Join all new-to-UVic students in the Bob Wright Centre to celebrate this major milestone--you're now a UVic student! You'll learn about the UVic community, participate in UVic traditions and leave feeling like you're a part of Vikes Nation.
Campus Services Tour Learn how to navigate campus and about the supports and resources available to you. Campus tours will be led by your orientation leaders, so you'll also learn some inside tricks for navigating life on campus. 
Student Social Spend some time getting to know other new students during this casual student social. Light refreshments will be available!


You are encouraged to register for January Orientation as early as possible. Online registration will close Friday, January 3 at 4 p.m.

Online registration for January Orientation is now closed. In-person registration will be available at the check-in desk the morning of the event.

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 Move-In and Orientation

Three women rolling suitcases towards residence

Friday, January 3, 2020

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

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

Week of Welcome for Indigenous Students

Participants entering the Ceremonial Hall for an Indigenous ceremony

To be determined

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

Learn more