First Week Programming

3 students getting lunch on the quad

September 9 to September 11

While New Student Welcome, Graduate Student Orientation, International Student Welcome and Indigenous Student Orientation will provide you with a good start to your UVic experience, we don't want to stop there. Join us throughout your first week of classes for a variety of events and activities that will continue to set you up for success, develop positive habits and help you meet other students. 

First Week Programs are for all new UVic students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, international students and Indigenous students. Some events listed below are open to all UVic students.  

Date Description Register / Access

September 9, 10 or 11

11 a.m

Brightspace and Zoom Workshop for Students

This workshop will provide you with an introduction to Brightspace (our online course hub) and Zoom (a video conferencing tool used in many classes). Join us to learn to navigate these platforms and use their basic functions. 


September 9

5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Anti-Racism Awareness Workshop: Pathway to self-reflection and action

Note: This workshop has been cancelled due to facilitator illness. We will reschedule at a later date. If you are interested in attending the rescheduled workshop, please submit this registration form and we will reach out when we have more information. We apologize for any inconvenience! 

The Anti-racism pathway awareness workshop is part of a series of anti-racism education strategies (ARAES) developed by the UVic Equity and Human Rights office (EQHR), in collaboration with various university partners. The ARAES strategy aims to combat racism and create educational events and programs that directly address the societal and systemic attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate racial discrimination and other intersecting social inequities such as classism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, religious bigotry, among others. Such an intersectional anti-racism approach also aims to understand how social differences of ‘race’, class, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, and ability are mediated in peoples’ historical and everyday lives (Dei, 1995).


September 9

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Trivia Night

Felicita's regular trivia nights have gone online! Bring your quick thnking and treasure trove on info in your brain, and we'll provide the rest. You can sign up as a team with friends, go it alone, or ask to be put on a team with others. This event is part of the UVSS's Campus Kick Off

Access via the UVSS

September 10

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tools for Change: Preventing Sexualized Violence at UVic

This workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is especially important and useful for those who have not taken sexualized violence prevention training in the past and/or those with want to learn more about UVic’s work to prevent sexualized violence. The workshop is peer-led, highly interactive, and focused on learning skills. Attendees are invited to participate in accessible discussions and group activities.

September 10

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Movie Night

Join us for a movie (LEGO Batman) at our own movie theatre, Cinecenta, inside the Student Union Building.  This event is part of the UVSS's Campus Kick OffNote that this event has been moved from the Quad to Cinecenta. 

Access via the UVSS

September 11

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.


ThunderFest is an annual campus event that is going virtual for the first time ever! Join us for this virtual information fair to learn about the opportunities, supports and resources available at UVic and engage in fun, interactive activities.

Learn more

September 11

12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bands on the Roof

Missing live music in your life? We feel you, and we've got you covered! Great local/student bands will be playing for you from a safe distance: all the way from the roof of the Student Union Building! Tune in by livestream. This event is part of the UVSS's Campus Kick Off

Access via the UVSS

September 11

7 p.m. - end

E-sports Tournament

Wrap up the week with an e-sports tournament, and see if you can end the week as a champion! This event is part of the UVSS's Campus Kick Off

Access via the UVSS

September 14 & 15

Various times

Co-op and Career Info Day

Attend one of our virtual sessions to learn all about the co-op program and Career Services! There are 13 different virtual sessions – attend the overview webinar, or the session most relevant to your area of study. Find out how you can gain meaningful paid work experience in your field of study. Build your skill set, meet employers, and begin building towards your professional career while studying at UVic.

View webinar list

September 15

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Learning Strategy & Academic Success

Start the year off right by developing the skills and knowledge that will set you up for success and help you meet your fall term goals. Join Learning Strategists from the CAL Learning Assistance Program to learn practical strategies building your schedule, taking notes in class, and how to prepare for tests. The workshop will be hosted virtually over Zoom and feature interactive activities and break out rooms.

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