Graduate Student Orientation

UVic graduate student attending Graduate Student Orientation

August 31, September 1 and September 3, 2021

If you're a graduate student new to UVic or new to graduate studies, be sure to participate in our Graduate Student Orientation program. Attend workshops on research ethics, scholarship applications, career opportunities and student success while connecting with staff, faculty and students.

    • Discuss topics critical to graduate student success
    • Network with new and current graduate students
    • Learn about key campus locations and resources 

Program

Graduate Student Orientation will be delivered in a hybrid model in fall 2021. All programming on August 31 and September 1 will be delivered virtually. Programming on September 3 will be delivered in-person, with virtual options available for those who will be studying online this fall.  

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Date and time Description

August 31

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Opening ceremony & speed friending

Join the entire class of incoming graduate students to celebrate this major milestone- you're starting graduate studies at UVic! This event will take place virtually.

August 31

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Conference-style workshops

Learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a graduate student by attending workshops that interest you. Three different workshop blocks will take place; students may select the workshop they wish to attend during each conference block. All workshops will take place virtually.

View available workshops

September 1

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Welcome to Graduate Studies

You’ve made it through your undergraduate studies and have taken the exciting next step into graduate studies. What now? In this session, you will learn how you fit in to UVic as a graduate student, how to maintain a healthy relationship with your graduate supervisor, where and how to get the help you may need and what services the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students' Society (GSS) can provide you.

September 1

10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Conference-style workshops

Learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a graduate student by attending workshops that interest you. Three different workshop blocks will take place; students may select the workshop they wish to attend during each conference block. All workshops will take place virtually.

View available workshops

September 3

1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. OR 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Campus tours 

Learn how to navigate campus and about the supports and resources available to you as a graduate student. Campus tours will be led by current students, and proper protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of all participants. This event will take place in-person. Students will be assigned a tour time prior to the event, and tours will depart from the UVic Quad. 

September 3

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Graduate student social

Participate in interactive games and casual meet & greet sessions to get to know your fellow new graduate students. This event will take place in-person on the UVic Quad. 


Registration

Graduate Student Orientation is for all new graduate students.

Registration for Graduate Student 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.


Additional orientation programs

While Graduate Student Orientation is the main orientation program for graduate students, we also offer a number of programs for specific student populations. You should register for and attend any additional programs that apply.

Graduate Student Fall TA Conference

Graduate students wishing to pursue positions as teaching assistants are encouraged to attend the annual TA Conference, hosted by the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). 

Residence Orientation

Three women rolling suitcases towards residence

 

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

 

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

 

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