Graduate Student Orientation

UVic graduate student attending Graduate Student Orientation

Friday, August 30, 2019

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


Graduate Student Orientation runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Event Description
Welcome ceremony Join the entire class of incoming graduate students to celebrate this major milestone- you're starting graduate studies at UVic! 
Conference-style workshops Learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a graduate student by attending workshops that interest you. Topics typically include conducting ethical research, getting to know the library as a researcher, career strategies, supervisor relationships, teaching as a grad student and more.
BBQ lunch Grab some food and spend some time getting to know your fellow graduate students. Vegan and gluten-friendly options will be available for those who selected them when registering. 
Information fair Learn about the opportunities, supports and resources available on campus by visiting a number of interactive booths on the quad. Bring your questions!
Graduate student specific 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 graduate students. 
Afternoon social End the day at the Grad House and spend some time socializing with other grad students. 

View the detailed schedule (PDF, 728 KB)


A large part of Graduate Student Orientation is the conference-style workshops. You will be able to select four workshops to attend when you register. Workshops include:

    • Academic integrity and expectations
    • Career development and hands-on learning for graduate students
    • Conducting your research ethically
    • Getting to know the UVic library as a researcher
    • Graduate student teaching 101
    • Maintaining your student-supervisor relationship
    • Prioritizing wellness
    • Respect, consent and campus culture: Sexualized violence prevention and response at UVic
    • Time management for graduate students
    • Understanding Tri-council scholarships

View workshop descriptions


Graduate Student Orientation is for all new graduate students. Online registration will close on Wednesday, August 28.  

Online registration for Graduate Student Orientation is now closed. Late registration will take place beginning at 9 a.m. in the Bob Wright Centre.

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

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), from September 3 - 6.

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International Student Welcome

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

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