Graduate Student Orientation

UVic graduate student attending Graduate Student Orientation

Monday, September 7 & Tuesday, September 8

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 will be delivered entirely online, with the exception of optional campus tours. 

Date and time Event Description

Monday, September 7

9 a.m. -  11:30 a.m.

Conference-style workshops

(Block 1 & 2)

Learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a graduate student by attending workshops that interest you. 

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Monday, September 7

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Inside the Ring Chats Connect with current students and faculty to hear their experiences and advice about being a graduate student at UVic. 

Monday, September 7

2:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. 

Campus tours (in-person) 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, and proper protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Times will be assigned to registrants.

Tuesday, September 8

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Conference-style workshops

(Blocks 3 & 4)

Learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a graduate student by attending workshops that interest you. 

View workshop offerings

Tuesday, September 8

1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

#ThisIsUVic Live Join the entire class of incoming graduate students to celebrate this major milestone- you're starting graduate studies at UVic! 

Tuesday, September 8

1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Meet your pod / New Student Connect info session Participate in an interactive, small group meet & greet session to get to know some of the other students in your New Student Connect pod! This session is for students who are participating in the New Student Connect Program. If you have not yet opted-in to this program and are interested in learning more, you can attend an info session.

Tuesday, September 8

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Graduate student social Participate in interactive games and casual meet & greet sessions to get to know your fellow new graduate students. 

Graduate students are also encouraged to attend First Week Programming, including Thunderfest, our virtual information fair where you can learn about the opportunities, supports and resources available at UVic. 


The Graduate Student Orientation schedule includes the schedule of the day, all event access information and links, and descriptions of each event and workshop. 

Accessing sessions

  • Prepare your technology: All sessions throughout the event will be facilitated virtually using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Please ensure you have activated Microsoft 365 (of which Teams is a part) and logged in to both Teams and your UVic Zoom account ( at least once prior to the event to ensure that you can. More information on both platforms can be found in the Technology instructions section of the schedule. Contact the Computer Help Desk at if you encounter any issues. Since all sessions are being hosted online, we also recommend ensuring you have a strong internet connection when participating.
  • Accessing sessions: As noted above, all sessions throughout the event will be facilitated virtually using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. To access Zoom sessions, you should first log in to Zoom ( with your NetLink ID and password, and then click the session link in your schedule. If you log in early and get a message saying the session is locked, don’t panic, and don’t leave. The session will be unlocked prior to the start time. Note that all Zoom sessions do have a capacity; if you find yourself unable to join a session due to capacity, please choose another session!


Graduate Student Orientation is for all new graduate students.

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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). 

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