New Student Welcome

First-year students attending the welcome ceremony for new UVic undergraduates

September 2023 - Dates to be confirmed

New Student Welcome is UVic's official orientation program for all new undergraduate first-year, transfer, and exchange students. The program will introduce you to campus, your faculty, academic expectations, support services and your fellow students. 

    • Meet other new students and begin developing friendships
    • Get tips for success inside and outside the classroom
    • Explore campus and begin learning your way around
    • Learn about campus resources and supports
    • Become a part of Vikes Nation


New Student Welcome is for all new undergraduate first-year, transfer and exchange students. Continuing Studies students should attend the orientation program run by their program.

Registration coming soon. All eligible students will receive an email by end of July 2023.

Other orientation programs

While New Student Welcome is our main orientation program, 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 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. 


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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. 


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Three students walking on campus

Indigenous Student Resources

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. 


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