Pre-Arrival Program

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To be completed online in July and August

Your orientation to UVic starts even before your first class. Completing our online pre-arrival program in the months before you start at UVic will make your first few weeks a little easier and to help make you a little more successful. By taking the time to complete this program, you will:

  • Learn what to expect at UVic, inside and outside the classroom
  • Learn what supports and services are available to you
  • Explore some strategies for university success
  • Feel ready and confident to start the term

All undergraduate students who are new to UVic should complete this program before the first day of classes on September 9, 2020. This program is not intended for graduate students. 


The online program will introduce you to the following topics:

Topic Description
Welcome to our community Learn more about the UVic community, including some fun facts our community values and learn the basics of navigating the campus.
Transition Learn more about what changes to expect in your life, evaluate your life skills and make a plan for building and maintaining your community.
Academic success Learn what to expect during your first term at UVic, develop strategies for success and explore how to maintain your academic integrity. This topic also includes content about online learning.
Finances Learn more about the costs associated with being a university student, explore how financial systems work and identify strategies for ensuring you can finance your education and your life.

Health & wellness

Learn about the wellness wheel, reflect on the strategies you use for self-care and explore ways to maintain positive mental and physical health at university.

Substance use

Learn more about substance use at UVic and reflect on what you would like your relationship with substances to be.

Respect & consent

Learn about UVic’s approach to addressing sexualized violence, including support services on campus, consent, prevention and responding to disclosures.
Involvement Learn why involvement is an important part of your UVic experience, explore the wide variety of opportunities available on campus and make a plan to get involved.

How to complete the program

The online pre-arrival program is hosted within Brightspace, UVic's new learning management system.

To access the program:

  1. Login to Brightspace (
  2. Select Pre-Arrival Program | Fall 2020 from your course list
  3. Complete all activities in each of the eight modules at your own pace.
  4. You can return to the program at any time by logging in to Brightspace.

If you have difficulty accessing the program, or don't see it in your course list, please email Please note that this program is only intended for undergraduate students.


Setting yourself up for success is a great reason to complete the pre-arrival program, but we know that it's not always easy to do the things you know you should do. So, we've added a little incentive for you. 

Every eligible student who completes the program by Wednesday, September 9, 2020 will be entered in a draw to win a $200 bookstore gift card.

Additionally, if you complete designated modules by a specified deadline, you will be entered into a draw to win a corresponding prize pack. 

Prize Module Date
$200 bookstore gift card All modules September 9, 2020
Prize Pack #1 Welcome to Our Community and Transition to UVic July 29, 2020
Prize Pack #2 Academic Success and Finances August 5, 2020
Prize Pack #3 Health & Wellness and Substance Use August 19, 2020
Prize Pack #4 Respect & Consent and Involvement September 2, 2020

Terms and conditions

Pre-Arrival Program Contest – Terms and Conditions

  1. The contest is sponsored by the University of Victoria as represented by Student Affairs (“UVic”).
  2. The contest is open to undergraduate students registered at the University of Victoria for the first time in September 2020, who are residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.
  3. Entrants will receive one entry to the contest for completing all 8 topics in the Pre-Arrival Program and the final reflection activity of the Pre-Arrival Program available at by 11:59 PM PDT September 9, 2020.
  4. Entrants will receive one entry to the contest for completing each of the following pairs of Pre-arrival Program topics available at
    1. Welcome to our community and Transition to UVic by 11:59 PDT on July 29, 2020.
    2. Academic success and Finances by 11:59 PM PDT on August 5, 2020.
    3. Health a& wellness and Substance use by 11:59 PM PDT on August 19, 2020.
    4. Respect & consent and Involvement by 11:59 PM PDT on September 2, 2020.
  5. Contest opens on July 7, 2020 at 12:01 AM PDT and ends on September 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM PDT.
  6. There is a limit of one entry per pair of completed modules per eligible entrant.
  7. The random draw for the prizes will take place at 11:00 AM PDT on September 18, 2020.
  8. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    1. One (1) gift card to the UVic Bookstore, valued at $200, for entrants who completed the program as described in 3.
    2. Two (2) welcome to UVic prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the pair of modules described in 4(a).
    3. Two (2) academic success prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the pair of modules described in 4(b).
    4. Two (2) health & wellness prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the pair of modules described in 4(c).
    5. Two (2) UVic spirit prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the module described in 4(d).
  9. Prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prizes not convertible to cash.
  10. The odds of winning either contests depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  11. The selected entrants will be contacted by email using the contact information provided by the Entrant. If the Entrant cannot be contacted within 5 days following the first attempt at contact, or if the selected entrant declines the prize, another random draw will occur and the prize will be awarded to another entrant.
  12. The selected entrants must correctly answer a time-limited, skill-testing mathematical questions to be awarded the prize.
  13. Entrants agree that their name may be announced on UVic's website and other associated media sites if they are selected as a winner.
  14. UVic will use personal information collected from entrants to administer the contest. UVic will not share personal information relating to entrants with any third parties, except as may be required by law. UVic will not attempt to contact any entrants for any other purpose than as set out in these terms and conditions unless the entrant has consented to receive relevant communications from UVic or as otherwise allowed under applicable laws.
  15. UVic reserves the right to amend these contest rules or to terminate the contest at any time without any liability to any entrant.
  16. UVic assumes no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including but not limited to lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, ineligible or incomplete entries.
  17. The decisions of UVic in relation to this contest will be final and binding on all entrants.