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 7, 2022. 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 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 optional 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.
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.

*Transfer students may see a different set of topics

How to complete the program

The online pre-arrival program is hosted within Brightspace, UVic's learning management system. You must be registered in classes for the fall term before you will be able to access the program.

Access the Pre-Arrival Program

Access the Pre-Arrival Program for Transfer and Mature students

If you are a UVic faculty or staff member and wish to view the program, please contact for access.

If you started at UVic in January 2022 or May 2022 and missed the self-enrollment period for the program, please email to gain access.

Summer series

As you work your way through the Pre-Arrival Program, join us live for our Summer series webinars throughout the summer. Each webinar will provide you with a chance to discuss a topic in more depth and ask questions to current students and UVic staff. All sessions will be recorded. 

View the Summer Series schedule


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 7, 2022 will be entered in a draw to win a $500 tuition credit.

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

Prize Topic Date
$500 tuition credit All topics September 7, 2022
Prize Pack #1 Welcome to Our Community  July 26, 2022
Prize Pack #2 Academic Success August 9, 2022
Prize Pack #3 Health & Wellness August 23, 2022
Prize Pack #4 Involvement September 6, 2022


Pre-Arrival Contest Details