Pre-Arrival Program

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To be completed online in April

Your orientation to UVic starts even before your first class. Completing our online pre-arrival program in the month 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 May 4, 2022. While graduate students are welcome to access the program, content has been created for an undergraduate audience. 


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 how to navigate our virtual 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.
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 available support services, 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.

*Transfer students may see a slightly 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 May term before you will be able to access the program. To complete the program:

  1. Self-enroll in the course via the link below (you will be directed to a sign-in page prior to being taken to Brightspace). 
  2. Complete all activities in each of the eight topics at your own pace.
  3. You can return to the program at any time via the link below, or by logging in to Brightspace ( and finding the course under 'My Courses.' 
Student type Program access
First-year students and study abroad/exchange students Enroll in the program
Transfer students, mature students (23+) and previous degree holders Enroll in the program

For the best experience, we recommend that you complete the program using Chrome as your browser. If you encounter any difficulties completing the program, please let us know at

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


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 thing you know you should do. So, we've added a little incentive for you. 

Every student who completes the program by May 4, 2022 will be entered into a draw to win a $200 giftcard to the Bookstore. 

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

Prize Topics Date
$200 Bookstore gift card All topics May 4, 2022
Prize Pack #1 Welcome to our Community  April 7, 2022
Prize Pack #2 Academic Success April 14, 2022
Prize Pack #3 Health & Wellness April 21, 2022
Prize Pack #4 Respect & Consent and Involvement April 28, 2022

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 May 2022, who are residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.
  3. Entrants will receive one entry to the contest for completing all topics in the Pre-Arrival Program that is applicable to the entrant and the final reflection activity of the Pre-Arrival Program available at by 11:59 PM PDT May 4, 2022.
  4. Entrants will receive one entry to the contest for completing each of the following Pre-arrival Program topics available at
    1. Welcome to our community by 11:59 PDT on April 7, 2022.
    2. Academic success by 11:59 PM PDT on April 14, 2022.
    3. Health & wellness by 11:59 PM PDT on April 21, 2022.
    4. Involvement by 11:59 PM PDT on April 28, 2022.
  5. Contest opens on March 31, 2022 at 12:01 AM PDT and ends on May 4, 2022 at 11:59 PM PDT.
  6. There is a limit of one entry per completed module per eligible entrant.
  7. The random draw for the prizes will take place at 11:00 AM PDT on May 13, 2022.
  8. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    1. One (1) bookstore to the University of Victoria bookstore, valued at $200 for entrants who completed the program as described in 3.
    2. One (1) welcome to UVic prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the module described in 4(a).
    3. One (1) academic success prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the module described in 4(b).
    4. One (1) health & wellness prize packs, each valued at approximately $100, for entrants who completed the module described in 4(c).
    5. One (1) 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.