Terminology used in My UVic application

My UVic application uses the terminology on this page that is specific to the application process. In addition, more general UVic terminology, used across the entire institution and Academic Calendar terminology is used.

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A

Term Definition
Accelerated Entry An Accelerated Entry student has previously attended the University of Victoria during their high school study in order to earn credit towards a university degree prior to high school graduation.
Acceptance Deposit Some academic units may require payment of an acceptance deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, but will be credited to your first term fees upon registration. Please contact the departmental secretary for your program to see if this applies to you.
Assessments/
References
At least two references. A form is provided in the application package from Graduate Studies (Assessment Report for References). Arrange for them to be sent directly to Graduate Admissions and Records.
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B

Term Definition
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre offers immersion courses in marine sciences for UVic and visiting students from other institutions. These courses are open to senior undergraduates, graduate students, and other qualified persons. Only one course may be taken at a time. Courses are of three weeks (1.5 units) or six weeks (3 units) duration.
Biography A brief one or two paragraph personal summary.
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D

Term Definition
Degree certificate Students from Chinese institutions applying to undergraduate studies must submit the original degree parchment (diploma). Students from Chinese institutions applying to graduate studies must submit verified or certified copy of the official degree certificate. Degree certificates should indicate the date the degree was awarded according to the People’s Republic of China regulations. We do not normally require graduation certificates or certificates of completion, which indicate that you have completed the required number of years of study for the program and have met all requirements for completion.
Document deadline To be considered for conditional admission to the University of Victoria, we will require at, minimum, your interim transcripts in order to evaluate your application. The document deadline is the last date that you may submit your transcripts or other required documentation and still be considered for admission (dependent upon available space). If you are conditionally admitted, but have outstanding transcripts or have not met the English language proficiency requirements, we must receive them by the deadline specified in your offer before we can give you a final confirmation of your admission to the university. Your conditional offer of admission will be withdrawn if the final documents do not arrive by the deadline specified in your official offer.
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E

Term Definition
English language proficiency requirement In order to be admitted, a student must prove a minimum standard of skills for spoken and written English. 

As English is the primary language of instruction at University of Victoria, all applicants, regardless of country of origin or citizenship status, will be required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

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G

Term Definition
Graduate Courses and programs leading to a Masters or Doctoral degree. Applicants for programs offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies have, or will have, received a bachelors degree or equivalent from a recognized college or university prior to the intended entry term.
Graduate admissions application fees

$124 CAD - all transcripts arriving from institutions within Canada

$156 CAD - any transcripts arriving from institutions outside of Canada

Application fees are non-refundable and cannot be applied to tuition fees. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Graduate degree A graduate degree can be completed after an undergraduate degree. It involves additional study in a particular area of interest, and may include research or the completion of a thesis.
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I

Term Definition
International Baccalaureate Diploma An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a 2-year academic program licensed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) that, upon successful completion results in a high school credential. In order to achieve the diploma, you must fulfill all the requirements of the Diploma Program. Individual IB courses are not considered a basis of admission to the University of Victoria.
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L

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Law A Law degree, or Juris Doctor, is a second entry, undergraduate, professional degree. While the degree awarded is at the first-degree level and admission may be granted to applicants with two or three years of undergraduate studies towards a degree, in practice the program generally requires completion of a previous undergraduate degree before registration in that program.
Letter of permission A letter signed by your home institution granting you permission to take courses at UVic for credit towards your degree.
Letter of support Letter of support from a proposed Supervisor for your proposed program of study and academic ability indicating the significance of your program of study within the current scholarly context, their capacity to supervise your program given their expertise and/or the contributions they will make in supporting your academic program of study and research interests.
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R

Term Definition
Reregistration Students who have not attended UVic (or who withdrew from all courses) in either of the previous two sessions are not automatically eligible to register for courses and must apply to reregister.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae An outline of a person's educational and professional history, usually prepared for job applications.
Returning student If you are eligible to continue studies at UVic and have taken courses in either of the previous two sessions (winter and summer), then you should normally be eligible to register in courses in the next academic session.
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S

Term Definition
Sample of written work A recent sample of your written work such as a research paper, essay, short story, poetry, etc.
Statement of intent Details concerning your research interests, reasons for choosing the department or program, and post-degree plans are often included. A letter of intent should be no longer than two pages unless the guidelines state otherwise.
Statement of marks Students from Indian Institutions must submit a complete Statement of Marks for all years attended. UVic does not accept consolidated or American-style mark sheets/transcript from Indian Institutions.
Study abroad Study Abroad students are those applicants who are coming to study from the countries and institutions with which the University of Victoria has partnership agreements.
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T

Term Definition
Transcripts

An official transcript is one which is issued directly to the University of Victoria from the institution previously attended. The student's copy, a photocopy or an unsealed transcript is considered unofficial. No final decisions regarding admission will be made until official transcripts have been forwarded from the institution to the University of Victoria.

Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be submitted together with notarized translations into English or French.

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U

Term Definition
Undergraduate Courses leading to a bachelors degree or an undergraduate diploma or certificate. Applicants who intend to enroll in undergraduate courses normally have completed secondary school education, and may have completed some post-secondary courses, or have a bachelors degree.
Undergraduate admissions application fees

Application fees

*Applicants applying to attend UVic as a visiting student on a "Letter of Permission" are assessed the application fee based on the source of the "Letter or Permission."

Application fees are non-refundable and cannot be applied to tuition fees. Fees are subject to change without notice.

Undergraduate degree The first level of degree a student can receive at UVic is a bachelor's degree (ex. BA, BSc, BEng). A bachelor's degree normally requires a minimum of 60 units of coursework.  It is commonly called a Baccalaureate or Bachelor’s degree.
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