Plan an adventure

We love hitting the books, but university is about more than just studying and class-time.  International oppourtunites and chances for hands-on learning are the way to make the most of your time at UVic.

So what are my options?

Co-operative education

Co-operative education works around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience. Graduate from UVic with up to 16 months of paid work experience and connections to help launch your dream career.

Within the faculties of Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences, co-op programs are available in the following disciplines: 

  • Biochemistry and microbiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Humanities (all programs)
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Social Sciences (all programs)

You can find detailed information about co-op on their webpage.

International exchange programs

Combine your passion for travel with your university education by applying for an exchange program. Immerse yourself in another culture, deepen your global perspective and add to your future employability all while earning credit toward your degree, choosing from 65 partner universities in 23 countries.

Field schools

Our academic departments have developed amazing field schools to help you get out in the field and learn with your boots on.  Field schools are experiential and intercultural short-term courses that take you out of the classroom, conducting hands-on study and research in locations across Canada and around the world. You'll travel with a small group of students from UVic and other BC post-secondary institutions, working as a team under the guidance of a UVic faculty member.

Hands-on learning

Independent research.  Labs.  Practical Assignments.  Travel opportunities.  You can review discipline-specific opportunities at our program planning page (select "hands-on learning" within your area(s) of interest or review:

Looking for some inspiration? Browse through other students' stories on the hands-on learning section of the MyUVic Life community.