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COVID-19 info for students

UVic is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial health officer in this rapidly evolving situation.

Updates

Second step of BC Restart Plan now in effect

As of June 15, the second step of "BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together" is now in effect. This step will have a number of impacts on university services including athletics and recreation,...

Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry for post-secondary student leaders

On May 28, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training hosted a second Town Hall to discuss the preliminary public health guidance for September 2021 provided in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus...

Winter Session 2021/22 timetable now live

UVic’s Winter Session 2021/22 timetable is now live. It lists courses offered in the fall and spring terms and includes information about how each course will be delivered (face to face or online)....

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Health & safety

Our safety programing is informed by guidance and direction from the provincial health officer, COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector and WorkSafeBC.

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Tuition & student fees

Tuition fees remain unchanged. We continue to provide high-quality programs by the same experienced faculty. Since moving swiftly to online instruction in mid-March we’ve carefully considered and are investing in several changes to support excellence in online teaching and learning for the summer and fall terms.

We have more resources for course design and delivery, new collaborative and interactive platforms, more bandwidth and support services. We’re also hiring more teaching assistants and instructors to provide one-on-one support for you.

We continue to deliver the student services you need online. These include academic advising, counselling, international student supports, and health services.

Tuition is an integral part of the university’s budget. It helps provide for the costs of education including instruction, programs, services and support for students now and when face-to-face instruction resumes.

We will lessen the burden where we can with flexibility and increased supports, and have financial assistance available through our established bursary programs.

Students studying online will not be charged for athletics and recreation fees or for the cost of the U-Pass transit pass.

Please note that the UVSS and GSS set their own fees for undergraduate and graduate students, respectively.

Funding

We know that COVID-19 has caused financial hardships for some of our students. UVic awards over 4 million dollars annually in the form of bursaries for students in financial need. We also have funding available for international and Indigenous students.

Coming to campus

We all know things are going to be different this Fall at UVic. Learn what you can expect if you come to the UVic campus.

Study spaces & computer labs

Quiet study spaces are available on campus so you can focus on your learning in a safe environment. The Computer Help Desk Computing Facilities are open with limited capacity in the Clearihue building. 

Information about safe work plans for common areas is available from OHSE.

New Student Connect Program

The New Student Connect Program is an online university community where new students from all over the world connect with others entering their first year at UVic. Upper-year student mentors will help to make your first year memorable and meaningful. Learn all about student life, the UVic student community, services available to new students, and more.

On-campus housing

Last updated: April 22, 2021

Residences are open this year. We are working to determine how many student housing beds will be available.

First-year applicants entering UVic during their high school graduation year will be given first priority in residence. A limited number of spaces will be available for other undergraduates and graduate students as well.

The deadline to apply for on-campus housing is June 30. Room offers will be sent to students between July and August.

International students

Last updated: April 22, 2021

If you haven’t already applied for a study permit, you will need one to study in Canada. Even if you are starting your program online outside of Canada, we recommend applying for your study permit as soon as possible because the application process can take weeks or even months.

Anyone arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival, whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. UVic students required to self-isolate can access our self-isolation program for help arranging accommodations, necessities and supports. 

COVID-19 info for international students

Co-op & career services

A lot has changed over the past few months, including what it's like to be a co-op student. We know that this is a challenging time - your co-op office is here for you! We've put together some COVID-19 information to keep you up-to-date on support and resources.

Looking to hire a co-op student? We've put together some resources for co-op employers.

Student Wellness Centre

Counselling

UVic Counselling is offering appointments by phone or video. Please call us at 250-721-8563 to make a same-day or pre-booked appointment.

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Health

UVic Health is offering appointments primarily by phone or video. In-person appointments are available when required. Same-day and pre-booked appointments can be made by phone at 250-721-8563.

Multifaith

UVic Multifaith is offering online events and some in-person activities. COVID protocols and small group sizes are in effect for in-person events.

You can reach out to a chaplain directly. Please call 250-721-8338 or email multifaith@uvic.ca to book an appointment with a chaplain.

SupportConnect

SupportConnect is a free and confidential 24/7 mental health service for UVic students. Connect with counsellors, consultants and life coaches by phone or online—anytime, from anywhere.

  • Toll-free (calls from North America): 1-844-773-1427
  • International collect calls: 1-250-999-7621

Additional resources:

  • Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888
  • Youthspace.ca online text and chat, 6 p.m.-midnight
  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society operates a 24-hour provincial Aboriginal crisis line for adults/elders (250-723-4050), children/youth (250-723-2040), toll-free line (1-800-588-8717).
  • Here2Talk is a confidential, free, single-session BC government service that offers appointments for students by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students can speak to a trained counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1-877-857-3397 or direct at 604-642-5212. Students calling from outside Canada can dial 1-604-642-5212.

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