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Defer your offer

If you've been admitted to a first-year program for September entry and have accepted your offer, you can ask to defer your admission.

If your request is granted, your admission will be deferred to the next September (one year) in the same program.

Can I defer my offer?

You can request a deferral for reasons such as:

  • participation in an exchange or volunteer program
  • financial need
  • mandatory military service
  • physical or mental health concerns
  • gap year
  • other extenuating circumstances

You can not defer your admission in order to attend another post-secondary institution.


  • Deferrals are only available to first-year students who have accepted their admission offers by May 1.
  • All conditions of the admission offer must be met before the deferral decision can be made (i.e. after final grades have been received).
  • If your deferral is granted, you may not attend another post-secondary institution.
  • Deferrals are only granted once per student.

Housing & scholarships

  • If you are eligible for first-year housing and your deferral is approved, you will still be eligible when you start at UVic.
  • If you've been offered an entrance scholarship, contact to discuss your intention to defer.

Apply for deferral

The deadline to submit a deferral request is August 1.

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