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Explore UVic schedule

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Are you ready to Explore UVic? We’ve created a fun-filled day of student panels, sample lectures, presentations, tours and more.

Check out the schedule of events, plan ahead and make the most of your visit!

Note: all times listed in Pacific Time.

Check-in & information fair

Start your day at the tables outside Sngequ House and pick up your welcome package.


9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sngequ House

Student services and supports information fair

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sngequ House

UVic has services to support you every step of the way before—and during—your degree. Talk with experts about

  • scholarships and financial aid
  • living in residence
  • getting academic help and advice
  • athletics and recreation
  • student life
  • and so much more!

Explore UVic presentations

What makes UVic unique? What could your UVic experience look like? Is UVic right for you? These presentations will give you the big picture perspective of living and learning at our beautiful Vancouver Island campus. There will be presentations for high school applicants and recent graduates, and a separate presentation for students considering transferring to UVic from another post-secondary institution. Parents and families welcome!

Presentations are held in Sngequ House, Conference Rooms A & B.

High school students and recent grads

Come and explore the exciting world of UVic with us at a special presentation just for high school students and recent grads like you! Get the inside scoop on what it's like to be a UVic student. We'll dive into all the cool stuff that makes UVic stand out, from campus life to academics, and finding the perfect program for you – plus so much more.

Our friendly UVic recruitment officers will be your guides during the presentation, and they're ready to answer all your burning questions. Don't miss out on this chance to discover the awesome opportunities waiting for you at UVic.

Presentations are held in Sngequ House, Conference Rooms A & B.

  • 10:15 - 11 a.m.
  • 11:30 - 12:15 p.m.
  • 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
  • 3 - 3:45 p.m.
  • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Transfer students

Are you considering making the move to UVic to continue your undergraduate journey? Don't miss out on our transfer presentation, where we'll dive into all the essential details you need to know, from admission criteria and the application procedure to insights into student life and the vibrant UVic community.

This presentation is held in Sngequ House, Meeting Rooms A & B.

  • 1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Co-operative Education (Co-op)

Explore the exciting world of Co-operative Education (co-op) at UVic, where you can mix your classroom learning with real-world paid work experience in your chosen field. With co-op, you'll have the chance to switch between academic terms and hands-on job placements, getting paid while gaining valuable experience that aligns with your studies. All of this happens while you're pursuing your degree at UVic.

Discover the many co-op opportunities available to you, get insights from co-op representatives, and feel free to ask any questions you have during our co-op presentation.

Presentations are held in Sngequ House, Conference Rooms A & B.

  • 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Student experience panel

Get the inside scoop on life at UVic from our very own students! Join us for an interactive session where current UVic students will share their unique perspectives and experiences. You'll have the chance to ask them all your burning questions, whether it's about their academic program, their involvement in student-led clubs or their exciting life in residence. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with our student community and discover what it's really like to be a UVic student.

Student experience panels take place in Sngequ House, Meeting Rooms A & B.

  • 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 2:15 - 3 p.m.
  • 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.


Explore UVic offers a rare opportunity to attend lectures given by professors across all our faculties. All lectures are held in Classrooms 131 and 133 in our new Sngequ House.  

The surprising truth about the one thing great leaders do to create the best performing organizations in the world.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

Dr. Mark Colgate  |  Gustavson School of Business

We get a lot of stories about what prison and the people in it are like—from movies, TV shows, and true crime podcasts (just to name a few).

But what happens when we stop treating people in prisons as plot points and instead consider them as human beings with their own complicated inner lives, just like anyone else? We’ll talk about how this played out in a Humanities course held in a BC jail.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. |  Sngequ House, Classroom 133

Dr. Audrey Yap  |  Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities

Discover how we can stay healthy and feel our best. Dr. Lauzon will explain some important ideas like how our minds and bodies work together, and how to make positive changes in our lives. You'll learn about managing stress, staying active, eating well, having good relationships and taking care of our environment.

Dr. Lauzon will also tell you about two fun projects her students do: one where they make healthy changes in their own lives, and another where they work with friends on a project that helps our community. We'll even hear from some students who've taken this course and how it's helped them. Don't miss this chance to learn and be inspired!

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 133

Dr. Lara Lauzon  |  Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Ever wonder why males and females can be so different from each other? It's not just about making babies – there's a lot more to it! In this talk, we'll explore the fascinating world of how animals develop unique traits and behaviours when it comes to finding a mate.

We'll explore ideas about why these differences exist and how they've evolved over time. It's like a never-ending game of tug-of-war between the sexes! Join us for an eye-opening discussion about the amazing world of gender differences in the animal kingdom.

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

David Punzalan  |  Department of Biology

Knowing how many individuals are in a group is important for activities like managing wildlife and keeping communities healthy. But what if you can't see everyone, like in a school of fish, or when people are without homes or when there's a virus spreading?

We'll explore the tricky task of figuring out the number of hidden populations, like counting salmon during their migration, helping people who are homeless, or tracking COVID-19 cases. Come learn the secrets of estimating these hidden numbers!

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

Laura Cowen  |  Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Colonization transformed all aspects of Indigenous societies including Indigenous ideas of gender and sexuality. While Indigenous people pushed back against changes from outsiders, today, Indigenous people are working to restore their ancestral ways including their gender and sexuality systems. How can we learn from Indigenous wisdom to break free from the idea that there are only two genders? Let’s explore Hawaiian language and traditions connected to the land to learn more about this.

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 133

Dr. Hōkūlani Aikau  |  School of Indigenous Governance

Bones can break in all sorts of unexpected ways, and it happens more often than you might think. In this exciting lecture, we'll show you the fascinating science behind bone fractures and how engineering principles help us understand why they happen. Plus, we'll explore how engineers are making breakthroughs to fix broken bones better than ever before. It's not just about mending bones; it's about changing lives! Join us to unlock the secrets of bone health and repair.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

Josh Giles  |  School of Mechanical Engineering

Agriculture is the biggest cause of climate change, and it's the sector most affected by climate change. Discover how modern farming practices are shaking up our climate and food security. This journey will show you why the key to a greener, tastier future is all about making more and better-quality food. The bottom line? Sustainability doesn't mean having less; it's about living better and helping the planet thrive.

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 133

John Volpe  |  School of Environmental Studies

Art has been a part of our world for thousands of years. We often think of artists as people who can show us what life was like in their time. But being creative doesn't always mean making big changes or adding brand-new things.

Are you interested in discovering how artists came up with new ideas in the past? Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of art history. We'll find stories of artists who came up with amazing new ideas, shared important messages about society, and even went against the norm, even when times were tough. It's a journey that will spark your own creativity and make your learning exciting!

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

Dr. Evanthia Baboula  |  Department of Art History and Visual Studies

Did you know that Gen Z spends more time gaming in virtual worlds than they do watching TV? But there's more to it than just fun and games.

Gaming can help you make friends, reduce stress and boost your wellbeing. But sometimes, there are not-so-great things in the gaming world, like flaming, trolling, discrimination and raging.

In this event, we'll explore how social games bring players, streamers, fans, and spectators together, all while keeping things positive and safe. Join us to uncover the secrets of gaming and learn how to make your gaming experience even more enjoyable!

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 133

Dr. Regan Mandryk  |  Department of Computer Science

What is Health Information Science? What are some of the current challenges, trends and technologies in digital health? Have you ever wondered how to pursue a career in this field? Learn how this program prepares you for a variety of well-paid and meaningful careers in the digital health sector!

4:15 - 5:00 p.m.  |  Sngequ House, Classroom 131

Dr. Helen Monkman  |  Department of Health Information Science

Faculty tours and events

Visiting our faculties and meeting professors is a great way to learn about studying at UVic. Each of our faculties will be offering events and information booths to help you refine your program choice before submitting your application.

Open Doors with Gustavson

Are you a high school student with big dreams and a passion for business? If so, our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program is your gateway to a world of opportunities, where you can acquire valuable skills and carve out your unique path to success.

Meet Andrea Felix de la Rosa, our dedicated Gustavson Education and Recruitment Advisor, along with two remarkable BCom Alumni, Ashley Campbell (Class of ‘22) and Katherine (Class of ‘20). They’re here to give you an exciting glimpse into the incredible journey our students embark on, the achievements they celebrate, and the impact they make.

David Strong Building, room C118

  • 11:30 - 12:15  |  1:00 - 1:45

Information fair for Exercise Science, and Physical and Health Education

McKinnon Building, lobby

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Information fair for Education programs

McKinnon Building, lobby

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Building tours

McKinnon Building, lobby

  • 11:00 - 1:00

Information fair

Engineering Lab Wing

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Clubs fair

Engineering & Computer Science Building, lobby

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Building tours

Engineering Lab Wing, lobby

  • 11:00 - 12:00  |  12:30 - 1:30  |  2:00 - 3:00  |  3:30 - 4:30

Information fair

Fine Arts Building

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Art History and Visual Studies tours

Fine Arts Building rooms 109 and 115

  • 11:15  |  11:45  |  12:15  |  12:45  |  1:15  |  1:45  |  2:15  |  2:45  |  3:15

Music tours

MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, upstairs lobby

  • 11:00  |  12:00  |  1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00

Theatre tours

Phoenix Theatre lobby

  • 11:00  |  11:45  |  12:15 

Visual Arts tours

Lobby of Visual Arts Building (adjacent to the Fine Arts Building)

  • 11:00  |  12:00  |  1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00

Information fair

Sngequ House, 2nd floor lobby

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Information fair

Clearihue Building, room A127

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Building tours

Clearihue Building, room A127

  • 11:30   |  1:00   |  2:30 

What is UVic Science? 

UVic Science professors will describe what it's like to study science at UVic.

Bob Wright Centre, room A104

  • 11:30  |  1:30

Information fair

Bob Wright Centre lobby

  • 10:00 - 4:00

Telescope tours

Meet at the telescope in the Bob Wright Centre, 5th floor

  • 11:00  |  12:00  |  1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00

Biology tours

Bob Wright Centre lobby

  • 11:15  |  11:45  |  12:45  |  1:15  |  2:15  |  2:45

Earth and Ocean Sciences lab tours

Bob Wright Centre, B119/121

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Biochemistry and Microbiology, Chemistry, and Math and Stats Assistance Centre tours

Bob Wright Centre, lobby

  • 11:00  |  12:00  |  1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00

Information fair

David Strong Building, lobby

  • 11:00 - 4:00

Anthropology Teaching Lab tours

David Strong Building, lobby, Anthropology table

  • 12:30  |  1:30  |  2:30

Visual Anthropology Lab tours

David Strong Building lobby, Anthropology table

  • 11:30  |  12:30  |  1:30  |  2:30

Environmental Studies tours

David Strong Building, lobby Environmental Studies table

  • 11:30  |  12:30

Geography Lab tours

David Strong Building lobby, Geography table

  • 11:30  |  1:00  |  3:00

Geography: Community-Based Research Lab tours

David Strong Building lobby Geography table

  • 1:00  |  2:00  |  3:00


Tours of our First Peoples House are open to everyone.

First Peoples House

  • 11:30 - 12:00   |  2:00 - 2:30 

Campus tours

To truly immerse yourself in the UVic experience, we invite you to embark on a guided walking tour led by one of our enthusiastic current students. This tour offers a firsthand opportunity to acquaint yourself with our campus, from its stunning beauty and parklike charm to its size and layout. Along the way, you'll discover some of our cherished spots, including academic buildings, sports facilities and dining hotspots.

These tours are hosted by UVic students who can't wait to share their own personal journeys and insights with you. Come along and explore the places where you'll study, live and make lasting memories during your university adventure.

Make sure you include a campus tour during your visit to UVic.

All campus tours start outside Sngequ House. Tours run every fifteen minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.