University of Victoria

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Biology, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Indigenous Studies, Information Technology, Languages, Law, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Science, Zoology
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 4-5 courses (30 ECTS)
Semester dates Winter 1st September - December
Winter 2nd January - April

About the University

The University of Victoria offers innovative programs for more than 20,000 students. Dynamic, hands-on learning, research that makes a vital impact, and discovery and innovation in Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment provide an Edge that cannot be found anywhere else. For further information, see University of Victoria and British Columbia.


Victoria, British Colombia, Canada

Victoria, capital of British Columbia, sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island. With abundant parkland, it’s known for outdoor activities. The city's British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture, including stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion. Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of vivid floral displays, plus statuary, water features and a carousel, is one of many formal gardens in the city.

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Courses available

For more information on courses available, visit the UVic website.


Residence Services at UVic offers four types of on-campus housing for students: dormitory rooms, cluster units, apartments and family housing. For information about each of these options, visit the Residence Services website. If you want to live on campus, submit your application as early as possible. Each year the numbers of applications exceed available space.

Living with a family in Victoria is a great option for students who want to live off campus, but who aren't quite ready to set up a home of their own. The UVic Homestay Program brings international students and Canadian families together to share cultures and develop long-lasting friendships.

Cost of living

Living expenses include housing and utilities, food, clothing, personal care products and recreation for you and any family members who accompany you to Canada. Costs associated with living in British Columbia (BC) are available on the Employment and Social Development Canada website. Look for Table 3: Student Living Allowances Regional Distribution - Actual Monthly Budget. This is a helpful tool for predicting living expenses.

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Visa requirements

Australian exchange students who will be studying in Canada for less than six months do not need a Study Permit; however UVic recommends that even if you don't need a study permit, you apply for one. It will make things much easier if you want to work on campus or extend your studies in Canada. If you intend to study for a full year you must apply for a Study Permit.

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