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University of Victoria


  • The University of Victoria is the oldest post-secondary institution in British Columbia, established in 1903 as an affiliated college of McGill University before gaining full autonomy through a charter on July 1, 1963.
  • Victoria College, which had been established in 1903 as an affiliated college of McGill University, gained autonomy and full degree granting status on March 1, 1963.


Faculties and schools:

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Human and Social Development
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
  • UVic Law
  • Medical Sciences
  • Continuing Studies


UVic has developed eight areas of research strength—or research capabilities—that shape our success as a research-intensive university:

  • Culture and creativity
  • Data science and cyber physical systems
  • Environment, climate and energy
  • Global studies and social justice
  • Health and life sciences
  • Indigenous research
  • Ocean science and technology
  • Physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science


  • Whether you’re making the leap from studying to working or switching careers throughout your mid-life, the Business Career Centre may just be the resource you need to make your transition smooth. 
  • Job search can sometimes be a long process, and you might need a lifeline to guide you along the way.

Distance Learning Courses

Student services

  • International Student Services (ISS) provides support for international students studying at UVic, and coordinates programs for all UVic students interested in studying abroad.

Housing services

  • You have three choices when looking for housing in Victoria: homestay, on-campus and off-campus. In deciding which option is best for you, consider cost, convenience, and your lifestyle. 
  • For example, many international students choose the homestay option when they first arrive in Canada, but then choose to rent a house or an apartment with roommates later once they’ve familiarized themselves with Victoria.

Library services

  • Our libraries—the McPherson Library in the William C. Mearns Centre for Learning, the Diana M. Priestly Law Library in the Fraser Building, and the Curriculum Library in the MacLaurin Building —contain a wealth of information.

ICT services

University Systems helps new and existing faculty make the most of technology on campus including:

  • getting started with a NetLink ID
  • purchasing the best computers for your needs
  • setting up email or Airnet for your mobile devices
  • setting up electronic courses in CourseSpaces
  • webcasting technology for your classroom

Medical services

  • University Health Services (UHS) provides a full service primary health clinic for students, and coordinates healthy student and campus initiatives. 
  • We encourage students to use UHS as their primary point of health care while at UVic.

Campus life

  • The University of Victoria is easy to get to and easy to get around. Connected to downtown Victoria by several major bus and bicycle routes, the campus offers ample parking and an accessible and pedestrian-friendly environment.
  • If you're visiting the area, the main UVic campus (15 minutes from downtown Victoria by car) offers overnight accommodation and meeting spaces.

Sports facilities

UVic students are above-average users of their athletic facilities when compared to students across Canada. 

To accommodate their needs, UVic offers a wide range of athletic and recreation facilities, also available to faculty, staff and the community. These include the:

  • CARSA facility
  • McKinnon Gym and Pool
  • Outdoor artificial turfs and world-class field hockey pitch
  • Ian Stewart Ice rink

Student clubs

Student associations

  • Education Students’ Association (EdSA)
  • Association of Graduate Education Studies (AGES)
  • University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS)
  • UVic Native Students Union
  • Graduate Students' Society
  • Sports and recreation clubs
  • The Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
  • Third Space Women's Centre
  • UVic Pride Collective and Graduate Pride Group
  • The UVic Students of Colour Collective (SOCC)
  • The Society for Students with a Disability (SSD)

  • Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, British Columbia.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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