University of Victoria

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University of Victoria is a universitywide destination in Victoria, Canada.

Student experiences

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General information for exchange students

Course information (select previous term for course examples)

My UVic Life

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Why UVic is the place to go on exchange (YouTube)

Academic calendar

Semester I: 2nd week of September – 3rd week of December
Second Term: 2nd week of January – last week of April

Orientation generally commences the 1st week of September for Semester I and the 1st week of January for Semester II.

Exams take place the 2nd and 3rd week of December for Semester I and the 3rd and 4th week of April for Semester II.


There are no specific requirements for this programme

Faculties / Departments open to exchange students
  • Faculty of Educations
    Departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, Indigenous Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
    Departments: Art History and Visual Studies, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing
  • Faculty of Human and Social Development
    Departments: Child and Youth Care, Health Information Science, Social Work, Public Health and Social Policy
  • Faculty of Humanities
    Programmes: Academic and Technical Writing, Indigenous Studies, Medieval Studies, European Studies, Religion, Culture and Society
    Departments: English, French and Francophone Studies, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Hispanic and Italian Studies, History, Linguistics, Pacific and Asian Studies, Philosophy
  • Faculty of Science
    Departments: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    Departments: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
  • Interdisciplinary Programmes: European Studies
Courses at Master’s level


Students wishing to take courses at the graduate level will be required to request permission to take courses from specific professors or departments and the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on prior learning and knowledge after they are accepted into our exchange program.

Please note that the application process is very lengthy and there is no guarantee of admission for master students.

Language of instruction


Housing assistance

Assistance with finding off-campus housing is available for students throughout the month of August. Limited on-campus housing is available for incoming exchange students. Please see the Residence Services website for further details.

Estimated living costs per month

Living costs are approximately 1800 CAD per month (estimate from 2023).

You can find a more detailed breakdown of expenses here.

Credits and grading

You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

16 places per year, maybe even more for 2023-2024


If you would like to study in Canada, University of Victoria is a very good and safe choice. There are plenty places available and we are confident that all students can be placed.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office:

Asia, Latin America & Middle East

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona


Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten

photo of Patrick Chan

General exchange questions

Name: Patrick Chan

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00 - NOT AVAILABLE: 15 July – 15 August 2024

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.