This program only accepts applications once per year. Students must plan ahead and apply early! All applications for the fall, spring, or full academic year following are all due on the 3rd Saturday in November.
The University of Victoria
is more than a top research university in a spectacular West Coast location. We’re a university of achievement, a university of curiosity, a university of integrated learning, and so much more. UVic is ranked #11 globally and first in Canada among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE). It also ranks in THE's elite global list of the top 200 universities, which includes approximately one per cent of the world's best institutions. UVic is a university of civic engagement, indigenous focus, inspiring teaching, integrated learning, international perspectives, groundbreaking research, and sustainable initiatives.
Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada, with gardens that bloom all year. In fact, it is internationally renowned as the "City of Gardens." The wild beauty of the Pacific coast and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas will follow you wherever you go. The city is also a center for First Nation (aboriginal) culture, and enjoys many festivals and museums celebrating native culture.
1. Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date; seniors may not go in their graduating semester.
2. You must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.
Placement Availability and Likelihood:
Please be aware that spaces in this program may be limited, and the number of spaces available for AUS placements will vary from semester to semester. That means that sometimes, access to these spaces will be competitive based on your GPA, Essay, Reference Letters, and other considerations. IXO will try to accommodate your first choice placements wherever possible, but you should always list several programs in your application, in case space is not available in your first choice university.
Exchange students can take from three to five courses depending on their academic comfort level. Students are not normally able to register in Engineering, Law, Business, Education and Human & Social Development. Some courses in Business are open to students, but the selection is very limited. Registration of courses is only done after you have been accepted into the program. At UVic, students must select courses and register for them online well before the start of term. An admission letter does not guarantee you entry to particular courses, so be sure to register as soon as you are eligible. Most courses fill quickly so students who register after their assigned registration date will have fewer course options. For more information, visit: http://iess.uvic.ca/exchangestouvic/courseselection.html
Not ABET accredited (Engineering courses’ credits will not be counted or transferred). The courses offered by the School of Computer Science and School of Engineering Science are limited to computer science majors and engineering science majors.
UVic’s College of Business is AACSB accredited. Students are encouraged to take their general education (humanities, etc.), free electives and Business electives (MJR or MIN electives). Students can take major or required courses during their study abroad semester after getting the approval from the School of Business and Management at AUS. A normal course work load for Canadian students is five courses (7.5 units). Exchange students can take from three to five courses depending on their academic comfort level. Course outlines are sent to partner universities in February each year.
There are two courses specially designed for and offered to exchange students:
COM 206: Business English (1.5 units). Business English is designed to support the study of other course material and to enhance the transition to regular business courses offered by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and UVic. Students in the course will be given opportunities to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills under the guidance of a highly trained instructor experienced in teaching English as a second language. Students with a TOEFL score of less than 575 are required to enroll in this course.
COM 390/290: An Introduction to the Canadian Business Environment (1.5 Units). The purpose of this course is to introduce exchange students to the practical realities of doing business in Canada, with Canadians. The course will cover a broad range of topics including an overview of the social,
political, and economic environments of Canada. Students with an excellent command of English will be permitted to enrol in the regular business courses offered by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business if they meet the prerequisites.
Students can register for courses in Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science as long as you have satisfied all course prerequisites. There are limited courses in the Faculty of Fine Arts that are open to exchange, so be sure to check the UVic Calendar website: http://www.uvic.ca/calendar.
No courses specific to architecture
NOTE: Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students would be provided with the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters
Program Fees and Costs:
As an exchange student, you will pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits) in addition to Student Activities fees. Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
Mandatory Temporary Medical Insurance (MTMI)
- Homestay: Homestay is available to all students. Homestay (room & board) is an excellent way for students to improve their English and experience Canadian living. Should you choose homestay, you will be matched with a Canadian host who has been carefully selected for his/her ability to provide a safe, comfortable, and friendly home. The family will provide you with your own room and food for CAD 800 per month. There is also a one time CAD 250 placement fee. To apply, please visit: http://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/elc/accommodation/
- Residence: Others may prefer on-campus residence (room & access to cafeteria). Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is allotted 30 single rooms in Residence. Therefore rooms will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis as the applications and deposits are received. The residence location is convenient and all campus facilities can be reached within ten minutes by foot. To apply and find out more information please visit http://www.housing.uvic.ca. If you are assigned a room, you can make arrangements to move in prior to the Exchange Orientation.
- Off-Campus Housing: Exchange students can also search for accommodation independently. In such instances, students are responsible for undertaking the search process and making food arrangements. Please visit: http://housing.uvic.ca/offcampus/ for more information. Most accommodation will be available the 1st of September, but some may be available immediately.
UVic is implementing a Mandatory Temporary Medical Insurance (MTMI) for all international students.
All new international students will be automatically enrolled in their medical insurance plan for the first 4 months of their stay. If students are attending UVic for 2 terms, they will need to enroll in their provincial medical plan (BC MSP) for the second term. As there is a 3 month waiting period for BC MSP, the new insurance will ensure that all of our international students are properly insured during their first few months in Canada. More information can be found on our website at the following link. The fee will be CAD 262 and will be payable upon students’ arrival at UVic. UVic will provide any assistance and guidance you need to know about their insurance during your orientation. The coverage will be from 1 September to 31 December or 1 January to 30 April. UVic recommends that students ensure they have travel insurance to ensure coverage outside of these dates.
To always get the updated details, visit this link for UVic's insurance fees and information