University of Victoria

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The University of Victoria (UVic), one of Canada’s leading universities, is a rich and supportive learning community, which is commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2012-13. Widely recognized for excellence in research and creativity, inspired teaching and civic engagement, UVic provides innovative programs and real-life learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment.

UVic’s beautiful backdrop feeds the university’s curiosity and informs its research, teaching methods and programs. The university has become an international leader in fields including oceans and climate, society and health, global change and sustainability, Indigenous and cultural studies, matter and energy, and genomics and proteomics.

Serving more than 20,000 students from around the world, UVic’s academic programs are constantly evolving to equip students for a rapidly changing world. UVic faculty members have received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including national 3M Teaching Fellowships.

The university’s comprehensive programs across 10 faculties allow students to explore a variety of study options, while one of the largest co-op programs in Canada offers relevant hands-on experience.

UVic is consistently ranked one of Canada’s top research universities by Re$earch InfoSource and is ranked in the Times Higher Education global list of top universities., and as #11 in the world and #1 in Canada among universities under 50 years of age.

Researchers at UVic tackle issues in a range of disciplines, including aging; biomedical and addictions research; engineering and assistive technologies; social policy and global studies; climate; subatomic physics; forest biology; proteomics; Asia-Pacific initiatives; religion and society; Aboriginal health; and clean energy.

The NEPTUNE Canada ocean network and VENUS coastal network are part of UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada Observatory, a world-leading research facility. UVic is also home to the STEHM, the world’s most powerful microscope, which will be used by researchers around the world to study subatomic structures. UVic’s Vancouver Island Technology Park has helped transform Greater Victoria into a technology centre, while the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a dynamic knowledge network that studies the impacts of climate change and develops positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation.

UVic is committed to supporting the success of Indigenous students, through a variety of programs and initiatives. First Peoples House, a visually stunning structure in the heart of the campus, provides a welcoming and supportive space, and a place to promote intercultural understanding.

UVic’s varsity athletics program is recognized as one of the best in Canada, with a total of 71 Canadian university championships.

The university is located a short walk from the beach and an equally short drive or bus ride from downtown Victoria. The campus includes a system of scenic jogging trails, internationally famed rhododendron gardens and a wooded ravine preserved as an ecological area that serves as an outdoor classroom.

Student fees

Canadian student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,959
Graduate tuition fees: $5,150

International student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $16,045
Graduate tuition fees: $6,128

* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 12,850
Full-time (graduates): 2,950
Part-time (undergraduates): 4,240
Part-time (graduates): 290

* Source: University of Victoria