University of Victoria

A highly diverse and research-intensive public university, the University of Victoria is forward-thinking, focused on sustainability, inclusion and career success.

Welcome to University of Victoria

As a public research university with a diverse student population of 22,000+ students, UVic is a forward-thinking institution built on a culture dedicated to a healthy planet, authenticity, inclusion and success. The University is uniquely located in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, which sits at the southernmost point of Vancouver Island.

Featuring partnerships with some of the world’s top companies, UVic has built the largest co-operative-education (“co-op”) program in Western Canada — one big reason why it’s ranked #1 among Canadian comprehensive universities for preparing career-ready students (2022 THE Global University Employability Ranking).

With up to 16 months of employment and an average monthly salary of CAD$3,076, co-op students enjoy well-paid, full-time work experience that’s integrated directly into their degree program.

Study Options:

  • a bachelor’s program 
  • a master’s program 

Many undergraduate and graduate majors are available at UVic, spanning an array of subjects. A comprehensive university, UVic offers programs across the sciences, humanities, arts, health and business, including high-ranking programs in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering and Psychology, among others.

Most of UVic’s bachelor’s degree programs require four years of study. Certain degrees — such as Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) — also require participation in the University’s co-op program, which can add an extra year.

All programs give students the option to get hands-on experience (such as co-op) as part of their degree. In fact, 94% of all UVic students graduate with some sort of experiential learning — at least one co-op or practicum.

One-of-a-kind opportunities await you at UVic

At UVic, students learn on a picturesque campus designed to look and feel just like a park. Spread across 200+ acres of greenery, campus facilities are mingled in among the island’s old-growth rainforest. Nature trails and colorful walkways link students from one area of campus to another, giving the University a vibrant “green” feel.

But UVic doesn’t just “talk the talk” — it also “walks the walk.” Ranked #2 in the world for climate action (2022 THE Impact Rankings), the University has been proudly carbon-neutral since 2010. In addition to sustainability, UVic is deeply committed to making an impact on key global issues of today and tomorrow, including:

  • health and wellness
  • Indigenous reconciliation
  • social justice and equity
  • technology and the human experience

A fun fact? Canada’s largest on-campus telescope sits on the rooftop of UVic’s Bob Wright Centre — just one of the reasons why UVic has top global programs in Physics and Space Science. The same building also houses one of the world’s most advanced microscopes.

Given its unique location and incredible geography, UVic students enjoy unparalleled opportunities in Marine Biology, Forest Ecology, Plant and Animal Science and Geosciences.

When you join UVic, you’ll be joining a population of 4,300+ international students representing 110+ countries.

Top reasons to study here

  • #2 among Canadian comprehensive universities Maclean’s University Rankings 2023
  • #1 in North America for international research collaboration Leiden University rankings 2022

  • #2 in Canada for research in Physical Sciences and Engineering Leiden University rankings 2022

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Subjects you can take at University of Victoria

Best Quality of Life: Canada is ranked #3 for Best Quality of Life in the world

More affordable: Studying in Canada is 25–35% less expensive than a US university education

Work options: Option to work for up to 3 years in Canada after graduating from a 4-year degree program

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