University of Victoria

University of Victoria Overview

The University of Victoria was established on 1 July 1963 in Victoria, British Columbia. The main campus is located in the Gordon Head area of Greater Victoria. With a total area of 403 acres the campus spans the border between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich.

The University of Victoria offers innovative programs for more than 20,000 students. Dynamic, hands-on learning, research that makes a vital impact, and discovery and innovation in Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment provide an edge that can’t be found anywhere else.

The University is a national and international leader in many areas of critical research and creative endeavour, and the faculty are committed and inspiring teachers. They offer students a research-enriched education that is complemented by applied, clinical and work-integrated learning opportunities, making it among the best in the world. 

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Victoria (UVIC).

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 1st September 2016 - 19th December 2016  4th January 2017 - 25th April 2017


Living expenses include housing and utilities, food, clothing, personal care products and recreation. Keep in mind that your living expenses will depend on your lifestyle, and be sure to set aside some money for unexpected costs.



Residence Services at UVic offers four types of on-campus housing for students: dormitory rooms, cluster units, apartments and family housing. For information about each of these options visit the Resident Services website. Once students have been accepted to the ISS Exchange Program and have received their UVic Student number (which begins with V00), and have created their Netlink ID, they may apply for on-campus housing as early as March 2016. Students without a V00 number will not be eligible for on-campus housing. Incoming exchange students planning to live on campus should apply as early as possible to increase their chances of getting a room. Residence application fee is CAD$50 (non-refundable). UVic on-campus residence spaces are limited and placement is not guaranteed. Exchange students living in on-campus housing must be registered in a minimum of 4.5 UVic units per term.

Residence Services at UVic maintains the Off-Campus Housing Listings to provide students with information about rental opportunities including suites, apartments, houses and shared living situations.
The ISS Living off Campus in Victoria handout offers suggestions to help you find off-campus housing.

Living with a family in Victoria is a great option for students who want to live off campus, but who aren't quite ready to set up a home of their own. The UVic Homestay Program brings international students and Canadian families together to share cultures and develop long-lasting friendships.
Residence Services

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.