University of Victoria

About the University of Victoria

Established in 1963, the University of Victoria, also known as UVic, is a research intensive academic institution located in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. The school is committed to its students, teachers, renowned research programs and real-life learning initiatives, making it a leader in diverse practical education at the university level.

UVic has been recognized internationally and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top post secondary institutions. The school is ranked number eleven globally by Times Higher Education, among universities that are less than 50 years old. The school has also been ranked either first or second in Canada’s as top Canadian comprehensive university since 2007.

Campus Life at the University of Victoria

Campus life is ideal for students that enjoy the west coast lifestyle. Located in Oak Bay and Saanich, the campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. With amazing views, plush gardens and innovative architecture, not to mention a mild climate compared to other areas in the country, it is easy to see why students choose to study at UVic. This is also why more than 95% of students that attend UVic are satisfied with their education experience.

The school is a destination for international students. With thousands of students from more than 100 countries globally, UVic makes international student feel right at home. The Marnie Swanson International Commons helps international students quickly become acclimated to campus life and provide them with the facilities and resources they need to assist with their studies.

If athletics is an area of interest, the UVic Vikes athletic program has a lot to offer. A winner of 47 CIS national championships in a variety of sports, the University of Victoria is an ideal choice for student athletes.

Why Study at The University of Victoria

Students come to UVic not only for the outstanding campus life, but also for available research opportunities. Known for its research, the University of Victoria offers a number of internationally recognized research programs in the area of:

  • Oceans and Climate
  • Matter and Energy
  • Indigenous and Cultural Studies
  • Global Change and Sustainability
  • Society and Health
  • Computational Modelling and Information Processing
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Fine and Performing Arts


The school has made significant contributions in research, particularly in the area of cultural change, climate change, fuel cells and cancer cells. Its research in energy and fuel led to UVic being named the fifth most influential in the world in this area, by Science Watch.

UVic is a leader when it comes to co-operative education programs in the country. It offers more than 40 academic programs that have a practical work experience component. It also offers approximately 100 exchange programs with schools in more than 25 countries around the world, proving students with ample opportunity to learn and develop outside of the classroom.

School Address

3800 Finnerty Road,
Victoria,British Columbia
V8P 5C2

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