Thank you for considering the University of Victoria as a place to continue your studies. Unfortunately, UVic offers very limited financial assistance to international undergraduate students. Some assistance may be provided through Scholarships (based on academic performance), Bursaries (based on economic need) or Work Study.
Cost of Living
International students must be aware that the cost of living (rent, food, etc.) and tuition may be significantly different from what they expect in their home countries. Before attending UVic students should research the following links:
IB ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS
Students completing the International Baccalaureate program with a minimum of 32 points are guaranteed a minimum Entrance Scholarship of $3000 CDN. Secondary school students need to self-report their IB marks between February 01 - March 31st to be assessed or Canadian citizens studying at a secondary school outside of Canada and International students can send in predicted IB marks to be assessed for an IB scholarship by March 31st. Transcripts sent after the deadline will not be eligible for GPA based scholarships.
20 scholarships of $10,000 are awarded to academically outstanding international students entering the first year of an undergraduate program at the University of Victoria. Transcripts need to be sent to Undergraduate Admissions by March 31st to be considered for this scholarship.
International students must be admitted to the University and have their student visa in place before being considered for this award.
For more information on International Entrance Scholarships click HERE
In Course Scholarships
In order to be eligible for In-Course Scholarships, international students must have attended at least one academic year at UVic. The majority of in-course scholarships range from $25 to $2,500 and are awarded to students with top marks. The number of students who are awarded a scholarship, and the amount they receive, is dependent upon the academic performance of the applicant pool. The process is competitive. There is no need to apply for In-Course Scholarships unless otherwise stated in the Terms of Reference.
International Student Incourse Bursaries
Bursaries for international students are only available for students who are already admitted to UVic and attending classes. Even then, they are only for emergency circumstances beyond the student's control.
Undergraduate International Students must:
- be aware that they must demonstrate that they have sufficient resources to meet their financial needs in order to qualify for a student visa. Undergraduate International Students facing situations of extreme financial hardship that are beyond their control will nonetheless be eligible to apply for the International Student Bursary. This bursary may provide emergency assistance to a maximum value of the domestic tuition and mandatory fees. This bursary may be made available when a student's basic educational expenses cannot be met by expected student, parental or spousal contributions, or government aid from their country of residency. As funds available to this bursary are limited, there is no guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive assistance.
- be admitted to the University of Victoria and registered in a minimum of 4.5 units for credit in each term
- contact the Student Awards and Financial Aid office to apply. Bursaries for International Students enrolled in undergraduate programs will be handled on a case by case basis. International Students are advised to make an appointment with a Financial Aid Officer. There is no deadline.
Graduate International Students must:
- attach a completed budget to the UVic bursary application
- meet the definition of full time status as outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies section of the UVic Calendar
- Application deadlines: June 1st for Summer Session. October 15th for Winter Session. A new application is required for each study period.
- International Graduate Bursary Application
Graduate students are encouraged to visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies to apply for scholarships, fellowships and other graduate awards.
The UVic Work Study program exists to help students make up the difference between their expenses and resources, as well as to provide valuable career experience. Last year, 360 part-time campus jobs were filled by 517 students who earned $10.00 an hour. To be eligible, students must submit a Work Study application to our office for assessment of financial need. The Work Study Program runs from September until April only.
Students are encouraged to research possible scholarships, grants and loans offered by their own government. Some countries, such as Norway through the Statens Lånekasse for Utdanning, offer substantial financing. You are encouraged to do independent research or work with your guidance counselor to obtain further information. Students from the United States are encouraged to visit the United States Department of Education (FAFSA Express) website.