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When do I register for courses?
Registration for Winter session begins in late June/early July. You can view your registration access date through My page.
How do I register for courses?
Follow the online instructions here. Consult the Registration Help Lines if you’re stuck. If you have any questions concerning the instructions/information, please contact Registration Help at (250) 721-8142 during office hours Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (Pacific Time) or by email at email@example.com.
Where do I get a UVic Calendar?
The University of Victoria Calendar is available online at www.uvic.ca/calendar.
When/where do I get a student/ID card?
You get your picture taken at the Photo ID Centre/Information Booth, located in the lobby of the University Centre. Phone 250-472-4554 or check the Photo ID website for the current hours of operation. If you are able to visit the campus after you are registered and before classes begin in the fall, stop in at the Photo ID Centre in the University Centre Lobby to have your photo taken for your card (you’ll avoid the rush!). Your card can then be processed and picked up on or after the appointed validation date. Check the photo ID website for the validation start date and additional information.
What if I lose my student/library card?
No problem. First check with Campus Security’s Lost and Found. If it is not there you go back to the Photo ID Centre/Information Booth to request a new card. There is a replacement fee of $15 for lost, stolen or damaged cards and an increased cost for the replacement of a card that has been used inappropriately or fraudulently.
Can I delay admission for a term? For a year?
Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.
Do I take specific courses in certain years?
Departments determine prerequisites for their courses and may also impose restrictions for specific courses. Prerequisites are listed below each course description in UVic’s Calendar, and in the First Year Program Guide which lists courses recommended for first year students. You need to check each department’s requirements very carefully. If you are still confused after reading the relevant Calendar entry, check with the appropriate Faculty Advising Centre for clarification.
Where can I get academic advising?
At UVic, academic advising is available through the appropriate advising centre within the different Faculties/Programs. See Academic Advising section.
When should I talk to a counsellor?
If you are having personal problems, need help with how to study effectively at University, or aren’t sure whether your courses are going to help you make a career decision, Counselling Services is the place to go.
Why should I participate in Orientation?
Orientation is for all new students: First Year, Transfer and Graduate. These are programs specific to students already living in or moving to the Victoria area, as well as students living on campus. Participation is strongly recommended. Our Orientation program gives you exclusive access to important UVic services before classes begin. Tour the campus, meet friendly people and find out about UVic’s many student services. Join us the day before classes begin for the President’s Day of Welcome with live entertainment, music, games and the President’s Barbecue. For more questions and answers, check out the Weeks of Welcome website.
What is my status with respect to the Academic Writing Requirement?
Read your letter of admission carefully! Your admission letter will tell you your status and information regarding this requirement. If you are unsure as to your status, the complete regulation is listed in the UVic Calendar in the section titled: Academic WritingRequirement or at registrar.uvic.ca/awr. If you need further assistance, contact your Faculty Advising Centre or the Department of English (250-721-7236).
When is the deadline for completing the Academic Writing Requirement?
To gain the greatest benefit to your degree studies, if you have not yet satisfied the AWR, you are expected to register in a 1.5 unit AWR-designated course as soon as possible. For most students, this will be before the end of the third term of registration or prior to completing 30 units of credit. Please note that many faculties require students to satisfy the AWR before they can declare their degree program with an academic adviser. Transfer students who are admitted to UVic for the first time as third-year students must complete the AWR in their first Winter Session. Nursing and block-transfer students should consult their academic advisers for information about their deadline for completing the requirement.
I took Advanced Placement (AP) English in high school. How can I get credit for it?
If you received a score of 4 or higher on an AP exam (5 or higher for Chemistry), you may be entitled to receive transfer credit. Request the AP examining board to send the results directly to Undergraduate Admissions.
I completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate in high school. How can I get credit for it?
If you completed an IB course at the Higher Level with a grade of 4 or higher (5 or higher for Chemistry), you are eligible for 3.0 units of transfer credit. Please contact the IB Organization to have official IB transcripts sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions.
How can I develop my study skills and help ensure success in university courses?
Consider taking ED-D 101: Learning Strategies for University Success. See the outline under Courses Open to First Year Students (PDF).
What do I do if I want to change Faculties after Registration? (e.g., from Fine Arts to Education)
Contact Undergraduate Admissions during your first session of attendence, as you may have to apply to the desired Faculty. For program advice, and to find out when you apply to your new program, contact the appropriate Faculty Advising Centre.
What are 1.5 units? 15 units? How many courses should I have?
Generally, a full year course is 3.0 units. A term course is usually 1.5 units. An academic session of 15 units is roughly equivalent to 5 courses per term.
When is tuition due? Other fees? How much do I owe?
First term fees are due on September 30 and second term fees are due on January 31. For more information on fees and due dates, check Fee Payment Deadlines in this guide, My page at www.uvic.ca/mypage and the Calendar at registrar.uvic.ca.
What if I can’t get into the courses I need?
Contact the appropriate Faculty Advising Centre.
When should I register for Second Term Courses (January-April)?
Registration for first term, second term, and full year courses are all available at the same time. You should register for all courses as soon as you have been granted access to registration.
What do I do if I’m on a waitlist?
Try not to be discouraged if you have to go on a waitlist for a course. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to get into the class for which you are waitlisted, there are a few things you can do to monitor your progress. To find out your position on the waitlist, look on My page under the “Student Services ” collection. You will need to check this site frequently to confirm your position on the waitlist. Sometimes there is not much movement on a waitlist until the course begins. If you are still on the waitlist when the course begins, make sure that you attend the course. Try to speak directly to the instructor to find out your chances of getting into the course.
How do I drop a course?
Follow the online registration instructions at registrar.uvic.ca and My page. There may be circumstances when a signature is required from an instructor or Dean.
If you have any questions concerning the instructions/information, please contact Registration Help at (250) 721-8142 during office hours Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (Pacific Time) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply for Co-op?
You should contact the Co-op Coordinator for the department. This person will review the requirements needed to apply for that particular co-op program. You can also contact the Co-op Education Program and Career Services Office, 4th floor, Business and Economics Building, at 250-721-7628.
Do I have to register for labs? Tutorials?
If a lab or tutorial section is listed for a course in the timetable, you must register for it at the same time as you register for the lecture section. Lecture sections begin with an ‘A’, lab sections begin with a ‘B’ and tutorials begin with a ‘T’. If there is more than one section of a lab or tutorial, choose the one which best fits your timetable, unless otherwise specified.
Can I schedule two classes right after each other? Yes. Even if they are across campus, there are 10 minute breaks between classes. (In other words, a class from 1:30 - 2:30 ends at 2:20).
How do I know what textbooks to buy? How much will they cost?
You can access this list through the Bookstore website. The Bookstore has lists of textbooks required by Course and Section. Costs will vary. There is a return policy on books. Read it carefully, and always KEEP YOUR RECEIPT. Also, even though you register for January courses, DON’T buy your second term textbooks in September. This is one time it pays to wait!
How can I confirm my list of registered courses?
Access My page at www.uvic.ca/mypage.
When will I know my examination timetable?
For December exams a preliminary timetable is posted about mid-October and the final timetable at the end of October. For April exams a preliminary timetable is posted about mid-February and the final timetable at the end of February. Do not make travel/work plans before the final examination timetable is posted. Exam timetables can be found at registrar.uvic.ca.
Where can I get information about diversity at UVic?
For information on issues of diversity at UVic, call the Diversity Advisor at 250-721-6143 and check out the diversity website.