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Dynamic learning

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The world is interconnected and ever-evolving. We think learning should be too.

Dynamic learning is fuelled by research-inspired insights and hands-on experiences. The interplay of ideas and action gives our students a powerful edge of expertise.

Learning beyond the classroom

Our students learn by doing. Some work with First Nations communities, in international village settings and in wilderness protected areas. Others tackle global innovation challenges or collaborate on ground-breaking research.

"I kept saying 'I can't believe I'm in class right now,' when we were hiking through a national park, talking to locals in a village or wandering through a palace. I realized the value of experiential learning opportunities like these. Instead of simply learning about topics, we saw them first-hand and had the opportunity to engage with them."

—Geography student Julia Bennett, about the geography department’s India Field School.

Co-operative education

With more than 4,200 placements each year, we have one of Canada’s largest university co-operative education programs. Co-op integrates academic studies with relevant paid work experience in more than 40 academic areas.

Close to half of eligible UVic undergraduates take part in co-op and graduate with experience in their field. 75 per cent of our co-op students graduate with job offers.

Undergraduate research awards

Every year, 100 undergraduates from different faculties participate in the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards (JCURA) program. Each student pursues independent research with the guidance of a faculty supervisor. They gain direct research experience and a deeper understanding of their field.

Field schools

Field schools provide a transformative learning experience for students and faculty. This hands-on experience allows our students to fully appreciate the practical side of research and data analysis.

Our students travel, conduct research and work with local and international communities under the close supervision of faculty members.

President’s Beyond Borders Fund

Our President’s Beyond Borders Fund encourages students to work and study abroad. We provide funding for students travelling in the Asia-Pacific region, including support for internships, field schools and co-op placements.

LATHE graduate certificate program

The Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) program prepares graduate students for an academic career in higher education. LATHE students build their teaching portfolios and gain relevant experience while they earn their graduate degree. Instruction is guided by the latest research in the psychology of learning and instruction.

Student stories

Open UVic partners on new West Shore campus

UVic partners on new West Shore campus

As part of a first-of-its kind partnership between South Island institutions, UVic will offer first- and second-year programming at the new West Shore campus, which is expected to open in fall 2024.

Open Ukraine webinar carries message for students

Ukraine webinar carries message for students

In June, Ukraine’s president called on university students to join him via video link about support for Ukraine. Now four UVic students are answering the call again, in a Zoom webinar on Aug. 4.

Open Passion for robotics inspires success

Passion for robotics inspires success

Alec Krawciw had the highest academic standing of any student graduating from UVic with a bachelor’s degree this spring and also found time to lead a student engineering team, earn a minor in software...

Open 2022 Victoria Forum

2022 Victoria Forum

This August, UVic and the Senate of Canada are co-hosting an international forum seeking solutions and strategies for an increasingly polarized world. Bridging Divides: Turf, Truth and Trust is a...

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Learning in motion

When we give our students the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom, they put their innovation into action. They engage directly in problem solving, gain career-relevant expertise and experience deep personal growth.

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