Things All Students Should Know
- The UVic Calendar is your complete reference for academic regulations, administrative policies and faculty, degree, course and prerequisite regulations. Make sure you have the current year's Calendar as course requirements CAN change from year to year!
- UVic has a mandatory English Requirement.
- A UVic degree is made up of 60 units of coursework (a one-term course is usually 1.5 units; a full-year course is usually 3.0 units).
- Of these 60 units, a minimum of 21 units must be upper level; at least 18 of these upper-level units must be completed at UVic. Please see Residency Requirement in the UVic Calendar for details.
- All Major programs within the Faculties of Humanities, Science & Social Sciences require at least 15 upper-level units for a Major. Most departments also have additional requirements, so it is important to read the Calendar and/or see an adviser to ensure accurate program planning.
- Students can graduate with a General Degree (i.e., no Major in anything). A General Degree requires at least 9 units of upper-level course work in two different departments.
- Most Departments offer an Honours program. Please see the departmental entries in the Calendar for Honours Program requirements.
- Only one Minor can be declared in a degree program.
- All students hoping to graduate with a degree must declare their program at the Advising Centre.
- UVic has two Sessions - Winter and Summer. Winter has two terms, Fall (September to December) and Spring (January to April). Summer Session runs from May to August and has several terms within it.
- A normal course load is 7.5 units, or 5 courses, per term in the Winter Session.
- Students should be aware of regulations pertaining to academic standing (including probation or required to withdraw status).