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University of Victoria 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Regarded as one of the highly coveted academic organizations, University of Victoria offers admissions to a plethora of undergraduate and graduate courses at ranging levels of degree to certificates. Majorly renowned for its co-op programs, the institute provides some unparalleled courses for international students and is honored among the best higher education institutes of Canada.

Admissions to University of Victoria are offered round the year in several intakes with September being the major seasonal term for undergraduate enrollments. Aspirants of the institute are highly encouraged to send in their entries for early admissions to avoid stress of the cutthroat competition that exists during the peak season as the number and type of applications also influences candidate’s chances.

The university observes an acceptance rate of nearly 64% which makes the admission process moderately selective but this shall not be mistaken for it to be a cake walk. Enrollment at the institute depends upon several factors where an overall decent profile showcasing valuable skills and abilities usually take a score.

University of Victoria

While 60% of the weightage of your application is held by good academic track record and GPA, another 40% is governed by student’s overall personality and other parameters like extra-curricular activities, well written personal statement, management and leadership capabilities, et al. Though the process initially can be a little strenuous, the fact that a degree from the institute can help you land one of the high-paying jobs in Canada makes it a worthwhile pursuit.


Application Fee132 CAD for undergraduate admissions
English language proficiency accepted testsTOEFL/ IELTS or equivalent
TOEFL minimum score90
GMAT/GREMandatory for some programs
Application SeasonSeptember (several intakes round the year)
Acceptance RateAround 64%
Employment rateOver 90%
Financial Aid for International StudentsAvailable as Scholarships, Grants and Awards
Work-studyAvailable both on- and off-campus
Students’ HelplineTel: 250-721-8121; Fax: 250-721-6225


The university of Victoria offers admissions in various intakes but does observe certain deadlines which differ for a range of courses offered and shall be strictly followed while sending in applications. Some of the popular programs with their corresponding deadlines are as mentioned below.

Undergraduate courses

Type of DeadlineDate
September intakeFebruary 28
English Proficiency ScoreMarch 31

Graduate courses

Name of ProgramDeadline
MBAApril 30 (September intake)
MSc Computer ScienceSeptember intake: December 15;
January intake: June 15;
May intake: October 15
Masters in NursingDecember 1
LinguisticsJanuary 15

University of Victoria International Admissions

University of Victoria International Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 132 CAD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Higher Secondary School Certificate.

Admission Process

Application process in a few easy steps is as follows:

  1. Check the basic and program-specific admission requirements of the course you are interested in.
  2. International candidates also have to fulfill certain English language and country-specific requirements which shall also be noted before applying.
  3. Deadline for an array of courses available at the institute avries and thus should be taken into account. Check the season of intake and availability of space in the program you are hoping to enroll in.
  4. Once you have ensured all the above mentioned steps, start the application process by adding as a safe sender to receive timely updates which shall be notified to you via email.
  5. Start an online application by creating an account and providing your academic plus personal history.
  6. Submit the completed application along with an application fee to be paid via a credit card and wait for a confirmation email with your nine digit student number from the university which shall be received within 2 business days of sending in application.
  7. Provide all the necessary documents including your transcripts, language scores, et al. and wait for an offer of place.
  8. While you are waiting for a response regarding your admission, start applying for housing and scholarships as they usually fill in early and are offered on first-come first-served basis.
  9. Once you receive your letter of acceptance, pay the required amount of tuition fee and apply for a permit and visa in order to ensure your enrollment with the university.

Country-Specific Requirements

The institute requires international app;icants from around the globe to fulfill certain country-specific requirements which vary depending upon their respective nationalities. Some of the Asian countries with their corresponding specifications are detailed as follows:

Name of CountrySpecification
IndiaHigher Secondary Certificate (Class XII)
NepalProficiency Certificate awarded by Tribhuvan University
BhutanIndian School Certificate (Class XII)
MyanmarOne year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university
Sri LankaSri Lankan Advanced Level Examinations (in 4 subjects)
AfghanistanOne year of postsecondary studies at a recognized university
MalaysiaSijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM); MICSS Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)

English Proficiency Requirements

Since the medium of the instruction at the university is primarily English, the organization requires that its international applicants provide sufficient proof of their English language skills. Students can provide any one of the below mentioned tests as the acceptable proof of their language capabilities.

Test NameMinimum Required Score
TOEFL - IBT90 (no section less than 20)
IELTS6.5 (no component less than 6.0)
CAEL70 (no section less than 60)
LPILevel 6

Visa Application Process

After receiving the acceptance letter from the university, applicants need to apply for a valid study permit and visa to study in Canada. Candidates can obtain permit from the nearest Cabadian Embassy or with the help of a consultant. It is however important that students apply for the visa at the earliest since the process can take up to months.

To obtain a study permit and temporary visa permit, applicants must provide the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • Application fee ( billed in CAD)
  • Acceptance letter from the institute
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Medical examination
  • Biometrics

Natives and legal residents of countries including China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, Senegal, or Vietnam can also opt the alternative way of applying via Student Direct Stream (SDS) for processing their permit faster. To qualify for SDS, a candidate must submit the following:

  1. Copy of acceptance letter.
  2. Proof of first year paid tuition fee.
  3. Proof of Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) for 10,000 CAD.
  4. Medical exam.
  5. Qualifying language test score

English – 6.0 or more in each skill (IELTS)

French – TEF score equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark minimum score of 7 in each skill.

University of Victoria Graduate Admissions

Admission Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: 163 CAD.

Basic Academic Requirement: Bachelor’s degree.

Application Process

  1. Complete an online application and provide all the mandatory documents like transcripts, test scores, among others. While unofficial documents can be uploaded directly on the application portal, official documents should be mailed to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.
  2. Pay the application fee by using credit card only.
  3. Since students need to submit letters of recommendation, it is important that you contact each of your referees to ensure they will be willing to assess you and provide their names and emails.
  4. Track your application status using MyStatus tool and contact the admission office in case a problem exists.

Candidates need to abide by certain program-specific requirements for graduate-level admissions which is tabulated as follows:

RequirementsMBAMEng in Civil EngineeringMS in Computer ScienceMasters in NursingMasters in Linguistics
Academic QualificationBachelor’s degree with avg B in last 2 yearsBachelor’s degree with avg B in last 2 years Bachelor’s degree with avg B in last 2 yearsBachelor’s degree with avg grade of B+ in last 2 yearsBachelor’s degree
GMAT/GREGMAT (550+)RequiredGRE (highly recommended)--
SOI/Essays2 (500 to 700 words)Required (max 1 page)RequiredRequiredRequired (max 2 pages)
English Language RequirementTOEFL iBT- min 90
IELTS- 6.5
TOEFL iBT- min 90
IELTS- 6.5
TOEFL iBT- min 90
IELTS- 6.5
TOEFL iBT- min 90
IELTS- 6.5
TOEFL iBT- min 100
IELTS- 7.0
Work ExperienceRequired (2 or more years)Not RequiredNot RequiredRecommended (2 years)Not Required
Additional Requirements-Supervisor--Writing Sample (max 5 pages)

Engineering students applying for enrollment must note that the admissions are available only via the approval of a supervisor. To select a supervisor which will be a perfect fit for you, look through the list of faculty members of the institute and go through their research areas and work. Select a member with your similar research interest and contact them via email. Ensure you mention all your achievements, goals, GPA, research experience and send in a proposal to see if they will be interested in assisting you.

The application deadline for admission at University of Victoria is usually 3 months prior to the start of term. However, International aspirants are highly encouraged to send in their entries 9 months in advance to allow sufficient time for procuring study permit. Since application process usually slows down during peak time when the volume of entries received increases, applying early will help applicants avoid such a circumstance and will improve their chances of availing studentships and awards.

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