University of Victoria

University of Victoria


Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, the University of Victoria is one of Canada’s leading universities and is known for its outstanding reputation in research, scholarship and teaching as well as for its innovative and attractive study programs.

International students have the opportunity to choose from various study options at the University of Victoria. These include the summer programs at the renowned Gustavson School of Business, where both bachelor’s and master’s students can find the right program, postgraduate courses from a wide range of departments and high-quality English courses at the English Language Centre.

At the University of Victoria, particular value is placed on interdisciplinary and international cooperation and activities. The university maintains more than 100 exchange agreements with institutions in over 20 different countries.

It also offers its students an outstanding range of social, cultural, artistic and sporting activities, as well as a wide range of concerts, plays, exhibitions, films, lectures and sporting events.

Among universities younger than 50 years old, the University of Victoria is ranked 11th in the world and 1st in Canada, according to the Times Higher Education 2013, and is among the top 200 universities worldwide, which is approximately one percent of all existing facilities. Many other ranking providers confirm this assessment.

  • University of Victoria website
  • University of Victoria English Language Center website
  • University of Victoria Short-Term Business Programme

University facts

Year of foundation: 1963

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 20800, 17400 Undergraduate, 3400 Postgraduate, International 1600


  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)

Academic year:

The programs at the English Language Center at the University of Victoria start on different dates.

Study programs

  • postgraduate studies
  • language courses
  • Summer Sessions

The University of Victoria offers the opportunity to acquire a diploma or a certificate in numerous subject areas. Diploma programs are more study-intensive and therefore last longer than Certificate programs. In some subject areas, both a diploma and a certificate can be obtained, for example in business administration.

  • Postgraduate courses from the University of Victoria


The tuition fees can be found under the following link.

  • Tuition fees at the University of Victoria


A postgraduate course at the University of Victoria requires either a first academic degree such as a bachelor’s degree or at least five years of professional experience.

International students are also required to provide proof of adequate English language proficiency. This is done based on a minimum score in a standardized language test such as the TOEFL.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

TOEFL (internet based) 79
TOEFL (paper based) 550
  • University of Victoria Application Requirements


Studies/courses in English

  • Certificate in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Business Administration


The University of Victoria is very centrally located in the Gordon Head area. Downtown Victoria can be reached from the campus in just under 20 minutes and is easy to get around, whether on foot or by bus. Victoria offers a wide range of activities for tourists and residents alike – from sailing to museum visits to whale and wildlife watching.

At first glance, the grounds of the University of Victoria, with their many trees, flowers and ponds, look like one large park that invites you to go jogging, play Frisbee or relax with friends. The university buildings and lecture halls as well as the dormitories are all within walking distance of each other. The English Language Center is located very centrally in the middle of the university grounds.

Architecturally, the Cornett Building stands out: It is a prime example of modernism. Its long corridors have already misled many students on their way to the next lecture, which has now become a proverbial “running gag” at the university.

  • University of Victoria campus maps


International students at the University of Victoria have a variety of options for housing during their stay.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

The college town of Victoria

Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia.

The city was founded in 1843 when it was of great importance as a port city, especially for the fur trade. The city on the Pacific was named after Queen Victoria of England, who ruled Canada for a long time.

The British flair can still be clearly felt today and it is not for nothing that Victoria is called “Canada’s most British city”. This is noticeable in the building and lifestyle, as well as in the red double-decker buses that drive through the city. The climate is very mild, temperatures above 30°C or below 0°C are rarely measured.

The city center is characterized by its attractive pedestrian zone and numerous bars and shops. In addition, Victoria has many sights such as the Houses of Parliament and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Canada is known for its particularly multicultural society, which of course also applies to the state of British Columbia.

Major occupations in Victoria are in tourism, education and government. Banking and technology companies are also increasingly settling here. Victoria has an airport and is connected to Vancouver and Washington State by ferry. Victoria is one of the few cities in North America where distances can still be walked and nature can be reached in minutes.

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