About the University of Victoria
 
The University of Victoria (UVic) offers innovative programs for more than 20,000 students. Dynamic, hands-on learning, research that makes a vital impact, and discovery and innovation in Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment provide an Edge that can’t be found anywhere else.

In early 2013, UVic was ranked number 20 globally and first in Canada among universities less than 50 years old by Times Higher Education (THE). It also ranks in THE's elite global list of the top 200 universities, which includes approximately one per cent of the world's best institutions.

Beyond the classroom, UVic is part of the community. With civic engagement a key part of our mission, our faculty, students and staff collaborate with a diverse range of community partners in Canada and abroad on essential issues that matter to people, places and the planet.
  • Oceans and climate
  • Global change and sustainability
  • Society and health
  • Indigenous and cultural studies
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Matter and energy
  • Computational modeling and information processing
  • Fine and performing arts
Work-integrated learning at the University of Victoria
 
UVic is home to one of Canada’s largest co-operative education programs and the largest in western Canada, which are administered through the university’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services (Co-op and Career). The co-op program encompasses all UVic faculties, with more than 3,500 students per year participating in 13 co-op program areas from 47 academic departments and schools. Co-op exists for almost every program, except for those that already offer practica, internships or other work-integrated education. Co-op is mandatory for students in Business, Engineering, Health Information Science, Public Administration, Recreation and Health Education and Coaching Studies. In other areas, co-op is optional. Co-op is also available to graduate students who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in most program areas.
 
Students complete more than 3,250 work terms each year with over 1,100 employers across Canada and around the world. Co-op plays a major role in the UVic experience—one in three eligible students takes part in the program. UVic is also the largest provider of graduate co-op (master’s and doctoral) in Canada—more than 300 UVic graduate students participate in co-op each year. One third of graduates find permanent full-time employment with their former work term employers. Co-op is a pillar of UVic’s academic strategy, and students have completed more than 65,000 work term placements since the program’s inception in 1976.

In addition to facilitating the co-operative education program in its many, flexible forms, UVic Co-op and Career champions for all UVic students to have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning opportunities through their academic courses, co-curricular activities and community engagement.

In Career Services, our team serves students and alumni through one-on-one meetings, online career programs, in-person workshops and a variety of events throughout the year. Our career educators hold over 3,400 meetings with students per year through drop-in hours and appointments, and over 6,500 students participate in our career events and other offerings. Our Co-op and Career portal hosts over 16,500 separate active users per year, including students, alumni, employers and community members.

Our vision UVic Co-op and Career develops graduates who achieve personal goals, excel in their chosen fields and contribute to community and society. We guide and support students as they develop competencies—knowledge, skills and attributes—that lead them to successful and rewarding careers.