FAQS FOR NEW AND CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS
1. Where do I find program information?
The University of Victoria Graduate Calendar holds official program information, and is a valuable resource. Your department may also have a graduate handbook that you can access.
2. When do classes and exams start and end?
All the important dates for the year can be found here
3. When do I pay tuition?
Tuition and fees deadlines are standard across all programs. Graduate fees are paid in installments three times a year. These payments are due by the end of the first month of the corresponding term (September 30, January 31 and May 31)
4. How can I get extra funding to help pay for grad studies?
- University of Victoria fellowships and graduate awards for continuing students are awarded on recommendation of the academic unit on a continual basis
- Bursary applications are accepted twice a year; once on June 1 for the summer session and again on October 15 for the winter session
- There are many external awards available for graduate students, each with their own individual deadline
- Consider applying for a travel grant to help with costs for conferences and research
- The Graduate Students’ Society (GSS) offers a range of grants
- Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for resources on scholarship applications
- The Faculty of Graduate Studies has comprehensive listings of funding sources specific to graduate students.
5. What about health insurance?
Health and dental are provided through the Graduate Students’ Society (GSS). If students wish to opt-out of the plan they must prove they have other coverage. Follow the link to learn about coverage, and find important forms
6. How can I be better prepared to work when I graduate?
- Earn a Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LATHE) certificate
- Attend bi-annual TA Conferences
- Become a co-op student, and take part in experiential learning, while gaining valuable work experience
- Learn about what it takes to work abroad
- At Career Services you can sign up for workshops, book a one-on-one appointment, or access online resources
7. What do I do if I need support?
- Maintaining a work-life balance is critical to personal and professional success in graduate school. There are groups and workshops that offer support on thesis writing
- There is a range of activities one can get involved in to build a community, such as: sports and intramurals, social activities, and cultural diversions.