University of Victoria (UVic) is a globally recognized research-intensive university. UVic offers innovative programs for more than 20,000 students. The dynamic hands-on approach to learning—in Canada's most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation—gives students the UVic Edge. Choosing UVic is all about getting the right fit. It means joining a community of leaders who are driven by their imaginations every day and are responsible for a strong legacy of achievement. 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.
The university celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2012-13, five decades after receiving degree-granting status in 1963. The origins of UVic, however, can be traced back to 1903 and the establishment of Victoria College, the university's predecessor institution.
The 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings place University of Victoria on its elite Top 200 list, among the top one per cent of universities around the world. Ranked at #173 globally, UVic has been the top-ranked university in Canada without a medical school since 2010.
UVic ranks among the top 200 institutions worldwide in six key academic fields, according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings by Subject: English language and literature, earth and marine sciences, geography, law, physics and astronomy, and psychology.
The QS rankings also suggest that UVic’s rising international reputation stems from extraordinary programs across the institution. The Department of English ranked in the top 100. In total, UVic was ranked for world-class performance in 22 of 30 subject areas.
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The University of Victoria is easy to get to and easy to get around. Connected to downtown Victoria by several major bus and bicycle routes, the campus offers ample parking and an accessible and pedestrian-friendly environment. If you're visiting the area, the main UVic campus (15 minutes from downtown Victoria by car) offers overnight accommodation and meeting spaces.