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Canadian application process

We make applying to a Canadian university as simple as possible for international students who want to study abroad in Canada. 

How to apply

  1. Complete an application form

    Submit your application and supporting documents today, or save your application and return to it later.

  2. Get your application reviewed

    Kaplan will review your documents and work with you to get them ready — then Kaplan will submit your application to the university.

  3. Receive an admission decision

    Receive a letter of acceptance from the university to which you applied.

  4. Accept your offer and apply for a study permit

    Choose to accept your offer, then pay your deposit to confirm your intent to enrol. Use your university’s letter of acceptance to apply for a Canadian study permit.

  5. Apply for housing and register for classes

    Apply for on-campus housing. You can then take care of any outstanding pre-arrival tasks.

Start your application today

Application deadlines for Canadian universities

Application deadlines vary by university and program. Some universities may have flexible deadlines for international students — you can see the application dates for the university you’re interested in by clicking on an option below. 

How to apply to the University of Victoria

We believe the application process should not be stressful on you or your family. You can count on our friendly team to help you find the right study option for you!  

UVic document checklist

To complete your UVic application, you’ll need to upload some documents along with your form. Specific required documents may vary by degree program. Typical required documents may include: 

  • Academic transcript(s), both your original and a translated version if your original transcript isn’t in English

  • Proof of English language proficiency

  • Copy of your passport

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    Supplemental documents may be required for certain undergraduate and graduate programs at Canadian universities, including:

  • Personal statement
  • Statement of intent
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé
  • Graduate admission test scores
  • Impact statement
  • Letters of reference
  • Portfolio

If you’d like some extra support with this process in your home country, we can recommend a trusted local Education Agent.

Additional support

Support for completing your BCom application

Applying for the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at the University of Victoria? If so, you’ll need to complete your application package — including your supplemental application. Take a look at what’s required. 

For students with a medical condition or disability

During the application process, it’s important to let us know about any medical condition or disability you may have, so we can help you get the application support you need.

UVic admission decisions

Here are some answers to common questions about the University of Victoria’s admission decisions.  

When will I receive an admission decision?

When you receive your letter of acceptance can vary, depending on when you apply and the program you apply to. Decision times range from at least 10 days for undergraduate applicants and up to three months or longer for master’s applicants.

What does “unconditional admission” mean?

Getting an unconditional offer means you have no additional conditions you need to meet. That said, you may still need proof of financial support as part of the Canadian study permit process. 

What do I need to do if I have a conditional offer of admission?

If you need to improve your English proficiency, you will be conditionally admitted to a degree or pathway program. You must then submit a qualifying language score or join a degree preparation program before you start your academic program.

If you received a conditional offer for a graduate degree program, you may be required to complete certain prerequisites to be admitted.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

If you don’t receive a letter of acceptance from UVic, we will support you in considering alternative or more suitable study options for you, based on your qualifications and circumstances.

Important application dates

UVic offers a range of degree programs in September, as well as some options for May and January. We always recommend applying as early as possible, so that you have enough time to request your Canadian study permit. 

When should I apply for my study permit?

The Canadian government recommends applying for your Canadian study permit as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance (LOA) from the University of Victoria.