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University of Victoria (UVIC)

49 reviews
4.01 / 5 based on 49 reviews
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Language is fine and no problem. People are friendly.
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
2.5/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
More expensive that other parts of Canada and the USA.
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Travel, Overall, Food, Telephone, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Given that the teachers in engineering fail so many students you may have to re-take a course which will cost you more money and reduce your self confidence.
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
1.2/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Engineering courses in calculus and physics are horrible. The teachers give D's and F's to more than 50% of the class. See ratemyprofessors.com for further proof from many students that the teachers are terrible. Teachers only interested in research and not teaching. They say this is a "Co-Op" and hands on learning which is really not true. It is all theoretical and finals count for at least 60% of the grade.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Do not fail over 50% of the class in physics, calculus, statics and engineering courses. Teachers should focus on teaching rather than research. Many of my friends transferred out on UVIC never to return.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
3.2/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes, that the teachers in engineering/math/physics were horrible. I would not have come there to study. Better to go there on holiday as it is a beautiful place and not study there. There is also no school spirit at all. They really do not care if teachers fail the students as many students just get fed up and transfer to another school. Very high turnover for students for these reasons.
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In my opinion:
Stay home.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
3
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Not recommended. Go to another university and visit Victoria on holiday. Nice place to visit from May to September. From October to April it rains all the time and is cloudy.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
1
Final comments
Disappointed in UVIC. On the surface, it appears to be a good school. The only ting good about it is the location. You can just visit Victoria on a holiday or vacation during May to September and skip going to school there. That is the best advice.
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
2.5/5
Student life
Describe host city:
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Activities, Travel, Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Best night life is in downtown Victoria. Social life on campus in minimal. There is no school spirit. The few sports teams they have are not good and no one goes to the games. NO SCHOOL SPIRIT !
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John
Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Engineering, Undergraduate, Independent
University of Victoria
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Very limited space on campus. Primarily for first year students. After the first year they have no other choice but to move off campus.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Housing is good for first year students. Housing demand on campus is much greater than housing supply. After first year, most students must live off campus.
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