University of Victoria Grad Student Society

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Information for new Grad Students

Welcome to UVic!

This page is intended as a handy introduction to the events and services that can help you get your program rolling. If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, contact the GSS Office Coordinator at 250-472-4543 or via email.


So you've just arrived to our beautiful campus as a graduate student?

Drop by the GSS Office (rm 102 in the Halpern Graduate Student Centre) to pick up your day planner, get to know your graduate society, and sign up for our Weekly Bulletin listserv. The E-Bulletin is your connection to important information, resources, and up-to-date campus and community events and information. We highly suggest you sign up to stay informed and on top of necessary information regarding your health and dental care plans, campus committee calls for graduate students, and much more! 

Please note that our office is open Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 4pm.

The new grad planner will be available at the end of August/beginning of September 2018, and can be picked up in person at the GSS front office.


What are a few things I should do on my first trip to UVic? 

1. Obtain your U-Pass/Student Card: Once you are registered as a UVic student, you will be able to pick up your U-Pass/Student Card from the University Centre (3800 Finnerty Road). The GSS does not provide U-Passes/Student Cards. To Opt-in or Opt-out of your U-Pass, please see this page. Please note that Opt-ins and Opt-Outs of the U-Pass cannot be completed until August 21st 2018 and can only be granted to eligible students as outlined on the link to U-Pass information provided. 

2. Visit the campus book store: store hours and informationa are available here. 


What are key elements of this website I should review? 

1. Understand your Health and Dental Plan, including filling out claims online, and opting in/out (for eligible students)

2. Know where to look for exciting GSS event updates  so you never miss out on the fun we organize! Don't forget to visit our Facebook Page and Twitter.

3. Know where to find relevant forms related to the U-Pass, Health and Dental, applying for GSS grants, and more. 


What is happening for graduate student orientation?

Detailed information on GSS orientation events and our Welcome Weekend can be found on our regularly updated GSS Events Calendar. 


What does the GSS do?

The GSS provides a variety of services for grads, including the U-Pass (bus pass) program, the extended health and dental plans, boardroom and lounge space, social event programming, child care bursaries, conference travel grantsadvocacy and support, department grants to support social and academic grad student initiatives, a Modo Careshare Coop program, and the Beyond the Jargon radio show on CFUV, UVic's campus and community radio station.  We also represent grad students to the University Administration and broader community, both by electing grads to decision-making bodies and through campaigns.

We also operate the Grad House restaurant, which provides excellent food at great prices in a friendly, accessible environment open to all. This year, however, our beloved Grad House is undergoing major renovations and is closed until January 2018. We look forward to unveiling our new restaurant and cafe later this year! 

A friendly reminder that part of your student fees support clubs and constituency groups that serve the campus community, and which you can join!



Feeling unsure of where to start? 

 The Faculty of Graduate Studies has a variety of checklists to help you get organised!

If you need help with your thesis or want to develop your academic commmuinication skills, the Centre for Academic Communication can help!  They provide one-on-one coaching from experienced writing tutors, support for international graduate students, and workshops on teaching dossier development, project management, and writing skills.

Feeling unsure of your instructional skills?  Want to become a better TA?  The Learning and Teaching Centre provides skill development through bi-annual conferences, ongoing workshops, and the LATHE certificate program.

Cooperative and Career Services runs the Pathways to Success program, which provides career and professional development for workshops.  Check out their schedule of workshops and register online.

It's a good idea to read the supervisory relationship document, which outlines the rights and responsibilities between your supervisor and you. A graduate student's realtionship with their supervisor is very important to a good experience in graduate school, and this document may help you develop a plan for completion in conjunction with your supervisor.