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Located a short flight or ferry ride away from Vancouver, British Columbia, the city of Victoria is world famous for its great beauty, warm weather, and range of cultural activities. Boasting plenty of theatres, live music, art galleries, museums, outdoor festivals, and impressive parks and gardens, the city offers a great range of entertainment options, year-round. Victoria is also known in particular for its brilliant variety of restaurants, including a strong collection of Asian eateries, and dozens of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants located throughout the city.

No matter what your age or interest, Victoria is truly a destination that has a little something for everyone. It's one of Canada's favourite holiday destinations and the city attracts over three and a half million overnight visitors annually in addition to the thousands of international students, who, year after year, continue to choose the location as their ideal study spot.

Welcome to 'UVic'
Nestled in a green, gently sloping area on the edge of the city, the University of Victoria, or UVic, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. With more than a thousand world-class professors and an international reputation for paving the way in innovative and interdisciplinary research, international students choosing UVic are ensured a superb, world-class education.

With ten separate faculties, UVic offers a wide range of programs to choose from, including many options in the areas of humanities, medical sciences, political sciences, environmental issues, and nursing. Yet the two most popular UVic programs among new Bangladeshi students continue to be the same its highly regarded Bachelor in Commerce and its Bachelor of Engineering.

“My reason for choosing UVic was totally because of my program requirement,” admits one such Bangladeshi student, named Walid Karim. “I was a BBA student at North South University and when I wanted to transfer my credits, I figured out that UVic's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business is one of the top ranked business schools in the world renowned for its unique style of providing education which is international, integrative, innovative, and socially responsible. All these things really encouraged me to go for University of Victoria.”

With its focus on creating “global leaders,” Walid says the unique BComm program is exactly what he was looking for. And with its emphasis on experiential learning, Walid says he was encouraged to get lots of hands-on practice, through UVic's special co-operative education or 'Co-op' program which he describes as “a very big opportunity”.

Real life learning
Active since the 1970's, UVic's Co-op program is the third largest in Canada. Offering students the opportunity to earn credits while gaining direct working experience as part of their degree, it is very popular among international newcomers. Particularly for any students hoping to work and/or gain permanent residency in Canada post graduation, Co-op is a great way to up the chances of finding future employment in Canada, or anywhere else in the world.

“Co-operative education is a great way to develop the competencies that employers seek in graduates,” explains Joy Poliquin, who works at UVic's Co-operative Education Program and Career Services office. Through taking part in the program, Joy explains that students are able to alternate terms at school with terms at work for organizations across Canada earning credit, and often competitive salaries, while at the same time building essential job skills.

“Graduating with up to 16 months of relevant work experience is a great way to enhance a student's employability and demonstrate their ability to succeed in a wide range of workplaces,” she says.

Looking to the future
Along with encouraging direct work experience, UVic's Co-op department also offers a range of other opportunities for students to better prepare themselves for the future job market, including workshops aimed at developing networking skills, and seminars for writing professional resumes and cover letters. In addition, several career fairs are held on campus every year, giving students a chance to meet top employers face to face.

Find out more
Interested in learning more about studying in Canada? Be sure to visit www.canada123.org. Even better, come and meet us in person either by dropping by our Dhaka-based Canadian University Application Centre (or 'CUAC') office on Gulshan Road, or by attending the Third Annual CUAC Canadian Education Fair in Dhaka, when many Canadian representatives will travel to Dhaka to help you in person.

WHEN: Friday, 12th October - 12 noon to 8 pm
WHERE: The Westin Hotel, Gulshan 2, Dhaka
*** BY INVITATION ONLY. Contact us today (via email at dhaka@canada123.org or by phone at 02.8826445) to book your place!

Location: Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
City Population: 335,000
Number of international students:
Approximately 1,600
Distance from Vancouver:
100 km [2 hour ferry ride]
Distance from Seattle, Washington, USA: 100 km [2 hour ferry ride]
Climate: Mild weather, year round

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