University of Victoria:
Laila Merete Nordli and Monica Rodstol, Fall 2004
General information about the school:
The school is situated on Vancouver Island, in Victoria. The campus is
big, but after a couple of days you can easily be orientated. The school
lies in a nice natural setting right by the schools residences for those who
choose to live on campus. For the social part the campus has its own pub,
Felicitas. The school offers a great opportunity for studying through their
computer facilities, library area and study rooms.
We are currently attending the Faculty of business and we are
specialized in international marketing and leadership courses. The
business school has a great international student environment with
students coming from all continents, specially a lot of students from
Asia. As an international student you will be joining more than 1,000
other students from over 90 countries. All in all more than 18,000
students from around the world enjoy a campus community that offers
outstanding social, cultural, artistic, environmental and athletic
opportunities. Some of the exchange students are attending graduate
courses and some are in undergraduate studies. We are currently taking
undergraduate studies. The study structure for undergraduate studies is 4
years. The students here at UVic is really hard working and achievement
oriented and they expect a lot of you as exchange student.
The teaching situation:
All of the courses are in English, which gives no problem at all. All the
teachers talk very clear and they make sure that all their students
understand. The level of study is higher and the working structure is very
different. The amount of work during the whole semester is higher. Here
in Canada they expect you to work on different assignments during the
semester and you are divided into group by the teachers in all courses. In
addition to this the classes are smaller and presentations in class are
mandatory for all students. We see the classes very challenging and we
really feel that we are developing our business skills. The teaching is
both theoretical and practical. For example there are a lot of article
discussions in class . Our professors are using a mix of cases, group
work and lectures. The relationship between the students and the faculty
is very good. If we have any problems or questions related to our courses
the teachers are more than willing to help you and give you guidelines.
Something different from Norway is that our exams are not objective
corrected. It is the teachers in our classes that correct the exam papers
and we are signing our exams with our names and not our student
numbers. The relationship between students in class is good.
The literature is in American/ Canadian English. The level of the
literature is on the same level as back home at BI. The literature is both
used for detailed knowledge or broad view, depending on the courses.
The exam is both based on the literature and lecture, basic knowledge
about politic and economy and from our group assignments and projects.
Some courses give written mid-term exams in the end of October. For
the final exam there are both written exams, and group presentations,
depending on the courses that you choose.
Description of courses:
IB 415: Cross National Management
Written exams ( midterm and final exam)
Same level as back home, relevance
Both practical and theoretical
IB 416: International marketing
Written exam – final exam
Same level as back home, relevance
Both practical and theoretical
Com 390: Canadian Business Environment (mandatory for exchange
Written exams – both midterm and final
Com 400: Strategic Management
No written exam
Final presentation about Capsim business simulation
program. During the semester your group is responsible for
driving a company on the web against other companies. This
is very challenging and it requires a lot of financial
Article discussion in class and each group has a
presentation in front of the class
The library facilities are really good. A lot of computers available all the
time compare to BI. In the week days the library is open from 8 am to 11
pm, which is really good. IT is used in the teaching in class and all
relevant information for students is announced on Blackboard.
2. Practical Information on the school and the exchange
Information before we went:
We received the information package from the University three months
in advance and it gave us all the relevant information that we needed. No
Vise Procedure and travel experiences:
No problem at all. The Canadian government does not require a student
visa if you are only studying in the country for 6 months.
We ordered our tickets online through Nordmanns Reiser.
We arrived at the University of Victoria in the first week of September.
The first week included a lot of orientation about the school and we
joined the exchange students on an adventure tour organized by the
International office. The first day of semester was September 8th and the
day will be December 3th. The exam period reach from December 9th
until December 16th for our courses.
The reception at school was very good. We felt very welcomed by the
school and all the teachers. The administration and the faculty were very
prepared for our arrival. The school had arranged for Buddy program,
but it was not introduced before later in the semester. This seemed to late
We had already signed up for housing at the campus, which we would
recommend for other students arriving at UVic. If we had any questions
about housing they were very helpful by sending us e- mail and stuff like
that. A good idea is to start the process of housing at an early point.
We paid 13000 NOK for housing, which also included food in the dining
room for the whole semester. The cost of the books is at the same level
as in Norway. An additional cost is on copying articles from the library
for our courses.
The international office:
There is an international office at the faculty of business, and each
exchange students are given a support person. Mami Takahatsi is
responsible at UVic. The international student functions as a support to
the exchange students. We received all relevant information through
Our relationship with other students is excellent. UVic is a great place
for socializing. Our group of exchange student has formed our own
group and we are doing a lot of different things together, like dining out,
playing soccer, and going to the cinema and go clubbing. We are
enjoying our time very much here in Victoria, probably the best place to
Culture and language:
We have not encountered any language problems with the faculty or with
other students. There is a great opportunity to learn about the country
and the local culture through our buddies. For example our buddies
guided us around the island.
Cultural and Social Effects from the Exchange Experience:
The exchange experience has given us a lot of new perspectives about
cultures and people and we feel that we have learned a lot about our
selves. It is a time in our life that we will never forget. We hope that
through our exchange experience that we will have an international
advantage when applying for jobs as the world gets more globalized.
E- mail addresses:
If there is any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.