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We are saddened to see that the situation in Iran continues to deteriorate. We are closely monitoring the situation at Sharif University of Technology and others in Iran and are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty there.

Many members of the UVic community have deep ties to Iran, including ties to family, friends and colleagues living in Iran today. You are all in our thoughts and we are here to support you. We ask everyone in our UVic community to be kind, to listen, and to learn more about ways to help your peers who may be struggling. This can and should include the flexibility to meet their ceremonial and community needs, and to mourn and support others in their lives, as news from home can have a profound effect on their mental and physical health.

In Canada, we often take freedom of speech and expression for granted and it is important to remember that students and citizens of other countries do not enjoy these same rights. You’re not alone; the UVic community is there for you and we have on-campus supports for students, staff and faculty who may need it.

UVic Supports for Students

International Student Center (ICS)

We have international advisors who can help you with transitioning to Canada, travel information, peer relations, community development, immigration and settlement.

Contact us with any questions you have about being an international student at UVic.

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +1-250-721-6361

Student Wellness Center

We provide holistic care for your well-being, emotional, physical and spiritual. You don’t have to be in Victoria to access care! Contact us for virtual and in-person appointments with counselors, doctors, nurses, chaplains and more.


SupportConnect is a free and confidential mental health support service for UVic students. Contact us from anywhere, 24 hours a day.

+1-844-773-1427 (North America)

+1-250-999-7621 (international)

Teaching tips

Contact us to help you understand and meet your academic program requirements.

First cycle | Graduate

Visit the Application for academic concessions page if you need to request flexibility with classes or assignments.

UVic Support for Faculty and Staff

Employee and Family Assistance Program

This program is designed to provide information, guidance, and support to staff and faculty as they face many of life’s challenges and milestones.

Community supports

UVic Iranian Students Association (IRSA)

IRSA is a UVSS student club that provides a way for Iranian students to connect and support each other.

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @irsauvic

Iranian-Persian Cultural Society of Victoria (VIPCS)

The VIPCS encourages and facilitates the cultural, social, philanthropic, athletic and artistic activities of the Iranian and Persian community of Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Email: [email protected]


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