Year of foundation: 1940
Approx. number of students: 2,800
Period of study:
MCI partner since: 2013
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017 within the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, which has a population of 344,615, making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.
Victoria is about 100 kilometres from BC's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 kilometres from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria and 40 kilometres from Port Angeles, Washington by Coho ferry across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Known as the "City of Gardens", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Sooke Schools International Programme and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Victoria is very popular with boaters with its beautiful and rugged shorelines and beaches. Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.
In 1995, Royal Roads Military College at Hatley Memorial Park on the Esquimalt Lagoon, where Canada's Pacific naval fleet is stationed, was closed and the government of British Columbia granted Royal Roads University license to open as a public university with an applied and professional focus. Royal Roads University maintains strong ties with the Canadian Forces. Royal Roads' programs were initially targeted towards military personnel and other public servants.
Royal Roads University offers applied and professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, focusing on graduate level career development. The programs are primarily offered on line, with periodic on campus residencies for face to face intensive sessions. The university also offers some on-campus undergraduate programs.