VIU International students

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International Students

At VIU, we welcome and value the contributions of students from around the world!

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Our international students are valued members of our Vancouver Island University community and we honour your contributions to the VIU family. We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for you. We are here to support our current and future students during the global pandemic.

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Lethy Makwenge

Lethy Makwenge

As a French, Swahili and Lingala speaker, Lethy didn’t feel confident to speak English when she first arrived at VIU. While studying ESL, she was master of ceremonies at the ESL grad celebration. She also volunteered with Peer Helpers and Cultural Connections. Lethy cherishes the amazing relationships she built and friends she made while volunteering. “I was touched by the peer helpers who welcomed me when I arrived at VIU. So I wanted to help new students to feel the same way”.

- Lethy Makwenge, Democratic Republic of Congo, Peer Helper, Student Activity Leader

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IAS Tutoring

University Programs

Explore the options available at VIU for undergraduate and graduate certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

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VIU International English Language Centre students

English Language Programs

Study English at a university recognized for teaching excellence. Complete your ESL with direct entry to university. 

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The High School at VIU

High School at VIU

The High School at Vancouver Island University offers the independence and flexibility of learning on a university campus with access to university facilities. 

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Student Life & Activities

At VIU, we know that students participating in extracurricular activities experience a more fulfilling university life. We encourage you to start out the year right, and join events, events or student life programs that interest you! 

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Striking a balance between studies and social connections: Siddhanth Arikari

Siddhanth Arikari is graduating this June with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Studies. Siddhanth is co-valedictorian for the faculty of Arts and...

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Don’t fall for the gift card scam

You receive an email that “looks” like it came from a family member/friend/boss and they need your help. Well, of course you want to help. Small problem...

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Looking for work? Here’s what should go on your resumé

The school year is over, warmer weather is on the horizon, and you may be starting the search for a summer job. Whether that job is in your field of study or...

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International Recruitment

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International Education

Contact us with general inquiries about advising, admissions and more.

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