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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Summer Lin

Summer Lin

“I worked as an ESL teacher for eight years in Taiwan. When we moved to Canada, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to build more one on one connections with children. Before I even graduated from my program, I had a full-time job waiting for me. I was quickly promoted to a supervisor, and after two years at the facility, I was promoted again as the manager to six staff members looking after 37 children. I was doing a lot of licensing and paperwork, and thought I could start my own daycare. I love being a small business entrepreneur and am also the Executive Board member for the ECEBC Nanaimo branch and assist with professional development workshops”.

- Summer Lin, Taiwan, Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma, Owner of Tenderfoot Childcare in Nanaimo

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Programs

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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Blog Posts

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VIU grad spotlight

Reprinted with permission from The DiscourseVancouver Island University (VIU) attracts international students from around the world and from various different...

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An online semester at VIU in Canada during a global pandemic

Now that I am back in Germany, I already miss Canada, VIU, my friends there and, yes, even the online classes. Prior to my departure, doubts crept into my mind...

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Where should I live while studying at VIU?

So you’ve registered for your classes and now you’re looking forward to having a bit of fun and down time before you start university. Great! But before you...

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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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