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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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VIU International English Language Centre students

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

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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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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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Taking her education global with international internships

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One of the questions I get asked frequently is how to best tailor a resumé to a specific job to increase the chances of getting called for an interview.Think...

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