VIU International students

Vancouver IslandUniversity

International Students

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

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Mild weather all year


Safe & affordable community


Close to nature & urban hubs

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University Programs

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

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. 

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. 

Ernest Imoesi

Ernest Imoesi

“Enrolling (as a first year student) in the co-op program has played a big role in my education. Luckily for me, I got my first career-related job after the first semester of registering in the program and my semester since then has been less difficult. Most of the things I’ve also learned in my place of work has also helped me understand things that are taught in class much better”.

- Ernest Imoesi, Nigeria, Bachelor of Science, Computing Science Co-op program

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My summer internship in Bali

I spent three months in Bali this summer interning with a non-profit organization called Yayasan Peduli Kemannusian (YPK). It’s an organization that focuses on...

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5 things that surprised me about Vancouver Island University

As an international student, experiencing cultural shocks when changing countries is the norm. My name is Becky, and I moved to Nanaimo from Mumbai at the...

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Student leader reflects on the power of community and connections

When Tapiwa Shoko, also known as Taps, began searching for post-secondary opportunities, Vancouver Island University caught his eye due to the hands-on...

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Student Life and 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! 

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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International Recruitment

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International Education

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