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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Undergraduate programs

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

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Graduate programs

Explore the options available at VIU for graduate and post-degree programs.

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. 

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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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

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