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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Safe & affordable community


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Undergraduate programs

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

VIU graduate business students

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. 

Niccolai Zicong International Student

Niccolai Zicong

I used to build cities with LEGO. It wasn’t until two years ago that I became familiar with the profession of planning: the role that shapes the space we live in. The Master of Community Planning program at VIU is a student focused program. We learn planning theory and immediately put that knowledge into practice within the community. I have never enjoyed school this much.

– Niccolai Zicong, China, Class of 2019, Master of Community Planning

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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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