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.

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. 

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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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 Education

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