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. 

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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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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Making the most of faculty and community connections

Being one of the first groups of students to go through the restructured Master of Business Administration program was a highlight of Prabhdeep Singh Sambi’s...

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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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