Become a Student at VIU - International Admissions

To apply as an international student for admission to Vancouver Island University (VIU), please follow these instructions:

 

Before You Apply

Explore VIU programs. Check the requirements for your specific program and gather your necessary documents for scanning:

  • Your official transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Certified English translation* of any documents issued in a language other than English
  • A copy of your passport (photo page)
  • Copy of High School Graduation Diploma (if available)
  • Copy of University Degree (If available)

*All documents must be translated by a certified translator or notarized if they are in a language other than English.

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Applying

We strongly recommend submitting your application online. The application process for international students is different than for domestic students. The application below is for students who are NOT Canadian Citizen or Permanent Residents.

  • Scan all documents (in separate files)
  • Fill in the on-line International Application for Admission form which includes uploading your documents and selecting your method of payment.
  • Pay the $150 (CAD) non-refundable Application Processing Fee (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are preferred.  Cheque, money order, and electronic transfer also accepted). 
  • Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an acknowledgment email with the receipt of payment.

International Admissions
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
CANADA

NOTE:

  1. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BEGIN TO BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE $150 (CAD) APPLICATION FEE IS RECEIVED, AND ALL SCANNED REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE UPLOADED.
  2. FOR MASTERS PROGRAMS, YOUR LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNTIL THE $150 (CAD) APPLICATION FEE IS PAID AND ALL ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED DOCUMENTS ARE RECEIVED.

Application Deadlines

 

After You Apply

  • Once your application fee has been paid and all of your documents have been received, your application will begin to be processed.
  • It can take from 2-8 weeks to process an application. Having all your documents scanned and attached to the online application decreases wait time. Note: Masters Programs and limited entry programs may take longer.
  • If you have met the admission requirements and have a competitive application, you will receive a Letter of Offer from international admissions. This letter will contain information on program start dates and instructions for payment of your tuition deposit. The tuition deposit is usually the equivalent of the first semester’s tuition.
  • In order to secure your place in a program, you must pay the deposit fee by the deadline date indicated in Letter of Offer. Once the deposit is paid an official “Letter of Acceptance” will be emailed to you. You will need this letter to apply for a study permit at a Canadian Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission.

NOTE:

  1. In some programs, due to space or enrolment limitations, admission does not guarantee that space will be available.
  2. VIU reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program or course if there is insufficient enrolment. In such cases, every reasonable effort will be made to notify you as early as possible.

 

Apply by Paper

VIU also accepts paper applications by mail. However, please note that paper applications will take longer to process.

  • Fill out the  printable International Application for Admission form.
  • Attached a non-refundable application fee of $150 is required.
  • Attach certified copies of all educational documents in the original language, and certified copies translated into English, if applicable.
  • Send or arrange to have an original copy of your TOEFL or IELTS results sent to Vancouver Island University, if required.
  • Printed applications and all supporting documents should be sent to:

International Admissions
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5
CANADA

 

 

Admission

Vancouver Island University accepts international students under one of the following conditions:

  • direct applications (online or paper applications);
  • applications through authorized representatives;
  • institution-to-institution exchange programs;
  • sponsorship through inter-governmental agreements;
  • winner of academic competitions or international scholarships.

Admission to English Language Studies in the English Language Centre

All students must:

Please keep in mind that students applying for conditional admission to an undergraduate (or diploma, certificate or trades) program at VIU, or thinking of applying upon completion of ESL programming, will still be required to provide proof of high school graduation and their secondary school transcripts.

The High School

All students must:

  • have completed Grade 9, or equivalent;
  • turn 15 years of age by December 31 following a September enrollment;
  • be under 19 years of age.

Admission is selective and is based on academic and leadership potential. For more info please visit The High School at VIU.

Undergraduate Academic and Vocational Programs

  • Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required from applicants for whom English is not their first language or from those whose education was completed in any country where English is not the official language.
  • For students who meet the academic requirements but not the English language requirement, conditional acceptance to VIU may be granted. In this case, admission is granted pending completion of VIU’s English Language Centre program (level AP5). Exceptions may apply.
  • Up to 30 advanced credits may be granted for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (higher level) courses.
  • Academic programs may have additional program admission requirements and course prerequisites. Please check your specific program requirements from VIU programs.
  • International students who are BC high school graduates must have a minimum grade of “C” in English 12 for direct entry into an academic program.

English Language Requirements for Academic Programs

To meet the English language requirements for academic programs, students must have completed one of the following:

Test

Minimum score

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test
550 (no section below 56)
  • TOEFL IBT
88 (no section below 20)
  • IELTS (Academic)
6.5 (no band below 6.0)
  • CAEL
60
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
176 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
176 overall
  • English 12 (BC)
Min. “C
  • Pearson (PTE)
60 (no section below 60)
  • International Baccalaureate English A1/A2
Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher
  • VIU English Language Centre
Successful completion of University Preparation Level 5
  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition
Grade 2 or higher
  • Recognized university where English is the language of instruction.
Completion of six credits of post-secondary English composition and literature with a minimum grade of “C
  • Language Proficiency Index (LPI)
Score 5 or higher
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
English at the O-level with a minimum grade of C or 4

Admission to Post-Degree Diploma in Business Studies

Admission to Graduate Programs

  • Minimum “B” average in the final 2 years of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Meet one of the following VIU English language requirements:

Test

Minimum score

TOEFL iBT
93 (no band below 20)
IELTS
7.0 (no band below 6.5)
VIU's English Language Centre 
Successful completion of Graduate Preparation Program (Grad Prep)
CAEL
70 (no band below 60)
Pearson (PTE)
65 (no section below 60)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
185 overall
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
185 overall

 

  • No GMAT or GRE scores required
  • For other documents and work experience requirements, please see program specific page.

Transfer Credit

Students enrolled in a University program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Students seeking credit for courses from other institutions will need to submit detailed course outlines and a credit transfer request form. Please note, it can take 6-8 weeks after admissions received your documents for credit to appear. Students are welcome to find transfer credit resources by looking up individual courses or searching the BC Council on Admission and Transfer (BCCAT).

Deferring Admission

For students wanting to change their program to a later start date:

If for any reason you need to change when you start your program at VIU, or you haven’t been successful in obtaining a visa and wish to cancel your enrollment, please contact us right away at Study@viu.ca  or Masters@viu.ca for students entering Masters programs.  Click here for more information on VIU International Tuition Fee Deferral and Refund Policy.

Transferring to VIU

Students enrolled in a University program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Students seeking credit for courses from other institutions will need to submit detailed course outlines and a credit transfer request form. Please note, it can take 6-8 weeks after admissions receives your documents for credit to appear. Students are welcome to find transfer credit resources by looking up individual courses or, if you have a transcript from a university in British Columbia, search the BC Council on Admission and Transfer (BCCAT).

How do I get credit for courses I’ve already taken at another University?

If you are here:

  • Fill out a Transfer Credit Request Form and bring it to the front desk of Building 255.
  • Submit your original final university transcripts, AND course outlines for the courses you wish to gain credit for.  Note that these will not be returned to you, if you want to keep your documents you will need to get notarized copies to hand in instead.
  • Assessment for transfer credit can take up to eight weeks, so apply early if you hope to make accurate course selections for the following semester. * This wait time may be longer if you are beginning in the Fall (Sept) semester, deadline for documents is April 30 to be sure you will be assessed before the course selection date opens up.
  • Once credit is assessed you will be notified by email from the Registration office.
  • If you need guidance with course selection please contact Advising at advising.international@viu.ca. If you have questions regarding your transfer credit please email Admissions at study@viu.ca

If you haven’t arrived yet:

  • Fill out the Transfer Credit Request form sent to you in your letter of acceptance and email to study@viu.ca . *Note: transfer credit will not be assessed until tuition for first semester is paid (and you have your letter of acceptance), AND you have sent your original transcripts by mail or courier to International Education.
  • Course outlines should also be emailed via attachments or links to study@viu.ca at the time you email your Transfer Credit Request form.
  • Assessment for transfer credit can take up to eight weeks, so apply early if you hope to make accurate course selections for the following semester. * This wait time may be longer if you are beginning in the Fall (Sept) semester, deadline for documents is April 30 to be sure you will be assessed before the course selection date opens up.
  • Once credit is assessed you will be notified by email from the Registration office.
  • If you need guidance with course selection please contact Advising at advising.international@viu.ca. If you have questions regarding your transfer credit please email Admissions at study@viu.ca

General information:

  • Credit can be transferred to a maximum of 60 credits toward completion of your degree at VIU. 
  • Credit is assessed for academic programs only.

To request a confirmation of enrollment letter for visa or other purposes, please come to Reception in Building 255 to complete a letter request form (indicating the type of letter that you require) and to make payment.  (See fee schedule below.) Please note that regular processing time for all letters is 5 business days, unless it is during the first 3 weeks of term, when regular processing times are 10 business days or longer! So plan your request accordingly.  Rush service may be available for an extra $20 charge for certain standard letters – but is not available during the first 3 weeks of term.  “Visa” related letters (for study permit extension, co-op work permits and temporary resident visas) continue to be available for NO CHARGE when regular (5 business day) service is requested.

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