International Student Advising: Academic, Immigration, and Counselling

 Studying in a foreign institution is a challenging and rewarding experience. VIU has five International Student Advisors who provide international students with the support necessary to achieve their educational goals and have a successful study experience. They support ESL, undergraduate and MBA students (excluding academic advising) by providing information on:

  • Programs and course selection
  • Class scheduling and registration
  • Personal advising and counseling
  • Educational goals
  • Medical insurance
  • Scholarships and awards
  • Study skills
  • Referrals to resources
  • Living in Canada

Advisors take confidentiality very seriously and follow the guidelines of Canada's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

For current Advising hours please go to the drop-in hour page. To see an international student advisor come to the Faculty of International Education at building 255 during the drop-in hours. 

International students may also email advising.international@viu.caDrop-In hours are subject to change without notice. 

Check-In at the B255 main reception desk +1 250 740 6315

International Student Advisors

For general inquiries or to book an appointment with one of the International Student Advisors (ISA) please contact advising.international@viu.ca or come to the main reception in building 255 or phone 250-740-6315.

Enrique Mak Mohammed Irene Champagne

Art Phipps

Enrique.Chacon@viu.ca Mak.Ergasheva@viu.ca Mohammed.Hawamdeh@viu.ca Irene.Champagne@viu.ca Art.Phipps@viu.ca

Success Coach

Are you looking to improve your grades or manage your time better? Working with the Success Coach can help you transition to VIU and be more confident in your studies. Visit Success Coach and learn more.

Degree Advisors

Students are encouraged to meet with their Degree Advisor as early as they wish to declare their Major/Minors. VIU GPS helps you look at options but is not an official declaration of your Major/Minors. You need to meet with your Degree Advisor to accomplish this. Degree Advisors can link you with enrichment opportunities relevant to your degree focus (experiential, volunteer, research, leadership, student development). Sign up sheets for appointments are found near their doors.

Immigration Assistance

To assist you with your study permit extension, work/co-op permit and/or visa application, you will find CD tutorials, binders and brochures available at front reception in building 255. If you need further assistance, come to an Immigration Drop-in Sessions to meet with Immigration advisor Makhbuba (Mak) Ergasheva. Sign up at the reception area in building 255, second floor.

Immigration Advising Hours: 

For current Immigration Advising hours please go to the drop-in hour page

Immigration questions can be sent via email to advising.international@viu.ca.  

We also offer immigration workshop sessions. 

See also Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)

Learning Centres

If you need extra support with your courses, check out our learning centres:

International Student Counsellor

To book an appointment with the International Student Counsellor, please come to the main reception in building 255 or phone 250-740-6315 . Note International Students may also access Counselling Services through Student Affairs in building 200.

Counselling Hours:  

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.  

Tuesday 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

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