Options to explore local attractions like as the Royal BC Museum, Butchart Gardens, Cathedral Grove, the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Visitor Centre, Stanley Park Seawall, Coombs Market, Vancouver Aquarium and more.
Seasonal trips to local cultural events, such as Salt Spring Island Fall Festival, Foggy Mountain Fall Fair, McNab's Corn Maze and Bonfire, Pumpkin Carving, Ladysmith Festival of Lights and the Cowichan Valley Maple Sugar Festival.
Visit us in-person to sign up and register at the Main Reception Desk or at our Activity Sign Up Booth:
Faculty of International Education Main Reception Desk Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4pm in Building 255
Lunchtime Activity Sign Up Booth Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm in Building 255, 1st Floor International Commons.
Bring your student card, proof of medical insurance (BC Care Card or Guard.me Insurance Policy). Cash is currently the only method of payment for activities.
Cancellation Policy Students have up to 48 hours before the beginning of a program to cancel, in order to be issued a refund. Cancellations must be received in-person with International Education staff at the front desk in Building 255 or at the Activity Sign Up Booth.
"No-Shows" are students who do not show up to an activity, without officially cancelling. Refunds are not available in this case. If you are registered, please make every effort to attend and contact us if you cannot participate.
We normally try not to cancel our trips and activities however there are rare occurrences that we may have to cancel a trip based on severe weather conditions or registration numbers. In those cases you will be notified and a refund will be issued.
Departures from Group For insurance and safety reasons all participants are required to stay with the group throughout the activity and return together.
Itinerary, Weather & Dress An itinerary of the program will be provided in advance with information about what to expect and how to prepare. Itinerary times are subject to change due to varying circumstances such as weather, transportation, and other potential delays. Leaders will communicate with participants regarding any changes by phone and email, wherever possible. All Cultural Connections Programs run according to VIU’s Severe Weather Procedures.
All activities run as scheduled during most weather conditions unless it is deemed unsafe to do so. If a trip is cancelled, the group leader will contact you at the email address or phone number you provided when registering.
Medical Insurance & Waivers All participants are required to show proof of valid medical insurance when signing up for a Cultural Connections Activities. Students may be required to review, agree and sign a waiver before the activity.
Activity Considerations: Is this Activity Really for You? We strive to offer a wide variety of options that are accessible to all students. If you are unsure about your ability to participate, contact us for more detailed information about a program. Alternate programs may be recommended at that time or avenues for additional support will be explored. Participation is up to the discretion of the Program Coordinator or Leader.
Intercultural Programs Faculty of International Education, Building 255
Please read our general waiver form for VIU Cultural Connections Activities. All participants are required to review the waiver before the start of the trip. We will provide a paper copy for you to read through again and sign before departure.