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COVID-19 Updates for International Students

The Faculty of International Education is working to support international students. We will post updates to this page as they become available. Additional VIU-wide COVID-19 related Information is available at VIU's COVID-19 Update page.

Current students with questions specific to COVID-19 policies and procedures are welcome to email our International Student Services team at support.international@viu.ca.

The Government of Canada announced this week that they will be closing the border to most foreign travellers effective March 18, 2020.  This is being done as a precautionary measure in response to the global COVID 19 pandemic.  At this time, it is unknown how long the borders will remain closed.

We know that many of you have questions about what this situation means and we wanted to let you know the following information:

All ESL classes scheduled from April – August 2020 will be offered online.  

As a new student to VIU, you will have the option of starting your ESL studies online or deferring your start at VIU to a later date.  If you wish to defer, please email study@viu.ca by April 24, 2020. Please provide your name, VIU student number and program in the email request.

Starting Graduate Level studies in Fall 2020

If you are preparing for Graduate Level studies (eg. Masters programs and Graduate Certificates and Diplomas) in September, and have the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 with no band under 6.0, you will have the ability of taking the online Graduate Preparation English (Grad Prep) from June 1 – August 28, 2020.

Note: this course requires you to be in Nanaimo from Aug 24 – 28 for Boot camp and for the final Grad Prep exam - prior to the start of the Fall term.  

Starting Undergraduate or Diploma programs in Fall 2020

If you are preparing to start undergraduate and diploma level studies (eg. Bachelors, Diploma and Certificate students) in September, and have the equivalent of IELTS 6.0, with no band under 5.5 to enter UP 5 English, you will have the ability to take an accelerated University Preparation (UP) English – Level 5 from June 6 – August 28, 2020.

Note: this course requires you to be in Nanaimo from Aug 24 – 28 for Boot camp and for the final Grad Prep exam - prior to the start of the Fall term.  

 

If you do not have an IELTS score, English Assessments will be held online. Details on how the VIU ESL Assessment will be administered are available here.

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