VIU International students

Financial Information

Navigating finances is an important part of your studies. Use this page to find information regarding important dates, forms, and policies that will play an integral role in your academic journey. If you have any questions about fees, deferral, or refund policies, see the bottom of this page for more information. 

Payment due dates for returning students: April 1, August 1, December 1 (except when the due date falls on a weekend or holiday - then it is the Friday before).
Note: students will be charged a $200 late fee for payments made after these dates.

Exchange students attending Vancouver Island University (VIU) on an official exchange with reciprocal fees agreement do not pay regular tuition but must pay some non-instructional fees.

Financial Difficulty or Money Problems  

If you have sudden, unexpected financial difficulties while you are studying, you may want to seek funding from the following programs:

  • International Undergraduate Student Bursary, applications accepted once a year in August
  • Emergency Loans and Bursaries, applications accepted throughout the year

As a student at VIU you are subject to the taxation laws of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

Whether you have to file a Canadian tax return and the type of income you must report depends on your residency status in Canada. It is your responsibility to assess your own tax obligations every year.

If you need an estimate of your tuition and living costs during your studies at VIU, please visit our cost calculator. If you require this information on letterhead, feel free to visit our Letter Request webpage to request a banking letter. Our staff will be happy to prepare a letter for you for a $20 fee. A scanned copy will be e-mailed to you within 5 business days.