VIU International students

International Advising

Current international students can meet with VIU advisors about matters such as academic success, housing, and personal issues. In addition, we offer the learning centres which include academic tutors, peer support, the writing centre, and the math learning centre. 

Studying in a foreign institution is a challenging and rewarding experience. VIU has International Student Advisors who provide the support necessary to achieve their educational goals and have a successful study experience. They support ESL, undergraduate and graduate students by providing information on:

  • Programs and course selection 
  • Class scheduling and registration (for undergraduate and ESL students)
  • 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 academic and immigration advising or counselling hours and how to book an appointment please see International Student Services Hours. Hours are subject to change without notice. International students may also email 

Immigration / Academic

Mak Ergasheva

Immigration / Academic

Mohammed Hawamdeh

Immigration / Academic

Counselling / Academic

Irene Champagne

Counselling / Academic

Leeann Holroyd

Counselling / Academic

Yee Shi

Counselling / Academic


Enrique Chacon

Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to meet with their Degree Advisor early to declare their Major/Minors. VIU's 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).

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