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.

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.

Academic advising is available for undergraduate and ESL international students in Building 255 and on the third floor of Building 200.  

Advisors provide advice and support to help you along your academic journey at VIU. The areas they help with include: 

  • programs and course selection 
  • class scheduling and registration
  • educational and career development goals 
  • scholarships and awards 
  • study skills 
  • referrals to other resources and supports 

You can book an appointment with and Advisor through the Experience Hub  by selecting academic advising from the menu. 

Please visit the Advising site for more information. VIU also has program and degree advisors that assist current students. 

Immigration advising is available for international students in Building 255.  

VIU’s Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) advise on all aspects of immigration, including: 

  • Study permits  

  • Documentation 

  • Working on and off campus 

  • International travel 

  • Accompanying dependents 

  • Post-graduation work permits 

  • Permanent residency in Canada 

  • Referrals to other resources and supports 

Immigration advisors are available for drop-in appointments from 10 am to 2 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Also, you can book an appointment through the Experience Hubby selecting immigration advising from the menu. 

For current advising hours and how to book an appointment please see VIU International Hours. Hours are subject to change without notice. International students may also email

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: