English Language Centre Orientation

Welcome to Vancouver Island University!

Each term, we provide several days of orientation and welcome week activities to help our new students in the English Language Centre (ELC) become familiar with their program, student services, the campus and the Nanaimo community. The first day starts with a brief welcome followed by English assessment tests but the rest is all about getting settled, connected and ready for a successful educational journey at VIU.

Orientation & Welcome Week for ELC Students When Campus is Open:

  • Complete your English Assessment test and find out about your level, teacher and class schedule
  • Make new friends and meet current VIU students
  • Get set up with wifi, a VIU computer account & your student record
  • Receive your new student handbook & VIU student ID card
  • Go on a tour of campus with the Peer Helpers (student volunteers)
  • Meet members of the International Student Services team including academic advisors, immigration specialists, counselors and others.
  • Get to know more about the English Language Centre programs & services
  • Find out about fun activities & road trips
  • Find out about how to stay safe & healthy
  • Explore the community with our free downtown Nanaimo Walking Tour


Online Welcome Session for New ELC Students During COVID-19 Situation:

Enrolled students will receive an email invitation to attend a 1-hour welcome session via Zoom.


Step by Step Instructions for Accessing your VIU Student Record:

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