Welcome to Vancouver Island University!

Each term, we provide several days of orientation sessions and activities to help our arriving students in the English Language Centre (ELC) become familiar with their new program, peers, and the community, and feel at home on campus at VIU.

Orientation & Start Up Week
for ELC Students:

  • Make new friends and meet current VIU students
  • Get set up with wifi, a computer account & your student record
  • Receive your new student guide & VIU student ID card
  • Receive a tour of campus from Peer Helpers
  • Meet International Student Advisors
  • Get to know more about the English Language Centre programs & services
  • Find out about fun activities & daytrips
  • Find out about how to stay safe & healthy
  • Complete your English Assessment test and find out about your level, teacher and class schedule
  • Explore the community with our free Nanaimo City Tour

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