International Cost Calculator

Find out how much studying and living in Canada will cost you based on your specific program and choice of accommodation with the help of our International Cost Calculator.   

Tuition Payment Deadlines

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 $200.00 late fee for payments made after these dates.

To contact the Finance Office at the Centre for International Education (B255) send an email to iefinance@viu.ca

English Language Centre (ELC) Programs

Academic Preparation

  • $5,100 (Cdn) per module
  • Start dates: January, May, September
  • Student fees and books extra

Accelerated Academic Preparation

  • $5,100 (Cdn) per module
  • Start dates: September, October, January, February, May & June
  • Student fees and books extra

 Grad Prep

  • $5,100 (Cdn) per module
  • Start dates: May, September
  • Student fees and books extra

VIU Prep

  • $30,480 per program
  • Start date: September
  • Student fees and books extra

English Communications

  • $2,550 (Cdn) per 6.5 week semester
  • $5,100 (Cdn) per 13 week semester
  • Student fees and books extra

Short-Term Language & Culture Program

  • $1,550 (Cdn) per 3-week program
  • $1,974 (Cdn) per 4-week program
  • Start dates: January, February, July, August

Undergraduate Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs*

  • $7,620 (Cdn) per semester (not trades or vocational programs)
  • Where programs require more than 15 credits per semester - or when students receive permission to study more than 15 credits per semester, there will be an additional charge

Post Graduate Programs*

MBA/MScIB Dual Degrees

Foundation Program: (non-business graduates)
  • $5,040 Cdn + student fees & textbooks
MBA/MScIB
  • $32,000 - $37,750 Cdn (includes internship placement) + student fees & textbooks

Entrance scholarships of $1,000 for domestic students and $1,500 for international students will be given to top applicants as determined by the MBA Admissions Committee.  No application required.

Masters of Art in Sustainable Leisure Management

  • $23,000 Cdn + student fees and textbooks

 Masters of Education in Educational Leadership

  • $23,000 Cdn + student fees and textbooks

 Masters of Education in Special Education

  • $23,000 Cdn + student fees and textbooks

 Advanced, Post-Degree, and Graduate Diplomas

  • $7,620 Cdn per semester 

    Where programs require more than 15 credits per semester - or when students receive permission to study more than 15 credits per semester, there will be an additional charge

 Post Degree Diploma in Business

  • $9,525 per semester (15 credits)

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications

  • $17,400 Cdn plus student fees and textbooks

Trades and Vocational Programs

  • $1,905 (Cdn) per month + student fees, textbooks, and supplies

*Courses and Programs with Lab Fees

Many courses at Vancouver Island University include a lab, material, or supply fee in addition to the standard tuition fee.

To find out whether your courses have additional fees, please see the Course Timetable. If the course includes an additional fee, you will see a note under the days and times the course is offered.
Note that all Science and Technology courses with a required lab component charge a $20.40 lab fee.

The High School at Vancouver Island University

Homestay

If you request a homestay, you must complete a Student Profile/Homestay application form found at the following link, before a homestay placement will be made. Homestay / Peerstay program

Medical Insurance

The British Columbia Government requires all international students to have medical insurance while studying in British Columbia. Upon arrival, all new students of Vancouver Island University receive medical insurance for emergencies through VIU International Student Plan Insurance. Students will not be able to participate in any institutional activities if they do not have current medical insurance.

Living expenses

You can anticipate the following living expenses while studying at Vancouver Island University.

Note: International students who do not have sufficient funds to complete their studies must return to their home country.

These expenses are for living only and do not include entertainment, clothing or other personal costs.

Sample living expenses*

English Language program
per Semester
(4 months)

Degree programs
per Semester
(4 months)

MBA/MScIB
14 month program

Student ancillary fees

$267.68

$335.68

$1,174.88

Books

$300

$800

$2,000

Medical insurance (4 months)

$160

$160

$160

Housing & food (homestay $780/month) $3,120

$3,120

$10,920

Transportation (bus pass) $176 $176 $700

TOTAL

$4,023.68 (Cdn)

$4,591.68 (Cdn)

$14,954.88 (Cdn)

 
Extended health N/A 278.00/year 278.00/year
 
*All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change without prior notice.

Fees, Deferrals, & Refund Policies for International Students at VIU

General Regulations

All new and continuing international students at VIU are subject to University policies and procedures. Below are the Payment, Deferral, and Refund policies for international students. A more comprehensive document that outlines other university policies and regulations for all students can be found in the VIU Academic Calendar.

All new international applicants to VIU should be aware that their first payment to VIU is non-refundable and non-transferable, except in the case of approved deferrals or approved applications for refunds.

Unpaid fines, administrative fees, and other amounts owing to VIU will be deducted prior to any approved deferral or refund.

Students required to withdraw, or who are not admitted to VIU, due to a violation of the Student Conduct Code and/orStudent Academic Code of Conduct are not entitled to any deferral or refund.

Fees, Deferrals, & Refund Policies for International Students at VIU
Fees, Deferrals, & Refund Policies for International Students at VIU

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