International Academic Support (IAS)

What is International Academic Support (IAS)?

We are a team of English for Academic Purposes faculty tutors. We help international and second language students improve their academic English skills as they work through degree, diploma, and certificate programs at VIU. 

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 Some of the ways we can help include: 

  • Understanding assignments
  • Breaking down steps in the research process
  • Clarifying difficult readings
  • Composing summaries and paraphrases
  • Helping brainstorm and develop ideas
  • Organizing  thoughts
  • Clarifying thesis statements
  • Citing in APA, MLA, and other styles
  • Helping edit for clarity and grammar
  • Improving pronunciation and presentation skills


Reserve a session with an IAS faculty tutor:

Choose "International Academic Support" from the log-in page.

Students can book two sessions per week for one-on-one assistance or for small-group assignments.

Sessions can be synchronous (through our VideoChat system or Zoom) or asynchronous (we make comments on your written work).

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Student Testimonials

“Myself and KK from Pre-MBA Team, would like to thank you for boosting our morale with your soothing and inspiring words! We are really feeling confident and more focused. We aim to follow your instructions/ advice on the 'action-plan' that you have created for us and look forward to meeting you with our entire team.” Anirban & KK "The IAS team helped me to sail through effectively in my pursuit of learning the APA style of writing and referencing. I would like to specially mention about Matthew Finlayson, who has not only helped to hone my academic writing skills, but at the same time has been a guiding force in enhancing my life skills and teaching me some very important lessons about stress management and work-study-life balance. My heartfelt thanks to the entire IAS team for their support.” Cheers, Patrali, MBA Candidate "I am strongly influenced and encouraged by Matthew and Will and other teachers in IAS. They are always ready to help the students, their positive attitude and diligence are good models for me to learn from.” Amy, MASLM Candidate