VIU International students

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.  Some of the ways we can help include: 

  • Understanding assignments
  • Helping research 
  • Clarifying difficult readings
  • Composing summaries and paraphrases
  • Helping brainstorm 
  • Organizing writing
  • Citing (APA, MLA, and other styles)
  • Helping edit 
  • Improving pronunciation and presentation skills  

Attend FREE IAS/Writing Centre workshops on a variety of topics (see table below).  Join by clicking on the Zoom webinar link,






Thurs. Sept. 9th

5:45-6:45 PM

Websites for Academic Success

IAS tutor

Tues. Sept. 14th

5:45-6:45 PM

APA Basics

IAS tutor

Thurs. Sept. 16th

5:45-6:45 PM

Boost Your Oral English

IAS tutor

Mon. Sept. 20th

9:00-10.00 am

Reading the Academic Article

John Hill

Mon. Sept. 27th

9:00-10.00 am

Introductions & Thesis Statements

John Hill

Mon.  Oct. 4th

9:00-10.00 am


John Hill

Mon. Oct. 18th

9:00-10.00 am

Academic Paragraphs & Conclusions

John Hill

 We open for appointments on September 7, 2021! 

IAS Tutoring

Reserve a session with an IAS tutor:

Choose an IAS instructor on the schedule:  IAS: Kate Weber, IAS: Rita Mizuno (Sept - Nov 4), IAS: Sylvia Arnold (November-December)

  • Students can book two sessions per week.  Email Rita Mizuno ( for permission to book more.
  • Sessions can be ONLINE (choose Video Chat or e-Tutoring, where we make comments on your submitted work) or F2F (Face-to-Face) in the Writing Centre, 4th Floor of the VIU Library.

IAS booking link

Student Testimonials

Anirban & KK

“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.”

Patrali, MBA Candidate

"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.”

Amy, MASLM 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.”