ISO Fall 2019

International Students Orientation

Welcome to Vancouver Island University!

Smooth sailing VIU orientation logo

Each semester the Department of International Education provides a specialized International Student Orientation (ISO), known as Smooth Sailing.  Also, we offer workshops, activities and day trips to help our arriving students in undergraduate & graduate programs get connected with peers, feel at home on campus and settled in the community.

All incoming international students in undergraduate and graduate programs at VIU are invited and expected to attend Smooth Sailing: International Student Orientation.  This includes students transitioning from English language studies in Canada, as well as exchange and study abroad students. 

A series of webinars on the first Wednesday of each month (June, July, August).   Hosted by the academic advisors and other staff on campus to provide you important information on course registration, housing, travelling, and other topics prior to your arrival. Pre-registration is required.

Pre-Arrival Webinar:  Ready!

Watch Playback:  VIUTube or FB Live

This is your first pre-departure preparation session.  We will cover everything from what documents to prepare for travel, housing search do's and don’ts, VIU documentation, registration and self-isolation. We will also take your questions about anything you want to know for the upcoming semester.  Pre-registration is required.  

Pre-Arrival Webinar:  Set!

Date:  Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | Time:  9 - 10am 


In this second edition we will focus on housing, travel and arrival information. We will provide off-campus housing tips, reminders from VIU Residence, and Canadian regulations. We will also take your questions about anything you want to know for the upcoming semester.

Pre-Arrival Webinar:  Go!

Date:  Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | Time:  9 - 10am 


The third and final installment of our pre-arrival webinar series. We take a sneak peek at orientation events and life on campus. Representatives from across campus provide tips for how to get connected and have fun.

Smooth Sailing: International Student Orientation Week of Welcome starting Monday, August 29, 2022

Intended for new international academic students attending VIU in Fall semester.

This is your opportunity to connect with other international students from around the world and learn about VIU Services, academic and immigration information, health and safety and upcoming orientation programming with events. It is a great way to start your first semester off in the right direction. 

Check back for more details in August.  

RockVIU: Welcome to Campus is an opportunity for new students to explore the campus, meet their faculty, and make new connections with their peers. This year's orientation will consist of a full week of Virtual events aimed to explore the theme of Connect, Engage, Discover.

Co-Curricular Involvement App will have both the Smooth Sailing: International Student Orientation and the RockVIU schedules.  The Co-Curricular Involvement App is created for students to utilize and transform their university experience. Students can use the different features to get involved on campus, find helpful VIU resources, and communicate with their peers.

You can download the Co-Curricular Involvement App or log on to the desktop version of the application.

Upcoming Activities + Day Trips

Orientation Information

Smooth Sailing

The term smooth sailing refers to navigating through a task with ease, like a boat travelling on calm waters.  As a campus situated on the West Coast of Canada, our proximity to the ocean inspires us as we support students who are transitioning to this new environment, culture and academic landscape for the first time.  Our goal is that this day of welcome for international students will provide the tools to have a successful first year at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and beyond.