International University Foundation Year

Length: 1 year (8-month)

Location Offered: Nanaimo Campus 

Are you completing your O-levels or IGCSEs this year? You can join the International University Foundation Year at Vancouver Island University in September, and upon successful completion, continue to first year university studies at Vancouver Island University. 

The International University Foundation Year at VIU is an 8-month, full-time program requiring a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week. Based on your English level, you will complete university transition courses while being immersed in a university campus environment.

Upon successful completion, you are guaranteed acceptance to Vancouver Island University's degree programs and can also continue to other post-secondary institutions in Canada.

  • Minimum of 3 O-level subjects required with a grade above C. We will accept provisional results as long as we receive final results by August.
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5, or equivalent. 
  • For students aged 18 years or older by December 31 following a September enrollment. Students who are younger should contact us for a customised foundation option.
  • Passport photo page.
  • Statement of intent clearly identifying the post-secondary program you intend to pursue.

The average student will obtain the following:

  • Required university transition courses (to satisfy university pre-requisites)
  • VIU English entrance requirement met which allows direct entry to a variety of VIU degree, diploma and certificate programs (as long as academic pre-requisites met)
  • Skills for academic success
  • Adult BC Dogwood High School diploma

Open the True North application page.


  1. Click Create Account. Fill in the requested Account Details. Click Create Account at the bottom of the page.
  2. Check your email inbox for an email that you will use to validate your new account.
  3. Sign into your account using the email address and password you provided.
  4. Click Create a New Application.
  5. From the drop down menu, select the program you are applying for. 
    Fill the remainder of the requested fields to create the application.


Sign into the site using the agent login details provided by our Administration office.

If you have not been issued agent login details, please email

Students in this program are welcome to explore the following options:

This program starts in September, and follows the university's academic calendar. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

The semester structure for the September intake will be:
September - December, and January - April.

Semester 1 (Sept-Dec)

 Semester 2 (Jan-Apr)

  1. English Studies

  2. University Success Skills

  3. BC First People’s Studies

  4. University credit course (optional)

1. University credit course

2. University credit course

3. University credit course

4. University credit course (optional)


The tuition fees are available here.

Additional fees apply for accommodation, food, and personal expenses. To estimate your total student fees and costs, please visit our international student Cost Calculator

A Conditional Letter of Acceptance and invoice will be sent advising the total amount of tuition payable, and how and when to pay.

Once tuition fees are paid, we will send an Official Letter of Acceptance as well as further information about the program and living in Nanaimo.

International University Foundation Year

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, a university foundation year at Vancouver Island University may offer an alternative entry route.
We welcome applicants with O-levels, AS and A-level subjects unsuited to their chosen course, non-standard qualifications or those who require additional English language support.