Orientation Information

Welcome New International Students!

The Faculty of International Education is pleased to welcome students from over 80 countries to the Vancouver Island University community.  One of the most important first steps as a new student is to attend orientation. It is a chance to make new friends and collect information about how to make your transition to VIU a successful one. 

International New Student Handbook

Orientation Dates & Details:

Explore the orientation events we have for you, depending on the area of your studies when you first arrive:



Smooth Sailing:
International Student Orientation

For students starting their academic studies at VIU for the first time, in Undergraduate & Graduate Programs. 

This includes students on exchange, study abroad, as well as graduates of the VIU English Language Centre's Academic Preparation Program (AP5 and/or Grad Prep)

International Student Orientation


English Language Centre Orientation & Start Up Week

For students starting their studies in the English Language Centre (ELC). 

This includes students with conditional acceptance to undergraduate and graduate programs, who are starting studies at VIU in the English Language Centre.

ELC Orientation