VIU International students

Ukraine Student Resource

Vancouver Island University is committed to supporting international students affected by the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. Building on measures put into place by the Government of Canada, VIU's goal is to support and assist students from Ukraine who want to live and study safely in Canada.

International students from Ukraine will have access to:

  • Full academic support
  • Health insurance for up to 3 months (until MSP kicks in)
  • Access to apply for bursaries to assist with tuition

Please reach out by email to Mikhail.Ivanov@viu.ca or WorldVIU@viu.ca for more information.

Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel

In an effort to make it easier for displaced international students from Ukraine to travel to safety in Canada, the Government of Canada is offering free, extended residency status, allowing Ukrainian citizens and their families to study, work and stay in Canada until its safe to return to their homes.

Ukrainians and their families coming to Canada:

  • can apply for a free visitor visa & stay in Canada for up to 3 years
  • have the option to apply for an open work permit along with their visa application
  • electronic visa applications will be processed within 14 days in most cases
  • are exempt from Canada's COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements, but must meet all other public health requirements for travel

You can learn more on the Government of Canada website.

Local Community Support

Organizations, businesses and individuals across Vancouver Island have also come together in support of Ukraine. There are numerous examples of donations and events organized in support of displaced Ukrainians. The government of BC is also expanding services and supports intended to connect those in need with the help they need.

Learn more on the Government of British Columbia website.