International Student Application

Thank you for your application to VIU!

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Welcome to Vancouver Island University (VIU)!

This application is for international students applying to all programs at VIU. Before submitting your application, we invite you to learn more about VIU programs and the admission requirements on the VIU calendar: For faster processing, please ensure that you have all the required documents scanned (in separate files) ready to upload and your application fee ready to pay.

The documents you need to submit will include: copies of your official school transcripts, certified English translations of any documents issued in a language other than English, proof of English language proficiency and a copy of your passport. When your application has been completed and successfully submitted you will receive an acknowledgement email from international admissions.

Note: if a program does not appear on the drop down menu below, it means that we are not accepting applications to that particular program at this time.

Personal Data
Family Name: First Name: Middle Name:
Preferred Name:    
Date of Birth: Primary Language: Country of Residence (where you are living now):
Place of Birth: Gender: (as shown on passport)  
Citizenship Status in Canada Will Be:
Citizenship: Sponsor (If Applicable): Applying under Student Direct Stream (SDS):
Current Address
Street Address: Primary Phone:
Alternate Phone:
Province/Territory/State: Email
Postal Code:
If you have a disability would you like to be contacted by Disability Services?
Are you working with an agent? (a private company that is providing assistance with your application to VIU)
Emergency Contact Information (usually a family member or close friend who you would like to be contacted in case of emergency)
Contact Name: Primary Phone:
Alternate Phone:
Primary Language:
Other Language:

Student Type
New Full-time Student

Current VIU Student    Student Number: 

Transfer Student (e.g. have you attended at least one semester at a recognized/accredited university and would like to be considered for advanced credit toward a program of study at VIU)

Student applying with a Letter of Permission

Short-term exchange or visiting student (e.g. 1 or 2 semesters) from a VIU partner university

Group/Customized program student from a VIU partner university

Visiting Student Researcher

Aboriginal Identity

Vancouver Island University is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal students in their efforts to achieve their goals. To assist us, please answer the following question.

Do you identify as someone with Canadian Aboriginal ancestry, that is First Nations, Metis, or Inuit?:

Program Choice
VIU English Language Certification Program:
University Program at VIU:

If a program is not listed below, we are currently not accepting applications for that program. Please refer to the Program Finder for the next available intake.

Program Name(1):
I want to start my studies:
month year
Program Name(2):
I want to start my studies:
month year
Program Name(3):
I want to start my studies:
month year
Required Documents

If you do not have the required documents at the time of application, you may send them to Please ensure that your name and date of birth are referenced in the email so that we can match your documents with your application.

Applications to multiple programs will be considered in the order of priority that you have indicated. If additional documentation is required for the 2nd program, we will contact you.

Admission decisions will be made from electronic documents. However you will still need to submit your official education documents (transcripts).

Mail these documents to:

International Admissions
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 5S5

Attach Documents

If available please attach the following documents in electronic format: (note - accepted file formats are limited to .doc/.docx, .jpg, and .pdf)

Please be aware that there is a 10MB file size limit. Uploads exceeding this size will fail to load.

If electronic documents are not available to attach to this application then they may be submitted in hardcopy by mail or courier.

Documents suitable for upload will be visible once a program is selected.

Educational Background
Institution Name
Attendance Dates

Last Highschool


Post Secondary






How did you find out about us?
Which of these factors encouraged you to apply to VIU:


The personal information you provide on this form is collected pursuant to section 26 of the British Columbia Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is collected for university recruitment and other related purposes. Vancouver Island University (VIU) will use, disclose and protect this information as required under the FIPPA.

Your personal information will be accessible only by authorized VIU employees and representatives, or as otherwise permitted by law. This information and any updates to it will be kept on secure servers; some data will be stored on a server located outside of Canada. VIU employees and representatives may also need to store and access your personal information outside Canada for the purposes indicated above. Questions about the collection, use, disclosure and protection of your personal information should be directed to the WorldVIU team at

By clicking this check box you are consenting to the data storage practices set out above and to receive informational recruitment messages from VIU. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting

If you are not comfortable with VIU collecting your information in this manner, please call us at 1-888-920-2221 about applying to VIU.

Please read the following:
  1. I understand that acceptance of this application in no way guarantees admission to a program or course.
  2. I understand that my admission is subject to availability of a place for me in the program for which I have applied.
  3. I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of Vancouver Island University and of the department and program in which I shall be registered, and any changes which may be made while I am a student at VIU.
  4. I certify that all statements on this application are true and complete. I understand that misrepresentation of this information in a material way may result in cancellation of my admission or registration status.
  5. I agree that the information I provide in this application form can be disclosed to Vancouver Island University staff, including those at Vancouver Island University regional offices outside Canada, for purposes that are consistent with my application to VIU.

Application Processing Fee

There is a non-refundable Application Processing fee of $150 Canadian.

Please select the method of payment you wish to use for this fee.

If you choose this option be sure to complete the credit card information form on the next screen.

Make cheque/money order payable to Vancouver Island University and enclose it with all your other required documents. Please ensure your name appears on the cheque/money order.

Send Payment To:
Royal Bank of Canada - Nanaimo B.C.
Acct. #03120-003-000-069-5
Swift Code ROYCCAT2

Please ensure your name appears on the transfer.

Note that all applications to Masters level programs require the $150 application fee.