Vancouver Island University
Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.
With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities. It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.
VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-time and part-time learners, including 1,100 international students, over 1,000 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.
Through our ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island culture, social, economic and knowledge base.
VIU operates four campuses including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodlands in Qualicum Beach, recently named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada.
VIU is an organization that values a diverse range of training and education. The university provides an enriched and intellectually stimulating environment for students and employees. Offering programs from basicliteracy to vocational programs, trades, undergraduate and graduatedegrees, VIU encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning.
Choose between the Academic Preparation stream, with 14 week study periods, or the English Communication stream, with 14 or 7 week study periods. Tuition includes 16-20 hours per week of English language instruction + up to 2 elective classes. All students will receive regular one-on-one language coaching with our ESL instructors.
|14 Weeks||7 Weeks|
|Academic Preparation (AP) stream|
|English Communication (EC) stream|
Choose from a 3 or 4 week program in Winter (January or February) or Summer (July or August). Tuition includes 20 hours per week of English language instruction, as well as activities and day trips.
|4 Weeks||3 Weeks|
|Short-Term Summer program|
|Short-Term Winter program|
Additional fees include the application fee, student society fee, ancillary fee as well as medical insurance. These fees apply to all VIU students. See below.
The following sample student budget provides a list of all student fees and variable expenses to consider. Expenses with an asterisk (*) are recommended but not required. All new international students are encouraged to live in homestay or peerstay for at least the first semester, as an excellent way to become familiar with Canadian culture and the community. Please see the housing page for more information as well as additional accommodation options.
|14 Weeks||7 Weeks||4 Weeks||3 Weeks (21 nights)|
|Student Fees (Student Union & Ancillary Fees)||$265||$134.50||N/A||N/A|
|Transportation (City Bus Pass)*||$176||$110||$55||$55|
|Homestay (Includes Housing & Food)*||$3,120||$1,560||$780||$567|
|Homestay Placement Fee*||$200||$200||$200||$200|
Total Estimated ESL Student Budget
These expenses are estimated living expenses only and do not include entertainment, clothing or other personal costs.
The goal of the Academic Plan is to clarify the challenges and opportunities facing Vancouver Island University (VIU) and to provide recommendations intended to highlight specific priorities, to better focus and direct our academic activities towards common goals and to better define the infrastructure and resources required to achieve them. VIU Academic Plan Summary
The Academic Plan is a blueprint for our future. It stands on a foundation of our past achievements and successes and is intended to serve as a guide for the continuing evolution of VIU. Like all components of the University Plan, the Academic Plan needs to respond to inevitably changing circumstances and must be considered to be a living document.
The VIU Academic Plan Summary (right) provides an overview of VIU’s Vision, Purpose and Objectives, as well as a list of the thirty recommendations contained in the plan.