The International University Foundation Year at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is an eight-month program designed for international students who need to complete a qualifying year in order to meet admission requirements for undergraduate studies at VIU. This is a full-time program with 25 to 40 hours of study required per week.
Ideally situated on Mid-Vancouver Island with spectacular views of the coastal mountains, Vancouver Island University is a comprehensive teaching university with approximately 15,000 students across four campuses. VIU proudly fosters student success, strong community connections, and international collaborations by providing access to a wide range of programs, from academic undergraduate and master’s to industry-responsive trades and vocational training.
To be a part of the VIU community is to know what it is like to matter here. The VIU community acknowledges the traditional, unceded territories of the Snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Tla’Amin, Snaw-naw-as, and Qualicum First Nation on whose lands it teaches, learns, researches, lives, and shares knowledge. It raises its hands and says, "Hay ch qa’ sii’em sieye’ yu mukw" Mustimuxw to the original stewards of these territories.