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Requirements for Canadian Students

Admission requirements vary by program and are designed to allow access and to verify that applicants have the necessary educational background for a reasonable chance of success. Admission for high school, mature students, transfer students and graduate students as well as by special admission can be found here.

VIU also offers high school equivalency courses if you need to upgrade or are missing particular admission requirements. Specific admission requirements for each program are listed in the program outlines.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Application deadlines vary by program. For detailed information, please visit our website.

To apply:

1. Start online at
2. You must support your application with an official transcript from your high school and from any college or university you have attended. Current high school students from British Columbia and the Yukon should provide their Personal Education Number (PEN), and may be required to submit an interim transcript for admission purposes.

There may be other documents or procedures required. Some programs require an assessment test and most have application deadlines.

A non-refundable application fee of $40.10 per program is required. Applicants to Master's degree programs pay a $104 fee (excluding the Faculty of Management) or $156.05 fee for Faculty of Management programs.

Procedure for International Students

International applicants must complete an international application for admission, which is available online. Students must include in their applications a $150 non-refundable application processing fee, and enclose a certified copy of all educational documents in their original language and translated into English. If available, applicants should include original copies of TOEFL or IELTS results, these results are not required. Learn more.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, May, June, September
Notes:Limited academic courses available in May/June sessions.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on February 16, 2021