High School at VIU

The High School at Vancouver Island University is one of 2 high schools in Canada that are part of a university. We offer high school students the independence and flexibility of learning on a university campus with access to university facilities (including library, gymnasium, science labs, and cafeteria).

A student-teacher ratio of 15:1 creates a more personalized learning environment, and a one-to-one technology initiative puts a Chromebook into the hands of every student. Our diverse student body allows for a multicultural learning environment with representation from Canada (40%) and around 20 other countries (60%).

The High School at VIU also offers intensive language support aimed at preparing students to graduate from a Canadian high school and study in English at a university level.

Students who want to graduate from a BC high school.

  • Grade 10 to 12
  • 1 to 3 years depending on grade and English level
  • Full BC curriculum
  • BC Dogwood High School Graduation Diploma
  • Intensive English Language Learning support
  • 1 to 1 Chromebook environment
  • Successful students are eligible to apply to colleges and universities throughout Canada, the US and globally
  • Opportunity to experience life on a university campus, including access to university facilities (cafeteria, gymnasium, library and health clinic)
  • Apply to this program if you are an international student interested in the High School Pathways to Engineering, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Education, or Culinary Management

More information on our High School Graduation (BC Dogwood Diploma).



Students who wish to study in Canada at a BC high school for one semester to improve their English,  learn Canadian culture, and experience life in a Canadian family and school. This program may be extended to two semesters.

  • Programs run for five months (September – January) (February-June)
  • Students study four or five subjects each semester
  • 1 to 1 Chromebook environment
  • Opportunity to experience life on a university campus, including access to university facilities (cafeteria, gymnasium, library and health clinic)
  • Students may have their courses validated in their home countries

More information on our High School Study Abroad.

  

For international students aged 18 years old and over who have not graduated from their home country

  • 1 year (2-semester or 3-semester)
  • One intake per year - September
  • BC curriculum
  • Adult Graduation diploma
  • Successful students are eligible to apply to colleges and universities throughout Canada, the US and globally
  • Opportunity to experience life on a university campus, including access to university facilities (cafeteria, gymnasium, library and health clinic)

More information on our Adult International High School Diploma.

  

Students who have completed their O-levels, IGCSEs or GCSEs, and want to enter a Diploma or Degree program at Vancouver Island University without taking their A-levels.

  • 1-year (8-month) program
  • For students aged 16-25 years by December 31 following a September enrollment
  • One intake per year - September
  • Minimum of 3 O-level subjects required with a grade above D.

More information on our International University Foundation Year.

  

Students who want to study in BC, Canada during their vacation. Goals include learning English, preparing to attend university in Canada, gaining leadership skills, experiencing Canadian culture and typical outdoor activities on the west coast.

  • Programs run from 1-8 weeks
  • ESL classes
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • University experience
  • Day trips to Vancouver, Victoria, Parksville, Coombs and Cathedral Grove

More information on our Summer Programs.

  

Ready to apply?

Review the document checklist and then submit your online application.

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Plans for the year

Key dates are in our 2019/20 school calendar

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Contact us

Questions? We are happy to help in person, on phone or on email.

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I was born in Nanaimo but I lived in Hong Kong till I was 7. The best part of my experience at this high school has been making friends from all over the world and getting to see their point of view on life. Also, being on the university campus is great because we get to use the facilities on campus. This high school is like a family. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. And learning in a small school environment is very nice.

Amalia, Canada

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