BC Dogwood (High School) Diploma

Length: 1-3 years depending on age and English ability

Location Offered: Nanaimo Campus 

Intakes: September and February

For students aged 15-18 years who wish to graduate high school with a Canadian diploma and study in English at a university level.

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  • For students aged 15-18 years old
  • Transcripts/report cards for the last 2 years
  • Canadian students: Birth certificate
  • International students:
    • Passport photo page
    • Immunization records (translated into English) upon application
  • Signed Student Agreement
  • 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

If you do not upload these documents into the online application system, you cannot complete the application process. If you do not submit a complete application within ten (10) days, the partial application will be automatically deleted. If you require more time to complete the application please, email HighSchool@viu.ca and we would be happy to extend access for another 10 days.  

Open the True North application:

For Students or Parents

  1. Click "Information for Parents" below and then choose Create Account. Fill in the requested Account Details. Click Create Account at the bottom of the page.
  2. Check your email inbox for an email that you will use to validate your new account.
  3. Sign into your account using the email address and password you provided.
  4. Click Create a New Application.
  5. From the drop down menu, select the program you are applying for.
    Fill the remainder of the requested fields to create the application.

Information for Parents

For Agents

Sign into the site using the agent login details provided by our Administration office.

If you have not been issued agent login details, please email HighSchool@viu.ca.

Information for Agents

International students (and some domestic students who are coming from outside of the Greater Nanaimo area without their families) have a custodian with Canada Homestay Network

More information about the Homestay program for High School students.

The school year starts in September and runs until end of June. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

A Conditional Letter of Acceptance and invoice will be sent advising the total amount of tuition fees payable, and how and when to pay.

Once tuition fees are paid, we will send an Official Letter of Acceptance as well as further information about studying at The High School at Vancouver Island University.

If homestay accommodations are required, contact Canada Homestay Network (CHN).

Transfer Standing Credit and Equivalency Credit for courses completed at other schools will be given to students who provide the necessary supporting documents and demonstrate competence.

English Proficiency

As part of the application process, students may be required to take an online English test (no charge). This test will be used for assessment and not placement purposes.

At the start of the semester, students will be required to take a placement test in English and Mathematics.


All international students under 19 years of age are required by Canada Immigration to have a legal guardian who is a Canadian citizen and resides in Canada. You may choose to appoint Canada Homestay Network (CHN) if the student is participating in the CHN homestay program. Parents may also choose to appoint a family member as the custodian and provide a notarized custodianship letter. Parents should check with the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence for specific guardianship requirements.

Medical Insurance

The Government of British Columbia requires all international students to have medical and accident insurance while studying in British Columbia. The cost will be included on the invoice once the student is accepted.

Obtain Student Authorization

All international students must obtain a Student Permit from the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the student resides. When in Canada, it is the student's responsibility to keep the Student Authorization updated and current. Student Authorizations must be renewed six weeks before the expiry date and may be renewed in Canada. To attain this document, students must provide the Embassy with:

  1. the Official Letter of Acceptance from The High School at Vancouver Island University stating that the required fees have been paid
  2. a bank statement indicating that the student or parents have sufficient funds to support the student's period of study, and
  3. a notarized Custodianship Letter

The High School at Vancouver Island University will issue a letter as proof of registration for those students who will be continuing their studies at The High School. Immigration authorities have the right to inquire about a student's record of attendance and achievement at school. If attendance or achievement has been poor, a student may be refused renewal of the Student Authorization and may be required to leave Canada.

Note: For a period less than 6 months, students will only need a visitor's visa. International students may attend only the school named on the Authorization.