VIU High School Graduates

International Students

Become a Student at The High School at Vancouver Island University


To qualify for admission to The High School at Vancouver Island University, students:

  • must have completed Grade 9, or equivalent;

  • must turn 15 years of age by December 31 following a September enrollment;

  • must be under 19 years of age.

Admission is selective and is based on academic and leadership potential. The High School at Vancouver Island University reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant.

Transfer Standing Credit

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

Acceptance into The High School at Vancouver Island University is not dependent upon the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Languages) score. Students will be placed in an appropriate level of English Language Learning. These English instruction classes will be supplemented with courses that allow the student to develop and experience English with confidence.

Application Process

To apply for admission to The High School at Vancouver Island University, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission
  2. Complete the Homestay Profile for High School Students
  3. Enclose a certified copy of educational documents for the past two years, in the student's own language.
  4. Enclose a certified copy of educational documents for the past two years, translated into English.
  5. Enclose a copy of the student's passport photo page as proof of age.
  6. Complete the Custodianship Application (if custodian is required)
  7. Enclose payment for the $200 Application Fee. Note: application will not be processed without this non-refundable fee.

The Next Steps

Students may be required to complete a Skype interview to assess their level of English prior to acceptance at The High School. This is a new requirement that helps us to determine students abilities and placement in the program.

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

Once tuition fees are paid, we will send an Official Letter of Acceptance and Statutory Declaration of Custodianship (if applicable) as well as further information about studying at The High School at Vancouver Island University and living in Nanaimo.

Obtain Student Authorization

All 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.

Please 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.


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 the school principal as custodian if the student is participating in the VIU 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. Students may use their own insurance provider, but must show proof (in English) of valid medical insurance coverage.