International University Foundation Year

Length: 1 year (8-month)

Location Offered: Nanaimo Campus 

Are you completing your O-levels or IGCSEs this year? You can join the International University Foundation Year at Vancouver Island University in September 2019, and upon successful completion, continue to first year university studies at Vancouver Island University. 

The International University Foundation Year at VIU is an 8-month program. You will attend up to 5 first-year university classes and be immersed in a university campus environment.

Upon successful completion, you are guaranteed acceptance to Vancouver Island University's degree programs. 

Download program brochure here.

  • September intake only
  • 1-year (8-month program)
  • 3-4 courses per semester 
  • Minimum of 3 O-level subjects required with a grade above D. We will accept provisional results as long as we receive final results by August
  • For students aged 16-25 years by December 31 following a September enrollment
  • Passport photo page
  • Statement of intent clearly identifying the post-secondary program you intend to pursue

This program starts in September, and follows the university's academic calendar. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Semester 1 (Sept-Dec) Semester 2 (Jan-Apr)
  1. English Studies

  2. University Success Skills

  3. BC First People’s Studies

  4. University credit course (optional)

1. University credit course

2. University credit course

3. University credit course

4. University credit course (optional)

Program1-year (2-semester)
Tuition fees
Ancillary fees
Medical Insurance
Books (estimate)

Additional fees apply for accommodation, food, and personal expenses. To estimate your total student fees and costs, please visit our international student Cost Calculator