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. Based on your English level, you will complete university transition courses while being immersed in a university campus environment.

Upon successful completion, you are guaranteed acceptance to Vancouver Island University's degree programs and can also continue to any other Canadian post-secondary institution.

This program is also recommended for students with a low level of English who have not graduated high school.  Prior to September 2020, the International University Foundation Year (with ESL) was called the Adult International High School diploma.

International University Foundation Year (without ESL)

  • Minimum of 3 O-level subjects required with a grade above C. We will accept provisional results as long as we receive final results by August.
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5, or equivalent. 
  • 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.

International University Foundation Year (with ESL)

Prior to September 2020, the International University Foundation Year (with ESL) was called the Adult International High School diploma.

  • IELTS of 4.0 overall, or equivalent. 
  • For students aged 18-25 years by December 31 following a September enrollment.
  • Passport photo page.
  • Statement of intent clearly identifying the post-secondary program you intend to pursue.
  • Note: An IELTS of 5.5 is required to complete this program in 1 academic year (8 months). Add an extra semester of study for each level of IELTS below 5.5.

The average student will obtain the following:

  • Required university transition courses (to satisfy university pre-requisites)
  • VIU English entrance requirement met which allows direct entry to a variety of VIU degree, diploma and certificate programs (as long as academic pre-requisites met)
  • Skills for academic success
  • Adult BC Dogwood High School diploma

Open the True North application page.

IF YOU ARE A STUDENT OR PARENT, CLICK PARENTS START HERE

  1. Click 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.

IF YOU ARE AN AGENT, CLICK ON AGENTS START HERE.

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.

Students in this program are welcome to explore the following options:

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

The semester structure for the September intake will be:
September - December, and January - April.

The semester structure for the January intake will be:
January-April, and September-December.

International University Foundation Year (without ESL)

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)

 

International University Foundation Year (with ESL)

Semester 1 (Sept-Dec)

 Semester 2 (Jan-Apr)

  1. University Preparation 4

  2. BC First People’s Studies

  3. Mathematics 11 or 12

1. University Preparation 5

2. English 12

3. University Success skills

If your IELTS score is lower than 5.5, add an extra semester of study for each level of IELTS below 5.5.

The tuition fees for the International University Foundation Year are available here.

Additional fees apply for accommodation, food, and personal expenses. To estimate your total student fees and costs, please visit our international student Cost Calculatorhttps://international.viu.ca/cost-calculator

A Conditional Letter of Acceptance and invoice will be sent advising the total amount of tuition 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 the program and living in Nanaimo.

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