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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Open the True North application page.


  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.


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

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

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)

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 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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