Application Steps

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You will be among the thousands of new VIU students who will find support and inspiration to get you where you want to go. We care about your success, and we offer a wide variety of services and resources to help you succeed. You’ll find small class sizes with an abundance of individual attention and a place where faces will soon be familiar and friendly.

Domestic (Canadian) students

1. Choose a program and review requirements.

Study what matters to you.

VIU offers over 120 certificate, diploma, and degree programs from fundamental literacy skills to trades, four-year bachelor’s degrees, post-degree diplomas and select master's degrees.  Each program has entry requirements.

Search for a Program or check out Areas of Study.

See Admission Requirements.

Need help? Contact a VIU Recruiter.

2. Prepare your application well in advance of the deadline.

Applications for most academic programs are accepted from early October until March 31 for classes starting the following September. For specific program Start Dates and Application Deadlines, search your program of interest.

Need help? Contact a VIU Recruiter.

3. Request your transcripts and gather and copy all necessary documents.

Official transcripts from your high school and any universities or colleges you have attended are required when you apply to VIU. Some programs will also require additional documents such as a resume or letters of recommendation, and an assessment test may be required. If you are currently attending high school in British Columbia or the Yukon, you will need to provide your Personal Education Number (PEN) when you fill out the application for admission, and you may also be asked to submit an interim transcript for admission purposes.

Tips to order your official transcripts.

4. Submit your application, transcripts and additional forms or documentation.

Students will be considered for admission only when all information on the admission form has been supplied and all required documentation submitted. An application fee is required for each program you request admission to.

Ready to Apply?

Applications for most academic programs are accepted beginning October 1 for classes starting the following September. For specific program start dates and application acceptance dates, search VIU programs or contact

Recommended:  VIU uses British Columbia’s centralized online application service EducationPlannerBC.

Start Your Application to VIU

You can download an application form. A completed form can be emailed or delivered to any campus.

Within two weeks of receiving your submission, VIU will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application and notifying you of any next steps required to complete your application. Applicants are considered for admission only when all required information and documentation has been received.

Important Notes

All applications, transcripts, and additional forms become the property of Vancouver Island University and are not returned, whether a student is accepted or not. The only exception is where a document is deemed to be irreplaceable. If submitting such a document, please request its return at the time of submission.

Students applying for more than one program must submit an application for each request; however, only one set of transcripts will be required.

A new application must be completed any time a student is re-applying for a program – it may also be necessary to re-submit all supporting documents.  If you are considering taking a year off, you should explore the opportunity for an official Leave of Absence.

International students

International students wishing to apply for admission to Vancouver Island University will find complete details and advice within our WorldVIU pages.

International Student Application Information