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.

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

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.

The University begins accepting applications in early October with an application deadline of March 31 for most programs, unless otherwise indicated in the Program Outline or the Program Availability List.

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.

Additional admission forms

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?

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

Apply to VIU Online

    Alternately, you can print an application form. A completed form can be delivered to any campus Registration Centre; however, this may result in processing delays.

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.