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Vancouver Island University (VIU): Rankings, Acceptance Rate, Requirements & Admissions 2024

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About Vancouver Island University

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Year of establishment1969
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Also Known AsVIU
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Total International Students2539
Size of Campus in acres92
Male/Female Ratio1.72
Faculty/Student Ratio16
Endowments ValueCanadian Dollar 26 million
No.of Campuses3
Accommodation expenses4800 CAD for 1 sharing (UG),4800 CAD for 1 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses4500 CAD (UG),4500 CAD (PG)
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Q:   How is Vancouver Island University ranked?

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When we talk about Vancouver Island University rankings, it is one of the leading universities in Canada and has secured a rank between #1001-1200 in QS World University Rankings 2024 - Best Global Universities. The rank of this university has remain unchanged from its previous position #1001-1200 in 2023. Students can refer to the table listed below for Vancouver Island University rankings comprehensively:

Ranked By20232024
QS World University Rankings 2024 - Global#1001-1200#1001-1200
 

Q:   Why choose Vancouver Island University?

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Vancouver Island University is the centre for teaching, applied research and learning. Every year many graduates who completed their degree get an opportunity to work with employers across the country and around the world. Students get the best education at a very low cost compared to other top universities in the world. Therefore, Vancouver Island University is among the best choices for international students to study in Canada.

Also, the VIU faculty is very dedicated, approachable, as well as knowledgeable. Small class sizes make Vancouver Island University a very interesting place to study at, as students get to interact more with their professors.  

Also read: Study Guide to Canada for Indian Students

 

Q:   How can I get admission in Vancouver Island University?

A: 

International students can apply easily for Vancouver Island University admissions through multiple ways. Students can apply directly (online or paper applications) or submit the admission applications through authorized representatives. We have mentioned below some instructions following which applicants can apply for admissions:

  • Explore the VIU programme and select the course of choice;
  • Check the program requirements and gather all the required documents;
  • Now apply for admission though official website;
  • Submit the application fee;
  • Provide official transcripts;
  • Pay the non-refundable Vancouver Island University application fee to submit application.

Also read: How to Apply for UG & PG Courses in Canada?

 

Q:   How many international students does Vancouver Island University host?

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Vancouver Island University is one of the top public universities situated in Nanaimo, Canada. Currently, VIU is home to a total of over 12,000 students and about 12% of its total student population is international, who represent about 93 nations worldwide. Hence, more than 1400 students studying at Vancouver Island University are international.

ParticularsHeadcount/Percentage
Total Students18,000+
International Students

1,100+

About 12%

 

 

Q:   Can I work while studying Vancouver Island University?

A: 

Yes, as a full-time International Academic Student at Vancouver Island University, candidates have the option to earn income while they are studying in the university. Students must note that enrolling in three courses at VIU allows them to work 20 hours per week on or off campus.

Know more about part-time work options for international students in Canada.

 

Vancouver Island University Scholarships 2024

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Q:   Does Vancouver Island University offer scholarships for international students?

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Vancouver Island University scholarships are available for new international students and the scholarships offered to students are based on their academic performance and score. We have mentioned below some of the most popular Vancouver Island University scholarships for international students:

Vancouver Island University Scholarships for International Students
VIU Worldwide Entrance AwardBC High School Entrance Award
International Undergraduate Student Regional Entrance ScholarshipInternational Baccalaureate Scholarship

Know more about the Scholarships in Canada

 

Q:   How much does Vancouver Island University cost for international students?

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Vancouver Island University fees for international students varies from INR 10L to INR 19L. The below table includes the first year tuition fees for programs at VIU:

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
B.Sc. (5 courses)
INR 10 L - 13 L
UG Diploma (3 courses)
INR 12 L - 17 L
BHM (1 course)
INR 13 L
B.A. (6 courses)
INR 12 L - 13 L
B.E. / B.Tech (4 courses)
INR 12 L - 13 L
BBA (4 courses)
INR 12 L - 13 L
UG certificate (1 course)
INR 12 L
MBA/PGDM (1 course)
INR 19 L
 

Read more about the Cost of Studying in Canada

 

Vancouver Island University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :CAD 150
  • Type of deadline :Regular
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LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNot required
CVNeeded for few courses
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Fall28ᵗʰ Feb 2023 - 31ˢᵗ Mar 2024
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Q:   What are Vancouver Island University application deadlines for international students?

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Prospective international students of Vancouver Island University can apply to the university through the Application Portal available on the university's website. While applying, students must a pay non-refundable sum of CAD 150 = INR 9,244* as the Vancouver Island University application fee. Students can refer to the table below for Vancouver Island University application deadlines for international students:

1) Undergraduate application deadline:

Programs

Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Courses

Mar 31, 2024

2) Graduate application deadlines:

Programs

Application Deadlines

Master of Community Planning

Jan 31, 2024

Master of Education in Special Education

Feb 28, 2024

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

MBA

Mar 31, 2024

Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management

*1 CAD = INR 61.63

 

Q:   What is the acceptance rate for Vancouver Island University?

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Vancouver Island University acceptance rate for international students is around 57%, which means out of 100 applications only 57 admitted. Moderately high acceptance rate at VIU makes the admission slightly competitive for international students.

 

Q:   Which documents do I need to submit while applying to Vancouver Island University?

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Prospective international students of Vancouver Island University can apply to the university through the Application Portal available on the university's website. While applying to VIU, applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL/PTE);
  • A copy of your passport (photo page);
  • Copy of High School Graduation Diploma (if available); and
  • Copy of University Degree (If available).

Note:

Admissions in a few Vancouver Island University programs may require additional documents. Hence, students are advised to keep a check on the official website for course-specific requirements.

All documents must be translated by a certified translator or notarized if they are in a language other than English.

 

Q:   When will I hear from Vancouver Island University?

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Once a candidate has applied to Vancouver Island University through the Application Portal available on the university's website and fulfilled all the admission requirements ie; academic qualifications, English language proficiency requirements as well as supporting documents, VIU acknowledges the candidate's application within two-eight weeks of receiving the same and notifies them in case of any next steps required to complete their application.

When a decision is taken, students are notified about their admission status through an official email sent by the university. At Vancouver Island University, applicants are considered for admission only when all required information and documentation has been received.

 

Vancouver Island University Fees, Duration & Entry Requirements 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
B.Sc.(5 courses)
INR 12 L - 15 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
MBA/PGDM(2 courses)
INR 8 L - 19 L
Duration20 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 93 & Above, PTE: 65 & Above
B.A.(6 courses)
INR 12 L - 15 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(4 courses)
INR 12 L - 16 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
BBA(4 courses)
INR 12 L - 17 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
UG Diploma(3 courses)
INR 13 L - 25 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
B.Ed(1 course)
INR 14 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
MS(2 courses)
INR 8 L - 12 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 93 & Above, PTE: 63 - 65
B.J.M.C.(1 course)
INR 15 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
BHM(1 course)
INR 13 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, TOEFL: 88 & Above, PTE: 60 & Above
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Q:   What are the English language requirements at Vancouver Island University?

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Vancouver Island University admission requirements for international students comprise of proof of proficiency in the English language as a major entry requirement. VIU accepts major English proficiency exams and students can refer to the table below for the minimum score requirements according to the choice of degree:

English Proficiency ExamUG Minimum Score RequirementsPG Minimum Score Requirements
IELTS6.5 (with no band below 6.0)7.0 (with no band below 6.5)
TOEFL88 (with no section below 20)93 (with no section below 20)
PTE60 (with no sub-section below 60)65 (with no sub-section below 60)
 

Q:   What are admission requirements at Vancouver University Canada?

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International applicants who wish to study at Vancouver University Canada must meet the admission requirements as per the program. We have mentioned below Vancouver Island University requirements for international students:

VIU Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions

  • Complete high school with grade 9 or equivalent;
  • Be under 19 years of age; and
  • Proof of meeting English language requirements.

VIU Requirements for Graduate Admissions

  • Minimum “B” average in the final 2 years of a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Meet one of the following VIU English language requirements;
  • No GRE / GMAT score is required; and
  • Work Experience required (as per the program).

Also read about the Entry requirements to study in Canada for international students

 

Q:   What are the requirements to study MBA at Vancouver Island University (VIU)?

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In order to study Vancouver Island University MBA, international students must fulfill certain admission requirements and they are mentioned below:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree from a business or non-business discipline;
  • A minimum “B” average in the last two years of undergraduate degree;
  • Letter of introduction explaining how the MBA will contribute to career plans;
  • A Resume describes education, work, and volunteer experience;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Minimum one year of work experience is required;
  • No GMAT (entrance examination) score is required; and
  • Must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Graduate Programs (IELTS: 7.0 | TOEFL: 93 | PTE: 65).
 

Q:   What is the cost of MBA at Vancouver Island University?

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Vancouver Island University MBA fees for international students stands at INR 19 L for first year. Students can check below the complete first year package to study MBA at VIU:

Particulars

Amount

Tuition & Fees

INR 18,54,650

Hostel & Meals

INR 5,59,209

Transportation

INR 21,166

Ancillary Fees

INR 1,17,013

VIU Students' Union fee

INR 19,181

Health and Dental Plan fee

INR 31,869

Textbooks and supplies

INR 90,195

Total

INR 26,93,283

 

Vancouver Island University Rankings 2024

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Q:   Is Vancouver Island University a top-rated university?

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Vancouver Island University is one of the best and top-rated public universities in Canada. VIU is known globally for its academic excellence across a wide range of subjects. Vancouver Island University is consistently ranked among the top universities nationally and globally. According to QS World University Ranking, Vancouver Island University has been constantly ranked in 2023 at #1001-1200 and then in 2024 at #1001-1200 in the world. 

 

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Q:   What are the top 5 universities in Canada?

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According to Times Higher Education rankings, the top 5 universities in Canada in 2024 are University of Toronto, McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and University of Waterloo. Also, compared to the US, Canadian universities provide cheaper tuition fees, easy application process, and more opportunities for permanent residency after graduation.

 

Q:   What are the admission requirements to study in Canada?

A: 

Eligibility requirements to study in Canada will vary from course to course and from university to university. Some of the basic eligibility requirements are given below.

 

Q:   Why should I study in Canada?

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Some of the benefits of studying in Canada for international students include:

  • World-class universities:  Canadian universities are ranked among the top universities in the world. In the QS World University Rankings 2024, a total of 9 Canadian universities are within the first 200 ranks. Whereas, in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Universities Rankings 2023, a total of 7 universities are in the 200 ranks.
  • Affordable education: Compared to the US and UK, the tuition fee in Canada is fairly cheaper. If we consider the return on investment, Canada is quite a viable option for Indian students. One can also apply for a range of Canadian scholarships to cut down the educational expenses.
  • Cultural diversity: There are very welcoming and warm people who come from varied ethnic groups with different cultures and lifestyles. This multicultural environment in Canada is one of the noteworthy factors that attract international students as it promotes friendliness and peaceful living like no other country. In Canada, there are more than 250 ethnic origins along with 200 languages from around the world and 70 indigenous languages spoken.
  • Lively and vibrant campus life: At Canadian universities, students can expect fests, events, and activities to be conducted throughout the year. This creates a lively and happy environment for all the students as it helps in making a network and meeting new people, whilst keeping the homesickness away.
  • Immigration opportunities: The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP Canada) in Canada shall allow students to stay there and get some work experience after the completion of graduation. The maximum length of a PGWP is three years.
 
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