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How to become a VIU student

Six steps to becoming a student

Step one: choose a program

Explore the VIU programs site to find a program that feels like a good fit.

Not sure what to study? It’s okay if you’re not sure what to study. VIU Recruiters can answer your questions and help you narrow your interests to a program that’s right for you. They’re approachable and super helpful.

Once you’ve chosen a program, review all admission requirements and deadlines.

Step two: apply

Apply through Education Planner BC. For academic programs, registration opens on October 1. Many other programs take applications all year. The deadline to apply for most academic programs is March 31. Some programs have limited intake, so we recommend applying early.

Step three: respond to VIU requests

After you’ve applied, we may email you asking for additional documents. Watch your email and read and act on all communications from Admissions.

Step four: wait for admission decision

When we send you the admission decision, we’ll let you know what your next steps are. For example, we’ll tell you how to accept the offer from VIU.

Step five: pay tuition deposit

New students must pay a tuition deposit. It’s usually due three weeks after you’ve accepted your offer. For more information, visit tuition deposit

Step six: register for courses

We’ll assign you a date you can register for courses. Make sure to set aside time to register for the courses you want on that date. This is your best chance to get into your preferred courses. Here are some things you can do before your registration date:

Optional steps

Apply for scholarships and awards

VIU has many scholarships and awards, and you can apply for them with one simple application. Learn more on the scholarships and awards page. The deadline to apply is March 30.

Apply for on-campus housing

VIU prioritizes space for first-year students in student housing. Apply by May 1 for first-year priority.

Meet with an Educational Advisor

Educational Advisors are there to help you with your educational plan. It's a good idea to talk with an advisor before you register for classes. Each campus has educational advisors

Apply for student loans

When you apply for a student loan, you are automatically considered for grants. BC students will also be automatically assessed for BC Access grants. Other provinces have similar programs. Apply for student loans by June 30.

Apply for accessibility support

VIU's Accessibility Services provide support and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. It's a good idea to contact Accessibility Services six to eight weeks before the start of classes.