To submit your Admissions documents, please follow the instructions below:

Please note: VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of the application and will disqualify the individual from applying to VIU in the future. Documents submitted for admissions purposes will not be returned to the applicant. If you are under the age of 18, please review our Minimum Age Requirement Policy.

Choose the application type (Domestic, International, or Online) and appropriate program below.

Prospective students who do not require an F-1 visa are considered Domestic Applicants. Domestic Applicants may hold one of the following statuses: US Citizenship, Permanent Residency (green card), visas including H1, H1B, H4, O, A, K, Jay Treaty, Political Asylum, and Refugee status.

Undergraduate

General Requirements

  •  Online Application Form
  •  $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  •  Copy of US passport or US government-issued photo ID
  •  High school diploma / GED or equivalency (excluding special diplomas, special education diplomas, modified diplomas, applied study diplomas, adjusted diplomas, alternative diplomas, certificates of completion/attendance/participation, etc.)

Additional Requirement’s for Federal Financial Aid Applicants

  • In addition to high school diploma and/or transcript, students applying for Federal Financial Aid are required to submit GED or equivalent. To learn more about federal financial aid at VIU, please click here.

Graduate

General Requirements 

  • Online application form
  • $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of US passport or US government-issued photo ID
  • Official bachelor’s degree diploma/certificate
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript(s)

    CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent is required. High school transcript may be requested if the diploma does not indicate the CGPA information.

    If your GPA is below the requirements, please review our CGPA Waiver Policy.

Additional Requirements for Applicants to the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs

In addition to General Requirements, students who are applying to programs in the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs will need to submit the following:

  • Minimum of 2 Official Recommendations
    Official recommendations from professionals who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer, at least one must be dated within the last 3 years). All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    500 word  statement defining the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program, and reasoning behind joining the program. The statement of purpose should demonstrate an understanding of the specific program to which the candidate is applying and make connections to the applicant’s eventual career aspirations. Statements must be written in English in the candidate’s own words.

    Click here to learn how to write an effective statement of purpose.

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae detailing current and/or previous work history and education. Previous work history is not a requirement for admission.

Transfer

If you wish to transfer to VIU, please submit the official transcript from your current college or university to the Registrar’s Office along with the documents required for the program you are applying for (see above). Learn more about VIU Transfer Policy and Procedure.

English as a Second Language

  •  Online application form
  •  $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  •  Copy of US passport or US government-issued photo ID

Prospective students who require an F-1 visa are considered International Applicants.

Undergraduate

  • Online application form
  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of passport
  • High school diploma / GED or equivalency (excluding special diplomas, special education diplomas, modified diplomas, applied study diplomas, adjusted diplomas, alternative diplomas, certificates of completion/attendance/participation, etc.).
  • Bank statement of a sponsor
  • Statement of Financial Support Form (non-US sponsor) or I-134 Form (US sponsor)
  •  Official language proficiency test scores

Additional Requirements for International Students Bringing Dependents

If you are an international student planning to bring your spouse or child with you to the US, please submit the following documents in addition to the general requirements:

  •  Copy of spouse’s passport
  •  Copy of marriage certificate
  •  Copy of child’s passport
  •  Copy of child’s birth certificate

Graduate

  • Online application form
  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Official bachelor’s degree diploma/certificate
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript(s)

    CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent is required. High school transcript may be requested if the diploma does not indicate the CGPA information.

    If your GPA is below the requirements, please review our CGPA Waiver Policy.

  • Bank statement of sponsor
  • Statement of Financial Support Form (non-US sponsor) or I-134 Form (US sponsor)
  • Official language proficiency test scores

Additional Requirements for Applicants to the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs

In continuance with the above mentioned admission requirements, students who are applying to programs in the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs will need to submit the following:

  • Minimum of 2 Official Recommendations
    Official recommendations from professionals who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer, at least one must be dated within the last 3 years). All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    500 word  statement defining the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program, and reasoning behind joining the program. The statement of purpose should demonstrate an understanding of the specific program to which the candidate is applying and make connections to the applicant’s eventual career aspirations. Statements must be written in English in the candidate’s own words.

    Click here to learn how to write an effective statement of purpose.

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae detailing current and/or previous work history and education. Previous work history is not a requirement for admission.

Additional Requirements for International Students Bringing Dependents

If you are an international student planning to bring your spouse or child with you to the US, please submit the following documents in addition to the general requirements:

  •  Copy of spouse’s passport
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  •  Copy of child’s passport
  •  Copy of child’s birth certificate

Transfer

If you are currently studying at a university or college in the United States and you wish to transfer to VIU, please submit the following documents along with the documents required for the program you are applying for (see above):

  • Official transcript from your current college or university
  • Copy of your F-1 student visa
  • Copy of your I-94
  • Copies of all previous I-20s
  • SEVIS Transfer Eligibility Form that needs to be completed by current school

For foreign high school, undergraduate, and graduate transcripts, it may be necessary to request a third party accredited evaluation agency to verify the documents for acceptance/transfer credit determination. Learn about VIU’s Transfer Credit Policy.

English as a Second Language

Undergradute

General Requirements

  •  Online Application Form
  •  $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  •  Copy of government-issued photo ID (Examples include passport, driver’s license, or a permanent residency card.)
  •  High school diploma / GED or equivalency (excluding special diplomas, special education diplomas, modified diplomas, applied study diplomas, adjusted diplomas, alternative diplomas, certificates of completion/attendance/participation, etc.)
  •  Official language proficiency test scores

Additional Requirement’s for Federal Financial Aid Applicants

  • In addition to high school diploma and/or transcript, students applying for Federal Financial Aid are required to submit GED or equivalent. To learn more about federal financial aid at VIU, please click here.

Graduate

General Requirements 

  • Online application form
  • $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID (Examples include passport, driver’s license, or a permanent residency card.)
  • Official bachelor’s degree diploma/certificate
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript(s)

    CGPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale or equivalent is required. High school transcript may be requested if the diploma does not indicate the CGPA information.

    If your GPA is below the requirements, please review our CGPA Waiver Policy.

  • Official language proficiency test scores

Additional Requirements for Applicants to the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs

In addition to General Requirements, students who are applying to programs in the School of Education or the School of Public & International Affairs will need to submit the following:

  • Minimum of 2 Official Recommendations
    Official recommendations from professionals who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer, at least one must be dated within the last 3 years). All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    500 word  statement defining the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program, and reasoning behind joining the program. The statement of purpose should demonstrate an understanding of the specific program to which the candidate is applying and make connections to the applicant’s eventual career aspirations. Statements must be written in English in the candidate’s own words.

    Click here to learn how to write an effective statement of purpose.

  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae detailing current and/or previous work history and education. Previous work history is not a requirement for admission.

English as a Second Language

  • Online Application Form, $20 application fee
  • Identification: All applicants must submit a form of government-issued photo identification. (Examples include passport, driver’s license, or a permanent residency card.)
  • Complete VIU’s placement test, which is available on-campus and online.