For undergraduate, graduate, or intensive ESL programs, please follow these five easy steps in order to apply:

For step-by-step instructions of how to fill out the online application and pay the application fee, please visit our Apply Now page. If you are interested in a continuing education program, please find more information on the separate application process here.

The application fee can be paid by the following methods:

  • Credit or debit card
  • Check
  • Cash
  • Wire transfer
  • Money order
  • Demand Drafts

Visit our Payment Information page for more information about payment methods. Please note that your application will not be processed until your payment has been received and processed.

After your application fee is received and processed by our Accounting Office, you will be able to upload all of your supporting documents in the application portal. All of your documents must be original, in-color documents, uploaded only in PDF format; documents submitted in other formats will not be accepted.

If you do not have English Proficiency scores, then do not worry. You can take Virginia International University’s Remote English Proficiency Test. To request this option, please email your Admissions Representative, or admissions@viu.edu, with your Application ID. Once you have paid the placement test fee, your Admissions Representative will assist to schedule your test.

International Students: After you are accepted to VIU, we will issue you an acceptance letter and an I-20. You will be notified by email when your I-20 is ready to be mailed or picked up. Your SEVIS number and FedEx tracking details of your package will be sent to you via email at that time. You will be able to use that information to pay SEVIS fees and prepare for the visa interview.
Domestic Students: After you are accepted to VIU, please stop by VIU in order to check in and register for classes.

International applicants admitted into a residential program at VIU will receive an acceptance letter and an I-20 which will be required to secure a visa interview at the US Embassy. Your SEVIS number will be sent to you via email and you will be able to use that information to book an appointment for your visa interview.  Please consult your local embassy or consulate for further information and documents required.

Please notify VIU immediately following your visa interview regarding the status of your visa (either approved or denied). You may enter the US no earlier than 30 days prior to the first day of your classes.

It is best to begin looking for accommodation as soon as your visa is approved. This will provide you with sufficient time to explore multiple housing options before classes begin. If you need an assistance, please see our housing information or email studentaffairs@viu.edu.

Please follow the deferral instructions below:

Log in to the application portal
Click “Defer/Reopen Application” (on the left side of the screen)
Select the semester that you would like to defer to
Click “Update My Application”
Pay the Deferral Request Fee online, if applicable
Upload additional required documents

If you need further assistance, please contact admissions@viu.edu.

The tuition and fee payment must be made after you register for classes. Please visit our Tuition and Fees Payment page for more information. Semester/session payments are due in full one week before the first day of classes (see the Academic Calendar), unless you have been approved for a payment plan.
NOTE: Students are eligible for payment plan after they finish one academic semester at VIU.