University Admissions Requirements

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

  • Original documents must be scanned and uploaded to the Application Portal once the Application Fee is processed by the Accounting Department.
  • If any documents are issued in a language other than English, please provide both the original document and an official translation of the document in English.
  • Submitting incomplete or incorrect documents may delay your Admissions process.

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.

All US citizens, permanent residents (green card holders) and holders of certain types of visas such as H1, H1B, H4, O, A, K, Jay Treaty status holders, political asylees and refugees are eligible for Domestic Tuition. Alumni who graduated from a VIU degree or certificate program are eligible for Domestic Tuition. Students who completed ESL, Test Preparation, and Continuing Education programs at VIU are not considered as alumni.

General Requirements

  • Online Application Form
  • $20 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of US passport or US government-issued photo ID
  • High school diploma/certificate (excluding special diplomas, special education diplomas, modified diplomas, applied study diplomas, adjusted diplomas, alternative diplomas, certificates of completion/attendance/participation, etc.)
    CGPA of 2.0 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.

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.

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 
    500word  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.

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 Credit Policy and Procedure.


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