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Intensive English Program Start Dates and Academic Calendar

VIU’s Intensive English program offers 7-week terms. Full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

A new term begins every 8-weeks.  Below are the start dates by academic years. (Note: The Academic year traditionally begins in August.)

Intensive English Program Start Dates

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin Classes End
Domestic Applicants F-1 Applicants
Summer I May 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 May 7, 2018 June 23, 2018
Summer II June 28, 2018 May 28, 2018 Jul 2, 2018 August 18, 2018
Term Application Deadline Classes Begin Classes End
Domestic Applicants F-1 Applicants
Fall I June 27, 2018 July 20, 2018 August 27, 2018 October 13, 2018
Fall II August 22, 2018 September 24, 2018 October 22, 2018 December 15, 2018
Spring I November 7, 2018 December 7, 2018 January 7, 2019 February 23, 2019
Spring II January 7, 2019 February 4, 2019 March 4, 2019 April 27, 2019
Summer I March 4, 2019 April 8, 2019 May 6, 2019 June 22, 2019
Summer II May 1, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 17, 2019

Domestic and Online Applicants:

Domestic and Online students may submit their Admissions Application to VIU at any time on a rolling basis. Domestic students can join a semester through the end of the Add/Drop Period.

International Applicants:

All application documents and payments must be submitted in the correct format before the deadline. If an application is not completed within the deadline, the applicant will need to defer their application to the following semester, a deferral application fee may apply.

School of Language Studies Academic Calendar

Fall 2018 Intensive ESL  Fall I Intensive ESL  Fall II
Aug 27- Oct 13 (7-week) Oct 22 – Dec 15 (7-week)
Registration for Fall opens Jul 30 Sep 24
New Student Orientation Aug 23 TBD
Registration closes without late registration fee Aug 24 Oct 19
First Day of Classes Aug 27 Oct 22
Labor Day, VIU is closed Sep 3
Last day to add/drop course(s) – Closed at 5 p.m. Sep 4 Oct 29
SLS Orientation Sep 4 Oct 30
Last day to apply for Fall graduation
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” Sep 21 Nov 16
No classes (Reserved for make up sessions) Nov 19-21
Thanksgiving break, VIU is closed Nov 22-24
Last Day of Class (including the final exams) Oct 13 Dec 15
Grades due by faculty Oct 15 Dec 17
Grades available on Student Portal Oct 16 Dec 18
Winter break Dec 22-Jan 1
Changes to incomplete grades are due to Registrar Dec 15 Mar 1

The Academic Calendar is subject to change without prior notice.
The proposed academic calendar is pending for final approval.

Spring 2019 Intensive ESL Spring I Intensive ESL Spring II
Jan 7 – Feb 23 (7-week) Mar 4 – Apr 27 (7-week)
Registration for Spring opens Dec 10 Feb 4
New Student Orientation
Registration closes without late registration fee Jan 4 Mar 1
First Day of Classes Jan 7 Mar 4
Last day to add/drop course(s) – Closed at 5 p.m. Jan 14 Mar 11
Last day to apply for Spring graduation
Mid-term progress reporting due by faculty
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” Feb 1 Apr 5
Spring Break (On-ground classes only) Mar 25-30
Last Day of Class (including the final exams) Feb 23 Apr 27
Grades due by faculty Feb 25 Apr 29
Grades available on Student Portal Feb 26 Apr 30
Commencement Ceremony
Changes to incomplete grades are due to Registrar Apr 27 Jun 26

The Academic Calendar is subject to change without prior notice.
The proposed academic calendar is pending for final approval.

Summer 2019 Intensive ESL Summer I Intensive ESL Summer II
May 6 – Jun 22 (7-week) Jul 1 – Aug 17 (7-week)
Registration for Summer I opens TBA TBA
New Student Orientation
Registration closes without late registration fee May 3 Jun 28
First Day of Classes May 6 Jul 4
Last day to add/drop course(s) – Closed at 5 p.m. May 13 Jul 1
Memorial Day, VIU is closed May 27 Jul 8
Last day to apply for Summer I  graduation
Mid-term progress reporting due by faculty Jun 3 Jul 26
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” May 31
Last Day of Class (including the final exams) Jun 22 Aug 17
Grades due by faculty Jun 24 Aug 19
Grades available on Student Portal Jun 25 Aug 20
Changes to incomplete grades are due to Registrar Aug 26 Oct 18

The Academic Calendar is subject to change without prior notice.
The proposed academic calendar is pending for final approval.