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Welcome to the School of Language Studies (SLS)! The SLS hosts a student orientation at the beginning of every term. This school-specific orientation is in addition to VIU’s new student orientation. The SLS’s orientation includes information about the Intensive English Program (IEP), attendance policies, program policies, maintaining visa status, academic integrity, SLS faculty/staff, tips for success in the IEP, SLS student events and activities, and VIU resources such as the library and online portals.

Orientation is generally help the second Tuesday of the term from 9:00-11 am. All new and returning IEP students are expected to attend. Students who start late must attend an individual orientation with their advisor. If you have any questions, please contact sls@viu.edu.

*These are estimated dates for future orientations. Confirmation of the date will occur at least 30-days prior to the first day of classes.

Orientation Schedule

Term Classes Begin New Student Orientation
Fall II 2019 October 21, 2019 October 29, 2019*

VIU’s New Student Orientation

The University’s Student Affairs Department also hosts an orientation to VIU that is a general introduction to the university, its departments, policies, and procedures. This orientation, separate from the SLS-specific orientation, is generally held from 10:30am to 3:30pm the week prior to the start of classes. An overview of VIU’s main student orientation can be found here.

Our Programs

VIU offers the following English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

7 Weeks ESL Program

7-Week Intensive ESL Program

VIU’s 7-week Intensive ESL Program for English language learners offers instruction at seven levels of proficiency: low beginner, beginner, elementary, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced.


Non intensive Program

Non-intensive Program

Our adult ESL programs make language learning fun, flexible, and affordable! We offer on-campus courses such as Business English, ESL for Better English, Grammar & Conversation, and Public Speaking with Confidence!



The School of Language Studies at VIU welcomes you to join our ESL community and looks forward to helping you reach your higher education or professional goals.