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New Student Orientation

The School of Language Studies (SLS) offers new student orientations for new SLS students studying in the intensive English program. All new students are expected to attend this school-specific orientation. This orientation includes information on how students maintain their F-1 status (for those on a student visa), the nature of the program, important dates, attendance policies, adherence to the academic integrity policy, faculty/staff within the SLS, and tips for success, among others.

Orientation is from 9:00-9:30am. All new SLS students in the intensive English program are required to attend the orientation in the term in which they start. Students who start late will have an individual orientation with their advisor. If you have any questions, contact sls@viu.edu.

The following is the orientation schedule for upcoming terms:

Term Classes Begin New Student Orientation
Summer II 2018 July 2, 2018 July 10, 2018
Fall I 2018 August 27, 2018 August 30, 2018
Fall II 2018 October 22, 2018 October 25, 2018*
Spring I 2019 January 7, 2019 January 10, 2019*
Spring II 2019 March 4, 2019 March 7, 2019*
Summer I 2019 May 6, 2019 May 9, 2019*
Summer II 2019 July 9, 2019 June 25, 2019*

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

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 generally last from 10:30am to 3:30pm for students the week prior to the start of classes. An overview of VIU’s main student orientation can be found here: https://www.viu.edu/student-life/student-affairs/student-events/student-orientation/