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International Student Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships are available for new international students to Vancouver Island University, at the undergraduate level. Students are considered for scholarships at the time of admission, based on their submitted transcripts and application supporting documents. The standard deadline for admission to most VIU programs is March 31st, and scholarship selections are determined 6 weeks after this closing date. A separate application for scholarships is not required, as students will be automatically considered if they meet the scholarship criteria.

VIU World-Wide Entrance Scholarships

Number: Maximum 20 each year
Amount: $1,000 each
Criteria: Provided annually to exceptional new long-term academic undergraduate student applicants (not one semester Education Abroad or Exchange students). Awarded to up to 20 of the top applicants entering in the Fall semester based on entering grades from submitted transcripts. No application necessary.

British Columbia High School International Excellence Entrance Scholarship

Number: Maximum 3 each year
Amount: $1,000 per year for up to 4 years of Academic study
Criteria: All International student applicants who have applied to attend VIU in their graduating year from a British Columbia High School with a Dogwood Certificate. Highest average in combined marks of English 12 (combined provincial and school mark), social Studies 11 and Math 11 (Principles or applications). Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University in their second academic semester. No application necessary. Awarding of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year scholarships is dependent on retention of a GPA of 3 or better.

VIU International Undergraduate Regional Scholarships

Number: Six each year
Amount: $5,000 ($2,500 awarded for the first year of study and $2,500 for the second year)

2014 Regions:

China - 1 scholarship
India - 1 scholarship
Europe - 1 scholarship
Africa - 1 scholarship
South America - 1 scholarship
Open - 1 scholarship. The open scholarship is available to students from any nation outside of the countries already identified in the other Regional Scholarships.

Criteria: The scholarships are awarded to International students applying for entry into the first year of an undergraduate academic program. The award is based upon the entered grades from submitted High School transcripts. No application is necessary.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Entrance Scholarship

Full Program Scholarships

Number: Maximum 3 per year
Amount: $1,000 per year for up to 4 years of Academic study
Criteria: Open to all International students who have graduated with an IB diploma. Selection is based upon highest average of combined marks from an IB school. Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University in their second academic semester. No application necessary. Awarding of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year scholarships is dependent on retention of a GPA of 3 or better.

Entry Scholarships

Number: All IB Diploma holders receive this scholarship.
Amount: $1,000 each for the first year of study

New International student graduates with an IB diploma. Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University in their second academic semester. No application necessary.

British Columbia Offshore School Entrance Scholarship

Number: Maximum 2 each year
Amount: $1,000 each
Criteria: All international student graduates from BC Offshore schools are eligible. The awards will be given to the two students with the highest combined scores on any two Grade 12 provincially examinable courses excluding their first language. Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University in their second academic semester. No application necessary.

Continuing Student Scholarships

The following scholarships are available for continuing International students at Vancouver Island University. Unless otherwise indicated, the scholarship is awarded in November and applied to the student's second consecutive academic term. See individual scholarships for application details.

International Education Academic Excellence Scholarship

Number: Maximum 15 each year
Amount: $1,000 each
Criteria: Awarded to continuing full-time international undergraduate students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement in the previous academic year at VIU. No application necessary, awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University. Students can get the award annually if they meet the criteria.

VIU Peer Helper Award

Number: Minimum 2 each year
Amount: $1,000 tuition credit

Awarded to a continuing full-time ESL or undergraduate student enrolled in a program lasting for at least 14 weeks. Student should have achieved a GPA of at least a "C" in the previous academic year, participated in the Peer Helper program for a minimum of two semesters and have a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work in the Peer Helper program in each semester. Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University. Application forms are sent out annually to all International students on the International list serve (ISS list) in late August.

VIU English Language Program Achievement Award

Number: Maximum 10 per year
- 8 Academic Awards
- 2 Community Engagement Awards
Amount: $1,000 each

Academic Awards  

- 8 Awards (maximum) of $1000.00 each
- 4 for Access/AP1/AP2/AP3
- 4 for AP4/AP5
- Based on highest grade point average and a minimum of B (72%). 
Awarded to international VIU English Language Program students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.  No application is necessary; awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University once a year in the Fall.

Community Engagement Award

- 2 Awards (maximum) of $1000.00 each
- Based on community engagement
- Application required
- Awarded as tuition credit to VIU
Awarded to VIU English Language Program students in recognition of outstanding community engagement. Application is necessary; awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University once a year in the fall. Contact ELC Department Chair for application form and instructions.

The High School at Vancouver Island University International Excellence Award

Number: Minimum 2 each year
Amount: $1,000 each
Awarded to international student graduates of The High School at Vancouver Island University recognizing outstanding achievement in their final academic year of studies. No application necessary, awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University.

Outstanding International Student Awards

Number: 3 per year

One - $2,000 award
Two - $1,000 award

Awarded to continuing full-time international undergraduate students with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average and demonstrating outstanding campus and community achievements in the previous academic year at VIU. Awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and a letter outlining how volunteer work has had an impact on their lives. Application forms are sent out annually to all international students on the international list serve in late August.

VIU Outstanding International Student Athlete Award

Number: 2 per year
Amount: $1,000 each

Awarded to the top male & female international athletes of the year. The athletes must be playing on one of the VIU varsity teams.

David E.Jones Award

Number: 1 each year
Amount: $500 each
Awarded to a continuing International academic student demonstrating outstanding achievement. Decisions are based on recommendation of the department. Funds awarded as a tuition credit at Vancouver Island University. This award may not be available every year. Application forms are sent out annually to all International students on the International list serve (lss list) in late August.