Vancouver Island Academy offers a variety of education, recreation and cultural programs for international students. Programs can be customized to suit individual needs.

Pathway Program

For beginner students who have completed high school and plan to continue their education at a Canadian post secondary institution. Emphasis is on foundation English, skill enhancement and cultural awareness.

Also your PATHWAY to IELTS

Bridging Program

For students planning on entering elementary or secondary public schools in the Nanaimo area. Emphasis is on English development, study skills, life skills, and public school orientation.

English Communication Program

A part time program for students who wish to improve their speaking skills. Emphasis is on oral fluency, social and cultural awareness.

IELTS preparation

For students who wish to access post- secondary education. Students prepare for the IELTS test in 4, 8 or 12 week sessions. Take full-time training during summer months or part-time training on evenings and weekends.

We also offer General IELTS Preparation Training.


For students who want one-to-one or group sessions of skill reinforcement. Included are all subject areas in Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools.


Students in the community can take beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in French or Spanish. Classes are scheduled once a week for 8 week sessions. A minimum of 6 students are required for a class. Once a class is established hours and days of instruction can meet the needs of the students and instructor.

Water Sports

Students and the community can experience a variety of water sports based at The Waterfront Marina. Sports and activities include Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Sailing, Fishing, Dragon Boating and Marine Studies.

Why VIA?

  • Partners with Vancouver Island University.
  • Partners with Nanaimo/Ladysmith public schools.
  • Beautiful campus with student residence
  • Safe, supportive community