International students (non-Canadian residents) are encouraged to apply for entry to either the blended or online program as both programs are of great benefit to those individuals looking to begin or advance their careers as GIS Analysts or GIS Technicians. The Master of GIS Applications is a university accredited program which has been approved by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education.

The Vancouver Island University MGISA program offers international students:

Small class sizes with highly personalized instruction.
Focused special projects with practical applications.
Practical project experience under sponsorship in the workplace (Face-to-Face program)..
An intensive classroom program in a relatively short period of time.
An opportunity to study in one of Canada's most vibrant and liveable west coast cities, noted for its temperate climate and friendly people.

Admissions and English Language Requirements

Please see Admissions for International Students for general information about admissions and English language requirements for International Students. Students must hold a Baccalaureate degree or a technical diploma from an accredited college or institute.

Applicants must provide evidence of having completed in introductory GIS course, preferably within the last five years. The course should be equivalent to VIU's GEOG 328.

International students must apply by following the international student application procedure and submitting an international application form (either online or hard copy). The application fee for International Students is $150 CAD. For further information please contact International admissions at: Please note that student visa processing times vary greatly by country (it sometimes takes many months), so it is wise to prepare your application up to a year in advance of the date you want to start attending.

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