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About Virginia International University

Virginia International University’s mission is to educate students from all over the world through a highly qualified, equally diverse faculty and staff while striving to provide academic programs that engender the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity urgently needed in the global community with a commitment to providing students with the knowledge to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 53%
Male 47%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
9 : 1


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Total Applicants



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Why Virginia International University?

  1. Location: VIU is located in Fairfax, Virginia, which is known to be one of the safest and most tranquil places to reside in the United States. Here, we have great opportunities for students to discover and learn about American history and cultures while visiting magnificent historical places and living in a healthy environment.

  2. Diverse Community Environment: VIU is a truly unique place where you can meet and become friends with students from 60 different countries. This allows students to broaden social networks while experiencing a multicultural environment at once. We are devoted to delivering a warm atmosphere where students can feel at home.

  3. Student-Centric Education: Students have the opportunity to meet with academically qualified and professionally experienced professors in order to gain a high-quality education. VIU offers small-sized classes, which allows for individual attention between students and professors.

  4. No TOEFL Requirement: If you are unable to take the TOEFL exam, you can enroll in VIU’s ESL program before attending undergraduate and graduate programs. We have a five-level ESL program beginning at the elementary level. For prospective students planning to transfer to our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs or our TESOL program, a minimum of 50% course credit must be completed at VIU, while the remainder may be transferred from outside institutions.

  5. Affordable Tuition Rates: VIU is a non-profit organization committed to supporting students in achieving their dreams by providing low-cost, high-quality education. Through our flexible payment plans, we allow students to make tuition payments in small installments rather than a large, lump sum.

  6. Tuition Scholarships: Tuition scholarships are available for high-potential students. The tuition amount varies between $500 and $4,000 in an academic year. This is just one way VIU pays back to our community.

  7. Job Opportunities: Fairfax, Virginia is the second wealthiest county in the US. Because VIU is located minutes away from Washington, DC, students have great opportunities to gain experience through internships and employment in a variety of industries around the DC-Metropolitan area.

  8. Customized Programs and Flexible Schedules: We provide customized programs to fit our students’ schedules, including daytime, evening, and weekend hours for working individuals.

  9. Online Degrees: VIU’s School of Online Education offers full and partially online degrees. Students can take classes from anywhere and anytime (Restrictions for international students apply). VIU Online's tuition structure is one of the most affordable in the industry.

Student Profile

Liudmila Ushakova


Liudmila Ushakova

I live in Moscow but I was born in Siberia where graduated from law school. Since my childhood, I have been dreaming of teaching children. After my graduation I decided to teach instead of being a lawyer. When I moved to Moscow, I started to work as a professor assistant at a university (civil law) and learning French and English as well. By that time, I realized that languages are my true passion. So, when I decided to do my Master’s degree I chose TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in order to make my dreams come true – to become an English teacher to Russian children. The university where I used to work an English teacher suggested VIU to me as a very good international university, that’s why I am here now.

Since my childhood, I have been dreaming of teaching children.

VIU is a really great place to study with a very friendly atmosphere and highly qualified professional and teaching staff. I am really enjoying studying at VIU because it is really interesting and informative and, also, it gives me a great opportunity to become a good specialist in the teaching field.

  • Major: MA in TESOL
  • Study Area: ESL & English Language
  • Graduation Year: 2014
  • Home Country: Russia

Student Profile

Amine Sakhi

MBA in International Business

Amine Sakhi

I am originally from Morocco. I currently work for a retail company in Texas . I finished my MBA in International Business in December 2012. I chose VIU because it is a hub for international students where you can gain a tacit knowledge of different cultures. VIU has shown tremendous progress over the years. As an incoming student, I transferred my credits from a state university. However, I felt and experienced that VIU’s small class sizes enable the student to easily grasp and understand concepts. To me, VIU is a place for growth, a place where you can achieve your dreams by studying hard to get your degree.

My favorite VIU memory was last year, when the Moroccan soccer team (the Lions) won the VIU soccer tournament! My best advice for prospective students is to try to connect with current students who are currently involved in VIU, and contact the student services office if you have questions. My advice for current students is to stay in touch with each other; it will be invaluable to your career and give you opportunities worldwide.

To me, VIU is a place for growth, a place where you can achieve your dreams.

I would love to see VIU grow and open new dormitories while maintaining the same excellent quality of education. I am truly proud to be a successful VIU alumnus.

  • Major: MBA in International Business
  • Study Area: Business/Management
  • Graduation Year: 2012
  • Home Country: Morocco

Students & Faculty

  • 756Total Students
  • 358Male Students
  • 398Female Students
  • 115Total Faculty
  • 9:1Student/Fac Ratio
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Accounting and Business/Management
Applied Linguistics
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer Software Engineering
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Education, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Finance, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Resources Management
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology
Information Technology Project Management
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Finance
International Relations and Affairs
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Project Management
Public Administration
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Small Business Administration/Management
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

ESL Programs

For students wishing to improve their English language proficiency, VIU offers a top-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) program. With its exciting and interesting course offerings, dynamic and energetic instructors, and plenty of extra-curricular learning opportunities, we are sure you will find VIU’s ESL program is like none other.

What is your motivation to study English? Are you hoping to earn a degree at an English-speaking institution? Are you seeking better job opportunities? Do you want to increase your understanding of American and other English-speaking cultures? Whatever your inspiration may be, ESL at VIU will help you to achieve your dream.

Find a program that fits your learning style:

Intensive ESL

For students seeking an intensive program, the School of Language Studies offers a program with six levels ranging from beginner to academic. Classes in the intensive program begin every seven weeks and are available both on-campus and online.

Continuing Education ESL

For students seeking a less intensive program, the School of Continuing Education offers a variety evening and Saturday ESL classes. These courses are ideal for the non-traditional or working student. Course offerings include adult ESL at multiple levels, business English, and TOEFL preparation. Students interested in a more fun and interactive alternative should consider Saturday Museum Trips with VIU as a means of improving their English skills.

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