Signs in protest of international student tuition hike

Signs created by VIU students in protest of the international student tuition hike / Image via Mike Duddy

On December 15, 2022, the VIU Board of Governors pushed through a surprise tuition increase of 5% for international students in the 2023-2024 school year.

This increase comes despite their commitment, made only a few months prior, that international student tuition increases would remain at 2%—the same as their domestic counterparts. This commitment was made under VIU’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, and was seen as a positive step forward in VIU’s relationship with international students.

This change elicited a loud and passionate response from the VIU Students’ Union and the general student body, as dozens filled the elegant boardroom on the fifth floor of the VIU Library where the meeting took place.

See the action and VIUSU members’ reactions to the decision, as well as what comes next.

For Reference, please find the noted documents and stories below:

December 2022 Meeting Agenda (PDF)

March 2021 Nav Story “A Fair Shot”

VIU Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan (PDF)


Mike is a web designer, writer, and videographer who has lived and experienced stories from all over Western Canada. He is on his third journey through VIU pursuing his degree in Digital Media Studies. In his non-VIU life, Mike spends his time hanging out with his wife and kids, exploring Vancouver Island, and learning how to be a better global citizen. This is Mike's first year at The Nav, and he is looking forward to telling the stories that matter to Nanaimo, and especially the VIU community.

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