Virginia International University

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Virginia International University
Established 1998
Type Private
President Isa Sarac
Location Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Blue and Red

Nickname Tigers
Mascot Tiger
VIU logo

Virginia International University (VIU), established in 1998, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education located in Fairfax, Virginia. It offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in computer science, business management, International Relations, Public Administration and Education. VIU also offers language programs such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Virginia International University (VIU) was established in 1998 with the goal of providing affordable and high-quality education for students preparing to meet the ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st century. Since its founding, Virginia International University has made significant progress in operating an institution of higher education. Following the demand of a rapidly growing student population, VIU expanded its programs, campus, staff, and faculty in less than 15 years. Today students from more than 60 countries chose to pursue their education at VIU. Seven different schools at VIU offer a variety of academic and non-academic degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels on campus and online: the School of Business, School of Computer Information Systems, School of Education, School of Public and International Affairs, School of Language Studies, School of Online Education, and the School of Continuing Education.

VIU's Fairfax, Virginia Campus


Virginia International University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a Washington DC based national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Recognition by CHEA affirms that standards and processes of accrediting organizations are consistent with quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

VIU is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and approved by SCHEV to grant degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the bachelor’s and master’s levels of academic study.

VIU is authorized by the United States Custom and Immigration Services (USCIS) to enroll non-immigrant students. VIU is member of the American Council on Education (ACE). VIU is a member of Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Academic Departments[edit]

Virginia International University (VIU) offers 2 undergraduate programs, 11 graduate programs, 2 undergraduate certificates, and 6 graduate certificates. The university also offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and continuing education. Classes are offered both on-campus and online.

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 11 concentrations:
      • International Business Management
      • International Finance
      • Mass Media & Public Relations
      • Project Management
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Marketing Management
      • Global Logistics
      • Health Care Management
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources Management
      • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Master of Science in Accounting
    • Master of Science in Project Management
    • Master of Information Systems (MIS) with 7 specializations:
      • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
      • Cybersecurity
      • Data Management
      • Enterprise Project Management
      • Health Informatics
      • Information Assurance
      • Knowledge Management
    • Master of Science in Computer Science (MCS) with 7 specializations:
      • Computer Animation and Gaming
      • Cybersecurity
      • Data Management
      • Intelligent Systems
      • Networking
      • Software Engineering
      • Software Applications Development
    • Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM)
    • Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT)
    • Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE)
    • Master of Arts in Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Master of Science in International Relations
    • Masters of Education
    • Master of Science in Applied Linguistics
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
      • Finance
      • International Business
      • Marketing
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
    • Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    • Information Systems
    • Business Intelligence
    • Information Systems Management
    • Information Technology Audit and Compliance
    • Graduate Certificate of Education
    • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
    • International Business
    • Small Business Management

School of Online Education[edit]

VIU offers nearly all academic programs online through School of Online Education. Students have 24 hour access to the classes and are able to study from anywhere, anytime.

A sample online VIU course can be viewed at

School of Continuing Education[edit]

Virginia International University’s Continuing Professional Education Series (CPES) provides career success training to others in the community including business professionals, high school students, unemployed individuals, and career switchers.

Our mission is to actively participate in creating the global workplace of the future where all aspects of human development (moral, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual) are rights and no longer privileges.

Virginia International University’s institutional mission is to encourage the development of a strong knowledge base and to foster the lifelong pursuit of learning. To this end, the School of Continuing Education (SCE) is designed to deliver high quality continuing professional education and training programs to both individuals and organizations. We take great pride in fostering organizational effectiveness, personal growth, and workforce and economic development within the confines of short-term, intensive learner-centered programs. By extending our traditional university programs with continuous learning solutions for working career professionals, we are responsive, innovative, relevant, and results-focused. The SCE offers programs that engender the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity that are so urgently needed now and tomorrow in a rapidly-changing world.

Our vision is to become the leading global provider of lifelong learning opportunities to a global world in an international setting.

Student Life[edit]

VIU hosts students from over 100 countries each year to join various undergraduate and graduate programs, thus boosting one of the most diversified student bodies in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.

Student Housing[edit]

VIU's Office of Student Affairs provides students with resources and useful information to make the process of finding housing easier. Although VIU does not currently offer an on-campus housing option, we will happily assist you with locating reasonable and affordable housing in the surrounding communities. VIU acts as a liaison between local apartment complexes and students to create an all-inclusive housing experience which helps students to make friends and stay connected with the VIU community. Most apartments are located within walking distance of major public transportation routes and the university.

  • Shared Accommodation: 2 students per room (Note: You may choose to live alone in a room by paying double rent.)
  • Monthly Rent: Averages range from $370 to $650 (depending on the room size, furniture, and location)
  • Security Deposit: One month's rent (average)
  • Utilities: Varies
  • Apartment Features: Washer and dryer, microwave, oven and stove, dishwasher.

If you are seeking a more independent housing alternative, room rental is an ideal choice. The Housing Department works with landlords in the surrounding communities, as well as current VIU students seeking roommates, to compile many rental options for students every semester. Room rentals are typically found in townhouses, apartments, or single-family homes. Kitchen privileges are typically included in these arrangements. Rooms maybe be fully-, partially-, or unfurnished, depending on the landlord.

  • Rental Rate: $400–$1000 per month (varies)
  • Security Deposit: Varies
  • Single Room/Shared Room: Varies
  • Distance from VIU: Varies
  • Public Transportation Access.

Student Union[edit]

VIU Student Union Debate

Each year, VIU students hold an election for student union representatives by nominating candidates for President, Vice-President and Treasurer/Secretary. Pre-election days are an exciting time to be in campus, as students go class by class to ask for vote, posters, banners cover the walls of the campuses and there is a celebratory buzz in the air.

The mission of the SU is to strengthen student participation in university life by overseeing the formation of student clubs and contributing to the university’s decision-making process through formal channels. The SU shall serve as a forum for the discussion of matters pertaining to the welfare of VIU students and foster unity within the university. Annual elections will be held for the offices of President, Vice President, and Treasurer/Secretary.


Student clubs are a vital part of the student’s life here in VIU. They not only serve as a diversion from the academic setting but also helps build character and responsibility among students, bridging gaps among peers. Student clubs provide a fun and easy way to meet people from across the world and form friendships that last a lifetime.

The Africa Pride club's launched October 29, 2010 was conceived with a purpose to raise awareness of African Nationals and cultures; promote discussion of economic, political and social issues in Africa; encourage VIU to seek more students from Africa; provide a platform for students interested in careers in Africa to meet with employers; and encourage development of case studies, and welcome new students to VIU by assisting with orientation.

Global Insights Student Club gives students an opportunity to become aware of the world around them and to gain knowledge of political and international topics. The club aims to provide a better understanding of political and social life by organizing activities for students at VIU. These events include conferences, panel discussions, and talks by some of the leading scholars, academics, diplomats, and politicians in the D.C. area. These events provide club members, VIU students, and the surrounding community the opportunity to engage in discussions of contemporary topics in public, political, and international relations. The club’s goal is to promote dialogue amongst students and scholars through a unique blend of educational and social events that inspire engagement world affairs. The group also collaborates to publish Global Insight Student Magazine as a means of developing students’ skills and promoting the School of Public and International Affairs.

The VIU IT Club serves as a place where all students at VIU who have an interest in IT — not just computing students — gather to discuss topics of professional interest, exchange experiences they have gathered in the workplace, and review current developments in the global IT job market. The club also seeks to promote the knowledge of information technology through seminars and workshops and to organize training for skills necessary in the information technology field. The IT Club helps its members become more marketable in rapidly changing, technology-based careers and strive ever to increase members’ potential and outreach in the community. VIU’S IT Club will promote and provide a feeling of community among computer enthusiasts at the university by:

  • Providing networking opportunities for students to meet people in the industry.
  • Visiting various computer product launching shows and computer related events.
  • Hosting interesting speakers and inviting IT service firms.
  • Spreading knowledge by offering student led workshops to non-technical students in other programs.
  • Helping students to understand the current market and its needs for the future in the IT sector.

The Indian Spirit Club serves to unite the large body of students that come from India, by hosting various Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Navaratri, dussehra etc. Among other activities the club hosts traditional Indian fashion shows, cultural activities in an attempt to not only unite Indians across our university but also to educate about our cultures and traditions to other nationalities.

Latin American Culture Club: The purpose of the Latin American Culture Club (LAC2) is to establish cultural exchanges between VIU students from Latin American (Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands) and the United States. LAC2 serves to help VIU form a connection among Latin American students and between those students and the university. LAC2 also serves as a guide for new students arriving at the university. Past activities organized by the club have included:

  • Community service
  • Culture
  • Film forums
  • Festivities and commemorative celebrations
  • Culinary arts
  • Health and fitness

The VIU Soccer Club was created with a sole aim of promoting unity among students regardless of race, religion, age, ethnic or national origin, gender, physical ability, or sexual orientation by providing activities for every type of soccer fan — whether you like playing on the field, watching professionals, playing video games, or just participating in some good old-fashioned team rivalries. Objectives:

  • Have fun playing the game, promote courtesy, respect each other, and play the game with dignity and good sportsmanship.
  • Promote extra-curricular activities among students.
  • Represent VIU as students, promote its values, and create positive awareness about the university within the community.
  • Promote unity in diversity among individuals through sports by bringing together people of different races, cultures, nationalities, and backgrounds to enjoy the sport.

TESOL Club was formed with the purpose to educate and strengthen English language skills in a fun filled way. Rigorous English classes can sometimes lack the ability to ignite passion among students thus this club dedicates its time to bring newer ways of teaching English and build friendship along the way.

Transportation Services[edit]

VIU is located close to the Vienna Metro Station. Apart from that VIU also has its own free shuttle service within its’ campuses in an attempt to ease the transition to and from VIUs’ buildings. VIUs’ current shuttle system operates a single route between the Pender and Village Drive campuses.


The student center, located next to Pender drive, is home to the student lounge where students can gather to socialize, form study groups, play Ping-Pong or foosball or enjoy attending organized activities such as movie nights, televised sporting events, holiday parties etc.


Bringing together academics, executives, students, alumni, and leaders in the fields of higher education, business, computers, language, and international affairs University Magazine provides a variety of perspectives on cutting-edge topics. Founded in 2013 through a joint effort of VIU Administration, students, staff, and alumni, the magazine has grown to include contributors and readers worldwide.

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