Virginia International University

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Virginia International University
Motto Dream. Discover. Accomplish
Type Private
Established 1998
President Isa Sarac
Students 1804
Location Fairfax, Virginia
Mascot Tiger
VIU logo

Virginia International University (VIU) is a private, non-profit institution established in 1998 with the mission to provide affordable higher education to students worldwide. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, VIU offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as language programs like English as a Second Language (ESL), test preparation courses, and continuing education opportunities.

Virginia International University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Virginia International University was originally founded by Dr. Isa Sarac in 1998 in pursuit of setting a new standard in post-secondary education. Subsequent to establishing its campus in Fairfax, Virginia, VIU received authorization from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to begin its first Master of Business Administration (MBA) program on December 23, 1998.

By May 2000, SCHEV granted the university the authority to offer a series of Diploma and Certificate programs, grant degrees for the MBA program, and gave the university permission to begin a baccalaureate program in Computer Science and Business Management.

VIU held its first commencement on May 4, 2006 with 20 graduates in attendance at the Fairfax County Country Club and has rapidly grown in student population since then. Today, VIU boasts students from 60 different countries and offers a variety of both academic and non-academic degrees on campus and online.


Virginia International University's programs are organized into seven schools: the School of Business, School of Computer Information Systems, School of Continuing Education, School of Education, School of Public and International Affairs, School of Language Studies and School of Online Education.

School of Business (SB)[edit]

VIU's School of Business offers an MBA program which includes instruction in foundational core business courses, a set of required business courses to provide depth, and electives. Concentrations include: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Global Logistics, Health Care Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Human Resource Management, International Business Management, International Finance, Marketing Management, Mass Media and Public Relations, or Project Management.

The following graduate degrees and certificates are also offered within the School of Business: Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

The BBA program includes a liberal arts foundation, a core curriculum in business, and electives. Concentrations include: Finance, International Business, and Marketing.

The following undergraduate certificate programs are also offered within the School of Business: International Business and Small Business Management.

School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS)[edit]

The School of Computer Information Systems at VIU offers graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs that equip the students with the skill sets to support the fast expansion of the computing field and its applications across various domains. These programs include: Master in Computer Science (MCS), Master in Information Systems (MIS), Master in Information Systems Management (MISM), Master in Information Technology (MIT), Master in Software Engineering (MSE), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence, Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management, Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit & Compliance.

Concentrations include:

  • Computer Animation & Gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Management
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Networking
  • Software Applications Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Assurance
  • Knowledge Management

School of Continuing Education (SCE)[edit]

The School of Continuing Education provides cutting-edge and high-quality training and education programs in partnership with VIU's clients and customers at affordable prices to individuals, small- to medium-sized private businesses, Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, veteran administration, and non-profits. The SCE offers open enrollment programs on-demand and in-class in a variety of relevant subjects. In addition, we partner with individuals and organizational clients to design and deliver the best suitable training programs to meet performance improvement needs and talent development strategies.

School of Education (SED)[edit]

The School of Education offers degrees for in-demand career paths with a Master of Education, a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a Master of Science in Applied Linguistics. Students gain real-world experiences through hands-on classes, outside workshops and speaker series, an international conference (CLLC), and an actively engaged student body. The SED also offers a graduate certification in TESOL.

Concentrations include:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Math Education
  • Science Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Multilingual Education
  • Program Management

School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)[edit]

The School of Public & International Affairs offers two master's-level programs: Master of Science in International Relations (MIR) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). The MIR program focuses on the study of foreign policy and international development and business. The MPA degree is designed to prepare students for careers in public management and local, state, and federal administration. Both programs provide students with the skills to pursue careers with state and local governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, multinational corporations, news outlets, and policy research institutions.

School of Language Studies (SLS)[edit]

The School of Language Studies at VIU provides students with an opportunity to learn English quickly in a safe and friendly environment. Programs include two tracks to help develop and improve upon a student's English proficiency: intensive ESL (focusing on academic English and IELTS or TOEFL test preparation) and non-intensive ESL (e.g., business English, advanced speaking, TOEFL preparation).

School of Online Education (SOE)[edit]

The School of Online Education offers an innovative e-learning experience for students around the world. The online courses at VIU are completely Internet-based with no face-to-face meetings, which allow students to work on their own schedule and pace. All VIU programs, with the exception of Undergraduate Certificate Programs, are also offered online.

Student Life[edit]

1,804 students are enrolled at Virginia International University as of June 2015 from approximately 60 different countries. VIU celebrates diversity and encourages a welcoming environment by hosting events and establishing a variety of clubs.

Student clubs encourage students to participate, lead, and learn. At VIU, student clubs are open to all students irrespective of their program of study, nationality, or beliefs. Getting involved in extracurricular activities helps students build leadership, professional, and personal skills that will assist them long after they graduate. Through clubs, students will meet new people, share ideas, and explore their potential.

The Office of Student Affairs strives to have clubs representing students’ nationalities from all areas and regions, as well as a broad range of interests.

Clubs at VIU[edit]

  • African Pride
  • Business Development Club
  • Global Insights Club
  • Hiking Club
  • Indian Spirit Club
  • IT Club
  • Merhaba
  • Oriental Club
  • Sports Club
  • VIU Book Club
  • VIU Building Bridges
  • VIU Project Management Club
  • VIU International Mission Christian Fellowship
  • United Club

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