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About VIU


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.

At VIU, we are committed to setting a new standard in higher education. Through our student-centered approach, we endeavor to provide the most positive environment for learning available anywhere. Our programs are structured to allow students great flexibility in the design and direction of their own studies. At the same time, every student is assigned a personal mentor who acts as a guide in course selection and career orientation. VIU offers tuition scholarships to high potential students, because we believe that good education should be available to everyone, including those who do not have the necessary funds to pursue higher education.

To keep pace with the latest developments in technology and teaching, our curriculum and materials are regularly reviewed and revised, and our instructors receive further training, as necessary. As students near completion of their programs, VIU career counselors help place them in internships and other work-study positions with local companies and organizations.

Benchmarks in the History of VIU
Since its founding in 1998, Virginia International University has made significant progress in the complex process of establishing a new university. Below are some of the milestones of our institutional history:

  • The concept for Virginia International University was developed by Dr. Isa Sarac who after exploring several locations in the United States, established VIU in Fairfax, Virginia in August 1998.
  • The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) authorized VIU to begin the Master of Business Administrations Program December 23, 1998.
  • SCHEV granted authority to offer a series of Diploma and Certificate programs on August 9, 1999.
  • On May 25, 2000 SCHEV gave VIU degree-granting authority for the MBA program and later that year granted permission to begin a baccalaureate program in Computer Science and Business Management.
  • The Master of Science in Information Systems began on April 24, 2003.
  • Virginia International University held its first commencement on May 4, 2006 with 20 graduates in attendance at the Fairfax County Country Club.
  • The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency granted accreditation to Virginia International University in the spring of 2008 (April 15).
  • The Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution Committee presented the university with a letter "Commending Virginia International University on the occasion of its accreditation and 10th anniversary" on April 23, 2008.