Fairfax, Virginia: Virginia International University (VIU) is proud to announce that the university’s accreditation has been renewed. The institution underwent a renewal visit in 2011, and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS) has extended VIU’s accreditation through December 31, 2015. VIU has been accredited by the ACICS since 2008.

ACICS is an independent accrediting agency that was founded in 1912, and is the largest national accrediting agency in the United States. ACICS is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Administration (CHEA). The organization accredits more than 800 institutions in the United States. For more information about ACICS, please visit their website at http://www.acics.org.

Virginia International University is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization as designated by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). VIU was founded in 1998, and is located in Fairfax, Virginia. The university enrolls more than 800 students annually, and offers graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs in Business, Computer Science, and English Language Studies. Many of VIU’s degrees are also offered online. For more information about VIU, please visit their website at http://www.viu.edu.

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If you would like more information about Virginia International University or the programs offered by the institution, please call (703) 591 – 7042 or email info@viu.edu.

VIU’s School of Online Education is proud to announce that we have lowered our tuition rates for all programs and courses offered online! Due to a decrease in costs required to run online courses, the School of Online Education has made the decision to greatly lower our per-credit hour tuition rates.  Tuition rates for the graduate programs are now $389.00 per credit hour, and undergraduate programs are now $315.00 per credit hour for full time study.

VIU’s School of Online Education allows students to go beyond geographical distances so do not worry about coming to campus – all course material is at your fingertips!

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This post was written by new VIU Blog Contributor, Gabriela Pereira. Gabriela is pursuing her MBA in International Business at VIU. Join me in welcoming Gabriela’s thoughts and words on VIU’s Blog!

I recently had to develop a “personal business plan” for the International Business Strategy class that is part of my MBA program this semester. The plan had to include my personal goals and a self-analysis that would evaluate what I would like to accomplish in different aspects of life in a 5-year timeframe. As I wrote that plan I began to wonder if a student’s self-analysis should be mandatory for all business schools. Business school is serious business. It involves much more than coming to the conclusion that you need a graduate degree to get a good job; it is much more than achieving a high GPA and attending classes. Alright, let’s find out what is this all about.

Let’s start with the smaller picture. As an international student getting out of college with an undergraduate degree no matter where you are from you have to ask yourself: what do I want to do with my life? What am I passionate about that can drive me to overcome obstacles and pursue something with all my strength? That is the initial question because business is about passionate people who believe in an idea, don’t have the resources to back up that idea but will pursue it until it becomes an accomplishment. But it all comes back to the core purpose, it all comes back to the mission, it all comes back to answering: why am I doing this?

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