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VIU was recently honored as the Top Online Education School in Virginia by Best The ranking assesses affordability, graduation rates, and location.  VIU earned a ranking score of 83.19% and topped all other online programs in Virginia.  You can Study Anywhere, Anytime with VIU Online as we make higher education convenient per your learning needs.  Our students enrolled in online programs come from across the globe in pursuit of higher education with a global perspective.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-51-GoVIU to speak with an Admissions Representative.  At VIU, all are welcome here!

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Ms. Robyn Taylor, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, heads up Virginia International University’s Alumni Relations program that allows graduates to stay connected and engaged with their Alma Mater. VIU Alumni are just part of our extended campus family as they venture to the next phase of their professional journey. The ties are still there after graduation and VIU alumni are offered continuing benefits, such as on-going Career Services support, access to professional conferences, and a tuition discount when enrolling in future degree programs for lifelong learning pursuits.  Our Alumni are true Ambassadors representing VIU’s educational outcomes across the globe and we are so proud to have them in our network as a support system for the university as they advance in their careers.

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Iftar Dinner 2018
The Student Affairs Department at VIU did a wonderful job hosting the Annual Iftar Dinner recognizing the Holy Month of Ramadan that is part of our Diversity Series at the university on June 6th. The program included a prestigious panel of Interfaith Community Leaders that shared their perspectives on the meaning of fasting across the various faiths. Guests were treated to informative presentations and a special song performance by Mr. Olaotan Fade, a VIU Student from Nigeria. The Iftar Dinner is one of VIU’s signature events of the year that brings together people of all faiths and backgrounds to embrace and respect diversity. It truly speaks to VIU’s mission of inclusion and the Education USA message of “All our welcome here!” VIU was honored by the special guests who took time to join us for this dinner event. Our guests included two Commonwealth of Virginia Delegates, over eight Embassy officials that included Ambassadors, representatives from Asian TV USA, several key business leaders, and our staff, students, and their families. The sense of community was indeed apparent as everyone enjoyed the tradition of breaking the fast with a meal catered by VIU’s own restaurant, Global Bistro. Hosting the Iftar Dinner is a truly special event that unites the community at-large. The Diversity Series continues throughout the year with upcoming programs surrounding culture, faith, holidays, and moments in history. Please regard our Events Calendar for a full listing of future campus-sponsored activities.

NAFSA Conference 2018
Dr. Isa Sarac, President, is representing Virginia International University at the annual NAFSA Conference in Philadelphia. NAFSA stands for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers and its headquarters is based in New York City. With more than 10,000 members worldwide, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that build global citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s interconnected world. The NAFSA mission is very similar to the mission that drives VIU as a destination university for students, educators, and business leaders from across the globe. The NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference & Expo is deemed the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education. Furthermore, the conference unites 9,000+ attendees each year from more than 3,500 institutions and organizations from over 100 countries. It is the most comprehensive international education event serving the diverse needs of the entire international education community. The NAFSA Annual Conference is considered the must-attend international education event of the year! This year’s Conference Theme is “Diverse Voices, Shared Commitment.” The Conference is playing host to such prestigious speakers, such as Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi, and Terry Gross, Radio Host and Producer of “Fresh Air” on NPR. The NAFSA 2018 Conference runs from May 27th until June 1st. VIU has attended this conference for several years as it speaks to our on-going support of international education that benefits individuals entering the global marketplace. We look forward to attending the NAFSA 2019 Conference for building new and continued partnerships in the realm of international education.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day or formerly referred to as Decoration Day is one of the federal holidays in the United States for remembering those individuals who perished while serving in the Armed Forces of this country. The Memorial Day holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It will be recognized this year on May 28th. The Memorial Day weekend is often considered the unofficial launch of the summer season. On the Memorial Day holiday, many individuals visit cemeteries and memorials to particularly honor those who have died while serving in the military. It is often customary for volunteers to place an American flag on each grave in our national cemeteries.

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