About Virginia International University

VIU is a non-profit university 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
  • the 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.

Mission Statement

Virginia International University’s mission is to educate students from all over the world through a highly qualified, equally diverse faculty and staff, while striving to provide academic programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate levels that engender the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity urgently needed in the global community and with a commitment to providing students with the knowledge to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

VIU Learning Objectives

Upon graduation from Virginia International University, students will be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively
  • Communicate effectively in speech and writing
  • Demonstrate expertise in scholarly discipline and understand that discipline in relation to the larger world
  • Work productively as individuals and in groups
  • Use their knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to society
  • Use reason to make decisions based on an understanding of ethics, a respect for diversity, and an awareness of issues related to sustainability
  • Engage in lifelong learning
  • Exhibit professional integrity, leadership, and effective collaboration skills

Philosophy

As a community of students, staff, and faculty drawn from diverse national, cultural, and social backgrounds, VIU aims to improve the environment in which freedom of thought and diverse interpretations of human experiences are cherished. It is our hope and expectation that each member of the university will develop a greater awareness of, and responsiveness to, fellow members as well as to those beyond our campus who are less privileged. In the fulfillment of this mission, the university shall seek an efficient use of all available resources to ensure the highest quality of service to its students, faculty, and staff. The ultimate goal of VIU is no less than to graduate scholars of moral, intellectual, and professional excellence who will not only make a better life for themselves and their families but who will lead the way to a better world for everyone. In order to further the mission and philosophy of the university, VIU is committed to the following objectives:

  • To recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff to support teaching, research, and the service mission of the university
  • To elevate the university’s learning environment in order to attract and retain excellent students from all over the world as well as from the US
  • To offer learning experiences beyond the classroom that enhance traditional instruction and prepare students for the global workforce
  • To offer an up-to-date curriculum that is relevant, ensuring each student has the following competencies: to think critically, to reason analytically, to solve problems realistically, and to communicate clearly
  • To endeavor to provide successful employment placement options for students
Programs taught in:
  • English

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The Certificate in International Business program is designed to provide information about international business relevant to professionals and administrative staff. You will acquire best practices for respecting cultural, religious, and language differences when doing business with international companies. Our expert instructors provide you with cutting-edge information and practical hands-on experience in international marketing, finance economics and communication to help you succeed.

Program Structure BUSS 154 Introduction to Import/Export Management BUSS 302 Principles of Marketing BUSS 312 Organizational Theory & HR Management BUSS 340 International Business BUSS 442 International Marketing BUSS 444 International Finance GEC 103 Oral Communication Skills ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics ... [-]
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The Certificate in Small Business Management program is designed to acquaint small business owners and employees with business fundamentals essential to starting a small ... [+]

The Certificate in Small Business Management program is designed to acquaint small business owners and employees with business fundamentals essential to starting a small business. A combination of classes taught by world-class instructors and hands-on practical experience show you how to avoid common pitfalls that cause small businesses to fail. Whether you already own a small business or just thinking about opening one, you will learn vital skills and proven management techniques used by currently successful entrepreneurs.

Program Structure ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting BUSS 165 Small Business Management COMP 127 Office Applications BUSS 302 Principles of Marketing BUSS 303 Principles of Finance BUSS 307 Business Law I BUSS 312 Organizational Theory & HR Management ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics ... [-]
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In a knowledge-intensive economy, success depends on an organization's ability to understand trends in its data and exploit it to generate intelligence to gain or maintain competitive advantage. The Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence (BI) Program is designed to meet the overwhelming need of the industry to transform raw data and information into business intelligence that is used to drive efficiency, maximize the technology investment and strengthen customer relationships.

This certificate program enables managers and system/business analysts to understand how information can be accessed from corporate databases and data warehouses, and how models can be built for a broad variety of decision problems. The modeling techniques that are covered in the program range from traditional statistical models and optimization models to cutting-edge techniques.... [-]

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The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (IS) is designed to prepare students for positions in the information systems field. The curriculum is focused on gaining ... [+]

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems (IS) is designed to prepare students for positions in the information systems field. The curriculum is focused on gaining a better understanding of the use of information systems to enhance business processes and the decision-making process associated with them. Information systems professionals design, implement, and deploy software solutions that are the driving force in every organization. This program accommodates students just beginning to explore the field and those with a thorough understanding of computerized information systems. Practical applications are emphasized throughout the program. VIU’s Graduate Certificate in IS is the study of information systems, including their design, development, deployment, and usage in various organizations. Research in this field covers a wide range of topics including design and architecture, deployment and execution, and management of information systems and the underlying technology in organizations.... [-]

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The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM) develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality in ... [+]

The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management (ISM) develops students' abilities to conceptualize and manage the design and implementation of high-quality information systems. The curriculum focuses on the concepts, methods and practical applications of information systems in the global workplace.

The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsourced development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors and managers of cross-functional global teams working together in implementing change processes and innovation in the organizations by introducing, managing, and updating new and existing information systems.... [-]

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The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance (ITAC) courses enables students to learn security concepts and understand how IT related risks can ... [+]

Businesses today operate in complex technology-based environments. To ensure efficiency and accuracy in information systems and for prevention of fraudulent practices, businesses require their information systems and processes to be audited. Stakeholders need assurance of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance (ITAC) courses enables students to learn security concepts and understand how IT related risks can be minimized through security and control measures. Students will also develop an understanding of major regulatory requirements.

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The program consists of four (4) Core Courses and two (2) Elective courses. The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest.... [-]

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The VIU Certificate in Project Management is uniquely different from the Master's Degree in Project Management or the MBA with a concentration in Project Management in tw ... [+]

The VIU Certificate in Project Management is uniquely different from the Master's Degree in Project Management or the MBA with a concentration in Project Management in two areas: The focus of a Graduate Certificate in Project Management is on strategic outcomes rather than organizational strategic outcomes, and certificate courses are aligned principally to the core processes and knowledge areas found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Students in the certificate program gain in-depth analytical skills, stakeholder communication techniques, strategic planning and implementation skills, as well as managerial and leadership insight.

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The Graduate Certificate in TESOL program prepares future graduates for the world of work as language teaching specialists in the field of English language teaching. Grad ... [+]

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Have you always dreamed of exploring and experiencing other cultures and countries? Do you want to travel abroad to teach English in the US and many other countries of the world? Do you want to be successful and make your dreams reality?

The Graduate Certificate in TESOL program prepares future graduates for the world of work as language teaching specialists in the field of English language teaching. Graduates of the TESOL program are qualified to work in many different educational environments both in the US and abroad.

The program seeks to be a pioneer in the field of language teaching by building a curriculum that includes the recommendations from employers in the community during the creation and development of new courses overall goals. This provides graduates with a needed edge in their job search, as the curriculum is focused on providing employers what they are looking for in current and future candidates.... [-]

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