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Student housing webinar

Join us online to hear our Student Ambassador team talk to Vanessa Bernard, VIU’s Housing Admissions Coordinator, about student housing options in 2022.

Jan 25, 2022, at 6:30 pm

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VIU Quick Facts

120+ Programs

Choose a program that fits your passion and curiosity, and gets you ready for a rewarding career.

14,500 Student Population

Join one amazing group of students from across Canada and around the world.

$60 Million

Investment in Nanaimo campus facilities serving students in health, science and trades programs.


Number of students calling VIU Student Housing ‘Home sweet home’.

25+ Countries

Study abroad opportunities available to VIU students can take you all over the world.

$3.5 Million

That’s the value of scholarships, awards and bursaries available to VIU students in 2019-20.

VIU News

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VIU Science and Technology Community Lecture Series for Spring 2022 focuses on Climate Change

The series features 11 free lectures from researchers on a range of topics connected to climate change issues.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) spring 2022...

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VIU Researchers Investigate Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Social Services Sector

The research took place over 18 months.An increased focus on work-life balance and the retention of hybrid service delivery options are just two of the...

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New Global Skills Opportunity Projects Help VIU Students Gain International Experience

Funding from the federal government will allow students to participate in study and research experiences abroad.Dozens of students at Vancouver Island...

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VIU Events


CANCELLED: FROST Beer, Bacon, and Beavertails

This event has been cancelled as a precautionary response to the current rise of Covid-19 cases in BC.Beer, Bacon, & Beavertails is a student social that...


Thriving in Action

Are you looking for motivation, energy, well-being, and academic success? If so, it’s your time to Thrive! Join VIU’s innovative new series where you can learn...


Counselling Skills - Level 1

This program is open to anyone interested in learning basic skills that form the foundation of helping relationships. Emphasizes development and practice of...


APA Basics workshop

Learn the basics of APA style writing.

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”

Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology 

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