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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.


500+

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 Researcher Exploring Changing Attitudes Towards Childbirth

Project focuses on “natural” and medicalized childbirth in mid-to-late 20th century Canada.Building on a decade of work on the histories of women's health...

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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Top-performing Broadcast StoryVIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23...

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VIU Professor Researching Work-Life Balance of Employed Parents During Pandemic

The goal is to identify why some working parents are reporting lower levels of stress than others.Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professor Dr. Laura Gover...

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VIU Events

Dec
06

Vigil - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, a vigil is being held at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre to honour and remember...

Dec
07

Exploring the Trades - Opportunities for Women and Indigenous Peoples

Are you interested in a career in the Trades but don't know where to start?Do you identify as a woman, Indigenous or both?Attend this info session to learn...

Dec
07

Counselling Skills - Level 2 course

Emphasizes skill practice, feedback, and self-evaluation. Non-credit Statement of Course Completion awarded on completion of Levels I and II. Supplies required...

Dec
08

Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Foundation Plan

Over the past four years, VIU has realized exciting new opportunities in scholarship, research, and creative activity (SRCA). Our activity has been guided by...

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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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