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VIU Quick Facts

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


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


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


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


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


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


VIU News

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Media Highlights: October 4-18, 2021

VIU students and employees in the news. Top 10 News StoriesTime Magazine: How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine. The Roots to...

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5 Questions with Debra Hellbach

Debra Hellbach has been steering the helm as Manager of VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) since April 2021.She brings a wealth of knowledge,...

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Community Organizations Invited to Learn about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

VIU research institute is offering free training sessions for community groups in Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville and Powell River.Eradicating poverty. Ending...

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VIU Events

Oct
26

The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

The View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from...

Oct
26

Language in the Library

Coast Salish lands and communities are living libraries. From living libraries stem Indigenous language and story. Please join Jane Alcorn, Penelakut and...

Oct
26

Counselling Skill - Level 1 Course

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

Oct
27

The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

The View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from...

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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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