Discovery Night for Parents

When it comes to university, your child looks to you for guidance. We want to ensure you have the resources you need to support & empower your child in their decisions.

March 2 at Oliver Woods

Welcome Indigenous students

Need help taking your next step? Elders, faculty and staff are here to support you – from getting ready for university studies through to graduation day.

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Current students -- you could be eligible for scholarships, bursaries and awards! This year, $3 million in awards is available to VIU students. Take a few minutes to complete an application.

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

VIU News

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VIU Teams Up With Community Partners to Ensure All Children Can Play

Collection boxes have been set up around Nanaimo to gather gently used sports equipment and clothing for a community Swap Meet and Fun Fair that will be held...

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VIU Aims to Fill a Shortage of Power Engineers

University rises to the challenge of meeting the demand for certified power engineers to sustain the power and energy needs of growing communities.Power...

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VIU Culinary Arts Mixing it up at Plant-based Foods Training Event

Humane Society International/Canada and Vancouver Island University to co-host innovative plant-based culinary training event.The VIU Culinary Management...

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VIU Events


Teaching with Student Groups: A Studio

A Studio is a meeting of 6-8 faculty in a room where everyone commits to learning and sharing their insights or questions about the topic under study. During...


Sexual Health Workshop

No registration required! All VIU Students and Staff welcome. Join us for free beverages, snacks, and invaluable info about sexual health! VIU Nanaimo Campus...


Dental Programs Information Night (Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene)

Interested in a career as a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist? Join us for a free information session to learn more about the Dental Assistant or Dental...


Worldbridger Film - Green Book

Set in 1962, Green Book is inspired by the true story of a tour made of the Deep South by African American pianist Don Shirley. Accompanied by his driver and...

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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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