Experience VIU on Saturday, Oct. 13

Thinking about attending VIU? You’re invited to learn about our programs, meet a Recruiter, tour campus and get your questions answered.

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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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74% Domestic
14% International
12% Indigenous

Equals one amazing group of students

$3 million

Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


A wide range of programs to fuel your passion


# of VIU students participating in 98 different outdoor rec activities, intramural leagues, fitness classes, and special events


Students satisfied with education at VIU – BC Student Outcomes 2016
(Survey of Bachelor’s Degree students)


VIU's history began with the establishment of a vocation training school in Nanaimo

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VIU News

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Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish...

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VIU Campaign Aims to Increase Access to Post-Secondary Education

September 22 Canada Learning Bond signup event launches new initiative to support learners from low-income families Every child should have the opportunity to...

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Island Savings Invests in Community with Donation to VIU

Gift will help University deliver high-quality health and science programs to communities Education has the power to support the quality of life of...

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VIU Events


Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... The Continuing Tradition of Folk Music as a Tool of Historical Archive and Community Builder.

With Ross Deprez, from VIU's Theatre Program. Folk music has always been used to pass news from one group to another, to catalogue the events and at the same...


The View Gallery presents Deborah Sears

Deborah Sears: FATHOM: trying to “understand a difficult problem after much thought.” Originating in Old English, it first referred to a sense of “something...


The Anatomy of Habit: How to Create New Ones

Habits can either hurt...


Culture Couch - A Trip to Nigeria

Culture Couch is a free weekly drop-in event. All students are welcome! Come to International Education to meet people and taste food from around the world...

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Testimonial - Eric Friesen

Eric Friesen

All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.

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