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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

120+

A wide range of programs to fuel your passion

2,409

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

96%

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

1936

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

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VIU News

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Gender Historians Bring International Research Journal to VIU

The world’s leading journal on the history of gender relations is now basing its North American editorial operations out of Vancouver Island University (VIU...

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Students at VIU Get Education and Training for Future Success

Vancouver Island students can now access new and upgraded facilities that will equip them for careers in the health and trades sectors. A new Health and...

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VIU Professor Receives NSERC Discovery Grant for Endangered Species Research

What consequences are there to a species when it is on the brink of extinction, then re-populated through captive breeding? This question is one Vancouver...

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VIU Events

Oct
15

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...

Oct
15

Build LGBTQ2+ Community on Campus: PSA Steering Committee Meeting

The next Positive Space Alliance Steering Committee meeting is Monday, October 15 at 2:30pm in 305/274. If you’re interested in helping to organize LGBTQ2+...

Oct
16

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...

Oct
16

Calming Interventions to Enhance Health and Wellbeing

We can take charge of improving our own health and well-being by recognizing our needs, measuring how well we are taking care to get them met and creating...

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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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