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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


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# 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
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VIU News

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Automotive Building Facelift Driving Positive Changes for Students

Renovations part of federal and provincial governments’ investments in VIU

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VIU Receives $300,000 to Expand Reach of Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

Scholars tackle issues facing coastal communities at home and abroad

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VIU Professor Awarded Prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship

Passion for teaching matched only by helping students discover their own path

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VIU Events


The Extractives Industry's Role in Sport for Development in Indigenous Communities in the Canadian North

The World Leisure Centre of Excellence's Visiting Scholar Program welcome Dr. Audrey Giles. Despite a history of use in the Two-Thirds World, sport for...


Community Partners Series with Philipe Lucas, Vice President - Patient Advocacy at Tilray

Join us for a presentation by Philipe Lucas, Vice President of Patient Advocacy at Tilray who will speak about "Medical and Recreational Cannabis in Canada:...


Reach out, Speak out, Help out: Suicide Awareness

Join Team Crisis from the Vancouver Island Crisis Society for a live hip-hop performance, laughter, and some great information that just might help save a life...


VIU Board of Governors

The regular VIU Board of Governors meeting is open to the public. Meetings take place in September, November, February, March and May at 4:00 p.m.

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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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