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14% International
12% Indigenous

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$3 million

Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


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VIU News

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VIU Students Learn Responsible Tourism Management at Field School

Yukon provided stunning backdrop for immersive education experience in growing industry

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VIU Press Launches First Book

Adjunct Professor Michael A. von Hausen pens Small is Big, a guide to revitalizing small- and mid-size downtowns

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Scientist Uses Television Signals to Send Internet Data to Remote Locations

VIU partnering with Pixelstream Communications to field test technology

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VIU Events


VIU Explorers Spring Break Camp

Students from the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management will be providing a unique day camp experience for children aged 6-10 on the Nanaimo VIU...


Health & Wellness Centre Open Later on Mondays

The Student Affairs Health & Wellness Centre is pleased to offer late afternoon appointments on Mondays starting January 15, 2018. In addition to the...


Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival - Best of the Fest Tour 2018

Date: Monday, March 19th, 2018 Time: Doors at 6:15 PM, Films at 7 PM Location: VIU Campus Tickets: GA $15; Students $10


Soup & Bannock - Lunch & Learn

Please join us for our Soup & Bannock- Lunch & Learn With our Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elder-in-Residence, Barney Williams Jr., as he talks about, “Mental Health...

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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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