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Student looking over Nanaimo - ocean view with sunset

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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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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Belize Field School Explores Employability Skills

Students create portfolios describing how what they learned translates to the workforce  Fourth-year Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) student...

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VIUPoints: 5 Questions With Maggie Hinbest

If you’ve wandered into The View Gallery at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus to check out an exhibit in recent years, chances are you’ve met Maggie...

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VIU Events

Sep
20

Business Students' Association Budgeting Workshop

Come learn all the tips and tricks to being a financially savvy student from Freedom 55's Mark Roberts! Topics will include making a budget spreadsheet, how to...

Sep
20

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...

Sep
20

China Field School Info Session

Come join Anthropology and Geography on a field school in May 2019 to China (Guangdong Province, Macau, and Hong Kong): East Meets West, West Meets East. Two...

Sep
20

Virtual Classes and Meetings: Introduction to VIU's Web Conferencing Platform - Zoom!

VIU has recently introduced a new web conferencing tool, Zoom, to support VIUOnline Rooms, a much improved system to facilitate virtual classes and meetings...

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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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