Discovery Night for Parents

When it comes to university, your child looks to you for guidance. We want to ensure you have the resources you need to support & empower your child in their decisions.

March 2 at Oliver Woods

Welcome Indigenous students

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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Access scholarships and bursaries

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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Vancouver Island University is actively monitoring the developments related to the newly detected coronavirus. Access the latest updates as well as frequently asked questions at the link below.

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VIU Quick Facts

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Join one amazing group of students from across Canada and around the world.


Investment in Nanaimo campus facilities serving students in health, science and trades programs.


Number of students calling VIU Student Housing ‘Home sweet home’.


Study abroad opportunities available to VIU students can take you all over the world.


That’s the value of scholarships, awards and bursaries available to VIU students in 2019-20.


VIU News

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Discovery Day and Skills Competition Bring Hundreds of High School Students to VIU

WHAT: Discovery Day 2020 and Skills BC Regional Competition at VIUWHEN: Thursday, February 27, 2020WHERE: Nanaimo campus, various locations, see Campus...

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VIU Wins BC Top Employer Honours

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has been named one of BC’s Top Employers for 2020.This recognition is awarded from Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a national...

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VIU Teams Up With Community Partners to Ensure All Children Can Play

Collection boxes have been set up around Nanaimo to gather gently used sports equipment and clothing for a community Swap Meet and Fun Fair that will be held...

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VIU Events

Feb
27

Discovery Day

It’s Time! We are thrilled to invite you to register for VIU’s Discovery Day 2020! Discovery Day is our biggest on-campus event for high school students and...

Feb
29

VIU Hockey Game vs Selkirk Saints

Only 3 homes games remaining in the Mariners regular season schedule. Mariners are only 2 points back of SFU for second place and a chance to host the first...

Feb
29

VIU Hockey Game vs Selkirk Saints

Only 3 homes games remaining in the Mariners regular season schedule. Mariners are only 2 points back of SFU for second place and a chance to host the first...

Mar
02

Hairdressing Information Session

Consider a career as a hairstylist. VIU’s Hairstylist Program has an excellent reputation and longstanding history of proven success – graduates of this...

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”


Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology 


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