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Choose a program that fits your passion and curiosity, and gets you ready for a rewarding career.

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.

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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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Media Highlights: October 4-18, 2021

VIU students and employees in the news. Top 10 News StoriesTime Magazine: How COVID-19 Opened the Door to a New Era in Psychedelic Medicine. The Roots to...

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5 Questions with Debra Hellbach

Debra Hellbach has been steering the helm as Manager of VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) since April 2021.She brings a wealth of knowledge,...

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Community Organizations Invited to Learn about United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

VIU research institute is offering free training sessions for community groups in Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville and Powell River.Eradicating poverty. Ending...

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VIU Events


Fair Employment Week: Monday, October 18th--Friday, October 22nd

Fair Employment Week--Monday the 18th until Friday the 22nd--is almost here. VIU faculty, staff, and students can participate in the following two activities...


ShakeOut BC - Earthquake Drill - October 21st

After a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, VIU will be resuming the annual “Great British Columbia ShakeOut” drill. This year the drill will be modified and...


The View Gallery Presents Rande Cook

The View Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works from Kwakwaka’wakw multimedia artist Rande Cook. The exhibition will run from...


Artists On Campus - Mayita Mendez

Photography as Storytelling:Join us for a talk with acclaimed photographer Mayita Mendez.Mayita Mendez is a professional photographer whose most recent gallery...

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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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