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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


A wide range of programs to fuel your passion


# 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
(Survey of Bachelor’s Degree students)


VIU's history began with the establishment of a vocation training school in Nanaimo

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VIU News

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Indigenous Students Embrace Success in EleV Partnership

By Jenn McGarrigle   Last fall, VIU became part of EleV, a new collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, the Rideau Hall Foundation, Yukon College...

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Driving Student Success

By Jenn McGarrigle   An overhaul of VIU’s Automotive building is having a huge impact on how students in this technology-intensive trade learn. Part of...

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What is Happening to the Children?

By Aly Winks People who experience childhood trauma often describe the event as life-changing, and rarely for the better. Research suggests that early...

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VIU Events


Annual Earthquake Drill - Shakeout BC

The Great British Columbia Shakeout is October 18th, 2018. All VIU campuses will be conducting an earthquake drill and subsequent building evacuations. VIU...


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...


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week course based on the ground-breaking work of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, who in 1979, began to teach patients...


GoByBike Weeks Celebration Station -- hosted by VIU/VIUSU/SD68

Need some fuel to help you cycle to your destination? Perhaps a bike inspection? Stop by VIU/VIUSU/SD 68’s GoByBike Weeks Celebration Station! Register your...

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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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