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You're invited to Experience VIU on October 5! This is a free open-house style event that you don't want to miss. Learn about the 120+ programs offered, tour the campus, & more!

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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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VIU Quick Facts

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.

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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Lunch Series Feeds Curious Minds Looking to Satisfy Appetites for Knowledge

VIU Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office’s fall lunch and learn series fosters supportive environment to present and discuss ideas.Lunch can be a...

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VIU Welcomes New Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Irlanda Price has accepted the role of Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs. As the chief student...

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Windsor Plywood Foundation Gift Transforms VIU's Nanaimo Campus

In recognition of a leadership gift in support of students, the Trades Discovery Centre now bears the Windsor Plywood name.The foundation for successful...

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VIU Events


Colliery Dam Walk

Connect with nature, enjoy the view or add to your daily steps. Whatever your reason, join us every Friday to walk the Colliery Dam. We meet outside the...


Campus Store Open

During this rush season, the campus store will be open during the Saturdays of September 7, 14 and 21 from 11AM - 3PM


Soup & Bannock Lunch & Learn with Georgina Martin

"Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices and Relationships and Decolonizing Research Indigenous Storywork as Methodology" Sponsor: Faculty of Arts...


Bring Your Lunch & Learn! Sustainability is What We Do: Integrating Sustainability into Teaching

Panel discussion with Don Alexander, Mary Anne Moloney, Marti Harder, Matt Bowen, Wendy Simms, Sandra Johnstone & Lindsay McCunn

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Eric Friesen, a Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

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.”

Bachelor of Science, Biology

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