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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

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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VIU Campaign Aims to Increase Access to Post-Secondary Education

September 22 Canada Learning Bond signup event launches new initiative to support learners from low-income families Every child should have the opportunity to...

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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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VIU Events

Sep
22

VIU Mariner Soccer Games

This weekend the Mariners have back to back home games vs the Langara Falcons. Saturdays games go at W-1pm and M-3:30pm. Latest CCAA National rankings have the...

Sep
24

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
25

Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... The Continuing Tradition of Folk Music as a Tool of Historical Archive and Community Builder.

With Ross Deprez, from VIU's Theatre Program. Folk music has always been used to pass news from one group to another, to catalogue the events and at the same...

Sep
25

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...

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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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