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74% Domestic
14% International
12% Indigenous

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$3 million

Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


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Students satisfied with education at VIU – BC Student Outcomes 2016
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VIU News

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From Homeless to Helping Others: VIU Cowichan Student April Murphy's Story

An Adult Basic Education student, Murphy overcame multiple barriers to succeed

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Automotive Building Facelift Driving Positive Changes for Students

Renovations part of federal and provincial governments’ investments in VIU

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VIU Receives $300,000 to Expand Reach of Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

Scholars tackle issues facing coastal communities at home and abroad

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VIU Events


Spring 2018 Disability Access Services newsletter

Disability Access Services is pleased to publish its annual Spring newsletter. This edition (created by Work Op student Jaime Stephens) includes articles about...


Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities

Equity and equality—is there a difference in the classroom? Join Disability Services and CIEL for a collaborative, educational session about ensuring that...


Geography Research Day

The students in GEOG 324: "Research Methods in Geography" will be presenting their research proposals; followed by four of our geography students presenting...


Colossal Pre-Inventory Sale

20% off all art supplies and an extra 10% off with an Art Card. 20% off all clothing and giftware. Special clearance items up to 75% off.

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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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