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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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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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VIUPoints: 5 Questions With Maggie Hinbest

If you’ve wandered into The View Gallery at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus to check out an exhibit in recent years, chances are you’ve met Maggie...

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VIU Nursing Professor Receives $10,000 Reach Award

Dr. Shannon Dames is investigating how self-compassion development can boost resilience in healthcare workers and address toxic work environments ...

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VIU Events


Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program: Awareness Session

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning program recognizes and celebrates faculty members who are implementing enhancements into their...


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...


Webalogue: Environmental Health Movements and Advocacy

What kinds of actions are being taken to promote environmental stewardship, sustainability and health across Canada? How do scholarship and advocacy efforts...


VIU Faculty and Staff Tennis

Join us every Wednesday this summer for 2 hours of exciting tennis. All levels and abilities are welcome and we arrange matches at 5pm. Wednesdays 5-7pm (...

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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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