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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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# 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)


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VIU News

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VIU Library Takes Role in Preserving Regional History

Newspaper archives to be digitized at VIU Who are we without our stories? It is in sharing our stories – our history – that we build our connection to...

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VIU Mariner Hockey Player Earns International Attention

Criminology student Joshua Cook invited to Great Britain try-outs Sports are not just about the games we play. It’s about the meaningful friendships we build...

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VIU and MIBI Host Consuls General Visit

University and Mid Island Business Initiative participated in a regional familiarization tour for 14 international representatives on May 15 Students and...

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VIU Events


Sea Kayaking in Ladysmith

About Sea Kayaking in Ladysmith Exploring Ladysmith Harbour’s quiet little bay by kayak is a lovely way to spend some time, especially if this is your first...


Web Registration & Course Selection Sessions

Get hands-on help setting up your Fall and Spring timetables. Presented by the Registration Centre and Advising.


Health & Wellness Centre Open Later on Mondays

The Student Affairs Health & Wellness Centre is pleased to offer late afternoon appointments on Mondays starting January 15, 2018. In addition to the...


Incorporating Audio Assignments into the Classroom

Audio projects can offer a creative and alternative means of facilitating rapid learner engagement and enhancing the student experience. Join Robin Davies,...

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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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