Discovery Night for Parents

When it comes to university, your child looks to you for guidance. We want to ensure you have the resources you need to support & empower your child in their decisions.

March 2 at Oliver Woods

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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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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That’s the value of scholarships, awards and bursaries available to VIU students in 2019-20.

VIU News

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VIU Culinary Arts Mixing it up at Plant-based Foods Training Event

Humane Society International/Canada and Vancouver Island University to co-host innovative plant-based culinary training event.The VIU Culinary Management...

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Alum of the Month: Braedan Zimmer

Have you ever wondered what life is like after a Liberal Studies degree? Shortly after graduating from VIU in May 2019, Braedan Zimmer found himself travelling...

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Provost and Vice-President Academic Hired at VIU

Key academic leadership role with University awarded to Dr. Carol Stuart Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Carol Stuart has...

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VIU Events


Bring Your Lunch & Learn! Education for Sustainable Development and Indigenous Education: An International Research Network

Learn about an international research project led by led by Rachel Moll and Danielle Alphonse, that involves over 120 institutions and communities across 40...


Supporting International Students at VIU: Strategies, Insights and Opportunities

In this panel session, three VIU instructors share stories about their experiences working with international students, highlighting the strategies they find...


Lunchtime Yoga Fundraiser

Need a mental and physical break at work? Want to get your blood flowing and achieve clarity in your workday? Then come enjoy lunchtime yoga with Nanaimo Yoga...


Purely Social Affair

Come and join the God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll and his fabulous team (aka Fred and the people who work in the happiest place on campus). Music, FOOD and...

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”

Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology 

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