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VIU Quick Facts

120+ Programs

Choose a program that fits your passion and curiosity, and gets you ready for a rewarding career.


14,500 Student Population

Join one amazing group of students from across Canada and around the world.


$60 Million

Investment in Nanaimo campus facilities serving students in health, science and trades programs.


500+

Number of students calling VIU Student Housing ‘Home sweet home’.


25+ Countries

Study abroad opportunities available to VIU students can take you all over the world.


$3.5 Million

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


VIU News

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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.Top-performing Broadcast StoryVIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23...

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VIU Professor Researching Work-Life Balance of Employed Parents During Pandemic

The goal is to identify why some working parents are reporting lower levels of stress than others.Vancouver Island University (VIU) Professor Dr. Laura Gover...

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16 Days Campaign Calls on Community Members to Speak Up on Gender-Based Violence

Orange lights will shine in VIU’s Nanaimo campus quad to encourage people to unite against gender-based violence.The Vancouver Island University Faculty...

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VIU Events

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Language in the Library

Coast Salish lands and communities are living libraries. From living libraries stem Indigenous language and story. Please join Jane Alcorn, Penelakut and...

Nov
30

Wellness in Words

Wellness In Words is a virtual workshop that uses the power of poetry and film to unite folks in community, connection, and conversation around topics that...

Nov
30

Counselling Skills - Level 2 course

Emphasizes skill practice, feedback, and self-evaluation. Non-credit Statement of Course Completion awarded on completion of Levels I and II. Supplies required...

Nov
30

VIU Music Department Term End Concerts

The VIU Music Department presents its Term End Concerts.Come hear all the hard work that our VIU students have done this term!Performances begin at 7 pm at VIU...

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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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