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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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Student housing webinar

Join us online to hear our Student Ambassador team talk to Vanessa Bernard, VIU’s Housing Admissions Coordinator, about student housing options in 2022.

Jan 25, 2022, at 6:30 pm

Mature students webinar

Join us online to hear our Recruitment team answer questions about joining VIU as a mature student.

Mar 10, 2022, 6 pm

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.


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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Figuratively Speaking: A Journey Through Movement

Vancouver Island University’s the View Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of painting and sculpture reflecting the themes of both figural work and...

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VIU Science and Technology Community Lecture Series for Spring 2022 focuses on Climate Change

The series features 11 free lectures from researchers on a range of topics connected to climate change issues.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) spring 2022...

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VIU Researchers Investigate Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Social Services Sector

The research took place over 18 months.An increased focus on work-life balance and the retention of hybrid service delivery options are just two of the...

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VIU Events


Counselling Skills - Level 1

This program is open to anyone interested in learning basic skills that form the foundation of helping relationships. Emphasizes development and practice of...


Summary and Reflective Writing workshop

Learn strategies for summary writing and reflective writing.


VIU Housing Q&A

You're invited to our upcoming student housing webinar on January 25, 2022, from 6:30-7:30 pm PST.You'll learn all about VIU student housing and be able to ask...


Q&A with VIU Residence

What is living on campus like? What other options are available? Have questions like these and others? Join VIU Student Ambassadors Amber, Taps and Kayla...

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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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