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We’re here to help you on your journey toward becoming a student. That's why we're giving away one $2,500 credit toward Fall 2021 tuition to a new, full-time domestic student. 

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Trades and Applied Technology Virtual Expo

Join us on May 27 to learn more about the 16 different trade programs offered at VIU! This is a free online event to learn about courses, instructors and career paths.

Thurs, May 27 from 3-7pm, online

VIU Quick Facts

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


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


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


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VIU News

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VIU Hosts Virtual Event to Explore Careers in Trades and Applied Technology

WHAT: VIU Trades and Applied Technology Virtual ExpoWHEN: Thursday, May 27, 3 – 7 pmWHERE: Online/Virtual Trades and applied technology...

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VIU Media Highlights: April 13-26, 2021

A bi-weekly roundup of VIU students and employees in the news.News StoriesTop Performing article for the last two weeks:Nanaimo News Bulletin: ...

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VIU's Portal Magazine Celebrates 30 Years of Literary Excellence

Portal is hosting a virtual launch of its 30th anniversary edition on Friday, April 30.For 30 years Portal, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s...

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VIU Events

May
10

Research Ethics Board Workshop for Faculty Supervising Student Research

This workshop is intended for faculty who are or will be supervising students conducting research involving human participants. The workshop will focus on how...

May
10

SSHRC Funding Opportunities

Join VIU’s Grant Facilitator for an overview of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funding programs. Learn about the key application...

May
11

Join Elder Maxine Matilpi for tea & a visit

Auntie Maxine Matilpi is available for a chat on Tuesdays, 11 am – 1 pm, at phone number 250-216-1534.

May
12

Fundamentals of Forest - Harvesting Practices Virtual Info Session

The future of the coast forest sector is bright and career opportunities in forestry look promising. Working in the harvesting sector of the forestry industry...

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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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