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About VIU

The future is yours — we’ll help you get there

At VIU, you matter, and you will find support every step of the way. Class sizes are small, so dedicated, talented faculty get to know you by name and provide attention and any help you need. We offer a broad network of student supports to make sure you’re set up for success even if things get tough. Along the way, you’ll learn how you can make a difference in your job, your community and maybe even the world. Find a program to match your interests as you prepare for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life.

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People, Place, Potential - VIU's Strategic Plan (2021-2026)

VIU is a place where all are welcome and all belong, and that sense of community extends to the President’s Office. Learn more about our strategic plan and the Office of the President. 

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Student Supports

As a VIU student, you’ll have access to many student services that are designed to help you reach your full academic and personal potential. These include access to academic advising, counselling services, a writing centre, career service, peer support and more.

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Areas of Study

Pursue your passion for higher learning, in an environment that will support your personal and professional goals. Our programs offer next steps to your graduate education and career goals.

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Research at VIU

Most VIU degrees and trades programs offer practical experience in work settings through internships, field schools, co-ops and practicums — a great way to gain valuable work experience while studying. As a VIU student, you can get involved in undergraduate research projects or take part in study abroad programs.

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Living on Vancouver Island

As a VIU student, you’ll have endless opportunities to explore our beautiful island playground. Take a break from your studies with fun and affordable outdoor activities. Join VIU’s Mariners Recreation for a sea kayaking adventure, a weekend hiking trip, an indoor rock climbing lesson, a stand-up paddleboarding adventure, or a weekend surf trip. Learn more about student recreation
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VIU Alumni

Many alumni are living, working and pursuing graduate studies around the world. VIU graduates join this powerful, supportive, change-making global network of 75,000 alumni when their studies are completed.

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Educational Access

At VIU, students who face a barrier to getting a university credential will receive a personalized approach. We explore their challenge with them and work to help them overcome it. As the first university in BC to provide a full tuition waiver to former youth in the province’s care system, our caring faculty and staff strive to work with each student to help them identify their educational path and find success at their studies.

Shaping success

VIU's History

Every student becomes part of VIU’s history, which goes back to the institution’s roots in 1936, when we got our start as a vocational training centre. Through important transformations as Malaspina College, Malaspina University-College and the transition to becoming Vancouver Island University in April 2008, VIU shares a rich history and deep connection to the communities we serve.

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Sarah Adair

Sarah Crann-Adair

The professors remember us outside the classroom, and have time to talk at length with students when we show up at their office. I feel like my professors are almost as invested in my success as I am. I am working on a research project that examines the human ability to predict time in relation to regular meal patterns. I never thought the research process would interest me so much; the most fascinating part of this experience is how much I am enjoying finding a way to answer my own questions about the world.

Sarah will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology in 2019

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