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5 reasons to take a summer course at university

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 22, 2022 - 6:11pm

As a university student, we know your summers are sacred. It’s your chance to do something completely different than school, whether that’s working, spending more time on hobbies or relaxing in the sun. But there are advantages to taking summer courses and VIU is making it easier than ever this year. We are offering double number of courses with many online or hybrid options, which means you can work and attend school at the same time, or study from your home community. 

VIU’s summer session is divided into several different terms:

Black History Month 2022

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 7, 2022 - 4:20pm

February is Black History Month in Canada. This year’s theme is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. In recognition of this important month, we wanted to share resources in recognition of the contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada, as well explore the unique challenges of racism, sexism and prejudice endured and overcome by Black Canadians. 

Articles Significant events in Black Canadian history.

Pursuing a lifelong passion for art

Submitted by Rachel Stern on February 3, 2022 - 3:30pm

Pam Vickars has always been passionate about art, but a demanding career and busy family life left little time for her to pursue it in depth.

“I took pottery, a few crafts and interior design in continuing education classes and really enjoyed them. I had this vision that when I retired I would pursue painting, which I foresaw taking more time,” says Pam, a VIU Bachelor of Arts student.

Six ways to get involved on campus

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 28, 2022 - 10:37am

Participating in campus life outside of the classroom can lead to new friends, opportunities to explore your passions on a deeper level and a more enriching university experience. From student clubs to special events to working on campus, there are a lot of options available. Here are six ways to get more involved on campus.

Top 6 reasons you should talk to a VIU educational advisor

Submitted by Rachel Stern on January 27, 2022 - 10:02am

“Educational advisors are like having a compass that helps you navigate all the unknowns of university,” says VIU Educational Advisor Michael Kuntz.

“We’re going to be your best cheerleader and advocate. When you need a pep talk, we’re going to be there for you. It’s really important to build support around yourself, especially for first-generation learners whose family members may not be able to help with academic vocabulary and processes,” says Michael. “We can also give extra tips and information about course loads, electives and finding support on campus.”