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5 student services you need to check out at VIU

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 17, 2023 - 5:16pm

One of the things that makes Vancouver Island University unique is its success-focused approach to education throughout every part of the student experience, from academics to campus life to interactions with faculty and staff outside of the classroom. This approach recognizes that every single person’s learning journey is unique and requires individualized attention. With that in mind, VIU has created some unique supports to help you navigate key points in your educational journey. Here are five services you may find yourself using at one point or another.

Creating new opportunities to work in health care

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 16, 2023 - 8:11am

The pandemic uncovered several flaws in the Canadian health-care system, including overburdened long-term care facilities, overworked staff and skilled labour shortages in this vital industry. Luckily, there is a community of innovators that is already working to solve these problems. This includes Vancouver Island University, which has just introduced a new program to help provide more health-care professionals by tapping into the international student market.

Earn university credits while still in high school with VIU’s dual credit program

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on February 14, 2023 - 3:31pm

For Michelle White, the benefit of the Dual Credit Program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is obvious: “It helps you get a step ahead in university, and it also helps you finish off high school.”

White is a high school student at Ladysmith Secondary School. She is also enrolled in VIU’s Culinary Arts program.

“I learn a lot and I get the opportunity to do a lot of things,” she says.

New partnership brings pharmacy technician training to VIU

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on December 14, 2022 - 10:36am

Pharmacy technicians play “an essential role for medication systems,” says Island Health’s Director of Pharmacy Operations, David Forbes.

Now, a new partnership between Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Selkirk College in the BC Interior will help train more people to work in this highly in-demand field.

How we’ve learned to conquer stress

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 14, 2022 - 8:06am

Have you been more tired than you should be? Are you having trouble with digestive issues or chronic pain? Maybe you’ve been unable to focus or feeling abnormally sad or irritable. These are just a few of the signs that you may be suffering from stress. This is the time in the semester where many post-secondary students feel the heaviest stress. 

Gaining a global research perspective

Submitted by Rachel Stern on November 30, 2022 - 9:28am

Angelina Jaeger expanded her research horizons for three months in Germany after earning a spot in a prestigious summer internship program.

She received a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) scholarship. Angelina is the first Vancouver Island University undergraduate student to receive this scholarship and competed with students from North American, British and Irish universities. Only 320 scholarships were awarded.

Need help with your housing situation?

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 23, 2022 - 1:07pm

For many students, finding – and keeping – a safe place to live is one of their first thoughts when they come to VIU. Did you know the University’s Off-Campus Housing department can support you with things like house hunting, tenancy law and conflict resolution? Here are five ways this year-round service can help you.