It's Worth It

We know, university can be hard.
But it’s worth it.

At Vancouver Island University we’re here to help you with every step in your journey toward becoming a student.

Here are some of the common challenges students encounter. Click through to learn about the resources we have to help out.

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Where do you start if you don’t know what to study?

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably didn’t graduate high school with a fully formed idea of what you’d like to do with your life. That’s not unusual, and it’s also not a reason to abandon the idea of university studies. Instead, you can use this time to explore what you’d like to do, while narrowing in on a field of study that really interests you. We’re talking about something that ignites your passion and curiosity.

Explore your interests and turn them into attainable goals. We help you set a direction for your post-secondary education. The first step is yours!

The average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life.

Nearly a third of bachelor degree students will change their major.

Explore VIU programs to find your fit.

Narrow in on a program that feels like a fit

Talk to a VIU Recruiter

You need to talk it out. A VIU Recruiter can answer your questions about university, and help you narrow your interests to find a program that feels like a fit. They’re friendly, approachable, and can help guide you through the application process.

Explore many paths in one program

The Exploratory University Studies (EXPO) program gives you the freedom to choose courses without committing to a specific degree program. Plus, you get the support of Educational Advisors to guide and help you set some goals to find your true path.

Explore programs to see what might fit

Not so sure? Spend some time reading about VIU’s programs, and reach out to a Recruiter if you have questions. They work closely with Educational Advisors to help you get started in a university program that’s a fit for you. You can also talk to a professor in your program of choice, or a recent graduate who’s using what they’ve learned in their career.

Hear what VIU students and graduates have to say

Every VIU student has a unique story to share. They talk about the experience of being a student, and the support and guidance that helped them along the way. Recent graduates also talk about great connections made along their career path, and the passions that are beginning to take shape in their lives.
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How do I pay for university?

Tuition, books and supplies, accommodation, transportation, food and definitely some entertainment; the costs pile up so fast it’s exhausting just thinking about it.

Here’s the good news. There are lots of options available to help you pay for university, and we have plenty of tips and support to help you manage your expenses and reduce costs where you can.

There’s also lots of evidence that university studies are worth your investment – from the higher earnings graduates make over their lifetime, to the increased career options that open up to you.

Number of new jobs expected to be created over the next decade in BC.

That’s the value of scholarships, awards and bursaries available to VIU students in 2017-18.

That’s how many students work part- or full-time while attending university.

Here are some options to help reduce or cover your costs

VIU scholarships, awards, and bursaries

Apply for all Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards offered at VIU through one easy online portal. Fill out the form and you’re done.

Access student loans

Student Aid BC provides loans and grants to help students fund their studies. Non-BC residents can check with their provincial government for similar options.

Work PT on or off-campus

Last year, VIU students worked at more than 400 part-time jobs on campus. Gain skills and help pay the bills.

Stick to a budget

Making a budget and sticking to it will help you manage expenses at university.


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Will university lead to a job?

You were probably pretty young when you first got the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now you’re facing the real deal, and it can feel a bit scary. So many options, and a lot of pressure to figure it all out.

It’s okay not knowing, and you’re not alone. Education can give you opportunities you’d never imagine. Whether you have a strong destination in mind, or you are just exploring your options, we’re here to help.

VIU offers paths to many different kinds of careers. Some take a pretty obvious path: study Nursing or Welding, become a nurse or welder. Other programs lead to a much wider variety of career options, including some you may not have even heard of or considered, and might be a perfect fit for you.

The employment rate for university grads three years after graduation.

That’s the number of jobs that require a post-secondary education.

The number of university grads who report working at jobs that require the skills they acquired at university.

Get started on the path to a career that you’ll enjoy

Get career experience while you study

There are many experiences outside the classroom that can enhance your learning, and help you build skills and knowledge to improve your future career opportunities. VIU’s Co-Curricular Record helps you add valuable non-academic credit to your student record, which can help you find a great career.

Educational advisors are here to help you

Get help with goal setting to connect your studies and future career, learn strategies that will help you handle challenges you’re having with your studies, and find out about the different kinds of supports and opportunities that will make your learning experience the best it can be.

Get experience with internships and co-ops

Most degree and trades programs offer practical experience in the field through internships, co-ops, and practicums – a great way to gain valuable work experience and get your foot in the door even before you graduate!

Take your learning on a journey

You can travel and study at the same time through experiences offered by Education Abroad. Combining studies and travel can help you gain confidence, develop new interests, meet great people, and pursue a future career with an expanded world perspective.
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