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74% Domestic
14% International
12% Indigenous

Equals one amazing group of students

$3 million

Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


A wide range of programs to fuel your passion


# of VIU students participating in 98 different outdoor rec activities, intramural leagues, fitness classes, and special events


Students satisfied with education at VIU – BC Student Outcomes 2016
(Survey of Bachelor’s Degree students)


VIU's history began with the establishment of a vocation training school in Nanaimo

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VIU News

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VIU and MIBI Host Consuls General Visit

niversity and Mid Island Business Initiative participated in a regional familiarization tour for 14 international representatives on May 15 Students and...

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VIU Geography Students Research Barriers to Bio-Diesel Use

Research used to increase awareness of bio-diesel as an alternative to fossil fuels What stops a person from adopting a change in their business operations,...

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Syrian Painter Exhibits Work at VIU

Dema Maksod’s exhibit on the fifth floor of the Library opens May 15 A well-known Syrian painter who is using studio space in Vancouver Island University’s (...

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VIU Events


Health & Wellness Centre Open Later on Mondays

The Student Affairs Health & Wellness Centre is pleased to offer late afternoon appointments on Mondays starting January 15, 2018. In addition to the...


Web Registration & Course Selection Sessions

Get hands-on help setting up your Fall and Spring timetables. Presented by the Registration Centre and Advising.


Welding Information Session, Nanaimo Campus May 23

Looking for a satisfying career position where you can be trained on the job with some classroom training? Consider welding! Qualified (Red Seal) welders are...


The High School at VIU Performs The Battle of the Balconies

Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25, 7:30 pm Through the years there are two stories of romance that have dominated the literary world. Romeo and Juliet and...

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Testimonial - Eric Friesen

Eric Friesen

All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.

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