Vancouver Island University / Canada – Master & Bachelor

Applications still welcome for select Fall 2018 programs

It’s an exciting step in your life to apply for university studies – we’re here to help! Applications for many popular programs starting September 2018 remain open.

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Need help taking your next step? Elders, faculty and staff are here to support you – from getting ready for university studies through to graduation day.

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Current students -- you could be eligible for scholarships, bursaries and awards! This year, $3 million in awards is available to VIU students. Take a few minutes to complete an application.

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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 Global Studies Graduates Make A Difference

Five VIU Global Studies graduates and former VIU Professor Dr. Catherine Schittecatte gathered this summer to share about life after university. ...

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VIU Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair Focuses on Aboriginal Learning

Vancouver Island University (VIU) welcomes Dr. Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in...

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VIU Supported Business Program Inspires Indigenous Youth

As the only Indigenous student in his university undergraduate and graduate classes, Bernard Gilbert struggled to find connection to campus life.  “There...

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VIU Events


New Employee Orientation

An opportunity for new VIU employees to learn about key institutional services. Join your new VIU colleagues for a day of information sharing about VIU’s...


Energize Student Participation and Improve Attendance with Team-Based Learning

2018 VIU Team-Based Learning Course (Re-)Design Program Workshop: August 20-22, for Fall 2018 Implementation The evidence is solid in support of the...


VIU Learning Technology Consultations

Tuesday, August 21, Wednesday, August 22, Thursday, August 23 + Friday, August 24 Wednesday, August 29, Thursday, August 30 + Friday, August 1 Tuesday,...


Get the Semester off to a Good Start: VIULearn Checklist

Do you need a quick refresher getting your VIULearn course ready for a new semester? Many of these “semester start” tasks only happen once a semester. We...

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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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