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                              VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY 



About Vancouver Island University

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU), a public post-secondary institution, is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities.  It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.

VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 16,000 full-time and part-time learners, including over 1,800 international students, 1,500 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

Through our ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island culture, social, economic and knowledge base. VIU impact report highlights VIU’s contribution.

VIU operates four campuses including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodlands in Qualicum Beach, recently named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada.

VIU is an organization that values a diverse range of training and education. The university provides an enriched and intellectually stimulating environment for students and employees. Offering programsfrom basic literacy to vocational programs, trades, undergraduate andgraduate degrees, VIU encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning.

Why Choose VIU


Excellent facilities.


Quality programs at a reasonable cost.


Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors.


Academic advising, personal counselling, and support services for international students.


Social, recreational and sports activities; homestay, and on-campus student residences.


Co-operative Education programs that allow for study and full-time work anywhere in Canada.


Great location in a smaller city close to Vancouver and Victoria.


VIU contributes more than $400 million annually to BC economy.


VIU impact report


It is a privilege to welcome you to Vancouver Island University.


VIU has seen tremendous growth and transformation in the past decade and the pace of change is not about to slow down. VIU continues to experience demand for high calibre post secondary education programs and services from both domestic and international students. Our primary objective is to provide an environment where people can excel in an engaged learning environment that is internationally active.


Vancouver Island University represents a unique combination of a degree-granting university and a practical college. Students have always been, and will continue to be, the number one priority at VIU. I will continue to support innovation that contributes to providing the highest quality of learning, research, and self discovery available.


To those students, faculty and staff who are new to VIU, welcome, I look forward to learning and growing with you. To those who have been here for a while, I look forward to listening and learning from you.


I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead the dynamic team of people at Vancouver Island University. I look forward to our journey together as we build an exceptional learning environment for our students and ensure VIU is a preferred place to study and work.