Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University

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Virtual Tour Located on Canada’s magnificent west coast, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is committed to providing an environment where students can excel in life and learning. The setting, small class sizes and hands on research, combined with VIU's unique blend of quality academic, technical and applied programming, offers the opportunity to experience the best in both educational activities and student life. With roots dating back to 1936, VIU has evolved into a dynamic university supporting over 17,000 students, including 1,500 international and 2000 aboriginal learners on Nanaimo's main campus and campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville-Qualicum.


  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors that know students as more than a number
  • Opportunities to broaden educational horizons with international field schools, internships and practica
  • Known for undergraduate research, opportunity to gain skills and confidence in a research setting will set a VIU education apart from others
  • International students from over 70 different countries and a focus on aboriginal ways enriches the VIU community and the learning experiences for all
  • All VIU campuses are located within minutes of ocean front, forest and mountain trails

  • Institute Accreditation

    Provincial Accreditation

    Colleges in Canada British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education

    Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates Offered

    Colleges in Canada Associate's Degrees 2 - 3 yrs
    Colleges in Canada Bachelor's Degrees 3 - 4 yrs
    Colleges in Canada Certificates < 1 yr
    Colleges in Canada Diplomas 1 - 3 yrs
    Colleges in Canada Master's Degrees 1 - 2 yrs
    Colleges in Canada University Transfer Programs

    Program Majors

    Prgram Majors Applied Business Technology
    Prgram Majors Applied Health Care & Technology
    Prgram Majors Business Administration
    Prgram Majors Computer Science
    Prgram Majors Culinary, Travel & Hospitality
    Prgram Majors Design & Applied Arts
    Prgram Majors Education
    Prgram Majors Humanities
    Prgram Majors Natural Sciences
    Prgram Majors Nursing & Allied Health
    Prgram Majors Trades & Apprenticeships
    Prgram Majors Visual Arts

    Academic Options for Students

    Colleges in Canada Co-op Education/Work Experience Programs
    Colleges in Canada Online Programs
    Colleges in Canada Part-Time Programs
    Colleges in Canada Visiting/Exchange Student Programs

    Admissions & Tuition

     Open Admissions: Yes
     Application Deadline
    Notification of Acceptance
    Advanced Acceptance to Fall Semester: 
    Fall Semester: 
    Winter Semester: 
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    Annual Tuition (C$): 4,000 - 4,700
    Student Health Care Coverage: Included in Tuition
    Institute Scholarships & Bursaries Available: Yes
    Estimated Total Cost of Tuition for Degree/Diploma (C$): 16,000 - 18,000

    Scholarships/Awards and Financial Assistance

    Colleges in Canada Canadian Student Bursary Programs
    Colleges in Canada Canadian Student Emergency Loan Programs
    Colleges in Canada Canadian Student Loan Programs
    Colleges in Canada Canadian Student Scholarship Programs
    Colleges in Canada Canadian Student Work Opportunities Programs

    Institute Support for Students

    Colleges in Canada Academic Counselling
    Colleges in Canada Career and Employment Counselling
    Colleges in Canada Daycare Services
    Colleges in Canada Disabilities Resources
    Colleges in Canada Incoming Student Orientation and Advising
    Colleges in Canada Native Student Services
    Colleges in Canada Peer Counselling and Buddy Programs

    Buildings & Facilities

    Located overlooking the Strait of Georgia and the Coastal Mountains, VIU’s Nanaimo campus is situated on over 37 hectares of land. Numerous facilities comprise the university providing opportunity for formal and informal learning spaces and social and recreational activities. In line with the core value of sustainability, VIU is providing leadership and excellence in sustainable campus development & operations. New construction is built to LEED standards and incorporates environmentally friendly building design and function. VIU’s new Cowichan campus in Duncan has been recognized with numerous awards for its sustainable building design and function.

    Vancouver Island University
    900 Fifth Street
    Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5S5

    Phone:  250-753-3245
    Fax: Not Available

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    Canadian Schools Year Institute Founded: 1936
    Canadian Schools Opportunities for Part-Time Study: Yes
    Canadian Schools Opportunities for Online Study: Yes
    Canadian Schools # of Campuses: 4
    Canadian Schools Campus Setting (Main Campus): Urban
    Canadian Schools Nearest City (Main Campus): Nanaimo
    Canadian Schools City Population: 85,000
    Canadian Schools Cost of Living: Low
    Canadian Schools Climate Range: 0°C to 26°C

    Student Profile
    Canadian Schools Total Undergraduate Program Enrolment (all years): 16,000
    Canadian Schools # Countries of Origin: 31 or more

    On-Campus Housing
    Canadian Schools On-campus Housing Available: Yes
    Canadian Schools # Students with On-campus Housing: 386
    Canadian Schools Preference Given to Entering Students: First come/First served
    Canadian Schools  Per Semester/without Meal Plan (C$): 1,900 - 2,400
    Canadian Schools Style of Accommodation:
      Canadian Colleges Coed on Same Floors
    Canadian Schools Type of Accommodation:
      Canadian Colleges Single Rooms
      Canadian Colleges Triple/Quad Rooms
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