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Founded in 1936

Founded in 1936

Vancouver Island University

Founded in 1936

Founded in 1936

Vancouver Island University

Quick facts

  • 11963

    Students
  • 1456

    International students
  • O19395299688

    #DLI
  • 1222

    World ranking
  • 43

    Country ranking

Vancouver Island University

At VIU, you matter, and you will find support every step of the way. Class sizes are small, so dedicated, talented faculty get to know you by name and provide attention and any help you need. 

The University offers a broad student support network to ensure you’re set up for success even if things get tough. Along the way, you’ll learn how you can make a difference in your job, your community and maybe even the world.

As a VIU student, you’ll have access to many student services that are designed to help you reach your full academic and personal potential.

Pursue your passion for higher learning, in an environment that will support your personal and professional goals. The programs offer the next steps to your graduate education and career goals.

As a VIU student, you’ll have endless opportunities to explore our beautiful island playground. Take a break from your studies with fun and affordable outdoor activities

Join VIU’s Mariners Recreation for a sea kayaking adventure, a weekend hiking trip, an indoor rock climbing lesson, a stand-up paddleboarding adventure, or a weekend surf trip.

Many alumni are living, working and pursuing graduate studies around the world. VIU graduates join this powerful, supportive, change-making global network of 75,000 alumni when their studies are completed.

At VIU, students who face a barrier to getting a university credential will receive a personalized approach. We explore their challenge with them and work to help them overcome them. 

As the first university in BC to provide a full tuition waiver to former youth in the province’s care system.

On-campus accommodation

Campus(es) list based on university info

Nanaimo campus

Residence fee Duration

$4,800 CAD

UP to $8,300
32
weeks

Cowichan campus

Residence fee Duration

$4,800 CAD

UP to $8,300
32
weeks

Powell River Campus

Residence fee Duration

$4,800 CAD

UP to $8,300
32
weeks

Off-campus accommodation

annual rent in Nanaimo based on univly research

Couple

Shared house

$9,348 CAD

Single

Shared house

$6,228 CAD

Family

Entire house

$18,708 CAD

Facilities

Academic Support

  • Adult Basic Education Learning Centre
  • Advising Services
  • Assessment Services
  • Connect for Success
  • Disability Access Services
  • Math Learning Centre
  • Peer Supported Learning
  • Services for Aboriginal Students (Shq’apthut: A Gathering Place)
  • Student-Assisting-Student Program
  • Study Help
  • Writing Centre

Health and Wellness

  • Clean Air Policy
  • Counselling Services
  • First Aid
  • Health and Wellness Centre
  • Human Rights and Respectful Workplace Office
  • Know More: Sexual Violence and Misconduct

Career Development

  • Career Information
  • Student Employment
  • Work-op Program

Campus Services

  • Art Gallery
  • Assistance Phone System
  • Bike Lockers
  • Child Care
  • Computer Labs for Student Use
  • Food Services on Campus
  • Gymnasium
  • Library
  • Lost and Found
  • Parking
  • Printing and Photocopying
  • Registration and Records
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Student Activity Building
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Students' Union
  • Technology
  • Theatre

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