Vancouver Island University

Nanaimo + 4 other campuses


Established in 1936 and located on Canada’s magnificent West Coast, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a public university offering over 120 programs in popular areas of study like Art, Design and Performing Arts, Business, Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Hospitality, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Sciences, Computers and Technology, Health and Human Services, and Trades and Applied Technologies.

VIU’s inspirational setting, small class sizes and hands-on research, offers students the opportunity to experience the best of educational activities and student life. Vancouver Island University encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning. VIU is committed to ensuring that students are supported, engaged and encouraged to excel in whatever they choose to do. Students are, and will always be, VIU’s number one priority.

Areas of Expertise: Vancouver Island University (VIU) provides a range of educational opportunities from fundamental literacy skills through trades and technical programs to undergraduate and graduate degree programs providing an entry level for all applicants.

At VIU, students matter. We are dedicated to creating a supportive campus environment with an emphasis on teaching and student-faculty interaction in classrooms where you can be seen and heard. A focus on the student experience and opportunities for experiential learning, undergraduate research, study abroad and other co-curricular activities enhance the value of your post-secondary education. At VIU we respect other ways of knowing and being and are proud of our relationship with our First Nations partners in our region.

Institution Size

  • Domestic: 10,805
  • International: 1,460