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Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC



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2,000 international students

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that's right for you

We’re here to help you find your fit among VIU’s 120+ programs. Explore your interests and passions, create a path to your ideal career, or start by thinking of the difference you would like to make in the world. 

I am lucky enough to be from the sunny Okanagan and transferred to VIU because I was drawn to the close community and opportunity for connection that a smaller school offers -- and of course the beautiful island weather!

– Madison Naswell
    BEd, class of 2020

Why VIU?

Post-secondary education in Canada can set you up with the skills and credentials you need to start your dream career in Canada or around the world. At VIU, you can learn beyond the classroom, gain valuable work experience, and participate in real research projects to get you career-ready. Being able to explore the magnificent west coast of Canada while studying is an additional bonus during your study abroad. You will love the warm and welcoming community of Nanaimo as an international student. 

VIU students gain hands-on, job-ready experience working in a computer lab.
VIU students learn valuable, job-ready skills, including teamwork and collaboration, as they work together on a classroom whiteboard.
Students and faculty at VIU work with a sturgeon at the university’s International Centre for Sturgeon Studies.
VIU has 120-plus programs.
VIU has 14,500 students.
VIU has a network of 100,000 alumni around the world.

Explore the Campus 

Vancouver Island University is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 

Vancouver Island University: take the next step toward your future in Canada. Class sizes are small, so our dedicated, talented faculty know you by name and provide the support you need. We offer a broad network of student supports to make sure you’re set up for success. Find a program to match your interests as you prepare for a rewarding career in Canada or around the world.

Learn Beyond the Classroom

Many VIU undergraduate and graduate programs offer practical experience in work settings through internships, field schools, co-ops and practicums. It's a great way to gain valuable work experience and make connections in your industry in Canada while studying. As a VIU student, you can get involved in undergraduate research projects or take part in study abroad programs. 

Housing: The Right Fit for You 

Your Canadian experience may vary significantly depending on the accommodation option you choose. VIU offers homestay, residence, and off-campus housing options. It is up to you to decide which arrangement is more suitable or you can try them all throughout the term of your program.

Undergrad Programs

Not sure what to study? No worries, just get started! You have to start somewhere, so now’s the time to begin exploring what field of study ignites your curiosity. VIU has an entry level for everyone.

Student Life

At Vancouver Island University (VIU) you’ll be located in the centre of the Island’s great natural beauty with access to year-round activities like kayaking, hiking, ocean and snow sports, mountain biking, and more. At VIU, our goal is to set you up for success and guide you to amazing experiences on- and off-campus. Students have many opportunities to pursue their passions, develop career skills, and build relationships that will last a lifetime. Also a trip to Vancouver is a breeze with a short plane or ferry ride! 

Program Webinars & Videos

WorldVIU has hosted many webinars for several featured programs in the past year. Watch the webinar & videos to learn more about your program of interest.

Graduate Certificate in Business Graduate Diploma in International Trade & Project Management

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management

Advanced Diploma & Master in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Applications

Master of Education in Special Education

Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management


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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration

Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma

Engineering Diploma

International University Foundation Year

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