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Vancouver Island University

  • Public University, Estd 1969
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 0 Course

University Highlights

  • 120+ programs
  • 14,500 students
  • $60 million invested in Nanaimo campus facilities
  • 500+ students residing on-campus
  • Study abroad opportunities in 25+ countries
  • Awards $3.5 million in scholarships, awards, and bursaries
  • 100,000+ alumni
  • A library containing over 230,000 books
  • Over 2,000 international students from 95 countries
  • The main campus is certified by LEED Gold
  • Ranks #1 in five key areas according to the National Survey on Students Engagement
  • Maximum class size of 34

University at a Glance

  • International
  • Male/Female
  • UG/PG Course
  • Faculty/Student
  • No. of
  • Yearly Hostel &
    Meals Expense
    $10.2K - 13.2K


Established in 1969, Vancouver Island University is a public university operating in coastal British Columbia, Canada. Founded as Malaspina College, the university earned degree-granting power in 1995. In 2008, the institute finally earned university status and took on its present name. Nowadays, many people also refer to it as VIU. The Higher Education Academy nominated this university as a finalist for the Global Teaching Excellence Award in 2018.

VIU currently provides education to over 14,500 students, more than 2,000 of whom are from 95 countries around the world. Students can choose from 120+ bachelor’s, master’s, and pathway degrees and programs, technical certificates, and diplomas. These degrees and programs fall under the following areas of study:

  • Career Preparation and High School Equivalency (ABE)
  • Business and Management
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Art, Design, and Performing Arts
  • Cooperative Education
  • Exploratory University Studies (EXPO)
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Graduate Programs
  • Health
  • Indigenous
  • Science and Technology
  • High School at VIU
  • Online Programs and Courses
  • Tourism, Recreation, and Hospitality
  • Human Services
  • Professional Development in Training
  • Tardes and Applied Technology

Vancouver Island University operates three campuses in Cowichan, Nanaimo, and Powell River as well as the Parksville/Qualicum Centre. On-campus housing is available at ten residence buildings that accommodate over 500 students. Students residing on- and off- campus have access to the following services and facilities:

  • Academic Support:
    • Adult Basic Education Learning Centre
    • Advising Services
    • Assessment Services
    • Connect for Success
    • Disability Access Services
    • Math Learning Center
    • Services for Aboriginal Students
    • Student-Assisting-Student Program
    • Study Help
    • Writing Center
  • 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

VIU has educated over 100,000 alumni who are successful in their respective fields. The long list of names of distinguished alumni include Kevin Borserio, Rachel Blaney, Paul Manly,
Victor Blasco, and Amelia Alcock-White. Alumni of VIU can receive numerous benefits including exclusive access to the university library, athletics and recreation services, alumni discounts at the campus store, 40% off the standard rate at Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, insurance and car rentals discount, and a 25% discount on Royal BC museum entry.

Fees & Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

SOP: Not required
LOR: Needed for few courses
Essays: Not required
CV: Needed for few courses
Additional documents: Required
Proof of English Proficiency: Required


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On campus accommodation :
  • Ten residence buildings in three options housing 500 students
  • The townhouse option is available at the Fir, Pine, Hemlock, Yew, and Spruce buildings
  • Apartments are available in the Cottonwood and Maple buildings
  • The Arbutus and Alder buildings have traditional-style rooms and dorms
  • Amenities include the Residence Life office, mailboxes, a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen, laundry facilities, study spaces, common areas,
  • Wi-Fi, cable TV, microwave, and freezers/fridge
  • Rooms come with a bed, desk, wardrobe, and waste bin



Campus & Contact

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Main Campus
  • Address:
    900 Fifth Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5 Canada
  • Email:
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