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Vancouver Island University


Matter here.

The future is yours — we’ll help you get there

Join us at Vancouver Island University: take this next step toward the future you imagine. 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. We offer a broad network of student supports to make sure 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. Find a program to match your interests as you prepare for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life.

At VIU, student life is everything. On beautiful, wild and warm Vancouver Island, the mountains, ocean, and forests provide year-round world-class recreation. Let the rich coastal culture, urban amenities and west coast vibe inspire you.

VIU Highlights

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100,000 alumni 
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Find a program 
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’d like to make in the world. It’s okay if you’re not sure where to start.

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!

– Quinn Campbell
    Bachelor of Arts

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 university?

A university education isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a requirement to get through the door for many jobs and professions. And that’s only expected to become more common in the future. Post-secondary education can set you up with the skills and credentials you need to start your dream career or prepare for further studies. At VIU, you can learn beyond the classroom, gain valuable work experience, and participate in real research projects to get you career-ready

VIU students gain hands-on, job-ready experience working in a computer lab.

What our students say

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.
Quinn Campbell shares about her experience as a VIU student.

Upgrade and overcome barriers to access

We believe access to university should be for anyone who has a dream and wants to go after it. Academic and Career Preparation at VIU offers course upgrading in the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program to help you get your high school diploma, or get the prerequisites needed for a VIU program. If you’re facing barriers to accessing post-secondary education, we have unique programs for you. We’re here to help you get started!

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