Getting to Know VIU

Getting to Know VIU

Love Where You Learn

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities. It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-time and part-time learners, including 1,100 international students, over 1,000 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

About VIU

Vancouver Island University is a dynamic and diverse educational organization, dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, service and research. VIU fosters student success, strong community connections and international collaboration by providing access to a wide range of university programs designed for regional, national and international students.

VIU Students enjoying some sunshine.

Rock the VIU: New Student Orientation

Start your university career off on the right foot! All new university students are urged to participate in VIU’s New Student Orientation Program at the Nanaimo Campus. Click here to check out the date and time! Orientation is a great way for new students to meet classmates, faculty and staff, while being introduced to a full-range of available campus activities and resources. REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Parents/guardians of new students, please join us for our Parent’s Orientation: Supporting Your VIU Student

Student Advice

One piece of advice I would have for a new student at VIU is:

Organize your time in a way that allows you to balance your academic achievement with the ability to participate in as many things as you can that interest you from your very first year! In the end, it's the unexpected experiences that build the best memories and lasting friendships.

One piece of advice I would have for a new student at VIU is:

Enjoy university - it's one of the most important times of your life. Grades are important - but they will come naturally if you are doing what you love. Meet people, try new things, and take your time. Don't try to take too many courses at one time - it's better to take an extra semester or even year than it is to string yourself out and be miserable. This is the time of your life, smile!

Students taking the stairs.