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