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This is a place of acknowledgment and fair access, achievement, and personal attention – a unique blend of a caring, nurturing environment sets VIU apart from other universities. It is an essential ingredient for a values-based education that creates an environment balancing academic accomplishments to develop students' social and relationship skills to last a lifetime, make a difference, and model others to do the same. In doing this, VIU is making an invaluable contribution to more energetic and healthier communities and a better world.
Students and alumni tell us all the time how VIU's small classes and caring support from faculty and staff have made a difference for them in finding success in their studies. The attention to every student's needs goes far beyond a number. The result? Students can become graduates who are confident, motivated, and prepared to take on the world as they step into future careers.
Students go above and beyond in programs that provide a match for their passion, their ambition, and their future career aspirations. The focus at VIU is on helping students meet their goals, prepare for careers, and attain the success they may not have imagined when they started. Students experience hands-on learning, individual attention, and many opportunities for undergraduate research. Students can find the right VIU program to help them prepare for a multitude of careers. Advisors are with them from day one, whether they start with fundamental upgrading for university entrance or a top high school scholar attending on scholarship.
Students experience an active, exciting west coast BC lifestyle as they explore the region, taking advantage of world-class recreation while studying at VIU. Surfing, hiking, scuba diving, camping? Yes, please! Authentic cultural and art experiences? You will find it all at VIU and beyond at our campuses in Nanaimo, Cowichan, Powell River, and Parksville-Qualicum. We invite you to explore the possibilities of a career with Vancouver Island University. Known as a center of excellence, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU offers a supportive campus community focused on innovative teaching methods, undergraduate research opportunities, and creating an exceptional learning experience for our students.
VIU's rich history and connection with its communities date back to 1936 when Nanaimo's first vocational training school opened its doors. Today, VIU offers an extensive range of programming, from industry-responsive trades and applied training to academic undergraduate and graduate degrees. VIU has evolved into a university that supports a student population of over 16,000 learners, including 2,100 international students, over 1,500 Aboriginal students, and employs over 2,000 faculty and staff.
Located on British Columbia's spectacular West Coast, VIU offers the opportunity to live and learn in one of Canada's most beautiful university settings. Located on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, VIU's main campus in Nanaimo hosts an ocean-view campus, spanning 92 scenic acres, including lush stands of forest and Japanese gardens. Walk nature trails located a few minutes from campus on foot, or take a quick city transit ride to Nanaimo's harbourside downtown center for eclectic dining, pubs, coffee shops, and shopping.

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