Discover Your Passion at Vancouver Island University

By Vancouver Island University Modified on October 27, 2017

5 Ways VIU Helps You Get Where You Want to Go


Vancouver Island University’s tagline is #matterhere for good reason. We truly care about your education, and our faculty and staff work hard to develop those personal connections that ensure your success. With our small campuses, faces will soon become familiar and you will get lots of individual attention from your instructors. Here are five ways VIU will help you explore your options to achieve your dreams and goals.

Personalized Learning

With small class sizes, you’ll get lots of one-on-one time with your professors, who are happy to answer your questions and mentor you as you navigate your educational journey.

Program Variety

At VIU, you’ll have access to a wide range of programs, including more than 120 certificate, diploma and degree programs in academic, vocational and technical fields. Questions about how a particular program might help you get where you want to be? Contact one of our friendly recruiters.

Hands-on Experiences

We believe your academic learning is enhanced when it’s combined with experiential education. Two popular resources for hands-on experiences are our Centre for Experiential Learning and our study abroad programs. Undergraduate research opportunities are also available in a variety of fields, from the Canadian Letters and Images Project, to the Applied Environmental Research Laboratories.

Diversity Celebrated

Are you interested in meeting people of all ages and from all different cultures? Of the nearly 15,000 students studying at VIU, 14% are international and 12% are Indigenous. Services and supports for Indigenous students are available at Shq’apthut, VIU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place.


Situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island, VIU’s main campus in Nanaimo offers you close access to the ocean, forests, lakes and trails, as well as small communities and big cities. Come for a visit and see for yourself!