About Vancouver Island University

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

      Through its ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s culture, economy and knowledge base.

      VIU’s roots date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors. A rich history and connectedness to communities has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.

      VIU, formerly Malaspina University-College, has evolved from a small community college to a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-and part-time learners and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

      VIU operates four campuses including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan , Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum . VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodlands in Qualicum Beach, recently named one of the top 10 best public gardens in Canada.

      VIU is an organization that values a diverse range of training and education. The university provides an enriched and intellectually stimulating environment for students and employees. Offering programs from basic literacy to vocational programs, trades , undergraduate and graduate degrees, VIU encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning.

Why Choose VIU
  • Excellent facilities , quality programs at a reasonable cost.
  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors.
  • Academic advising , personal counseling , and support services for international students.
  • Social, recreational and sports activities ; homestay, and on-campus student residences .
  • Co-operative Education programs that allow for study and full-time work anywhere in Canada.
  • Great location in a smaller city close to Vancouver and Victoria.

About Nanaimo

      Nanaimo is a city of 80,000 residents, located on beautiful Vancouver Island — a tourist destination blessed with the natural beauty of mountains, forests and seashore, a mild climate, and many opportunities for year-round outdoor sports and recreation. Nanaimo is close to the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver and Victoria, so students attending Malaspina can have the best of all worlds:
  • caring and comfortable community
  • low cost of living
  • spectacular natural environment
  • unequalled recreational opportunities
  • one of the mildest climates in all of Canada

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