Vancouver Island University’s main campus is located on the lower slopes of Mount Benson overlooking Nanaimo, B.C., on the east coast of Vancouver Island. This campus is home to the college’s residences, including dormitories, townhouses and apartments.
VIU has additional campuses in Powell River, Parksville and Duncan—home to the school’s newest campus, Cowichan. Students at all four campuses enjoy unique coastal beauty and access to activities like hiking, scuba diving, camping and surfing. Although most of its students hail from within the province, the university has a large international education program.
VIU boasts small class sizes and offers undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences. It is also home to trades and master’s programs, continuing education studies, and an extensive number of traditional and non-traditional programs, including natural resource protection, tourism management and jazz studies.
For those interested in coastal and marine research, there’s the Deep Bay Marine Field Station in Bowser with state-of-the-art labs and a seawater tank.
One of VIU’s core values is removing barriers for those who want to access post-secondary education—the university offers initiatives such as a tuition-waiver program for former youth in care, student success coaching, and a bridging program for Indigenous students.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students)||$6,500||$5,900||$3,200||$1,300-$27,200||Yes|
• Engineering Design and Practice: A new diploma targeting students who wish to gain employment in the local tech sector, but may not want to enrol immediately in a full engineering degree.
• Resource Management Officer Technology: For this diploma, students learn skills including habitat management, investigative procedures and firearms safety.
• Addiction Studies: This certificate, designed to be taken as part of a degree or diploma program, offers the opportunity to specialize in the area of addictions.
• Health Care Assistant
• Practical Nursing
• Education Assistant and Community Support Worker
• Hospitality Management