About Vancouver Island University (VIU)

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About Vancouver Island University (VIU)

  • Established in 1936, VIU is a fully-accredited public university located in the beautiful province of British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast
  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors, faculty to student ratio is 1:16
  • Academic advising, personal counselling, and support services for international students
  • VIU provides an enriched and intellectually stimulating environment for it’s over 19,000 students which include over 2000 international students from over 85 countries studying across almost 200 programs
  • Offers Co-operative Education programs that allow for study and full-time work anywhere in Canada
  • Graduate employment rate of 95%, far above the provincial average
  • Biggest MBA school in Western Canada; only school to offer dual degree MBA+MScIM
  • Only school to offer a master level program in sustainable leisure management and the popular program in the field of community/town planning
  • Lower tuition costs compared to most of the other Canadian Universities

Professional Accreditations

  • VIU Business School is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education
  • Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC)
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE)
  • Designated as a Centre of Excellence by World Leisure Organisation (WLO), one of the three in the world
  • Community planning program is accredited by Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)


  • Nanaimo is the third most important city in British Columbia after Vancouver and Victoria
  • Has a population of about 90,000 with an employment rate of over 97%
  • 35 kms from Vancouver and 100 kms from Victoria, Nanaimo gives easy access to both the bigger cities
  • Even though Nanaimo is close to two biggest cities of western Canada, the cost of living is very modest
  • Vancouver Island has a beautiful landscape with easy access to mountains, forests, and beaches and also got the mildest winter climate
  • British Columbia is the hub for tourism and leisure, international trade and business, banking and finance, animation and graphics, information technology related services, oil and natural gas, mining, fisheries and aquaculture, ship building and small airplane manufacturing, wine and beer production

Why choose this university

  • Vancouver Island University has a reputation for excellence and the graduates consistently give us top marks for quality of instruction and usefulness of education.
  • Excellent facilities, quality programs at a reasonable cost.
  • Small classes taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors.
  • Academic advising, personal counselling, 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.

Academic Schools or department

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Career & Academic Preparation
  • Art, Design & Performing Arts
  • Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Health & Human Services
  • Management
  • Science & Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Trades & Applied Technology

Key Undergraduate courses

  • Bachelors of Business Administration
  • Bachelors of Hospitality Management
  • Bachelors of Tourism Management
  • Bachelors of Arts (many majors available)
  • Bachelor of Science – Biology
  • Bachelor of Science – Computing Science
  • Diploma in Business Administration
  • Diploma in Computer Science
  • Diploma in Child and Youth Care
  • Diploma in Hospitality Management
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Recreation and Sports Management
  • Diploma in Tourism

 Key Postgraduate  courses

  • Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education in Education Leadership
  • Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications
  • Post Degree Diploma in Business studies
  • Post Degree Diploma in Fisheries & Aquaculture


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