Vancouver Island University

At Vancouver Island University, you matter, and you will find support every step of the way. Class sizes are small, so dedicated, talented faculty get to know you by name and provide attention and any help you need.  

Top reasons to study here

  • VIU offers a broad network of student supports to make sure you’re set up for success even if things get tough.
  • You’ll have access to many student services that are designed to help you reach your full academic and personal potential.
  • VIU offers academic advising, counselling services, a writing centre, career service, peer support and more.

Distance Learning Courses

Education & Training (4)
Business & Management (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Vancouver Island University's roots go back to 1936 when local garage owner and mechanic Jack Macready welcomed eight boys to train as automotive mechanics in a shed-turned-classroom.  


Along the way, you’ll learn how you can make a difference in your job, your community and maybe even the world. Find a program to match your interests as you prepare for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life. 


Housing services

The VIU Student Residence Portal capacity is 120 students at a time, if you are unable to login at this time please try again in a couple minutes 

Medical services

  • Medical Arts Centre 
  • Caledonian Clinic 
  • Wallace Street Medical Clinic  

Student Life

Campus life

  • Nanaimo Campus

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.

  • Cowichan Campus 

It offers a broad range of programs and student services in a beautiful and modern LEED Gold Certified facility and a few minutes’ drive away, at the Cowichan Trades Centre.

  • Powell River Campus

Study in this beautiful coastal town and find a friendly, supportive community at VIU’s Powell River Campus.

  • Parksville-Qualicum Centre

Located in the Parksville Civic & Technology Centre on the traditional territory of the Snaw-naw-as First Nation.


  • Colleges and Institutes Canada 
  • Universities Canada
  • British Columbia Centre for International Education (BCCIE)
  • British Columbia Education Quality Assurance
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • EduCanada 
  • Languages Canada  

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada


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