Vancouver Island University

At Vancouver Island University, students’ personal success is at the core of their experience. Caring, attentive and encouraging faculty are behind students every step of the way to help them with their studies. Small class sizes offer opportunities for individual interests and passions to be recognized. VIU creates an environment that balances academic accomplishments with the goal of developing students’ social and relationship skills and desire to make a difference. Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, VIU also allows students to experience an active, exciting lifestyle taking advantage of world-class recreation while studying. The university’s main campus is located in Nanaimo, there are regional campuses in the Cowichan Valley and Powell River and a centre in Parksville-Qualicum. For those interested in coastal and marine research, there is the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, with state-of-the-art labs and a seawater tank near an estuarine ecosystem. The station also includes the Centre for Seafood Innovation, one of 12 food hubs in the province, which provides opportunities for student engagement and research.

VIU offers programs that range from graduate and undergraduate degrees to vocational and trades diplomas and certificates, as well as continuing education programs. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of applied, experiential and research activities. Opportunities for undergraduate learning include traditional disciplines such as the arts and sciences, as well as skills training in health, education, business, graphic design, interior design, trades, applied technologies and many other fields. VIU offers master’s degrees in business administration, educational leadership, special education, sustainable leisure management, community planning and geographic information systems applications.

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Source: Vancouver Island University (2021 rounded preliminary fall enrolment)



Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:
$10,223 - $13,746


Undergraduate tuition fees:

Graduate tuition fees:

Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for undergraduate programs are in arts and humanities. Fees for graduate programs are in social and behavioural sciences (2021-22)

Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.