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Vancouver Island University Stats, Info and Facts

Vancouver Island University

Established in 1936 and located on Canada's magnificent West Coast, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a public university offering over 200 programs in popular areas of study like Business, Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Hospitality; Humanities, Social Sciences and Education; Sciences, Computers and Technology; and Art, Design and Performing Arts. VIU's graduates are in demand by employers in the United States, Canada and around the world.

Mission Statement

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a dynamic and diverse educational organization, dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, service and research. We foster student success, strong community connections and international collaboration.

Institute Overview

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, VIU is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across Canada and around the world.

With roots that date back to 1936, VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population that engage in a multitude of highly acclaimed programs.


  • Affordable tuition fees of $6600 per semester
  • 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
  • Close to Vancouver and Victoria, so students attending VIU 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
  • Over 10,000 full time Canadian students and 1,500 international students from over 74 countries

Facts about Vancouver Island

  • Population-over 760,000
  • Area- similar in size to Taiwan, Holland
  • Number one island destination in Canada
  • Conde Nast Traveler magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice Awards ranked Vancouver Island number one in its "Top 5 Islands in Canada" category.

Facts about Nanaimo

Nanaimo is a city of over 85,000 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 VIU 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
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Yalda from Canada
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  • I love VIU for the great learning environment with friendly staff and faculty members. They will always go above and beyond to help international students excel by opening different doors…

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