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Vancouver Island University

Location & Facilities
List of Departments
Courses offered


With roots that date back to 1936 ,VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities. VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1100 international students, over 1000 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

  • Excellent facilities, quality programs at a reasonable cost.
  • 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.
  • Great location in a smaller city close to Vancouver and Victoria.



























Location & Facilities

VIU operates four campuses including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodlands in Qualicum Beach, recently named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada.













List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College

  • Art, Design & Performing Arts
  • Business & Management
  • Career & Academic Preparation
  • Continuing Education
  • Education
  • English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)
  • First Nations
  • Health
  • High School Equivalency (ABE)
  • Human Services
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Natural Resource Extension Program
  • Online/Distance Courses
  • Science & Technology
  • Tourism, Recreation & Hospitality
  • Trades & Applied Technology























Courses Offered

Sr. No Level Name of the Program
1 Diploma Advanced PG in GIS Applications (ADGISA) (Advanced PG)
2 Diploma Business Administration
3 Diploma Business Studies (Advanced PG)
4 Diploma Child and Youth Care
5 Diploma Child and Youth Care First Nations
6 Diploma Computing Science
7 Diploma Criminology
8 Diploma Culinary Arts (Professional Cook Training)
9 Diploma Dental Hygiene
10 Diploma Disability Studies
11 Diploma Fisheries & Aquaculture, Post-Degree PG (Advanced PG)
12 Diploma Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology
13 Diploma Forest Resources Technology
14 Diploma GIS - Advanced PG in GIS Applications (ADGISA) (Advanced PG)
15 Diploma Green Building & Renewable Energy Technician
16 Diploma Health Services Administration in Long Term and Community Care
17 Diploma Horticultural Therapy
18 Diploma Hospitality Management
19 Diploma Information Technology & Applied Systems (ITAS)
20 Diploma Internet Production (IPro)
21 Diploma Languages and Culture (Romance Languages) (Advanced PG)
22 Diploma Music-Jazz Program
23 Diploma Physical Education
24 Diploma Post Degree-PG in Languages & Culture (Romance Languages)
25 Diploma Recreation and Sport Management
26 Diploma Resource Management Officer Technology
27 Diploma Social Services
28 Diploma Special Education Teaching (Advanced PG)
29 Diploma Teacher Leadership Graduate PG (Advanced PG)
39 Diploma Teacher Professional Upgrading Post Degree PG (Advanced PG)
40 Diploma Theatre
41 Diploma Tourism Studies
42 Diploma Visual Arts
43 UG Bachelor of Arts, Majors and Minors
44 UG Bachelor of Education 
45 UG Bachelor of Education—Post Baccalaureate Degree (full-time)
46 UG Bachelor of Fine Arts—Theatre
47 UG Bachelor of Fine Arts—Visual Art
48 UG Bachelor of Hospitality Management
49 UG Bachelor of Interior Design
50 UG Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
51 UG Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection
52 UG Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture
53 UG Bachelor of Science, Majors, Minors and Transfer
54 UG Bachelor of Science, Nursing
55 UG Bachelor of Tourism Management
56 UG Biology, Bachelor of Arts
57 UG Biology, Bachelor of Science
58 UG Business Administration (Bachelor Degree)
59 UG Business, Bachelor of Arts
60 UG Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts
61 UG Chemistry, Bachelor of Science
62 UG Child and Youth Care, Bachelor of Arts
63 UG Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts
64 UG Computing Science, Bachelor of Science (Mandatory Co-op)
65 UG Computing Science, Bachelor of Science (Optional Co-op)
66 UG Creative Writing, Bachelor of Arts
67 UG Criminology, Bachelor of Arts
68 UG Digital Media Studies
69 UG Earth Science, Bachelor of Arts
70 UG Earth Science, Bachelor of Science
71 UG Economics, Bachelor of Arts
72 UG Economics, Bachelor of Business Administration
73 UG Education
74 UG Education—Post Baccalaureate Degree (full-time)
75 UG Engineering, Bachelor of Science - Transfer
76 UG English, Bachelor of Arts
77 UG Financial Services, Bachelor of Business Administration
78 UG Fine Arts—Theatre
79 UG Fine Arts—Visual Art
80 UG First Nations Studies, Bachelor of Arts
81 UG Fisheries and Aquaculture, Bachelor of Science
82 UG Geography, Bachelor of Arts
83 UG Geography, Bachelor of Science
84 UG Global Studies, Bachelor of Arts
85 UG Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts
86 UG History, Bachelor of Arts
87 UG Hospitality Management
88 UG Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Business Administration
89 UG Interior Design
90 UG International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration
91 UG Languages and Culture, Bachelor of Arts
92 UG Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Arts
93 UG Management, Bachelor of Business Administration
94 UG Marketing, Bachelor of Business Administration
95 UG Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts
96 UG Mathematics, Bachelor of Science
97 UG Media Studies, Bachelor of Arts
98 UG Music in Jazz studies
Natural Resource Protection
99 UG Nursing, Bachelor of Science
100 UG Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts
101 UG Physical Education, Bachelor of Arts
102 UG Physics, Bachelor of Science - Transfer
103 UG Political Science, Bachelor of Arts
104 UG Psychology, Bachelor of Arts
105 UG Psychology, Bachelor of Science
106 UG Science, Majors, Minors and Transfer
107 UG Sociology, Bachelor of Arts
108 UG Theatre, Bachelor of Arts
109 UG Tourism Management
110 UG Visual Art, Bachelor of Arts
111 UG Women’s Studies, Bachelor of Arts
112 PG Master of Business Administration (MBA)
113 PG Master of Education in Educational Leadership
114 PG Master of Education in Special Education




















International students are eligible to apply for Scholarships & Awards, except those where financial need is a criterion. International students are not eligible to apply for bursaries.





























Most academic programs have intakes in September . January and May intakes may also be available ESL programs have 6 start dates per year