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Vancouver Island University


a brighter future

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research, and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU), a public post-secondary institution, is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities.  It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow.

VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 16,000 full-time and part-time learners, including over 2,100 international students, 1,500 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.

Through our ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island culture, social, economic and knowledge base. VIU impact report highlights VIU’s contribution.

Cowichan Community Initiatives

scholarships and bursaries

We have supported many Cowichan Valley students attending Vancouver Island University with scholarships totaling in excess of $175,000.00

Full-time and Part-time learners
Aboriginal Students
International Students
Faculty and Staff Members
furthering education

student testimonials

  • Thank you for my recent award for the 2016/2017 academic year at Vancouver Island University. This will assist me in completing my course on time and continuing into further studies at VIU.

    VIU Student
  • This gift reinforces my decision to higher education and will ensure a strong start to a hard semester, Fall 2016. The privilege of sharing this news with my friends, associates and loved ones made my summer vacation complete.

    VIU Student
  • I am grateful and honoured to be receiving this award. I will be using it to fund part of my tuition for my second year in the Criminology Diploma Program.

    VIU Student
  • I am honoured to receive the Roger Stanyer Memorial Award! My deepest gratitude goes out to you and the Foundation. I feel a deep connection to the Cowichan Valley and all conservation efforts that serve to protect its beauty.

    VIU - Student
  • Returning to school as a mature student with physical and mental disabilities has proven to be both a challenge and a joy…I am beyond grateful to look at this as a milestone of my accomplishment and I am beyond grateful to know someone else believes in me too…

    VIU - Student
  • As a student returning to school later on (and with children at home), it is a huge boost of encouragement in returning and completing my studies.

    VIU - Student
  • The cost of higher education and all the added expenses is pretty overwhelming at times and this amount has definitely helped. Thank you ever so much!

    VIU - Student
  • I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the honour which you have bestowed upon me. The award and its financial benefit will go a long way to assist me in my studies this coming academic year.

    VIU - Student