Who We Are

Applications for Admission to Fall 2024 at Vancouver Island University open October 1, 2023.

About us

Vancouver Island University is nestled on a mountainside overlooking the Salish Sea on the West Coast of Canada. Here inspiration is around every corner, every tree and every open door. It’s a place you’ll make real connections—on campus, in community and with the land.

We help you explore your interests and learn the skills you need to create the future you want. We’re here to support your success with:

  • expert professors who care about your learning — and remember your name
  • practical, hands-on experiences — in every program
  • a community that values diversity — and celebrates differences

Walking together we achieve success. Our expertise becomes action, and we make a difference for our students, for our communities and for our planet.

VIU Recruiters are available to connect with future students and help schools prepare students to transition to university. To discuss admissions, the application process or any questions you or your students might have, email the Office of Future Students at connect@viu.ca or call 250.740.6672.

Students who have applied and are ready to plan September 2024 can email Advising at advising@viu.ca.  Educational Advisors are available to serve students by phone, email or a one-on-one Zoom appointment.

For application status and documentation questions, call Registration at 250.740.6400 or email registration@viu.ca.

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Campus Locations

Nanaimo Campus

900 Fifth Street,
Nanaimo, BC

Cowichan Campus

2011 University Way,
Duncan, BC


100 - 7085 Nootka Street,
Powell River, BC

Parksville-Qualicum Centre

100 Jensen Avenue East,
Parksville, BC

Nanaimo Campus

900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC

Cowichan Campus

2011 University Way
Duncan, BC


100 - 7085 Nootka Street
Powell River, BC

Parksville-Qualicum Centre

100 Jensen Avenue East
Parksville, BC

Nearby Highlights

Vancouver Island one of the most beautiful places on Earth. When you live here, your options for fun and adventure are limited only by your imagination! You have easy access to outdoor activities like kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and beach trips. Ski and surf adventures are less than a day of travel away. You can also enjoy dining, live music, theatre, museums, galleries and Indigenous cultural experiences in the nearby communities.

Programs Programs

Featured Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration

VIU prepares you to be a leader who can succeed in an ever-changing global environment. The Bachelor of Business Education program offers a well-rounded business education with a focus on:
• global business operations
• emerging markets
• technology-enabled organizations
The four-year program features real-world projects that train you to think creatively. You develop management, problem-solving and communication skills. You can take electives in other areas of study to explore how they relate to business. And you’ll graduate with all the tools you need to achieve your business goals.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Satisfy your desire to make a difference with a Nursing degree. VIU’s Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program is based on the concepts of care and health promotion. The program covers core concepts in nursing such as

• leadership
• advocacy
• political action
• nursing knowledge development
• nursing scholarship

The program emphasizes hands-on experience with a mix of classroom, lab and practicum learning.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). And you can apply for nursing registration through the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM).

Computer Science (BSc) Program

The VIU Computer Science (BSc) program offers a competitive advantage in this rapidly growing field. When you’re accepted into the program you’re guaranteed seats in the classes you need to graduate on time.

The course work meets the requirements of:
• Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS)
• Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
• Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The program also features optional co-operative education.

Info on All Programs
Areas of Study Available
  • Business and Management
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Health Related
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Education and Library Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
  • Communications
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Construction and Precision Production
  • Mechanical and Related

Study Abroad Opportunities

Exchange is your opportunity to

  • have an adventure
  • earn transfer credit towards your degree,
  • connect with the global campus community
  • gain a whole new perspective on your education and career

VIU can help you arrange to study in English at one of more than 20 partner universities around the world for 1 or 2 semesters. Education Abroad can direct you to external scholarships and awards, including the One World Scholarship of $2,000-$5,000 with 2 application intakes per year and Global Skills Opportunity Travel Grants, launching soon.

Study Abroad Info

Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada are eligible for admission to academic programs if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • graduation from a BC secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • previous degree from a recognized university
  • visiting student from a college or university (you’ll need a letter of permission from the home institution)
  • transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed)
  • mature student— 21 years of age (or will turn 21 during your first semester) and a minimum “C” grade in English 12 or English 12 First Peoples

For more details, see the admission requirements page on our website.

IB and AP Credits

VIU recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement Programs (APP). You may receive university level credit under the following conditions:

  • Specific Higher Level (HL) IB courses with grades of 5 or better, and/or specific APP courses with grades of 4 or better, will be eligible for introductory-level university course credit.  See Advanced Placement Program courses.
  • A maximum of 30 credits will be awarded for IB/APP courses.
  • IB/APP credits will be noted on your permanent record (transcript), but no grades will be recorded, and there will be no GPA implications.
  • You can enroll in courses for which credit has been granted; however, credit may be applied only once towards a degree, diploma, or certificate.
English Proficiency Requirements

Many programs and courses at VIU, including all first-year English courses, require English 12, with a minimum grade of “C.”

Acceptable alternatives to English 12 include:

  • BC Secondary School First Peoples’ English 12
  • VIU’s ENGL 067, and ENGL 068
  • ESLU 051 and ESLU 052  (VIU’s English as a Second Language University Preparation Level 5)

Students who do not meet this English 12 requirement, but who believe they have the necessary level of competency, may write an assessment test. There are currently three acceptable tests to show equivalency to English 12:

  • ACCUPLACER Next Generation test – for English 12 equivalency, you need a minimum score of 260 on the Reading Comprehension section, a minimum score of 250 on the Sentence Skills section, and at least 5 on the Writeplacer.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) – for English 12 equivalency you need a score of 59 overall and component scores of at least 56.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) – for English 12 equivalency, you need a score of 81.

Application Deadline

VIU begins accepting applications in early October. Most programs have an application deadline of March 31.

Need help? Contact a VIU Recruiter.

Application Fee

A non-refundable, non-transferable application fee is required for each application. If you submit the application by mail, attach a cheque or money order payable to Vancouver Island University. If payment is not attached, we will mail you details regarding other payment options once we have completed initial processing of your application.

Program Type Fees
Undergraduate $44.27
Graduate Programs $114.83

How to Apply

VIU uses British Columbia’s centralized online application service EducationPlannerBC.

Start Your Application to VIU

You can also download an application form. You can email the completed form or delivered it to any campus.

Within two weeks of receiving your submission, we will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your application. We will also notify you of any next steps. Applicants are considered for admission only when VIU has received all required information and documentation.

Admissions Contact Email
Admissions Contact Phone

Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Available
Entrance Scholarships Deadline

VIU Entrance Scholarships & Awards – Deadline: March 30

These scholarships and awards are available for:

  • Current Grade 12 High School students, who will be graduating in the current academic year, and commencing studies at VIU within the upcoming year; OR
  • Students enrolling in a full time university or trades program, for the very first time since high school; OR
  • Students who have had an interruption of university studies, (more than one year), and will be re-entering full time studies to complete their university program. You must have a VIU Student Number to apply! If you do not have one you will need to first submit an Application to VIU.
  • Log onto your VIU Student Record
  • Click on Scholarship / Award / Bursary Profile
  • Answer only the questions relevant to you and upload any supporting information
  • Click Save (this will also submit your profile)
  • The final information saved will be used for selections
  • Profiles are open for entry from September 1 through March 31
  • Information DOES NOT carry over from year to year
  • You must update your profile EACH YEAR by the application deadlines
  • Profiles are closed to students from April 1st to August 31st for internal updating

Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence

First Year Residence Spots
Residence offers all first-year students coming to VIU from high school residence priority.
Residence Options

Choose your space

VIU Residence provides a supportive environment designed to help you adjust to university and enjoy your time as a student. Students who are Residence Advisors live in each area and can connect you to resources and support. Community Leaders are also there to help when you hit a bump in the road or need to vent. They organize fun events and ensure you live in an environment that supports your academic success. The main office of Residence operates a help desk that’s available 24 hours a day.

Residence offers three styles of rooms:

Traditional Singles

A Traditional Single is a private bedroom furnished with a single bed and a desk. All rooms share a bathroom with one other unit.

Modern Singles

A Modern Single feature a private bedroom furnished with a single bed and a desk. All rooms share a bathroom with one other unit.

Modern Doubles

A Modern Double is a shared bedroom furnished with two single beds and two desks. All rooms share a bathroom with one other unit.

Coming in Fall 2025, new residence building with 266 additional student housing beds and a new dining hall.

Total Average Residence Cost
$4,800 - $8,100
Residence Cost Details
  • $4,900 for micro double
  • $5,330 for the modern double
  • $8,530 for traditional singles
  • $8,860 for modern singles

Some discounts offered for early payment.

Residence Application Deadline

Apply for residence as soon as you receive your VIU Student Number. While residence accepts applications throughout the year, you must apply by May 1 to be considered for first year priority. If you wait until you are admitted to VIU to apply for residence, you may not get a space.

How to Apply

Once you have received a VIU student number, apply online for residence.

Residence Contact Email
Residence Contact Phone

Accessibility Supports & Services Accessibility Supports & Services

Accessibility Supports & Services Info

Accessibility Services at VIU gives students with documented disabilities:

• information,
• support services
• reasonable accommodations

If you have a disability, you should register with the Accessibility Office soon after you have been accepted. You must complete an intake form and find out about the necessary documentation.

After you’ve submitted the intake form and documentation, staff will contact you. You will have a phone or Zoom appointment with an Access Specialist. This happens about 6-8 week before the start of the semester.

More Accessibility Info

International Students International Students

International Student Info

We welcome and value the students from around the world. International students help create the rich cultural tapestry on VIU campuses. To learn more, visit the VIU international website.

English Language Requirement

Please visit the International Admissions page to review the undergraduate and graduate level English Language Requirements for admission to Vancouver Island University.

More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email
International Students Contact Phone