Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | Public University | Established 1936

About us

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University, 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, the University shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities. It is this history and commitment to people that has provided Vancouver Island University with a solid foundation on which it continues to grow.

Vancouver Island University is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 15,000 full-time and part-time learners, including over 3,300 international students, 1,500 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff. Through its ongoing evolution and growth, the school is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island culture, social, economic and knowledge base.  

Vancouver Island University 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.

Why Vancouver Island University

  • Location: Nanaimo is in close proximity to Victoria and Vancouver, two beautiful cities filled with night-life and many great tourist attractions.
  • Small Classes: Classes at Vancouver Island University are small and taught by experienced and highly-qualified instructors.
  • Services: The College offers a Grocery Shuttle, which runs twice a week. Students can sign up in advance and visit the local Superstore to pick up food and other essentials.
  • Events: The Culture-Couch is a multicultural, student-run event. It involves trying out traditional food, listening to music from various cultures and engaging in conversation with others about the world. 

Courses

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Bachelor of Education

48 Months CAD 16,680 Full Details

Bachelor of Science

48 Months CAD 16,680 Full Details

Graduate Preparation

12 Months CAD 5,100 Full Details

Associate of Arts

24 Months CAD 16,680 Full Details

Associate of Science

24 Months CAD 16,680 Full Details
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Fees

Courses Duration 1st Year Tuition Fees
University Diploma - Child and Youth Care 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Culinary Management (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 17,375
University Diploma - Dental Hygiene 2 Year CAD 27,105
University Diploma - Business Administration 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Computing Science 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Criminology 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Early Childhood Education and Care 2 Year CAD 22,935
University Diploma - Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology (Optional Co-op) 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Forest Resources Technology 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Hospitality Management (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Information Technology and Applied Systems 2 Year CAD 20,850
University Diploma - Music - Jazz Studies 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Physical Education 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Recreation and Sport Management (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Resource Management Officer Technology 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Social Services 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Theatre 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Tourism Studies (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 16,680
University Diploma - Visual Arts 2 Year CAD 16,680
Master of Arts - Sustainable Leisure Management 2 Year CAD 25,000
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 1.8 Year CAD 34,000
Master of Community Planning 2 Year CAD 25,000
Master of Education - Educational Leadership 2 Year CAD 25,000
Post-Degree Diploma - Languages and Culture - Romance Languages (French and Spanish) 1 Year CAD 16,680
Post-Degree Diploma - Fisheries and Aquaculture 1 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Child and Youth Care 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Education 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Interior Design 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Biology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Computing Science (Optional Co-op) 4 Year CAD 18,585
Bachelor of Arts - Creative Writing and Journalism 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Criminology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Digital Media Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Economics 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Geography 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Geoscience 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Global Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - History 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Physical Education 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Political Studies 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Psychology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Sociology 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Studies in Women and Gender 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - English 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Co-op) 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Mathematics 4 Year CAD 16,680
Graduate Certificate - Business (GCIB) 1 Year CAD 20,850
Graduate Diploma - International Trade (GDIT) 1 Year CAD 20,850
Graduate Diploma - Project Management 1 Year CAD 20,850
Advanced University Diploma - Geographic Information System (GIS) Applications 0.8 Year CAD 17,400
Bachelor of Arts - Visual Art 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Design - Graphic Design - Management 4 Year CAD 16,680
Post-Baccalaureate Degree - Bachelor of Education - Elementary 1.6 Year CAD 27,105
Post-Baccalaureate Degree - Bachelor of Education - Secondary 1.6 Year CAD 27,105
Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Tourism Management - Recreation and Sport Management (Co-op) 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Tourism Management - Tourism Studies (Co-op) 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Tourism Management - Year 3 Entry (Optional co-op) 2 Year CAD 16,680
Master of Education - Special Education 2 Year CAD 25,000
University Certificate - Applied Business Technology - Accounting Assistant 0.1 Year CAD 20,850
University Certificate - Applied Business Technology - Administrative Assistant 0.1 Year CAD 20,850
University Certificate - Applied Business Technology - Legal Administrative Assistant 0.1 Year CAD 22,850
University Certificate - Business Management 0.8 Year CAD 16,680
University Certificate - Culinary Arts - Professional Cook Training (Co-op) 1 Year CAD 22,935
University Certificate - Dental Assistant 0.1 Year CAD 20,850
University Certificate - Wine Business 1 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - General 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science 4 Year CAD 16,680
University Certificate - Fundamentals of Engineering - University Transfer to Bachelor of Engineering 0.8 Year CAD 23,650
Graduate Preparation 1 Year CAD 5,100
Graduate Preparation (Accelerated) 0.8 Year CAD 5,100
English Language and Culture Program (3 weeks) 0.3 Year CAD 1,550
English Language and Culture Program (4 weeks) 0.1 Year CAD 1,974
Associate of Arts 2 Year CAD 16,680
Associate of Science 2 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Child and Youth Care - Year 3 Entry 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Criminology - Year 3 Entry 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Education - Year 3 Entry 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Chemistry 4 Year CAD 16,680
Bachelor of Science - Physics - University Transfer to Bachelor of Science 0.8 Year CAD 16,680
University Certificate - Education Assistant and Community Support 0.8 Year CAD 16,680
University Certificate - Exploratory University Studies 0.8 Year CAD 16,680
International Foundation Year - Pathway to VIU 0.8 Year CAD 20,000
University Diploma - Technical Theatre 2 Year CAD 16,680
Graduate Diploma - Hospitality Management 2 Year CAD 21,893
College Diploma - Integrated Engineering Technologist (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 19,460
College Diploma - Baking and Pastry Arts Management (Co-op) 2 Year CAD 21,545
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Admission Requirements

Courses Exams
Diploma Course
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 88 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
  • Min IELTS overall: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)
Bachelors courses
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 88 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
  • Min IELTS overall: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)
Certificate Course
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 88 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
  • Min IELTS overall: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)
Postgraduate Certificate - Diploma / Masters courses
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 60
  • Min IELTS overall: 6 (Min Reading: 5.5, Min Writing: 5.5, Min Listening: 5.5, Min Speaking: 5.5)
English Course
Associate's Degree
  • Min TOEFL iBT: 88 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 20.0)
  • Min IELTS overall: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0)

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