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Vancouver Island University

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Quick facts:

  • Located on beautiful Vancouver Island
  • A wide variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • Opportunities for improving English fluency

For students seeking a location the combines the culture of Europe and the modernity of the United States, Canada offers an intriguing and exciting prospect. Compared to the United States, Canada offers a less competitive and more relaxed culture and a plethora of natural wonders and beauty. Located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Vancouver Island University stands alone as a university sitting upon a truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring natural landscape. As well as enjoying an atmosphere and environment filled with natural wonder and beauty, VIU students enjoy a wide selection of academic and programs rated as some of the best in Canada.

International Student Life and Activities at Vancouver Island University

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, where recreation is a way of life year-round, VIU provides international students with the best of island life experience. We encourage students to participate i...

Courses and Specialties

Founded in 1969 as Malaspina College, VIU offers a variety of programs including diplomas and degrees in the areas of science, tourism, history, international relations, communication, and medicine. However, VIU is best known for playing host to a truly outstanding business college and takes pride of place as one of only a handful of Canadian schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

VIU’s business school offers courses and programs in the following speciality areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • eCommerce
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • International Trade
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

Most business school programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level, with many students enrolling to take advantage of the prestigious Masters in Business Administration or MBA program.

Living in Nanaimo, BC

Located a short distance from Vancouver by ferry and enjoying a climate comparable to Western European cities and countries, Nanaimo is home to some-85,000 residents. Despite a reputation for being cold, British Columbia’s winters are relatively mild with warmer summers. Known for kitsch events like the world-famous bathtub race, VIU students never complain of boredom as Nanaimo plays host to a variety of pubs, bars, and restaurants. In fact, Nanaimo is loving referred to as the ‘Hub, Pub, and Tub City’ by locals.

Accommodation is offered in the form of on-campus dormitories and residences for students. Students living on campus enjoy single or shared living quarters, fully furnished communal rooms, high-speed WiFi, and access to the school’s gyms and bar.

Applying to VIU

VIU strives to ensure the application process is fair and simple. Prospective undergraduate applicants must complete an application form, provide official school transcripts translated from their native language to English, a personal statement covering why they want to study at VIU, and verified IELTS scores to a standard of 6.0 or higher.

For students who fail to achieve the minimum IELTS scores, admission to a preliminary English language program consisting of language and vocabulary courses is often granted. The program is completed before the start of the September semester and students are admitted to a program of their choice upon completion.

For students seeking a high level of academic rigor combined with the ability to seek and explore the wonders of Canada and the natural world, VIU makes for an intriguing and exciting option. For more information about VIU, British Columbia, or any other of our Canadian partner schools, please contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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