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matter here

What does it mean to

matter here?

It means you will belong to a community.


At VIU, you wont be just another student
number. Your instructors, your classmates
and the people you work with will get to
know you by name.
It means you will be valued.
Your educational goals count, and your
instructors will provide you with the tools
to achieve those goals. Students are our
focuswe keep the number of students
in each class low to ensure you have a
personal, successful learning experience.
It means you will be in the right place
at the right time.
Here, you will have opportunities to
participatein undergrad research, in
campus rec activities and in student life
initiatives that are relevant to you and the
world around you.

Welcome
Find us online

Vancouver Island University

VIU at a Glance

Admissions

A Great Place

Money Matters

Campus Backyard

Student Services

Choose a Program

Education Abroad

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Business & Management
Education
First Nations

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Athletics

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Health & Human Services


Science & Technology

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Trades & Applied Technology


 pgrading, Academic
U
& Career Preparation

Student Life

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Services for
Aboriginal Students
VIU Campuses

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17,400
VIU has about

students across all its locations

44% Male

56% Female

Numbers for consideration


Total Mariners athletic programs
national medals 32
Student to faculty ratio 16:1
Students satisfied with
their decision to attend VIU 95%

Stats from 2012


2,046 Aboriginal students
1,535 International students
951 Degree graduates
570 Students taking experiential learning work terms
250 Student work opportunity positions

Vancouver Island University

VIU has 19 research exchange partner institutions


Regional information
Nanaimo is Vancouver Islands
second largest urban centre.
Vancouver Island is home to Canadas
mildest climate and gets over 1,800
hours of bright sunshine per year.

Victoria

Nanaimo

Comox

Cowichan

VIUs Nanaimo campus is 92 acres of hillside real


estate overlooking the city, the Georgia Strait and the
coastal Rocky Mountains.

In the 2012-13 academic year, 1,323 scholarships,


awards and bursaries were issued to VIU students,
totaling over $923,000. More than $130,000 in
research funds were also awarded to undergrad and
graduate students.
Awards to VIU students - $923,011
VIU student research funds - $130,000
Average VIU annual tuition* - $4,015
* Based upon 30 credits per year for Degree programs

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A great place to study,


work and play

Its beautiful here and the people are friendly.


Thats the reaction people have after visiting VIUs communities. The mid-Island/Sunshine Coast region is
a scenic, welcoming place and has everything from mountains to forests to beaches and a vibrant arts and
culture scene that make it easy to live here.
VIU campuses are ideally located near larger cities, but safely outside of them in their own, inclusive
communities. Here, you will find yourself close to nature, near urban centres and firmly rooted in the West
Coast lifestyle, making VIU the perfect choice for your education.

Vancouver Island University

Distance from Nanaimo campus


TOFINO 205 km | 3 hours 35 min.
VICTORIA 110 km | 1 hour 35 min.
VANCOUVER

36 km | 1 hour 40 min. by ferry

SEATTLE 315 km | 5 hours incl. ferry


MT. WASHINGTON 128 km | 1 hour 45 min.
WHISTLER 171 km | 4 hours 20 min. incl. ferry
NANAIMO AIRPORT

15 km | 17 minutes

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Explore our campus backyard


Around here, going outside to play is a way of life. Everywhere you turn, there are opportunities to live
the West Coast lifestyle.
Feel like staying on dry land? Explore our terrain by hiking or riding our cycling trails, or go
snowboarding, caving or rock climbing.
Dont mind getting wet? Youll have access to lake and ocean beaches, surfing, paddle boarding,
kayaking and rafting. Our mild climate means that youll be able to enjoy our campus backyard
year-round.

Vancouver Island University

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Learn what you love


Choose a program thats right for you pages
Admission Requirements
Vancouver Island University offers a wide variety
of academic and trades programs. Admission to
most academic programs requires high school
graduation including a minimum grade of C in
English 12. Some programs require additional
high school course prerequisites such as Math
12 and, once admitted to a degree program,
some courses also have additional high school
course prerequisites. Admission to most Trades
programs requires high school graduation and
often an interview or testing; see page 26 for Trades
General Admission requirements.
Details of admission requirements for each program
are summarized in the following pages and full
details can be found in our online calendar at
viu.ca/calendar. VIU has provisions for Mature
Student Admission and also offers high school
upgrading classes. If you require further assistance
with admission requirements, consult one of our
Advisors who can be reached by telephone, toll-free
in North America at 1-888-920-2221 ext 6410 or
at 250-740-6410. You can also send an e-mail to
advising@viu.ca.

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Equivalencies for English 12 are:


First Peoples 12; VIUs ENGL 067; Language
Proficiency Index (LPI) with a Level IV or better on
the essay part, plus a minimum average of 50% on
the additional sections of the LPI.

Program Start Dates and Application


Deadlines
Although most of our academic and vocational
programs begin in September, there are many
opportunities to begin studies in January, May or
throughout the year. Applications for programs that
begin in September are generally accepted from
November 15 until March 31. Transcripts and other
supporting documents must be received by the
application deadline.
In many cases, late applications will be accepted.
Program start dates and application deadlines for
each program are noted in the program details of
our online calendar.
Although most programs are available at VIUs
Nanaimo campus, they may not be available at the
regional campuses (Cowichan, Powell River and
ParksvilleQualicum). For program locations, please
consult our online calendar at viu.ca/calendar.

For Further Information


Contact Vancouver Island University
at 250-753-3245,
toll-free in North America
at 1-888-920-2221 or visit
our website at viu.ca

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Vancouver Island University

Questions?
Campus
Tours
Contact Advising:

Sign
up for a 250-740-6410
campus tour at
Nanaimo
cu@viu.ca
or advising@viu.ca
or
call 1-888-920-2221
Cowichan
250-746-3509
oror250-753-3245,
option 5
advising.cowichan@viu.ca
Powell
Rivertake
604-485-2878
You
can also
a virtual tour
of the Nanaimo campus at
viu.ca/vt

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Areas of Study
ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Admission Requirements

Associate of Arts Degree/Associate of Science Degree


2-year Associate Degree program
BA/BSc Degree option. Recognizes successful completion of two years of academic studies in a range of Arts and
Science subjects.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


4-year Degree program one Major (M) or two Minors (m)
Areas of study: Anthropology (M|m), Business (m), Creative Writing (M|m), Criminology (M|m),
Digital Media Studies (M|m), Economics (M|m), English (M|m), First Nations Studies (M|m), Geography (M|m),
Global Studies (M|m), Graphic Design (M), History (M|m), Journalism (m), Languages and Culture (m),
Liberal Studies (M|m), Media Studies (m), Philosophy (M|m), Physical Education (M|m), Political Studies (M|m),
Psychology (M|m), Sociology (M|m), Visual Art (m), Womens Studies (M|m)
Within a BA degree, students may also complete a number of science-based minors. Areas of study include:
Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Earth Science, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology
Professional Program Preparation areas of study include: Pre-Education, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-Social Work
Additional majors and minors are under development, please check viu.ca/programs.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Classical Music, Bachelor of Music Classical, Transfer


1- or 2-year university transfer program for preparation to enter into third year of Bachelor of Music programs at BC
universities.
Gain a solid foundation in music from a theoretical, historical and performance perspective; learn through classroom
lectures, seminars and performance ensembles.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Audition.

Criminology, Diploma
2-year program
Prepare for a career in the criminal justice system in the public and private sector. Completion of this program meets
the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor of Arts, major in Criminology.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C+. Min. C in one of: Principles of
Math 11, Applications of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or
Pre-Calculus 11. Admission rankings are determined by the
overall GPA of English 12 and Math 11. Enrolment is limited;
students who meet or exceed the minimum admission
requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the
program.

Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts, Major


4-year Degree program
Learn the theoretical, practical and creative skills required to launch a career as a graphic designer in print and
digital media.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Letter of intent. Rsum. References. Portfolio. Interview.
For Management stream: Min. C+ in one of: Principles of
Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.

The small classes and the


willingness of the professors to
help me with any assignment
and class questions that I have,
has helped me feel like I matter.
Maria Bassett
Bachelor of Arts, Major in English

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ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES

Admission Requirements

Interior Design, Bachelor of Interior Design


4-year Degree program
A career-focused degree that combines theory with specialized knowledge and the development of proficiencies
relative to the interior design profession.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C


Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 11, Applications of
Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.
Letter of intent. Rsum. Portfolio. Interview.

Jazz Studies, Diploma


2-year Diploma program
Gain professional skills in a variety of performance genres and hands-on experience of group music-making.
Completion of this program meets the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor
of Music in Jazz Studies.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Audition.

Jazz Studies, Bachelor of Music


4-year Degree program (2-year Diploma + 2 years for Degree completion)
Learn theory, performance ensembles, hands-on composing and recording techniques for jazz.

Jazz Diploma.
Audition.

Languages & Culture (Romance Languages), Post-Degree Diploma


1- to 4-year Post-Degree Diploma program
For holders of recognized undergraduate degrees who wish to complete the equivalent of a language minor.

Recognized Bachelors Degree.

Technical Theatre, Diploma


2-year program
Empasizes the technical aspects of theatre to develop trained theatre technicians.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Interview.

Theatre, Diploma
2-year program
Exposes students to a range of practical elements associated with theatre production as well as the academic study of
theory and theatre history.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Interview.

Visual Arts, Diploma


2-year Diploma program
Students learn a number of technical skills and the visual literacy essential for visual art practice.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Letter of intent. Portfolio. Interview.

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Minor


4-year Degree program (taken in combination with a BA major or another minor)
Multi-dimensional in focus, the visual arts programs include multi-media and contemporary cultural studies, studio
courses and theory courses in 2- and 3-dimensional art and design.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Letter of intent. Portfolio. Interview.

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Transfer


Grade 12.
1- or 2-year university transfer program for entrance into third year of Bachelor of Fine Arts programs at BC universities. English 12* min. C. Letter of intent. Portfolio. Interview.

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Admission requirements

Business Administration, Bachelor


4-year Degree program
Provides a thorough understanding of the economic, social, political, legal and ethical factors that affect the world of
business. Majors in Accounting, Economics, Financial Services, Human Resource Management, International Business,
Management and Marketing.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 12, Applications of
Math 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12.

Business Administration, Diploma


2-year Diploma program
Provides a well-rounded business education; awarded on completion of the first two years of the Bachelor of Business
Administration.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 12, Applications of
Math 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12.

Business Administration, Master


14- to 16-month Graduate Degree program
In partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, this dual Canadian/British degree program is designed to give
students an opportunity to combine new knowledge and practical experience through the integration of theory,
research and practice that can be applied at regional, national and international levels.

Recognized Bachelors degree, business or non-business


focus, with min. B avg. in the last two years. Letter of intent.
Rsum. Two references from past employers or professors.

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Admission requirements

Business Management, Certificate


1-year program
Designed for individuals with business experience who wish to improve their management skills.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. C+ in one of: Principles of Math 11, Foundations of
Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.

Recognized Bachelors degree, business or non-business


Business Studies, Post-Degree Diploma
focus.
1-year program
For undergraduate degree holders who want to study business and management or wish to strengthen their academic Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.
background to pursue graduate studies. Specializations in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Financial Services, General
Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management and Leadership, Marketing and
Not-for-Profit Management.
Business, Bachelor of Arts, Minor
4-year Degree program (taken in combination with a BA major or another minor)
Combines business knowledge and skills with the knowledge gained from a BA major or another minor.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Event Management, Certificate


3-semester Certificate program, part-time, online
Prepare for a career in event management, working in a wide range of sectors: tourism, recreation, arts, culture,
sports, fundraising, corporate marketing and non-profit organizations.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation, Advanced Diploma


2-year program, part-time, online
Develop analytical skills to approach the investigation of fraud, corruption and ethical irregularities and an
understanding of the strategies and tools that can be used to achieve fraud prevention through strategic controls and
a culture of compliance. Supplements any business or criminology diploma or degree or accounting designations and
provides specialization in the growing field of government and corporate fraud investigation, forensic accounting and
fraud prevention and compliance.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Completion of a university,


college degree or diploma in a related business area
(accounting, commerce, management, business
administration or criminology) or completion of the
requirements for a professional accounting designation (CA,
CGA, CMA). Min. C+ in a college or university level financial
accounting course. Possess Faculty of Managements
required Computer Competencies.

Hospitality Management, Diploma


2-year program
Prepare for a wide range of management positions in the hospitality industry. Graduates can apply to enter the third
year of the Bachelor of Tourism Management or Bachelor of Hospitality Management programs. Includes a Co-op
Education component.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C+.


Letter of intent.

Hospitality Management, Bachelor


4-year Degree program (2-year Diploma + 2 years for Degree completion)
Expand middle and senior management skills and knowledge with a focus on resort properties, communities and
businesses. Graduates of the Culinary Arts Diploma program may complete a one-semester bridging program to
qualify for admission to Year 3 of the program. Includes a Co-op Education component.

Hospitality Management Diploma with a min. C+ avg.


Min. C in individual courses.
Letter of faculty support.

I feel like I matter at VIU because


my instructors remember
my name. Due to the relative
small class sizes at VIU, the
environment has a more
personal feeling to it which
makes me feel integrated and
supported.
Anne Harsch
Bachelor of Business Administration

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BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Admission requirements

Management Skills for Supervisors, Certificate


12-day, part-time program
Develop critical skills needed in management, supervisory and leadership roles.

No entry requirements.

Recreation and Sport Management, Diploma


2-year program
Learn to plan, organize and supervise recreation and leisure experiences for a variety of participants in preparation for
an entry-level career in recreation and sport services. Graduates can apply to enter the third year of the Bachelor of
Tourism Management. Includes a Co-op Education component.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C+.

Sustainable Leisure Management, Master of Arts


16- to 20-month Graduate Degree program
Prepares emerging leaders to examine and create solutions that ensure residents and travellers can enjoy recreational
experiences, natural and cultural amenities, heritage resources and adventure on a sustainable basis.

Recognized Degree with min. B avg. in last two years.


Rsum. Reference letters.

Technical Communication, Certificate


2-year program, part-time, online
Learn to create products for various media, including paper, video and the Internet. Products include online help,
user manuals, technical manuals, white papers, specifications, process and procedure manuals, data sheets, journal
articles, business papers, technical reports and forms and documents.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Successful completion (80% pass) of Computer Basics test,
completion of an introductory computer course within the
past two years or equivalent skills.

Tourism Management, Bachelor, Major in Recreation


4-year Degree program or 2-year Diploma + 2 years for Degree completion
Learn the theoretical knowledge and applied skills related to the provision of leisure services management in the
fields of recreation and tourism. Includes a Co-op Education component.

Entry at Year 1: Grade 12. English 12* min. C+,


Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 11,
Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.
Entry at Year 3: Diploma in Recreation, Tourism or Hospitality.
Compulsory orientation in early Fall semester.

Tourism Studies, Diploma


2-year program
Provides hands-on experience in planning and managing leisure experiences in a variety of settings. Graduates can
apply to enter the third year of the Bachelor of Tourism Management program. Program includes a Co-op Education
component.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C+.

Wine Business, Certificate


1-year full-time or 2-year part-time program
Study courses related to the wine industry, the process of wine making, wine appreciation, wine marketing, wine
tourism and other knowledge related to the business of wine.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. 19 years of age.

EDUCATION

Admission requirements

Bachelor of Education, Post-Baccalaureate


1-year Post-Degree program Elementary or Secondary Option
For those who already possess an undergraduate degree; provides course work and field experience to prepare
graduates to become elementary or secondary school teachers.

Recognized Degree. Elementary Teaching Option: 1 Science,


1 Canadian studies, 1 Math and 2 English (Composition
& Literature). Secondary Teaching Option: 2 English
(Composition & Literature). Min. C+ avg. on most recent 60
credits. Personal profile.

Education, Bachelor of
3-year Degree program following completion of 2 years of a BA or BSc program
Course work and field experience prepares graduates to teach Kindergarten to Grade 12.

2 years BA/BSc, including 1 Science, 1 Canadian studies, 1


Math and Degree English requirements. Min. C+ avg. on
most recent 60 credits. Personal profile.

Global Education, Graduate Diploma


2-year Graduate Diploma (30 credits)
Provides teachers with a broad field of study that explores the urgent need for global education in schools. Diploma
graduates may enter the Master of Education in Educational Leadership with 30 graduate credits completed.

Bachelor of Education degree with min. B avg. in final two


years.

Educational Leadership, Master of Education


2-year Graduate Degree program
For those who already possess a degree; the MEd in Educational Leadership provides a program of professional
preparation for aspiring and practicing school leaders.

Rsum outlining 2 years teaching experience. Bachelor of


Education degree with a min. B avg. in final two years of
study. Letter of intent. 2 confidential assessment reports.

Special Education, Master of Education


2-year Graduate Degree program
Graduates of the program will command content knowledge, develop skill-specific competencies and acquire relevant
experiences prescribed by the BC Ministry of Education for Special Education specialist teachers, as well as have the
capacity to offer leadership in Special Education areas.

Rsum outlining 2 years teaching experience. Bachelor


degree with min. B avg. in final two years of study. Letter of
intent. 2 confidential assessment reports.

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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EDUCATION

Admission requirements

Online Learning and Teaching, Graduate Diploma


2-year program
Learn about best practices for online teaching using the latest Web 2.0 tools and Learning Management Systems.
Successful program graduates will also qualify for TQS category 4 or 5. Qualifies graduates to complete the Master of
Education (Leadership) graduate program with only an additional 10 credits of project work required.

Bachelor of Education degree with min. B avg. in final


two years.

Physical Education, Diploma


2-year program. 1- or 2-year University Transfer program
BA major and minor options.
Prepare for employment in activity centres such as spas, summer camps, parks, swimming pools and squash and
racquetball clubs.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Individual courses and transfer


streams may have additional prerequisites.

Physical Education, Bachelor of Arts with a Major or Minor


4-year Degree program
Explore the nature of human movement and learn essential skills to communicate, administrate and lead groups in
physical activity settings.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Individual courses may have


additional prerequisites.

Special Education Teacher Specialty, Post Degree Diploma


1-year program
This continuous intake program is for Canadian certified teachers who wish to increase their understanding of the
diverse needs of students in the classroom. Teachers with this credential will be well prepared for positions in schoolbased support services for students, such as Learning Assistance/Resource teachers.

Possession of valid Canadian teaching credential. Relevant


experience as a professional educator.

Teacher Leadership, Graduate Diploma


2-year program
Prepares and equips school leaders to lead contemporary schools. Diploma graduates may enter the Master of
Education in Educational Leadership program with 15 graduate credits completed.

Bachelor of Education degree with min. B avg. in final two


years. 2 years teaching experience.

FIRST NATIONS

Admission requirements

Aboriginal University Bridging Program, Certificate


1-year Certificate program
Prepares Aboriginal students for post-secondary education.

Aboriginal Status.
Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Arts One First Nations


1-year University program
Multi-disciplinary learning community and introduction to First Nations Studies.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.

Child & Youth Care First Nations, Diploma


2-year program BA in Child & Youth Care Degree option
Provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to work across a variety of practice settings that provide
support to First Nations children, youth and their families.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Rsum. References. Interview.

I feel like I matter at VIU because


the teachers actually have a
personal relationship with me.
They have helped me out with
finding employment and just
actually care about you.
Troy Brooks
Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

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FIRST NATIONS

Admission requirements

Grade 12.
First Nations Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Major or Minor
English 12* min. C.
4-year Degree program (taken as a major or as a minor in combination with another major or minor)
Exploration of contemporary First Nations issues in an integrated, multi-disciplinary manner that prepares students for
living within First Nations societies and the larger world.

First Nations programs and students are supported by the Office of Aboriginal Education and Services for Aboriginal Students. The purpose of Services for Aboriginal Students
is to support Aboriginal students in making a successful transition to Vancouver Island University and to assist students in succeeding at their academic endeavors by providing
direct services and appropriate referrals. Call the Centre at 250-740-6510 for more information.

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Admission requirements

Activity Assistant, Certificate


4-month Certificate program, part-time
Activity Assistants work in a variety of settings to plan and implement individual and group activities for older adults
in intermediate and extended care facilities and community settings. This program provides additional training for
Certified Health Care Assistants.

Health Care Assistant (Home Support/Resident Care


Attendant) certificate or equivalent experience.
Immunization requirements. Proof of employment as
Health Care Assistant in last 4 years.

Animal Care Aide, Certificate


7-month program, part-time
Provides the knowledge and basic skills needed for entry-level employment in animal care facilities. It is intended for
individuals with no previous formal training and to upgrade skills of existing staff and volunteers.

English 11 min. C.
One of: Math 11, Principles of Math 11, Applications of
Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or
Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11. Letter of Attendance
from an information session.

Child & Youth Care, Diploma


2-year program
Gain skills and knowledge required to conduct child and youth care practice in community and residential settings.
Completion of the program meets the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor
of Arts in Child and Youth Care.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Admission in year two requires


30 first year credits including 6 English credits and 6 Human
Development credits with min. C+ avg. or Human Services
Certificate. Personal statement. Rsum. References.

Child & Youth Care, Bachelor of Arts


4-year Degree program (2-year Diploma + 2 years for Degree completion)
Prepare for employment in the child and youth care field, ranging from early intervention with special needs infants
and youth corrections to child protection and guardianship.

Entry in Year 1 or 3. Entry at year 1 requires Grade 12.


English 12*min C. Personal statement. Rsum. References.
Entry in year 3. Human Services Diploma such as Child and
Youth Care, Disability Studies, Early Childhood Education
and Care, and Social Services or 54 university credits.
Studies should include 6 credits of English, 6 credits of
Human Development and 24 credits of Child and Youth Care
with a min. C+ in each course. Personal statement. Rsum.
References.

Dental Assistant, Certificate


10-month program
Provides opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to be a member of the dental team.
Graduates who successfully pass the National Board exam are eligible to apply for registration and licensure with the
College of Dental Surgeons of BC as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA Level II).

Grade 12.
English 12* and Biology 12 min. C.
Good health.
20/20 vision.

Dental Hygiene, Diploma


2-year program
Provides education in the application of preventative and therapeutic methods of oral disease control and oral health
promotion. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC.

30 credits of post secondary courses with a min. B avg.


including: min. C+ in 6 credits of English, min. C+ in 6
credits of BIOL, min. C+ in 6 credits of CHEM, min. C+ in 3
credits of Statistics and min. C+ in 6 credits of PSYC.
See viu.ca/calendar for details. Personal profile.

Dental Office Receptionist, Certificate


18-week program
From the basics of dental terminology to the latest in dental software, this program offers the skills necessary to meet
the requirements as a receptionist in dental offices and clinics.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C or English assessment.


Math 10 min. C. Successful completion of Introduction
To Computers within the past 2 years or equivalent
experience. 25 wpm. Letter of intent.

Disability Studies, Diploma


2-year program
Advanced level training for working in the community living, disability and disability-related sectors. This program
builds on the School and Community Support Worker program.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C+.
Rsum. Cover letter. References. Interview.

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Admission requirements

Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma


2-year program
Gain knowledge and skills necessary to work with young children and their families in licensed childcare settings.
Completion of the program meets the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor
of Arts in Child and Youth Care.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
60 hours of volunteer experience in a licensed childcare
setting. Rsum. References. Interview.

Foundations in Mental Health, Certificate


Part-time program (length varies)
Provides introductory training for those entering the field of mental health services or as a refresher for those currently
working in the field.

No entry requirements.

Health Care Assistant, Certificate


24-week program
Become a caregiver in complex care facilities and extended care units, home support agencies and residential settings.

Grade 12.
English 12*.
Personal profile. Interview.

Hospital Unit Coordinator, Certificate


8-month program, part-time
The purpose of this program is to prepare the individual for employment as a Hospital Unit Coordinator in a variety
of health care settings. It will provide knowledge and training in the medical field including topics such as medical
terminology, pharmacology, communications and coordinating physicians orders.

Grade 12, GED completion or Assessments in Hospital


Unit Coordinator Math and English. OSME 002: Medical
Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology within the last 5
years. Computer skills or Introduction To Computers within
the past 2 years. 50 cwpm.

Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Certificate


12-week program, full-time
Students gain theory and application of principles related to decontamination, sterilization, storage and distribution
of equipment in a medical device reprocessing area. The program is intended for those who desire to play a critical role
in health care and work as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Completion of Medical


Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology and
Interpersonal Skills for Healthcare Workers.

Medical Office Assistant Training, Certificate


3-month program, full-time
Prepares for employment as a Medical Office Assistant in medical offices and specialist offices. Skills may also be
transferable to positions in other medical settings.

English 12* min. C or English Assessment Test.


One of: Intro to Math 11, Trades Math 11, Applications or
Principles of Math 11, Accounting 11 or Math Assessment
Test. 40 wpm. Computer skills or Introduction to Computers
within the past 2 years. OSME 002: Medical Terminology
and Anatomy & Physiology.

Nursing, Bachelor of Science


4-year Degree program
Preparation for accreditation through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) and employment
as a Registered Nurse (RN).

Grade 12. English 12*min. C+, Chemistry 11, Biology 12,


Min. C+ in one of: Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or
Foundations of Math 12. Proof of WHMIS and CPR level C
and Immunization requirements.

I feel like I matter at VIU because


all the programs, staff and
students try to include you in
everything they do. I also feel
that our instructors take our
learning to a personal level.
They care.
Stephanie Hug
Health Care Assistant Certificate

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HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Admission requirements

Practical Nursing, Diploma


2-year program
Learn skills to practice as a Practical Nurse (PN) in acute, extended, intermediate and community care settings.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C+ or Technical Professional


Communications 12 with a B+, Min. C in one of: Principles
of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11.
Biology 12 min. C. Human Anatomy and Physiology for
Practical Nurses min. C+. Proof of WHMIS, CPR level C, and
Immunization requirements.

School and Community Support Worker, Certificate


18-month program or part-time (length varies)
Theoretical studies and practical applications for working with people who have disabilities across the lifespan.
The core and specialty courses provide the skills and knowledge to work in schools and community.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Rsum. References. Interview.

Social Services, Diploma


2-year program (full-time or part-time)
Advanced-level training for working in the social services field.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Volunteer or paid experience


in the human services field. Rsum. Cover letter.
References. Interview. Personal Profile.

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work


4-year Degree program (Entry in year 3)
Provides social work education that addresses local, national and global needs.

60 credits of post-secondary courses including: 6 credits of


English min. C+, 6 credits of SOCW 200A, SOCW 200 min. B,
39 credits of Arts & Humanities and/or Social Sciences.
Min. C+ avg. on most recent 24 credits. Personal Profile.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Associate of Arts Degree/Associate of Science Degree


2-year Associate Degree program
BA/BSc Degree option. Recognizes successful completion of two years of academic studies in a range of Arts and
Science subjects.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)


4-year Degree program one Major (M) or two Minors (m)
Areas of Study: Biology (M|m), Chemistry (m), Computing Science (M|m), Earth Science (m), Geography (m),
Geoscience (M), Mathematics (m), Psychology (M|m)
Transfer Programs: Engineering, Physics
Co-op Program: Computer Science
Within a BSc degree, students may also combine the Science major or double-minor with an additional arts-based
minor. Areas of study include: Anthropology, Business, Creative Writing, Criminology, Digital Media Studies,
Economics, English, First Nations Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Journalism, Languages and Culture,
Liberal Studies, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Visual Art,
Womens Studies.
Note: An Arts minor cannot be used with a single Science minor to complete the BSc degree.
Additional majors and minors are under development, please check viu.ca/programs.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Individual courses may have additional prerequisites.
Additional prerequisites may include Biology 11/12,
Chemistry 11/12 and Physics 11/12, Min. B in one of:
Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12.

Computing Science, Diploma


2-year program
BA/BSc Major and Minor options. Prepare for a career as a computer programmer and/or analyst.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Min. C+ in one of: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12.

Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology, Diploma


2-year program
Theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for employment in rearing or assessment of aquatic stocks, and
personnel and business management functions in fisheries and aquaculture. Completion of this program meets the
eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture
program. Includes a Co-op Education component.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C. Biology 11 min. C.
Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 11,
Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.

Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology, Post-Degree Diploma


1-year program
Those with a BSc in Biological Science may qualify to complete the Technology Diploma program in one year. A limited
number of students will be permitted to enrol in this option. The program is tailored to reflect the students advanced
background and experience. Includes a Co-op Education component.

Recognized Bachelor of Science with a min. B avg.


Permission of department.
Interview.

Fisheries & Aquaculture, Bachelor of Science


4-year Degree program
Gain broad knowledge and applied technical skills for careers in industry, government or self-employment in fisheries
and aquaculture.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. C+ in Biology 11, Chemistry 12 and Principles of Physics 11.
Min. B in one of: Principles of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12.

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Grade 12.
Forest Resources Technology, Diploma
English 12* min. C. One Science 11 min. C+. Min. C in one
2-year program
Prepare for a variety of technical positions in forestry, environmental management and natural resource management. of: Principles of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11; or min. C+ in
Applications of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11.
GIS Applications, Advanced Diploma
8-month in-class or 16-month online
Learn to use geographic information systems as a spatial informational and problem-solving tool for careers in GIS
applications.

University degree or technical diploma.


Introductory courses in GIS and Computer Literacy.

Horticultural Technician Foundation, Certificate


9-month program
Learn sustainable horticultural practices including integrated pest management and environmentally responsible
greenhouse, nursery and landscape practices.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C. Min. C in one of: Principles of


Math 11, Applications of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, PreCalculus 11 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11. Fitness
required for physical aspects of program and industry. Letter
of intent. Interview.

Information Technology & Applied Systems, Diploma


2-year program
Prepare for a career in the design, installation, operation and administration of network and Internet-based
information systems.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Letter of intent. Interview.

Natural Resource Protection, Bachelor


4-year Degree program (2-year Diploma + 2 years for Degree completion)
Prepares students for careers in the natural resource conservation and protection field.

Resource Management Officer Technology Diploma,


min. C+ avg.

Resource Management Officer Technology, Diploma


2-year program
Prepares students for careers as fisheries, conservation or parks officers for provincial or federal ministries or selfemployment. Completion of this program meets the eligibility requirements to apply for admission to the third year
of the Bachelor of Science, major in Biology; Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Aquaculture and Bachelor of Natural
Resource Protection Degree programs.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C. Biology 11 min. C.
Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11,
Pre-Calculus 11 or min. C+ in Applications of Math 11.
Letter of intent. Rsum. References. Interview.

TRADES & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Program length may be subject to change. Check individual programs for admission requirements at viu.ca/calendar or call 250-740-6410 for more information.
Aluminum Boat Building, Certificate
30-week program
Learn fabrication and aluminum welding skills with a specialty in aluminum boat building.

In Biology 491, I got to see what


real science is all about through
choosing my own topic of
research, formulating my own
questions and experiments,
trouble-shooting and dedicating
many hours to looking after
microbes!
Nathan Stefani
Bachelor of Science, Biology Major, Chemistry Minor

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Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Mature students without Grade 12 can complete an
assessment test.

TRADES & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Applied Business Technology (Office Administration), Certificate


10-month program; also offered online
In-depth office skills training required by todays office-based professions; specializations offered to prepare for careers
as an Accounting Assistant (Bookkeeper), Administrative Assistant and Legal Administrative Assistant and, online only:
Medical Office Assistant.

Grade 12. English 12* min. C.


Min. C in any Math 10.
Assessment test available if minimum grade prerequisites
not met for Math or English.

Artificial Nail Technology, Certificate


9.5-week program, full-time
Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to work as an artificial nail technician. Ideal for certified
Estheticians or those with training in natural nail care.

Grade 12. Min. 17 years of age.


Completion of an esthetics certificate or natural nail
manicure/pedicure program. Personal profile.

Automotive Service Technician, Certificate


10-month program
Preparation for a career in the automotive repair trade. Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12 or assessment test.


Min. 17 years of age.
Valid BC drivers license.

Carpentry, Certificate
8-month program
Entry-level training for jobs in construction. Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Assessment test. Personal profile.

Culinary Arts, Certificate and Diploma


1-year Certificate program. 2-year Diploma program (1-year Certificate + 1 year for Diploma completion)
Learn basic and advanced techniques of professional cooking in preparation for careers in the food industry through
the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island. Graduates of the Certificate program may apply to enter the second year
of the Diploma program. Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship. Graduates of the Diploma program
may complete a one-semester bridging program to qualify for admission to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Hospitality
Management. Includes a Co-op Education component.
**
28-week Professional Cook 1 certificate is offered in Cowichan and Powell River. Students who complete this
certificate will be able to apply to Nanaimo to complete the balance of the Culinary Arts Certificate program.

Grade 12 or assessment test.


Foodsafe Level 1.
2-year program requires English 12* min. C+.
Min. C+ in one of: Principles of Math 11, Applications
of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.
Interview. Criminal record check (Cowichan and Powell
River campuses only).

Electrician, Certificate
24-week program
Entry-level training prepares graduates for employment in the electrical trade in commercial, industrial and marine
facilities. Includes an ITA Electrician Level I certification. Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12. Min. 17 years of age. Min. C in English 11* or


Technical and Professional Communications 12.
Min. C in one of: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 11,
Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11.
Valid BC drivers license. Assessment test.

Fire Officer 1 Training, Certificate


10-day (80-hour) program
Meets the requirements of senior Firefighters who aspire to become Company Officers. Participants gain the ability
and knowledge to perform the duties of a junior officer.

Firefighter 2 certification (NFPA 1001)


Fire Service Instructor Level I certification (NFPA 1041)

Hairdressing, Certificate
42-week program
Preparation to become a fully qualified hairdresser through theoretical and practical instruction and student
participation with industry materials and equipment.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Personal profile.

Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration, Certificate


9-month program (Cowichan campus only)
Preparation for entry-level jobs in heating (gas and oil), air-conditioning and refrigeration. Provides opportunity for
credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12.
Physically fit, hand-eye coordination.
Assessment test. Personal profile.
Criminal record check.

Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanics, Certificate


10-month program
Train to prepare for employment as a heavy duty or commercial transport mechanic. Provides opportunity for credit
towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12. Min. 17 years of age.


Valid BC drivers license.
Assessment test. Personal profile.

Heavy Equipment Operator


Length of program varies
Individualized hands-on training in operation and routine maintenance of a variety of heavy equipment machinery
used in excavating, land clearing, grading and road building. For info on start dates call 1-888-920-2221, local 6227.

Grade 12. Min. 19 years of age. Exceptions may be allowed.


Valid BC Class 5 drivers license.
Additional endorsements may be required.
Physically fit.

Heavy Equipment Operator Foundation, Certificate


4-week program
Students learn the basic skills that will help them to be successful in the Heavy Equipment Operator programs.
For info call 250-740-6227.

Grade 12.
Valid BC Class 5 drivers license.
Assessment test. Personal profile.

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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TRADES & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Heavy Equipment Operator Technician, Certificate


5-week program
Students learn the theory and practical skills required for operating equipment in the road building and heavy
construction industry in BC. For info call 250-740-6227.

Grade 12.
Valid BC drivers license.
Good health.

Information Technology & Applied Systems, Diploma


2-year program
Prepare for a career in the design, installation, operation and administration of network and Internet-based
information systems.

Grade 12.
English 12* min. C.
Letter of intent.
Interview.

Motorcycle and Marine Technician, Certificate


9-month program
Entry-level training for jobs as marine engine technician or motorcycle/outdoor power equipment technician.
Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12 or assessment test.


Min. 17 years of age.

Nail Technology, Certificate


16-week Certificate, full-time
Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to work as a nail technician; give manicures, pedicures,
treatments and apply nail enhancements.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Personal profile.

Power Engineering/Process Operator - 4th Class, Certificate


32-week program
Prepare for employment as power engineers, able to operate, maintain and manage industrial power and processing
plants and the technical knowledge required for a process operator.

Grade 12. English 11. Math 11. Science 10.


Personal profile.

Professional Baking & Pastry Arts, Certificate


10-month program
Preparation for employment in the commercial baking industry, including retail/wholesale bakeries, supermarkets,
restaurants, hotels, catering, camps, etc. Provides opportunity for credit towards apprenticeship.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Foodsafe Level 1.
Assessment test. Personal profile.

Professional Esthetics, Certificate


8-month, full-time
Become qualified to work in spas, hair salons, sales and the performing arts industry.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Personal profile.

Road Building & Heavy Construction Equipment Operator, Certificate


12- to 17-week program, depending on specialty
Provides classroom and on-site training in the operation of heavy equipment, specializing in articulated rock truck,
backhoe, dozer, excavator, front end loader, front end loader/articulated rock truck or grader.
For info call 250-740-6227.

Grade 12. Valid BC Class 5 drivers license.


English 10, Science 10 and either Math 10 or Apprenticeship
and Workplace Math 10 recommended. Assessment test.
Personal profile.

I feel like I matter at VIU


because my teachers give me
one-on-one instruction while
working in the shop.
Evan Paterson
Automotive Technician Program

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TRADES & APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Admission requirements

Residential Building Maintenance Worker Level 1, 1 Enhanced, 2, 3, Certificate


8- or 20-week program, depending on course.
Instruction includes minor carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, drywall, refrigeration and roofing repairs,
maintenance, installation, inspection, testing and troubleshooting.
For info call 250-740-6227.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Successful completion of assessment test.
Personal Profile.

Welding Levels C, B, A
7-month Welder Level C / 3-month Welder Fitter
Also Weld Level B and A. Theoretical and practical training to become a welder. Levels B & A can be started at any time.
For info call 250-740-6139.

Grade 12.
Min. 17 years of age.
Mature students without Grade 12 can complete an
assessment test.

Apprenticeship Programs Call 250-740-6112 or visit viu.ca/apprentice


Automotive Service Technician, Baker, Carpenter, Cook, Electrician, Gas Fitter, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Motorcycle and Marine Technician, Refrigeration and Welding.

UPGRADING, ACADEMIC & CAREER PREPARATION

Admission Requirements

Adult Basic Education


Various courses offered. Continuous intake programming.
Designed for students who need to upgrade high school English, math and science subjects or complete prerequisites
for VIU courses and programs. Students can also complete courses to earn the BC Adult Graduation Diploma.

Call 250-740-6425 for information.

Employability Skills
2-year, part-time program located on the Cowichan Campus
Combines classroom and work-site training for adults with disabilities. Provides opportunities to learn new skills in
employment preparation as well as personal management skills for workplace and independent living.

Call 250-746-3509 for information.

English-as-a-Second-Language
7-week and 14-week programs. Continuous intake programming.
Academic preparation for students whose first language is not English.

Call 250-740-6316 for information.

Workplace Essential Skills and Training Program


2-year program located on the Nanaimo campus. Continuous intake programming.
Specifically designed for students with developmental and cognitive disabilities to assist students' development with
personal, interpersonal and employment skills required to obtain and maintain employment.

Call 250-740-6417 or 250-740-6425 for information.

Career & Academic Preparation (CAP) at VIU Visit viu.ca/cap


Get your pre-requisites for university or college courses, improve a mark or complete your high school diploma.

My favourite economics class


dealt primarily with current
issues and forced students to
approach real world problems
with the tools wed obtained
through our program.
Chris Canning
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics
Minor in Philosophy

* See list of Equivalencies for English 12 on page 12. For more detailed program information, visit viu.ca/programs.

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Become a student

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Apply for Admission in 3 Easy Steps


Start online at viu.ca/apply
You can also print an Application for Admission form or pick one up at
a Vancouver Island secondary school or at any VIU campus. VIU starts
taking applications on November 15 for most programs, and some
programs accept applications on a continual basis.

Gather together all the necessary documentation.


This could include:
official transcripts from your secondary school and other postsecondary institutions you may have attended,
assessment tests,
a personal profile and/or a rsum,
a letter of intent,
a Personal Education Number (PEN) if you are a current BC
high school student, in order to release your final grades
(transcripts) to VIU. Some programs will still require your
transcripts to be sent in separately.

Questions?
Call 250-740-6400
or 1-888-920-2221 ext. 6400.
You are advised to apply as early
as possible because your date of
application may determine your
registration date.
Applications and documents
become the property of
Vancouver Island University
and are not returned, whether a
student is accepted or not.

Submit your application and supporting documents.


Submit the completed application form online or mail a printed copy
to the address below. A non-refundable application fee of $37.10 is
required. Printed applications and all supporting documents should
be sent to:
Registration Centre
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

After you have applied for admission...


You will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application. Once we have processed your application and you have been
accepted, you will be asked to pay a tuition deposit and we will send you instructions on how to register for classes.
Please read all correspondence from the Registration Centre carefully. Ask questions if there is anything you do not
understand. We strongly recommend that you contact the Advising Centre at 250-740-6410 to discuss your program and course
selection well in advance of your course registration date. Course registration can be completed online or in-person.
Note 1: In some academic programs, due to space or enrolment limitations, permission to register does not guarantee that
students will be able to register for all courses they wish to take.
Note 2: Vancouver Island University reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program or course if there is insufficient
enrolment. In such cases, every reasonable effort will be made to notify involved students as early as possible.

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Admission Information
General Admission Requirements
for University and Career/
Technical Programs
Applicants are eligible for admission to
University and Career/Technical programs
if they meet at least one of the following
conditions:
Graduation from a BC secondary
school, or equivalent, with a minimum
C grade in English 12 (for English 12
equivalencies see page 12 or visit
viu.ca/calendar/equivalencies);
Previous degree from a recognized
university;
Visiting student from a college or
university (a Letter of Permission
from the home institution is required);
Transfer student from a college or
university (at least 24 transferable
university-level credits completed);
Academic mature student category
at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21
in the first semester of admission) and
have a minimum C grade in English 12.

General Admission Requirements


for Unclassified Students
Students who do not meet any of the
above admission categories may be
admitted as an Unclassified Student to
register for university-level classes where
they meet the prerequisite(s). Unclassified
students will register after University
Program students, so course availability
will be limited. Unclassified students are
not considered to have been admitted to a
university Degree or Diploma program.

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Applicants are eligible for admission as an


Unclassified Student if they meet one of
the following conditions:
Graduation from a BC secondary
school, or equivalent from another
school system;
Unclassified mature student category
(19 years of age or older, or who will
become 19 during their first semester).

General Admission Requirements


for Trades & Applied Technology
Programs
Graduation from a BC secondary
school, or equivalent from another
school system;
OR
Trades Mature Student category: at
least 19 years of age (or turning 19
during the first two months of the
program);
AND the following:
Minimum 17 years of age, unless
stated otherwise;
Rsum and/or letter of intent and/or
references may be required;
Interview may be required;
Math and/or reading and/or trades
aptitude test may be required;
Physically fit and able to adapt to
working conditions;
Good hand/eye coordination;
Good health; free of vision, hearing or
respiratory ailments;
Valid drivers license will be required
for vehicle and equipment operation.

Course Prerequisites
Students admitted to Vancouver Island
University must also meet individual
course prerequisites. Check the Course
Descriptions section of the online
calendar, or consult an Advisor to find out
if you first need to complete prerequisites.

Admission on the Basis of a


Previous Degree
Applicants admitted under this category
will be eligible for up to 60 transfer credits
towards a VIU degree. Such applicants
must pay careful attention to course
prerequisites and be aware that, in most
cases, submission of a secondary school
transcript is also necessary to confirm that
prerequisites have been satisfied.

Special Admission for Exceptional


Students to University Credit
Courses
Applicants still attending secondary school
may be considered eligible to register
in up to TWO university credit courses
per semester for up to a maximum of
FOUR courses prior to secondary school
graduation. For more information, please
visit viu.ca/calendar/admissions

Questions?

Contact Advising:
Nanaimo 250-740-6410
or advising@viu.ca
Cowichan 250-746-3509
or advising.cowichan@viu.ca
Powell River 604-485-2878

Specific admission requirements for each program are listed online in the
Program Outlines. viu.ca/calendar/outlines

Language Proficiency Index (LPI)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Many courses require English 12. To attain


this level of proficiency, you can take the
equivalent course at VIU or you may write
the LPI test to prove your abilities. For
information on current LPI test dates, visit
viu.ca/assessments/lpi.asp, speak with
an Advisor or contact the Assessment
Centre at 250-740-6416.

Skills, knowledge and competencies


acquired through work experience,
unrecognized education or training,
self-study, volunteer activities, hobbies
and other life experiences may be
assessed for credit through a Prior
Learning Assessment. For information,
please contact the Advising Centre at
250-740-6410.

You can register directly for the LPI test by


e-mail: info@lpitest.ca; online at
lpitest.ca; or pick up an application from
Student Services in Nanaimo, Cowichan,
or Powell River.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program


VIU will grant up to 30 credits to
students who have completed Advanced
Placement program courses and achieved
a final grade of four or higher on the
corresponding exam. Please check with
an Advisor or visit viu.ca/calendar/
generalinformation/equivalencies.asp

International Baccalaureate and


Advanced Placement Program
VIU recognizes the International
Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced
Placement (AP) program. Under certain
conditions, students presenting IB or
AP credentials will receive credit for the
courses completed, as listed in the online
calendar. See viu.ca/calendar/admissions

Entrance Scholarships
VIU offers a number of entrance
scholarships among the many
scholarships, bursaries and awards
available to new and continuing students.
For more information, visit viu.ca/
financialaid or contact the Financial Aid
and Awards office at
FinancialAidInfo@viu.ca
Or call Nanaimo 250-740-6423
Cowichan 250-746-3509
Powell River 604-485-2878

Did not complete high school?


If you did not complete high school, you
can still pursue an education at VIU if you
qualify as a mature student. You must be
21 years or older for Degree and Career/
Technical Diploma programs and 19 years
or older for Trades and Applied Technology
Certificate programs. Most programs call
for specific admission requirements and
many courses require prerequisites. Before
you can start a program, you may need to
take an assessment test or upgrade some
high school subjects through Adult Basic
Educationboth options are available.

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Information for International Students


International Student Admission
to Degree, Diploma and Certificate
Programs
1. Graduation from high school or
equivalent;
2. Achievement of VIUs English language
requirements for academic programs;
Academic programs may have
additional program admission
requirements and course
prerequisites.

English Language Requirements


for Undergraduate Academic
Programs
Complete ONE of the following:
1. A minimum grade of "C" in English 12 (for
international students who are BC high
school graduates) or;
2. Completion of the Academic Preparation
Program in VIU's English Language
Centre, or:
3. A recent English language test score in
ONE of the following:
TOEFL Computer Based Test (CBT) 550;
TOEFL iBT 80, no section lower than 19;
IELTS 6.0, with no band below 5.5;
CAEL 60;
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in
English B;
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced
English B.
(VIUs institutional code for TOEFL
is 9581.)
S tudents who do not meet the English
language requirement may receive
conditional acceptance, pending

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completion of VIUs English Language


Centre Program. Exceptions apply for
limited-entry academic programs.

Admission to the English


Language Centre Program
viu.ca/elc
1. High school graduation or equivalent;
2. Basic English language proficiency. Take
the online test to determine your level:
viu.ca/elc/test
VIU's English Language Centre provides a
pathway to enter university without the
need to complete the TOEFL, IELTS or other
language proficiency test.

International Tuition
viu.ca/international/tuition
International Student Services
To ensure success of our international
students, the Centre for International
Education provides the following programs
and services:
Orientation for all new students
Medical insurance plan and
information
Social and cultural events
Academic advising and personal
counselling
Course registration for new students
Financial service office
International student scholarships
Homestay and Peerstay program
Pathways to university academic
program through the English
Language Centre and High School.

Vancouver Island Universitys


High School for Canadian and
International Students
viu.ca/highschool
Established in 1996, the High School at
Vancouver Island University (formerly
Malaspina High School) welcomes
approximately 100 students from across
Canada and 15 other countries to study in
grades 10 to 12.

Our Focus:
BC graduation program
University preparation program

Quick Facts:
Four entry dates: September,
November, February and April
Access to university facilities and
resources
Average 14 students per class
Direct admission to programs at
Vancouver Island University upon
graduation
Safe, friendly and supportive
environment
For more information, visit
viu.ca/highschool

Contact Us
For more information or to request an
International Education viewbook, contact:

International Education
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5S5
Tel: 250-740-6316 Fax: 250-740-6471
E-mail: study@viu.ca
Apply: viu.ca/international

Campus Tours

Sign up for a campus tour at


cu@viu.ca
or call 1-888-920-2221
or 250-753-3245, option 5
You can also take a virtual tour of
the Nanaimo campus at
viu.ca/vt

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Money Matters
Tuition and Fees
viu.ca/calendar/tuition
Canadians and Permanent Residents
As a general guideline, tuition for a full
course load of 10 University Studies classes
(one academic year = 30 credits) is $4,015
($4,818 for Science, 36 credits). For Trades
and Applied Technology programs, tuition
is $401 per month. Prospective students
pay a $37.10, non-refundable application
fee. Upon admission, a $200 tuition
deposit is required and students will be
informed of the due date for the balance
of tuition and applicable fees.
University Studies and Career/Technical
program tuition fees are due two weeks
after the start of the semester. For Trades
and Applied Technology programs, fees
are due in full before commencement of
the program.

Average Budget for First Year at

Vancouver Island University


Estimated expenses are based on two semesters with five courses per
semester in a Bachelor of Arts program:

$4,300
Tuition & Student Fees

$1,600
Books

Financial Aid & Awards


viu.ca/financialaid
Building 200, Room 205
Tel: 250-740-6423
VIU has a comprehensive program of
financial aid and awards in the form of
student loans, non-repayable grants and
institutional awards.

Scholarships and Awards are granted

$6,400
Living Costs

to students who demonstrate high


academic achievement and/or community
or institutional involvement.

Bursaries are available to students


who are academically successful and
demonstrate financial need. In some cases,
other specific requirements may also need
to be met in order to qualify for a bursary.
VIU tuition bursaries, in amounts of $400
and $600, are available for qualifying
students.

Passport to Education is a program


for BC public and independent schools.
Up to $1,000 can be earned by students
from grades 10 to 12 through the program,
and Passport stamps can be redeemed
at VIU up to five years after high school
graduation. Contact your local high school
for more information.

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$2,000
Miscellaneous

$640
Transportation
Based on Moderate Standard of Living allowance used in StudentAid BC assessment.

Services
for Students
Advising
Information regarding programs,
courses or university regulations.

Nanaimo
viu.ca/advising
Tel: 250-740-6410, Building 200
Cowichan
cc.viu.ca/ss
Tel: 250-746-3509
Powell River
pr.viu.ca/studentservices
Tel: 604-485-2878
Assessment Services
viu.ca/assessments
Tel: 250-740-6416, Building 200
Entrance assessments for VIU programs.

Counselling
viu.ca/counselling
Tel: 250-740-6416, Building 200
Support for issues relating to personal,
academic and career related challenges.

Disability Services
viu.ca/disabilityservices
Building 200, Tel: 250-740-6446
Provides support services and
reasonable accommodation to students
with documented disabilities.

Library
viu.ca/library
Building 305, Tel: 250-740-6330
Research resources, study space and
wireless connectivity.

Math Learning Centre


viu.ca/mathcentre
Tel: 250-753-3245, Local 2311
Building 360, Room 330
Offers math help from student tutors.

Writing Centre
viu.ca/writingcentre
Tel: 250-740-6191
Building 305, Room 474
Writing assistance offered by faculty tutors.

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Education Abroad
Our international focus
VIU has over 1,500 international students from more than 80
countries enrolled in a wide range of studies, and a successful
English Language Program that helps students prepare for
academic programs. As well, VIU International Education has
an established internationalization strategy that includes:
education abroad programs for Canadian and international
students;
International Certificate Programs that provide graduates
with recognition of their international experiences;
support for faculty and staff to gain international expertise;
support for faculty to internationalize their curriculum;
Vancouver Island Universitys High School on campus.
For more information, visit viu.ca/international.
Visit us at our Education Abroad office on the
Nanaimo campus in Building 255, or online at
viu.ca/educationabroad, or e-mail us at
educationabroad@viu.ca

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Education
Abroad
viu.ca/educationabroad
International study tours,
from 3 to 10 weeks, are
offered during the summer
months. Exchange programs
allow you to study for one
or two semesters overseas
while still registered at VIU.
For more information,
visit the website or e-mail
educationabroad@viu.ca

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Education Abroad
Exchanges
Students can study for 1 or 2 semesters at a partner
school and transfer the course credits back to their
program at VIU. We have partners in:
Europe
Czech Republic: Czech University of Life Sciences
(Forestry)
France: Burgundy School of Business (Business,
Tourism)
England: University of Hertfordshire
Finland: Tampere University of Applied Sciences
(Business), Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences
Germany: Frankfurt School of Finance &
Management; Georg-August Universitat Gottingen
(Forestry)
Norway: University of Nordland (Fisheries/
Aquaculture)
Netherlands: Hogeschool Utrecht, NHTV Breda
Romania: University of Transilvania (Forestry)
South Pacific
Australia: Deakin University, Victoria University,
University of Canberra
New Zealand: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, UNITEC
Institute of Technology
Asia
Japan: JF Oberlin University, Mejiro University
Korea: Chung-Ang University, Seoul Womens
University
University of the Arctic (North 2 North)
Finland: University of Turku, University of Oulu,
University of Lapland, University of Helsinki,
Rovaniemi University of Applied Science
Iceland: University of Akureyi, Bifrost University
Norway: Finmark University College , Harstad
University College, Nesna University College,
University of Troms, University of Nordland
Sweden: Ume University, Stockholm University,
Mid Sweden University, Lule University of
Technology

Each year students from Nursing and


Tourism programs travel to Ghana
for field schools and study tours.

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English and Art students travel to Poland to


learn about how literature, art, history and
politics shaped the country's identity.

Recreation and Tourism students in


Costa Rica focus on the creation and
development of the Los Santos Eco-Trail.

Visit us at our Education Abroad office on the Nanaimo campus


in Building 255,or online at viu.ca/educationabroad, or e-mail
us at educationabroad@viu.ca

Field Schools
and Practicum
Placements
These are overseas academic programs of
3 to 5 weeks in length and are led by a VIU
faculty member. The programs change every
year; for the current schedule, check the
website viu.ca/educationabroad.
Some of the field schools offered in 2012:
Belize (Education)
Czech Republic (Forestry)
Egypt (Art)
Las Vegas (Hospitality)
France (Baking)
Ghana (Tourism / Nursing)
Italy (Liberal Studies)
Poland (English/Art History)
San Francisco (Geography)

Internships
Students majoring in Global Studies,
Business and Tourism are able to complete
their internship overseas. Here are some
countries students went to in recent years:
Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands,
Switzerland, Brazil, Denmark, Uganda,
India, Costa Rica

Language and
Culture Programs
Korea (Culture study - Bahrom International
Program)
Japan (Language and culture study in
Miyazaki)
Mexico (Language and culture study at the
University of Colima)

Students in the Baking program


attended the 2012 Europain
International Exhibition in Paris, France.

The Tropical Biology Field School takes


undergraduate students to Belize to study
biological diversity.

Education students complete their


practicum in China.

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Athletics at VIU
VIU Varsity Athletics supports students as athletes, scholars and individuals.
Our award winning program is committed to building champions through
academic achievement, quality coaching, athletic excellence and national
recognition of our student athletes, teams and programs.
Varsity Teams at VIU:
Badminton
Basketball
Golf
Soccer
Volleyball

For more information visit


mariners.viu.ca or call 250-740-6402

Coaches
Badminton
Janice Walker
Janice.Walker@viu.ca
Mens Basketball
Matt Kuzminski
Matt.Kuzminski@viu.ca
Womens Basketball
Bill McWhinnie
Bill.McWhinnie@viu.ca
Golf
Kevin Oates
Kevin.Oates@viu.ca
Mens Soccer
Bill Merriman
Bill.Merriman@viu.ca
Womens Soccer
Anup Kang
Anup.Kang@viu.ca
Mens Volleyball
Abe Avender
Abe.Avender@viu.ca
Womens Volleyball
Shane Hyde
Shane.Hyde@viu.ca

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Recent National and Provincial Championships


2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 BC Collegiate Aggregate
Award for top overall athletic program in the PacWest.
2013 C
 CAA National Championship
Mens Basketball

2012 CCAA National Championship


Womens Volleyball

2013 PacWest Provincial


Championship
Womens Basketball

2012 PacWest Provincial


Championship
Mens Soccer

2012 PacWest Provincial


Championship
Womens Volleyball

2012 CCAA National Bronze


Medalists
Mens Soccer

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Student Life at VIU


Housing, Events & Campus Activities
On-Campus Student Residences
Nanaimo Campus
viuresidences.ca
Featuring 386 rooms in single- and fourbedroom apartments that share outdoor
patios, a basketball court, beach volleyball
court, bike storage and parking.

On-campus
student
residences are
in high demand,
so apply early.

Off-Campus Housing List


viu.ca/housing
Student Clubs
viusu.ca
Several clubs operate under the financial
support and guidance of the Vancouver
Island University Students Union (VIUSU).
The VIUSU organizes campus social events
such as BBQs, welcome week festivities and
movie nights. Weekly events are also held
at the Students Union Pub.

Campus Recreation
viu.ca/campusrec
Stay healthy and happy with fitness
activities, outdoor recreation, intramurals
and fun events organized by Campus
Recreation.

Gymnasium, Building 190


Nanaimo Campus
Home of the VIU Mariners, our 20,000
square foot gym has volleyball, basketball,
badminton, squash and racquetball courts,
as well as a fully equipped workout facility.

VANCOUVE R IS L AND UNIVE R S ITY


TY P ICAL 2ND FL OOR L AY OUT

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approx. bedroomsize: 115 sqft

"20 B E D HOUS E "


Vancouver
Island University
B UIL DINGS 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 & 9

Dorm-style sample floor plan.

VANCOUVE R IS L AND UNIVE R S ITY


TY P ICAL 2ND FL OOR L AY OUT
approx. bedroomsize: 115 sqft

"20 B E D HOUS E "

See the campus map on page 47 or online at


viu.ca/map for campus services, buildings and parking lots.

Some VIUSU student clubs:


Art and Design Club
Biology Club
Business Students Association
Campus Food Movement
Chess Club
Chinese Art Union
Chinese Students and Scholars
Association
Club S.H.A.P.E.

Community Peace Garden


Creative Writing Club
Earth Science Club
Free the Children
Fudoshin Club
Greenhouse Project
Hospitality Club
Juggle and Flow Club
Music Collective

Reslife Club
Spanish Club
Students Offering Support
Toastmasters on the Hill
VIU Nation
Yoga Club
For more info visit
viusu.ca/section/72

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Our students say it best


I feel like I matter at VIU because...
...classes are smaller so
you get to know your
teachers and they get to
know you.
Kelsey Borgfjord
from Facebook

Jason Fortin
Bachelor of Science

...my professors know


me by my name rather
than by my student
number.
Kegan Pepper-Smith
Bachelor of Arts

...my professors are


always encouraging me
to do my best and to try
new things. The staff
are always friendly and
willing to help even
after their work day
officially ends.
Callie Rae Bennett
from Facebook

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...the University is filled


with amazing people. I
am an active member
of the student body,
varsity basketball team
and constantly meeting
new people and
making new friends
that make going to
university awesome.

...I have formed strong


relationships with my
teachers which has
allowed me to be a part
of the broader Nanaimo
music community.
Andrew Cullen
Bachelor of Jazz Studies

The best thing I learned in my program is...


...chemistry surrounds
us, better comprehension
and study of its
phenomena can make
your life better.

...how to write a well


researched essay.
Tracy Lim
Bachelor of Arts

Vinicius Del Corso


Bachelor of Science

...that its okay to


experiment and take
risks in my writing.
We have such a
supportive and
diverse community in
the creative writing
department and it is a
safe place to try new
things, even if they
dont always work out.
Heather Gregory
Bachelor of Arts

...the power of recreation


and tourism and the
unlimited benefits they
provide in enhancing the
overall quality of life, for
people and community.
Bailee MacNab
Bachelor of Tourism Management

...how to approach
and construct a
balanced plate.
Playing with textures,
flavours, colours and
temperatures.
Hilary Malone
Culinary Arts Certificate

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Get involved in Campus Recreation...


...and foster meaningful connections, healthy practices and holistic learning while youre at VIU.
Stay healthy and happy by participating in fun events organized by Campus Rec (see below).
A wide variety of activities are offered, from intramural sport leagues to fitness classes and outdoor
recreational activities.
Our gymnasium offers lots of sports options:
Main Gym Floor: basketball courts, volleyball courts, badminton courts and more!
Convertible Raquetball/Squash Court
Fitness & Weight Room: Individual weight stations, free weights, exercise bikes,
rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills and recumbent bikes.

Past Outdoor Rec Opportunities

Past Intramural Leagues and Events

Surfing Day Trip to Tofino


Sea Kayaking
Standup Paddle Boarding
River Rafting
Hiking Trips
Caving
Snowshoe Day Trip
Cross-Country Ski Day Trip
Back Country Skiing
Avalanche Awareness Day Trip

Noon Hour Ice Hockey


Co-Ed Volleyball
3-on-3 Basketball
Badminton
Indoor Soccer
Paintball
Mount Washington Ski/Snowboard Trip
NHL Road Trip to watch the Vancouver
Canucks

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viu.ca/campusrec

Get yourself
working
Our Campus Career Centre
will help enhance your
employability skills and boost
your career confidence. Here,
you will find the support
you need to find work as a
student and plan your career
as a graduate.
Interested in work on
campus? Opportunities
are available to you
that will support your
experiential learning and
skill developmentget paid
while doing something
you love!
Campus Career Centre
viu.ca/career
Building 310, Room 109
Nanaimo Campus
Tel: 250-740-6420

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Hay ch qa siiem siyeyu


mukw mustimuxw.
Welcome. VIU is fortunate to host a large number of Aboriginal students who are enrolled
in a wide variety of programs and courses. We recognize that our students represent many
different nations and cultures and come to our institution with a rich and unique traditional
knowledge base. It is our hope to create a sense of belonging in post-secondary education
for everyone. VIU is a place where history and traditions are acknowledged, and a place
where contributions are valued and success is celebrated!

Services for Aboriginal Students (SAS)


Shqapthut: A Gathering Place
Nanaimo Campus, Building 170
Tel: 250-740-6510
SAS supports Aboriginal students in making a
successful transition to VIU by providing
direct services and appropriate referrals.

viu.ca/sas

Our Elders (below) are one of our most valuable resources. They provide counselling support and
guidance to all students at VIU. You will often hear the students referring to the Elders
as Auntie or Uncle, which is a sign of both affection and respect. VIU Elders
are also involved in classroom instruction, teaching traditional protocols
and cross-cultural sharing.

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4 locations to explore
Cowichan Campus
Cowichan campus is located in
central Duncan, a city of 5,000 in the
Cowichan Valley.
2011 University Way
Duncan, BC V9L 0C7
Tel: 250-746-3500
cc.viu.ca

Parksville Qualicum Centre


ParksvilleQualicum Centre is
located in the Parksville Civic &
Technology Centre.
Cowichan, LEED Gold Certified

100 Jensen Avenue East


P.O. Box 42
Parksville, BC V9P 2G3
Tel: 250-248-2096
viu.ca/parksville

Powell River Campus


Powell River campus is located on
the upper Sunshine Coast.
100 - 7085 Nootka Street
Powell River, BC V8A 3C6
Tel: 604-485-2878
Toll free: 1-877-888-8890
pr.viu.ca
ParksvilleQualicum

Powell River
Nanaimo, the main campus

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Nanaimo Campus
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General Parking
Short Term Parking

4E

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Transit Exchange

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1.4 km to
Nanaimo Aquatic
Centre, Ice Centre,
Serauxmen
Stadium and
Mariner Field

4C

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5C

100 Offices
105 Equipment Storage
110 Heavy Mechanical

& Carpentry

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115 Electrical
120 Facilities Services

2.9 km to
Downtown and
Harbour

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130 Welding Shop


140 Storage
150 Automotive Shop
155 Power Sports & Marine
164 Hairdressing
165 Classrooms
170 Shqapthut (Gathering Place)
178 Classrooms, Offices
180 Applied Studies Training

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& Educational Centre (ASTEC)

185 Bakery, Lower Cafeteria


190 Gym
193 VIUSU building
200 Student Services
205 Career & Academic Prep.
250 Faculty of Management
255 Richard W. Johnston Centre for International Education
300 Main Cafeteria, Administration, Welcome Centre
305 Library, Bookstore, Print Shop
310 Drama & Theatre, Career Centre, University Relations
315 Physics/Parking Office
1.8 km to University Village
320 Music
325 Visual & Applied Arts
2.9 km to Downtown and Harbour

Nanaimo Campus
Located in a city of 84,000, the Nanaimo campus sits
on a 92-acre site on the lower slopes of Mount Benson
overlooking the city of Nanaimo, the Georgia Strait
and the coastal mountains.
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5
Tel: 250-753-3245
Toll free: 1-888-920-2221
E-mail: info@viu.ca
viu.ca

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335
340
345
350

Nanaimo Art Gallery


Child Care, Offices
Arts & Humanities Offices
Arts & Humanities Classrooms
Vancouver Island University
High School
355 Arts & Sciences
356 Education, Social Sciences
359 Offices

360
365
370
373
375
380
385
390
395

Math, Chemistry
Log Cabin
Environmental Sciences
Centre for Shellfish Research
Hatchery, Tank Farm
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Soils Lab
Header House
International Centre for
Sturgeon Studies
* Quad/Courtyard
** Royal Bank Plaza

Distance from Nanaimo Campus


Nanaimo Aquatic Centre

1.4 km

Nanaimo Ice Centre

1.4 km

Serauxmen Stadium
track and playing field

1.4 km

Departure Bay Ferry Terminal

6.3 km

Duke Point Ferry Terminal

18.3 km

University Village
closest grocery store, laundry and drug store to campus

1.8 km

Downtown and Harbour

2.9 km

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Thank you for exploring


Vancouver Island University
We hope youve enjoyed learning about the wide range of
possibilities Vancouver Island University has for your academic
success and growth here on Canadas magnificent West Coast.
At VIU, your experience matters to us. We are committed to
supporting your educational journey by creating an environment
where you can realize your goals, where your viewpoint is heard and
where we take the time to connect with our students as individuals.
As weve demonstrated in the pages of this viewbook, at VIU
you'll be engaged in a high quality and dynamic university
experience in a spectacular natural setting. Here, youll study in
small class sizes with exceptional instructors who are passionate
about their subjects and about teaching. We also have a wide
range of programming, including abundant undergrad research
opportunities, well-recognized graduate programs and a unique
blend of academic, technical and applied programming.
Theres also our campus community our faculty, support staff
and administrators who are all dedicated to ensuring you will
grow and thrive during your time at VIU; that you are engaged and
encouraged to excel in whatever you choose to do.
I invite you to share in the spirit of VIU and discover more about
yourself, your world and your potential.
I look forward to meeting you on campus.
Sincerely,

Ralph Nilson, PhD


President & Vice-Chancellor

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Notes

Nanaimo Campus
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
CANADA V9R 5S5
Toll free: 18889202221
Tel: 2507533245
E-mail: info@viu.ca
viu.ca
Cowichan Campus
2011 University Way
Duncan, BC V9L 0C7
Tel: 2507463500
cc.viu.ca
ParksvilleQualicum Centre
Parksville Civic
& Technology Centre
100 Jensen Avenue East
P.O. Box 42
Parksville, BC V9P 2G3
Tel: 2502482096
viu.ca/parksville
Powell River Campus
100 - 7085 Nootka Street
Powell River, BC V8A 3C6
Toll free: 18778888890
Tel: 6044852878
pr.viu.ca

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