Vancouver Island University
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Tuition: $4,200.00  Students: 19,780
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC       V9R 5S5

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (once known as Malaspina University-College) is a four-year postsecondary institution that attends to the academic needs of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. The University was established in 1969, and has grown into one of the most important cultural, educational, and economic contributors of the region. ... continued below

About Vancouver Island University

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

Vancouver Island University has four campuses which includes the main campus, Nanaimo. Nanaimo is near the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver, and students find that the campus offers low cost living, beautiful natural environment, mild climates, and a comfortable community. The University also has regional campuses in Qualicum, Duncan, and Powell River. It is the owner of Woodlands and Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach. Recently, Qualicum Beach was named one of the top ten public gardens in Canada. Other facilities include the Quad, which is the centre of the Nanaimo campus. The Quad is a favorite hangout for students, and the buildings surrounding it are the Library, Theatre, Cafeteria, Math, and Jumping Java coffee hut. In addition, there is the ASTEC Building, Tamagawa Garden, The Royal Bank Plaza, VIU Stuents’ Union, Hairdressing and Barbering, Centre for International Education, and Student Residences. The building has 386 rooms in four types of residences. They include: traditional residences: 186 single rooms with semi-private bathrooms; studio suites: four studio suites; residence houses: five 20-bed houses containing single rooms with semi-private bathrooms; and apartment-style: four-bedroom and two bathroom apartments.

Student Services and Student Life

The College offers the following student services: Advising Centre, Campus Career Centre, Campus Rec, Connect for Success, Co-operative Education, Counselling Services, Disability Services, Educational Counselling, Financial Aid & Awards, First Nations Student Services, Health & Wellness Information Centre, PDF Document Student Self Advocacy, and Students Assisting Students.

Vancouver Island University Students’ Union is Vancouver Island University students’ organization. It gives the students activities and events that make their experience more fun and memorable. In addition, it also serves as a democratic voice for all student issues on the campus. The Union also gives students opportunities to meet people and pursue their interests through clubs and associations. There are Activist Clubs, General Interest Clubs, Religious and Partisan Clubs and Service Clubs.

Academic Programs

Aboriginal Construction Certificate

Accounting Assistant Certificate

Administrative Assistant Certificate

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications

Aluminum Boat Building Certificate

Applied Business Technology (On-line) Certificates

Arts One-First Nations Program

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degree

Automotive Service Technician Certificate

Bachelor of (Classical) Music University Transfer Program

Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) University Transfer Program

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Anthropology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Creative Writing) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Criminology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Digital Media Studies)

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in English) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in First Nations Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Geography) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Global Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Graphic Design) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in History) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Liberal Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Philosophy) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Physical Education) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Sociology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Women's Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Degree

Bachelor of Education Degree

Bachelor of Education-Post Baccalaureate Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre University Transfer Program

Bachelor of Fine Arts-Visual Art University Transfer Program

Bachelor of Hospitality Management Degree

Bachelor of Interior Design Degree

Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection Degree

Bachelor of Science - University Transfer Studies

Bachelor of Science (Major in Biology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Computing Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Bachelor of Tourism Management (Major in Recreation) Degree

Baking-Professional Certificate

Business Administration Diploma/Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

Business Management Certificate

Carpentry Certificate

Child and Youth Care Diploma

Child and Youth Care-First Nations Diploma

Computing Science Diploma

Criminology Diploma

Culinary Arts Certificate/Diploma

Dental Assistant Certificate

Dental Hygiene Diploma

Dental Office Receptionist Certificate

Early Childhood Education and Care Certificate/Diploma

Electrician Entry-Level Certificate

Employment and Life Skills Training Program

English-as-a-Second-Language Program

Esthetics Certificate

Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Diploma

Forest Harvesting Equipment Operator Certificate

Forest Resources Technology Diploma

General Educational Development Tests

Green Building & Renewable Energy Technician Diploma

Hairdressing Certificate

Health Services Administration in Long Term & Community Care Diploma

Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Certificate

Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Mechanics Certificate

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Horticultural Technician Certificate

Horticulture Therapy Diploma

Hospitality Management Diploma

Information Technology and Applied Systems (ITAS) Diploma

Internet Production Diploma

Jazz Studies Diploma/Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies Degree

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate

Native Indian Teacher Education Program

Office Assistant Certificate

Physical Education (University Transfer) Program

Physical Education Diploma

Power Sports and Marine Technician Certificate

Practical Nursing Certificate

Public Safety Communications Certificate

Recreation and Sport Management Diploma

Resource Management Officer Technology Diploma

Road Building and Heavy Construction Equipment Operator Certificate

School and Community Support Worker Certificate

Social Services Diploma

Technical Theatre Diploma

Tourism Studies Diploma

Visual Arts Diploma

Welding - Level C, B and A Programs

Off-Campus Living

Students who want to live outside the University’s premises can go to the community housing service that is offered to students who are seeking accommodation. They can also inquire at the Off Campus Housing Office located at the Gymnasium building, or the Vancouver Island University Housing services. This housing service operates like a classified ad section in a newspaper.


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