Today, the university has over 14,500 students from different countries of the world. The higher educational institution offers its students a wide range of programs from one-year courses to Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He also conducts active research activities. Vancouver Island University
is a finalist for the Academy of Higher Education Global Teaching Excellence Award 2018. This educational institution longs both for provision of the necessary knowledge and creation of a friendly atmosphere and ensure its students receive the comprehensive support. Vancouver Island University
actively participates in sports competitions. It gathers teams in baseball, hockey, rugby, volleyball, football, volleyball, basketball, badminton and golf. The clubs take part in regional and national championships and regularly win prizes. Students can also exercise in university fitness rooms, dance classes, etc.
The University pays great attention to the cultural life of its students. It arranges autotravels around the island, holidays, concerts, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing, kayaking and much more.
VIU offers a range of exchange programs, where its students can spend part of their studies abroad in one of 25 countries to choose from. Vancouver Island University Campus
Vancouver Island University is rather large university that has created an entire campus. It includes 4 campuses:
- Nanaimo is the main campus, which covers an area of more than 92 acres, including dense forests and beautiful Japanese gardens. Comprehensive infrastructure, which can provide everything necessary for the study, life and recreation of students has been created here. The site houses the Museum of Natural History and Nanaimo Art Gallery, science laboratories, art studios, a library, a gymnasium, a theater, coffee shops, bars and more.
- Cowichan is the newest campus of the university, which is located in the city of Duncan near Nanaimo. It is a beautiful modern LEED Gold Certified building. Students of various specialties study here, but most of them are dedicated to the study of the indigenous peoples of the region. Students can enjoy the beautiful nature, get to the ocean or lakes for several minutes, they can spend their free time in restaurants and shops and they can also go to farmers & markets or in Nanaimo.
- Power River is another campus of the university located on the other side of the strait in a town called Power River. The beautiful nature attracts those who love active recreation. Many training programs (mainly short-term or online courses) can be taken here.
- Parkswill is the fourth campus located in the town of Parkville near Nanaimo. It occupies an entire floor in the Civil Technology Center.