Vancouver Island University (VIU) - public higher education institution in Canada. VIU was established in 1969. The main building of the university proudly stands in Nanaimo inside an urban campus.

University ranking. Many independent academic rankings put Vancouver Island University in the top 50 best universities in Canada. Vancouver Island University is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities on the planet, securing the place in the top 5% of the world’s best universities.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The admission process involves prior academic performance evaluation. More than a half (70%) of the applicants manage to secure their spot at VIU, however, the percentage may change depending on the faculty and the popularity of the course. The academic year is traditionally consists of two semesters. A year of bachelor studies will cost you around 12,500 USD. Those who wish to get their master’s degree here should be ready to spend at least 12,500 USD per year. The university has a variety of scholarship programs that students can take part in. The university offers a wide range of programs for online education. For more information you can visit the official website of the university

The composition of the university. Vancouver Island University is average in terms of student capacity, teaching the maximum of 20 thousand students. Foreign citizens can also apply to the university. The education is provided by more than 2500 teachers and professors. A variety of international student exchange programs are available at VIU. To learn more about the student life and current events, you can always follow the university on social media: Flickr, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of VIU. The students have access to the university’s library. Students can apply for a dormitory.
Ranking   1734   51
Country Canada
City Nanaimo
Bachelor (foreigners) 12,500 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Master (foreigners) 12,500 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Bachelor (citizens) 5,000 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Master (citizens) 20,000 USD/year. Check the current price on the official website of the university
Living expenses $677 -1,075 USD/month
Acceptance Rate 70%
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1969
Abbreviation VIU
Teachers 2,499
Students 19,999
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on past academic records
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Love where you learn
• Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia
• Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
• Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
• Canadian University Press (CUP)
World ranking 1734
Country ranking 51
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 1734
Cost of living in Nanaimo
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 242 279
Food 280 443
Transportation 33 136
Communications and utilities 79 89
Clothing 18 63
Sports and leisure 25 65
Total 677 1,075
Accommodation in Nanaimo USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 245
Shared room in city centre 282
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 463
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 485
Alternative title
old Vancouver Island University (Malaspina)
Location on map

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