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Experience VIU

@ VIU’s Nanaimo Campus (900 Fifth St.)

Check in at the Welcome Centre, Building 300

 Experience VIU 2019

What it's all about

Experience VIU is a free event that will provide potential students with an opportunity to experience campus life and learn more about the 120+ programs that are offered at Vancouver Island University (along with the many services and supports available to students).

You can see what student life is like on our beautiful 92-acre Nanaimo campus, sample a university class led by a VIU professor, and meet with a VIU Recruitment Officer to help answer any questions. It’s all very casual, and it will be FUN! …Did we mention there will be free lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm?! 

Who is this event for? 

This event is truly for everyone! Anyone interested in post-secondary studies should attend—from high school students and their parents, to those who’ve been out of school awhile and are ready to explore their options. This is an opportunity that is only available once per year.

Is it free?

Yes, it is!

We kindly ask that our guests register so we can ensure that we have enough resources and lunch for everyone; however, registration is not mandatory. All welcome!

Event Schedule

It can be challenging for students to decide on which academic path to take. That's why we designed this event to make it easy for them to explore many different programs. Take a look at what we've got lined up below: 

  • Spectrometry Lab – Do you know a student who might be interested in science and the environment? Students can stop by the Mobile Mass Spectrometry Van, our state-of-the-art mobile lab dedicated to measuring air and water quality. You’ll be able to talk to Chemistry professors and research students about their work and how it’s helping to solve environmental challenges. (Located just outside the Welcome Centre, in Building 300.)
  • Trades Simulators – Do you know a student who might be interested in a career as a heavy-duty equipment operator? Come and try out our state of the art trades simulators. Get behind the wheel of a virtual loader, excavator, and rock truck—they’re as close to a real-life experience as you can get! (Located outside Building 300, in Parking Lot F.)
  • Welding Simulators – Do you know a student who is looking for a career in an in-demand trade? Come check out our welding simulators. This simulation uses cutting edge technology and electro-magnetic real-time motion tracking systems. Immerse yourself in an exciting, high-quality simulation of a virtual welding workshop. (Located in Building 310, Room 101.)
  • Sample University Lectures – Sample lectures are twenty minutes long and run from 9 am to 1 pm. (All lectures take place in our new Centre for Health and Science, Building 210.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if my students are unsure about when they want to go to university or how they can make it happen?

A. That’s what this event is all about! We are here to help provide all the information needed to explore possible career interests. Our Recruitment Officers are friendly and helpful, and can answer your questions and get you the info needed.

Q. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

A. VIU is accessible via public transport and pay parking will be available. 

Q. How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

A. If you want to connect with about the event or have questions, please contact us via email at connect@viu.ca.

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