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High School Counsellors

Student success is our mission

You want your students to succeed after high school graduation. We get it. We want that too. At VIU, we're on a mission to make sure everyone has access to an education. We'll help your students get where they want to go in life. And we'll make sure they get the most out of their time with us.
With a range of programs, from trades to academics, we offer something for everyone.

High achieving students have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd when they earn their bachelor's degree here. VIU undergrads get to take part in research that might be available only to graduates at other schools.

What about students who need extra supports? Through Accessibility Services students with documented disabilities can get accommodations.  Students who don’t have the prerequisites they need can get free supports through the Pathways to Post-secondary program. Pathways offers free supports along every step of a student’s learning journey.

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Learn about student success at VIU

On February 6, join us for a day of learning at an event for high school counsellors and teachers. We'll talk about the supports we offer students transitioning from high school. The event will cover the VIU experience, but we'll share information that will help students who plan to attend other universities. 

Learn about student success

Services for Aboriginal Students (SAS) Advisors 

SAS Advisors provide culturally appropriate services to Indigenous students. This includes advising on:

  • education and career exploration
  • referrals to counselling
  • support for financial aid, scholarships and funding options
  • support for daycare and housing.

Students can connect with advisors in a one-on-one meeting, by phone or by email. 

Connect with a Recruiter

We encourage any student who wants to learn about VIU to connect with a recruiter. We also offer custom campus tours to school groups. We’re offering independent school visits once again and can also offer sessions online.

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Discovery Day

February 22, 2023 | 9 am–2 pm

Discovery Day is a chance for your students to experience the VIU campus. The event includes faculty open houses, fun hands-on activities for students and a market where you can learn about student life. Attend in person at the VIU Nanaimo campus or attend virtually.

Attend in person

Attend virtually

School group tours

Are you planning to bring a school group to VIU? We’ve created custom tours that focus on different areas.

This tour gives you the chance to explore the most visited buildings at VIU. The tour includes the library, the gym, financial aid services, the cafeteria, the student union and pub, and the residence.

During this tour we’ll show you the different style buildings and we’ll explore the benefits that come with living on campus.

In this tour you’ll explore supports, services, and cultural pieces that VIU offers students with Indigenous heritage.

This tour focuses on the range of trades programs, from hairdressing to culinary arts, hospitality, and more!

In this your you’ll explore VIU’s state-of-the-art facilities for automotive, heavy mechanics, carpentry, electrical, welding, and motorcycle programs.

To book a custom tour or to get more information, email

School visits and online sessions

Recruiters are on the road in the spring and can include school visits in their plans. We offer group sessions online with video conferencing. And we can meet one-on-one via Zoom or over the phone. We offer group sessions or classroom visits that focus on:

  • Bachelor Degrees
  • Diplomas
  • Certificates
  • Trades and Applied Technology
  • Career Life Connection Post-Secondary overview
  • Grade 11 sessions on planning for grade 12 year
  • Late applicant information


Want more information?

Email or call 250.740.6672 to discuss your school’s needs. We’d love to hear from you.

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