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About VIU

Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU), a public post-secondary institution, is producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world.

The Vancouver Island University main campus is located in Nanaimo, BC. VIU also offers programs and courses at two other campuses, one in Powell River and a second Duncan as well as through a centre in Parksville/Qualicum.  

VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodlands in Qualicum Beach, recently named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada.

Vancouver Island University's Deep Bay Marine Field Station in Bowser supports both pure and applied coastal and marine research activities related to: sustainable shellfish aquaculture development; preservation of coastal ecosystems; and inter-disciplinary projects involving local communities. The Field station is open to the public for a variety of educational programs and events.

Visit VIU

If you have the opportunity to be in the Nanaimo area, we would love to host you and your student for a visit. There are a number of options available to choose from to learn more about what Vancouver Island University has to offer. Learn more and plan your visit.

Communicating with VIU about your student

Access to information in your student’s record is protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  VIU staff cannot release any information to you related to your student. If your student provides you with permission to access their information you will need to provide his/her student number and the answer to their security question.


In cases of extreme emergency when you need to contact your student, call the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Student Affairs, Alison O’Beirne, at 250-740-6594. In these cases she can provide assistance locating your student through their class schedule.

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