Vancouver Island University


Nanaimo BC

1 year from

$20,850 CAD

Full-time students


Foundation year



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. With roots that date back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors, VIU shares a rich history and connectedness with its communities.  It is this history and commitment to people that has provided VIU with a solid foundation on which we continue to grow. VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 16,000 full-time and part-time learners, including over 1,800 international students, 1,500 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff. Through our ongoing evolution and growth, VIU is proud to have contributed to the development of the Vancouver Island culture, social, economic and knowledge base. VIU impact reporthighlights VIU’s contribution. VIU operates four campuses including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and 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. VIU is an organization that values a diverse range of training and education. The university provides an enriched and intellectually stimulating environment for students and employees. Offering programs from basic literacy to vocational programs, trades, undergraduateand graduate degrees, VIU encourages all students to explore their potential, discover more about their world and excel in both life and learning.

VIU Programs

Accounting Major
Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications
Anthropology Major, Minor
BA Biology Minor
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Education - Post Baccalaureate Degree (full-time)
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Theatre Transfer Transfer Program
Bachelor of Hospitality Management Co-op
Bachelor of Interior Design
Bachelor of Music – Classical Transfer Transfer Program
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection
Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture Co-op
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Tourism Management Co-op
BA Chemistry Minor
BA Computing Science Minor
BA English Honours, Major, Minor
BA Geography Major, Minor
BA Mathematics Major, Minor
BA Psychology Honours, Major, Minor
BSc Biology Honours, Major, Minor
BSc Chemistry Major, Minor
BSc Computing Science Co-op, Major, Minor
BSc Earth Science Minor
BSc Psychology Major, Minor
Business Minor
Certificate in Adventure Tourism and Recreation
Certificate in Business Management
Child and Youth Care Diploma
Computer Science
Creative Writing and Journalism Major, Minor
Criminology Major, Minor
Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts Apprenticeship, Co-op
Culinary Management
Culinary Management Apprenticeship, Co-op
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygiene
Digital Media Minor
Digital Media Studies Major
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Computing Science
Diploma in Criminology
Early Childhood Education and Care Diploma
Earth Science Minor
Economics Major
Economics Major, Minor
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Event Management Certificate
Financial Services Major
Fisheries and Aquaculture
Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Co-op
Forest Resources Technology
Fundamentals of Engineering Certificate Program
Geography Minor
Geoscience Major
Global Studies Major, Minor
Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Diploma in Gerontology: Active Aging
Graduate Diploma in International Trade
Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Leisure Management
High School Equivalency (ABE)
History Honours, Major, Minor
Hospitality Management
Hospitality Management Diploma Co-op
Human Resources Management Major
Information Technology and Applied Systems
International Business Major
Languages and Culture (Romance Languages) Minor
Leadership and Disability Studies Diploma
Liberal Studies Major, Minor
Management Major
Management Skills for Supervisors
Marketing Major, Minor
Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management
Master of Business Administration MBA
Master of Community Planning
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications
Mathematics Major, Minor
Media Studies Minor
Music - Diploma in Jazz Studies
Online Learning and Teaching Graduate Diploma
Philosophy Honours, Major, Minor
Physical Education Diploma
Physical Education Major, Minor
Physics Transfer Program
Political Studies Major, Minor
Post-Degree Diploma in Business Studies
Post-Degree Diploma in Languages and Culture (Romance Languages)
Proficiency in Language and Culture Certificate
Recreation and Sport Management Co-op
Recreation & Sport Management
Resource Management Officer Technology
Social Services Diploma
Sociology Honours, Major, Minor
Studies in Women and Gender Major, Minor
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Certificate Program
Theatre Minor
Theatre Transfer Program
Tourism/Recreation Management Degree
Tourism Studies
Tourism Studies Co-op
Visual Art Major, Minor
Visual Arts Diploma
Wine Business