Vancouver Island University

    Vancouver Island University
    Established on: 1969

    Vancouver Island Institution (VIU) is a public university in Canada that serves Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. It began as Malaspina College in 1969 and has grown into a vital university to the region's educational, cultural, and economic growth.

    Vancouver Island was founded in 1969. Since its establishment, the university has remained a centre for qualitative learning. Vancouver Island University applauds students worldwide who contributed to crafting the campus's vibrant cultural and traditional fabric.

    Participation in new initiatives and workshops worldwide provides faculty and students with international exposure. Vancouver Island University has been named a finalist for the Higher Education Academy's 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award.

    The university's primary goal is to create a progressive, sustainable global community via innovation and social inclusion.

    Nanaimo is the university's main campus, covering 92 acres. In addition, the institution has campuses in Cowichan and Powell River. Parksville-Qualicum Centre is also a university-exclusive study center.

    All three university campuses are lovely coastal communities with a rich cultural mix. The campuses have the world-class infrastructure to provide the most pleasing learning experience possible.

    Hi-tech laboratories, libraries, art studios, mathematics centers, computer labs, writing centers, and high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity are available. The faculty of Vancouver Island University is well qualified. In addition, famous professors, scientists, and industry specialists are invited to give guest lectures on campus.

    Mission Statement

    Vancouver Island University is a vibrant, dynamic, and diverse educational institution committed to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research. By providing access to various university programs tailored for regional, national, and international students, VIU promotes student success, strong community links, and international collaboration."

    Vision Statement

    The university's Vision Statement is based upon the mandate for BC's particular purpose, teaching universities in the university's language, adding statements of intent, values, a visionary goal, and specific objectives to guide the institution's work.


    As a leader in offering high-quality learning, Vancouver Island University promotes a high quality of life for the people of Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia through supporting student success, community participation, and associated scholarship.

    Why VIU?

    • Students are essential, and you will be supported every step.
    • Because class numbers are small, dedicated, competent staff get to know students by name and provide attention and any assistance they require.
    • VIU has an extensive student support network to ensure your success even when things get rough.
    • You'll discover how you can make a difference at work, in your town, and possibly around the globe.

    University Ranking,

    Vancouver Island University, is one of Canada's finest public institutions. The QS World University Rankings for 2023 are placed in the range of 1001-1200.

    University highlights

    University Type


    Established Year


    No of Students


    Number of Courses


    Tuition Fees for International Students Yearly

    17400 CAD


    September, January, and May.

    Main intakes

    The main intakes are in September, January, and May.


    British Columbia High School International Excellence Entrance Scholarship

    • Eligibility: All international student applicants who applied to VIU in their senior year of high school hold a Dogwood Certificate.
    • Range: $1,000 per year for up to 4 years of Academic study.

    The High School at Vancouver Island University International Excellence Award

    • Eligibility: Awarded to international student graduates of Vancouver Island University's The High School for outstanding success in their final academic year.
    • Range:$1,000 each

    VIU International Undergraduate Regional Scholarships

    • Eligibility:: The scholarships are awarded to International students applying for entry into the first year of an undergraduate academic program. 
    • Range: $5,000

    British Columbia Offshore School Entrance Scholarship

    • Eligibility: All international student graduates from BC Offshore schools are eligible.
    • Range:$1,000 each

    Application Process/ documents needed for admission

    Academic Documents (For Bachelor)

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th-grade

    Academic Documents (For Masters)

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree and 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree and 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree and 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree and 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree and 12th-grade
    • IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores
    • Passport
    • Experience letter
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2-3 LORs 
    • GRE/GMAT Scores
    • Application Fees
    • Proof of Scholarships - If any
    • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    • College Recommendation (if a current student)

    Language Requirement


    Minimum Score requirement(UG)

    Minimum Score requirement(PG)

    TOFEL Requirements

    Overall 88, no section below 20

    Overall 93, no section below 20

    IELTS Requirements 

    Overall 6.5, with no band below 6.0

    Overall 7.0, no band below 6.5


    Overall 60, no section below 60

    Overall 65, no section below 62


    Q. Can I work as a student in Canada?

    Yes, International students in Canada can work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during school terms.

    Q. Do I have to meet language requirements?

    Yes, the applicant must satisfy the language criteria mentioned above in the language requirements section. 

    Q. Where is Vancouver Island University located?

    Vancouver Island University is situated in Nanaimo, Powell River, Duncan, Parksville-Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada.

    Q. What should I do following the application submission?

    You may start planning for what you'll do if accepted as soon as you've submitted your application! Examining Nanaimo residences and housing alternatives, financial aid programs, and student services at this time is highly recommended.

    Q. Which are the other top Universities in Canada?

    University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia are the top 3 universities in Canada.


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