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Vancouver Island University, also known as VIU, is a public university in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Formerly known as Malaspina University-College, it caters to Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia.
The Canadian university offers master's and bachelor's degrees; two-year diplomas and one-year certificate programs in various fields. Here are some of the popular courses at Vancouver Island University.
|Type of University||Public|
|Number of Programs||120|
|Number of Students||14,386|
|Number of Undergraduate Students||7,366|
|Number of Graduate Students||806|
|Number of International Students||2013|
|Tuition Fee Range||CAD 2,500 - CAD 30,000|
|Admission Type||Full time, Part time, Online & Distance Courses|
|English Scores Accepted||IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB/ LPI/ PTE/ ACCUPLACER|
|Minimum Test Scores Required||IELTS – 6.5 bands TOEFL (IBT) – 80|
The main campus of Vancouver Island University is located at Nanaimo. Student accommodations are available on this campus. This campus houses the Faculty of Management Centre which is certified Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. Apart from this, the campus is also the home to the university bookstore & Richard W.Johnson Centre.
Other campuses of VIU are:
VIU provides on-campus housing to its students at Nanaimo campus. It has the following residencies which offer three types of rooms:
Vancouver Island University offers over 120 degree, diploma, and certificate programs. The university has Full time/ Part time/ Online & Distance Courses categorized in the following faculties:
English Language Requirement
An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by VIU. Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency.
|Test Name||Minimum Score Required|
|TOEFL||80 – Internet Based, with no part less than 19|
|550 – PBT, with no section less than 56|
|IELTS||6.5, with no band below 5.5|
|PTE||54 with no section below 51|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English||169|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English||169|
|Language Proficiency Index (LPI)||4 or higher|
Candidates can apply for spring and fall semester between the dates tabulated below:
|Semester||Registration Start Date||Registration End Date|
|Spring||January 2||April 6|
|Fall||August 27||November 30|
International applicants are required to submit the scanned copies of the following documents:
Costs and Expenses
The tuition for all the courses is to be paid once per academic year. The range of tuition fee is:
|Post graduate courses||Under graduate courses|
|Domestic Students||CAD 2,500 to 5,000||CAD 17,500-20,000|
|International Students||CAD 10,000-12,000||CAD 20,000-30,000|
VIU offers Entrance Scholarships and Graduating awards to aid students’ financial needs as well as to recognize their academic performance.
|Transfer Scholarship||CAD 5,000||160|
|Open Scholarship||CAD 10,000||1|
|Travelling Scholarship||CAD 11,000||4 (annually)|
|VIU World-wide Entrance Scholarship||CAD 2,000||20|
|British Columbia High School International Excellence Entrance Scholarship||CAD 1,000||4|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Entrance Scholarship (Full Program)||CAD 1,000||3|
|British Columbia Offshore School Entrance Scholarship||CAD 1,000||2|
|International Education Academic Excellence Scholarship||CAD 1,000||15|
|Outstanding International Students Award||CAD 2,000||3|
VIU provides part time on and off-campus work opportunities under its Work-Op program. It offers these opportunities with various employers hosted by VIU’s Centre of Experiential Learning.
Over 200 part-time jobs are available for students. Students can work up to 8 hours per week during the semester and full time during breaks between semesters. Payment ranges from CAD 10 to CAD 15 per hour.
Students can opt for:
The accommodations are offered at the following prices:
|Traditional Single room||CAD 2,900|
|Modern Single rooms||CAD 3,200|
|Modern Double rooms||CAD 1,850|
VIU offers three types of meal plans for students to choose from:
VIU has a strong alumni network of more than 75,000 students for full time and part-time programs. It offers a number of benefits to its alumni like employment opportunities, scholarships, discounts at partnered stores and services, insurance assistance, etc.
|Bachelors Tuition Fees||$15240|
|Post graduate Tuition Fees||$23000|
|Start of Application process||September 01, 2018|
|End of Application process||March 31, 2019|
|Accepts common App||No|