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Vancouver Island University


Established as Malaspina College in 1969, the institution became VIU in 2008. It has a number of campuses on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island facing the Strait of Georgia in southwest Canada. A number of bachelor courses are offered, for example in Jazz Studies, Nursing, and Psychology. The main site in Nanaimo is 2 hours 45 minutes by ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver. Victoria is 113km to the South. The 92 acre Nanaimo campus boasts forested areas, a Japanese garden and ocean views and the Aquatic Centre with an Olympic sized pool. This beautiful area offers outdoor activities in both winter and summer, including skiing and surfing.


7420 Students

89% Undergraduates

14% International


Accommodation: Home stay

Accommodation: Private rented

Accommodation: University, on campus

Campus: City Centre Campus

Car Parking: Car Parking Available


University, off campus

University, on campus

Transport Links

Nearest Airport: Nanaimo ( 9.0 miles )

Nearest Train Station: Ladysmith ( 13.0 miles )


Vancouver Island University

900 Fifth Street


V9R 5S5

British Columbia


Channel Islands:
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Graduate opportunities

External links

University website
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