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Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Updated on 15 April 2020
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Vancouver Island University is a Canadian public university founded in 1969. Since its establishment, the university remains to be a centre for qualitative learning. Vancouver Island University applauds students across the world who contributed to crafting the vibrant cultural fabric of the campuses. The faculty and students get international exposure through participation in innovative projects and workshops worldwide. Vancouver Island University has been nominated as a finalist in the Higher Education Academy’s 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award for teaching excellence. The prime objective of the university is to build a progressive sustainable global community through innovation and social inclusion.

Spread over 92 acres, Nanaimo is the prime campus of the university. Further, the university maintains other campuses at Cowichan and Powell River. Also, Parksville-Qualicum Centre is an exclusive study centre of the university. All the three campuses of the university are located at beautiful coastal towns rich with cultural diversity. The campuses are equipped with world-class infrastructures offering the best-in-class learning experience. There are hi-tech laboratories, libraries, art studios, mathematics centres, computer labs, writing centres and high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity at the campuses. Vancouver Island University has a highly qualified team of faculty members. Also, eminent scholars, scientists and industry experts are invited at the campuses to deliver guest lectures.

Vancouver Island University offers bachelors, masters, diploma and certificate programmes across disciplines. The core areas of study offered at the university include Art, Design & Performing Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Human Services, Science & Technology, Business & Management, Tourism, Recreation & Hospitality, Trades & Applied Technology and Co-operative Education. Besides this, the university offers Academic and Career Preparation and High School Equivalency (ABE), Exploratory University Studies (EXPO), Professional Development and Training, and English Language (ESL) programmes. Not just this, the university also offers various online courses in different subjects and levels.

Students of Vancouver Island University are sent to various industrial workshops for practical training. It also carries out skill development initiatives to make students acquiescent to cutting-edge technologies. Further, the university offers career guidance and placement assistance services to students. Along with academics, Vancouver Island University is a hub for recreational and extra-curricular activities. There are sports courts, gymnasiums, cafeteria, art galleries and theatres at the campuses. Various events including sports meets, jamming sessions, dance competitions, stage plays, art exhibitions and literary fests are organised at the university campuses. All these activities ensure cross-disciplinary participation inculcating team spirits among students

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Master of Business Administration

14-16 Months

INR 13 Lakh

IELTS : 7, TOEFL : 93

Diploma in Dental Hygiene

2 Years

INR 9 Lakh

IELTS : 6.5, TOEFL : 88

Bachelor of Business Administration

4 Years

INR 9 Lakh

IELTS : 6.5, TOEFL : 80

University at a glance
% International Students18 %
Total International Students2,539
Size of Campus in acres92
Male/Female Ratio1 : 1.72
Faculty/Student Ratio1 : 16.0
Endowments ValueCAD 26 million
No.of Campuses3
Yearly Hostel & Meals ExpenseINR 5.0 Lakh
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CoursesDuration1st Year Tuition Fees
MBA(2 Courses)14 - 18 MonthsINR 13L - 15.6L
BBA(2 Courses)4 YearsINR 9L
MS(2 Courses)24 MonthsINR 6.8L - 9.4L
BSc(2 Courses)4 YearsINR 9L
BE/Btech(2 Courses)4 YearsINR 9L - 10.1L
MIM(1 Course)2 YearsINR 6.8L
Other Courses(11 Courses)0.7 - 4 YearsINR 6.8L - 12.8L
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Go Clean Scholarship
Rs. 2,64,355
Engineering,Computers,Science + 4 more
Hani Zeini Scholarship
Rs. 75,530
Engineering,Computers,Science + 2 more
Jared J. Davis Grant
Rs. 75,530
Engineering,Computers,Science + 2 more
Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship
Rs. 7,55,300
Entry Criteria
MBA(2 Courses)

: 7 & Above

: 93 & Above

: 65 & Above

BBA(2 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 80-88

: 60 & Above

MS(2 Courses)

: 7 & Above

: 93 & Above

: 65 & Above

BSc(2 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 88 & Above

: 60 & Above

BE/Btech(2 Courses)

: 6.5 & Above

: 88 & Above

: 60 & Above

MIM(1 Course)

: 7 & Above

: 93 & Above

: 65 & Above

Other Courses(11 Courses)

: 6.5-7

: 88-93

: 60-65

Admission Requirements
: Not required
: Needed for few courses
: Not required
: Needed for few courses
: Required
Application feesCAD 150
Type of deadlineRegular
Intake Season & Deadlines
: 31ˢᵗ Mar - 15ᵗʰ May 2020
On-campus Accommodation


  • Vancouver Island University offers accommodation to both UG and PG students
  • There are 10 Residence buildings located in the western area of the Nanaimo campus at  University Crescent, Nanaimo, BC offering a variety of accommodation. 
  • Rooms are furnished with bed and desk
Room: Modern Double Room (Shared)+ Meals
Off-campus Accommodation


  • The accommodation option includes a room or an apartment with one bedroom and two bedrooms and three bedrooms
  • The average rent range for the room is from $500 to $700 and the average for renting an apartment will range from $900 to $1200 
  • Facilities include TV, cable and wireless internet, heat, light and hot water etc.
  • The lease term for the apartment is 12 months for most of the properties

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BBA INR 12.1 L
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MEng INR 12.8 L
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MA INR 7.6 L
BHM INR 11.4 L
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Average Admission Exam Scores
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60
GRE: 309
GMAT: 560
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University CityNanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Size of citySmall
Population of City90,504
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2011 University Way, Duncan, BC, Canada V9L 0C
900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5S5
100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville, BC, Canada V9P 2G3
100 - 7085 Nootka Street, Powell River, BC V8A 3C6
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