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VIU Cowichan Campus

At the Cowichan campus you’ll find dedicated faculty, small class sizes and close-knit community to support you in your academic success and well-being.

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Walking together

At the Cowichan campus small class sizes and hands-on learning creates real connections—with other students, with faculty, the community and the land. 

A focus is on Q’ushin’tul (Walking Together). Q’ushin’tul is a Hul’qumi’num word that translates to Walking together. It's an Indigenous approach to education that promotes academic success and student well-being. 

"The spirit of Q'ushin'tul is to walk together in everything: education, employment, and life. At VIU we are walking together with students to create a balance of education and values based in indigenous ways of knowing and being." – VIU Elder Hwiem' (Marlene) Rice

Programs and Courses

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Student Support Services

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Cowichan Campus and Facilities

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Are you planning to take your first-year of university at the Cowichan campus? 

Then you might be interested in the Q’ushin’tul  (Walking Together) learning community. With Q'ushin'tul (Walking Together)  you get a bundle of first-year university courses to take at the Cowichan campus. The bundle includes three courses in the Fall Semester and three in the Spring.

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VIU News

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Drag show offers a night of jaw-dropping and dazzling performances

What: Drag in the Theatre When: Wednesday, October 4, 8 to 10 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Experience a fabulous night of...

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VIU invites public to new community event

DiscoverFest at VIU takes place on Saturday, October 21 from 12 to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to spend an afternoon at Vancouver Island University‘s (VIU’s)...

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VIU News & Experts: Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Housing crisis, grocery store prices and Trump ✅ Looking for experts this week? In this issue:  Solutions to skyrocketing grocery prices Rising diplomatic...

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Cowichan VIU Events


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Learn how to incorporate quotes in an essay


Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course - MBSR 001

Learn to address everyday stress, chronic pain and illness more effectively. This evidence-based 8-week workshop is taught online via Zoom by Dr. Patricia O'...


Information Session (online) for Master Gardener Certificate Program

Are you interested in gardening and excited for the start of spring? Join us to learn about the Master Gardener program . The 12-week program will run on...


Class Shadow Day (for high school students)

Do you know a high school student that might be interested in attending a VIU class shadow? Let them know about Class Shadow Day on October 20 so they can...

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