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VIU Cowichan Campus

Our diverse community of students, instructors and staff make VIU truly unique.


Welcome to VIU Cowichan

VIU’s newest campus offers a broad range of programs and student services in a beautiful and modern LEED Gold Certified facility and a few minutes’ drive away, at the Cowichan Trades Centre. In the heart of Duncan, on the traditional territory of Cowichan Tribes, Cowichan Campus is steps from restaurants, shopping and services. Join in outdoor recreation and cultural events, enjoy the bounty of the area's farmlands at farmers’ markets, and arrive at lakes and ocean access in minutes.

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Programs and Courses

Discover the programs and courses available at our Cowichan campus.

Cowichan Programs & Courses

Professional Development and Training

University preparation courses, certificates and professional development opportunities.

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Customized Training

Individualized training, customized to your business needs.

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VIU News

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VIU Cowichan Fills Need for More Education Assistants

Campus partners with School District 79 to offer the Education Assistant and Community Support certificate program in Duncan From classrooms to community...

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From Homeless to Helping Others: VIU Cowichan Student April Murphy's Story

An Adult Basic Education student, Murphy overcame multiple barriers to succeed  April Murphy has battled illiteracy, homelessness, and addiction and...

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Syrian Refugees Find Welcoming Community at VIU Cowichan

Baraa Mohammed and Fanar Sheikh Zein are taking adult upgrading courses at the campus A Syrian couple who spent four years living at a residential complex for...

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VIU Events


Clothing Exchange

Arranged BY students FOR students. Donated articles of gently used clothing will be displayed in the Lecture Hall on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, noon to 4pm....


Writers on Campus Presents Steven Heighton

Please join us for a reading and conversation with writer Steven Heighton. There will be two separate events: one on the Cowichan Campus and one on the Nanaimo...


Hiking - Botanical Beach - Cowichan students

Bus picks up at Cowichan, Building 700, front entrance, at 9:15 am This program is a guided hike into Botanical Beach Provincial Park. This trip explores a...


Fundamentals of FOREST Harvesting Practices - Free Information Session

Are you looking for an exciting career in the logging industry?? JOBS ARE AVAILABLE in this industry on Vancouver Island. Attend a free information session for...

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Cowichan Update

UCEP Program for Aboriginal Students

The UCEP program is for Aboriginal Students who want to upgrade or complete their requirements for college / university entrance. Students can work on their English, Math and Science courses. We also have a specialized Education/ Career Exploration course, Coast Salish Hul'q'umi'num' language course, and a Homework Study-skills course. The UCEP program offers a supportive environment which...

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