We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

—Carl Sagan 1985






Anthropology is about making the exotic familiar,

and the familiar exotic

Anthropology is about thinking outside the box, it challenges individuals to understand how and why other human beings live life a certain way


Anthropology is a highly rewarding – even life-changing – subject to study at university. At VIU you will be pushed to question many of your core assumptions and exposed to radically different ways of thinking.


Writing Centre

Fourth floor of the Library, room 474.  speak to John Hill, Coordinator, (250) 753-3245, Local 6191.

You are allowed two half-hour appointments a week on different days to give you time to make progress on your essay .Tutors will help you with all stages of the writing process, but they won’t proofread your essay for you.
Tutors will teach you the skills to proofread your essay.

Student Advocate

Phone: 250-754-8866

Advocates are there for you. If you have problems with your instructors or other problems and you feel having the assistance of an advocate would be helpful you can ask assistance of an advocate at the Student Union Building.

Counseling Services

Building 200, 3rd floor Phone: 250-740-6416 Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4pm (call for appointments and drop in hours)

Counsellors can help you with issues relating to personal, career and learning concerns.  Counseling services are free.  You can call them under: 250-740-6416. Booking Appointment:  Call to book an appointment or, you can also just go there in an emergency, they will see you within 10 to 20 minutes.

Education Abroad

Education Abroad at Vancouver Island University offers exciting opportunities to expand your education with overseas instruction.  Many of our graduates who take part in a education abroad program end up working overseas at multinational corporations, NGO's or working on a multicultural team at some point in their careers.  By studying or interning abroad, you will gain valuable international skills and knowledge and be well prepared to launch yourself into the global world.

Educational Advising Centre

Top  floor of Building 200.
Toll Free at 1.888.920.2221 ext 6410 or 250.740.6410
Email: advising@viu.ca



Educational Advisors are available for drop in appointments between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Friday (Wednesdays from 10:30 am). Some 8:30am and 3:00 and 3:30pm pre-booked appointments are available. Please call the office to discuss availability.

Students are encouraged to meet with their BA Degree Advisor as early as they wish to declare their Major/Minors. To make an official declaration of your Major/Minors you need to meet with your Degree Advisor to accomplish this. Degree  Advisors can link you with enrichment opportunities relevant to your degree focus (experiential, volunteer, research, leadership, student development). Sign up sheets for appointments are found near their doors.

International Student Advising

contact them @ Building 255 advising.international@viu.ca Phone: 250.740.6315 WorldVIU@viu.ca


International Admissions

Email: study@viu.ca Phone: +1.250.740.6315

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