VIU Educational Advising

For Current VIU Applicants and Students

If you have applied to VIU, Educational Advisors can help you to discover, plan and work toward your educational goals. You can achieve a more fulfilling educational experience through an advising relationship. While post secondary education can be one of life's most rewarding experiences, it can be a confusing adventure for some, and an intimidating process for others. We are available to answer your questions or steer you in the right direction when questions arise.

Connect with Educational Advising

Connect with Services for Aboriginal Students Advising

* It is, ultimately, the student’s responsibility to choose courses and programs to meet his or her own career or educational objectives.

For Future and Prospective VIU Students

If you have not yet applied to VIU, Connect with a recruiter and visit VIU's Future Student page to learn more about how VIU can help you achieve your goals.

Educational Advising

VIU Advising Centre and most other services are closed on statutory holidays.

  • Advising Centre closed at 2:00 pm on December 20
  • VIU Holiday Closure December 23 to January 1 inclusive.  No Advisors available.
  • In the event of VIU Nanaimo Campus closures due to winter weather conditions, please email advising@viu.ca or attend regularly scheduled Zoom Drop in.

VIU Blog: How Educational Advisors can help you achieve your goals

In-Person Drop In

Please check in at the Registration Centre on the 3rd floor of Building 200 upon arrival

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am - 3 pm

Wednesday 10:30 am - 3 pm


Zoom Drop In

Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 1 pm

Join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Meeting ID: 628 4701 3104
Password: 096305

Or join by telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): Canada: +1 204 272 7920  or +1 438 809 7799  or +1 587 328 1099  or +1 613 209 3054  or +1 647 374 4685  or +1 647 375 2970  or +1 647 375 2971  or +1 778 907 2071  Password: 096305

Other Ways to Connect 

Phone: 250.740.6410
Toll-Free: 1.888.920.2221 Ext. 6410
Email: Advising@viu.ca

Please email us directly with a few dates and times and the meeting method preferred to request a daytime appointment virtually or in person. 

Photograph of Vancouver Island University's Educational Advisors

(left to right) Shawn O'Toole, Leah PondJamie Wood, Michelle Steel, Michael Kuntz, missing Faye Shedletzky

Services for Aboriginal Students Educational Advising

VIU Advising Centre and most other services are closed on statutory holidays.

Phone: 250.740.6510
Toll-Free: 1.888.920.2221 Ext: 6410
Email: sas@viu.ca

Please email us directly to request a daytime appointment virtually or in person.

In-Person Drop In

At Shq'apthut - A Gathering Place (Building 170

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm

Zoom Drop In

Monday and Thursday from 11 am - 1 pm

Tuesday from 1 - 3 pm

Wednesday from 10 am - 12 pm

Friday from 9 - 11 am 

Join via Zoom from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Meeting ID: 628 4701 3104
Password: 096305

Or join by telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): Canada: +1.204.272.7920 or +1.438.809.7799 or +1.587.328.1099 or +1.613.209.3054 or +1.647.374.4685 or +1.647.375.2970 or +1.647.375.2971 or +1.778.907.2071
Password: 096305

Photo of Services for Aboriginal Students Advisors Jennifer Christoffersen and Dale Hunt

Jennifer Christoffersen and Dale Hunt 

Additional Advising

Cowichan Advising

Powell River Advising

International Advising

Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) Advising

Current students needing Degree/Diploma Advising (declaring your major or minors, upper level course planning, specific program and graduation information) can contact their Degree Advisor