VIU Course Delivery Model by Program and Faculty

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent guidelines issued by our government around physical distancing and hygiene practices, many programs, courses and services at Vancouver Island University will be delivered using online technologies. This document aims to answer a frequently asked question: “Am I required to come to campus for my courses?”

For those courses with some face-to-face activities, students will be required to come to campus for at least part of the semester; courses listed below as online can be completed from any location and do not require students to physically come to campus. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on what our fall semester will look like. If you are interested in a program and require more information, please contact world@viu.ca if you are an international student or connect@viu.ca if you are a domestic student.

*Note: all face-to-face activities will follow stringent WorkSafeBC and public health guidelines to ensure the safety of students and employees.

Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation

  • Adult Basic Education, Foundations for Success and Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Program courses are all online with no face-to-face components.
  • The Workplace Essential Skills Training program has a face-to-face practicum component.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • Interior Design, Graphic Design, Creative Writing and Journalism, English, History, Media Studies, Modern Languages Studies, and Studies in Women and Gender will all be delivered online.
  • Jazz Studies courses will be online. Private music instruction can be online or in-person; studio space will be made available to students who are unable to practice at home.
  • Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies courses will be delivered online, but there may be optional opportunities for students to connect with one another at the Nanaimo campus in Building 355, following public health guidelines.
  • Theatre will include a few courses (three) with face-to-face components. For international students, face-to-face aspects can be substituted with online versions.
  • Visual Art courses can all be done remotely except ceramics.   

Faculty of Education

  • Kinesiology: will include some face-to-face courses.
  • Education undergraduate courses will be online; however, the practicum in years five or six will be face-to-face.
  • Education graduate programs are all online.  

Faculty of Health and Human Services

    • Bachelor of Social Work will be online.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care will be online.
    • Bachelor in Science in Nursing will include online, face-to-face skill labs and off-campus clinical practicums.
    • Dental Assistant will be a mixture of online and on-campus face-to-face skills labs and clinical off-campus practice.
    • Dental Hygiene: year one students are able to complete the fall semester online (Sept to Dec, 2020). Year two students will be required to attend face-to-face clinical sessions.
    • Early Childhood Education and Care: Theory and seminar portions will be online, practicums must be completed at an approved practicum site in BC. First year students will only have theory courses in the fall; international students must be here by mid-December, as practicums are required in the second half of the first year.
    • Education Assistant and Community Support Worker will be online except for two on-campus face-to-face labs and the community practicum/placement.
    • Health Care Assistant will be online except for lab skills practice on campus at the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and supervised clinical practice in community.
    • Practical Nursing students will be online except for lab skills practice on campus at the Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and off-campus face-to-face clinical placements.
    • Social Services Diploma: will be online with one face-to-face component on campus.
    • Professional Development and Training Programs and Courses: All programs and courses are online and include off-campus community and/or clinical practice courses.

Faculty of International Education

  • English Language Centre ESL courses will be delivered in a synchronous online format. Class times will be offered at various times throughout the day so students studying in different time zones will not be disadvantaged.

Faculty of Management

  • All programs, with the exception of some courses in Hospitality Management, will be delivered online.

Faculty of Science and Technology

Visit Program and Course COVID-19 Summary Information for Students for the most up-to-date information.

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Anthropology will be online except for one fourth year course.
  • Psychology will be online.
  • Criminology will be online except for the potential for a face-to-face practicum in one fourth-year course.
  • Geography will be online except for courses taken by the RMOT cohort
  • GIS Applications will be online.
  • Global Studies will be online.
  • Liberal Studies will be online.
  • Master of Community Planning will be online. 
  • Philosophy/Religious Studies will be online.
  • Political Studies will be online.
  • Sociology will be online.

Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology

  • All Trades and Applied Technology programming will include skills-based components that require students to be on campus with the exception of Power Engineering, which will be online except for a 12-week practicum.
  • Culinary Arts students will have up to 75% of class time allocated to shop, lab and restaurant spaces, with the remainder of the program to be delivered online.
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