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Become a Fisheries & Aquaculture Student

VIU encourages students to apply for programs regardless of academic background. This page was created to serve as a one-stop shop to provide information for prospective Fisheries and Aquaculture students.


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      Tuition Costs

        • Domestic Students: see Fee Category I: Career/Technology programs
        • International Students: see Degree, Diploma and Certificate Programs
          • Tuition varies depending on the number of credits a student is enrolled in. Please contact International Admissions for cost estimates: International Admissions
            Tel: 250.740.6316
            Toll free: 1.888.920.9921

        Funding Assistance / Scholarships

        • The Financial Aid & Award Office at Vancouver Island University is committed to supporting students in their search for financial assistance. This office works closely with the faculties and the Student Service branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education to foster and support student access to financial assistance.

        • The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department offers several awards, scholarships and bursaries exclusively to students enrolled in the second year of the Technical 2 year Diploma. Post-Degree diploma program students do not qualify for these scholarships. Visit the Fisheries scholarships for more information

        Books and Lab Manuals

        Additional Fees ($Cdn)

        Fee TypeAmount
        Students' Union membership fee$9.11
        VIU students' Union club fee$0.72

        Navigator newspaper society membership fee


        Canadian Federation of Students membership


        Students' Union Building fee $2.96

        Radio Malaspina Fee


        Total (cost per month)


        • Health & Dental Plan Fees - VIU Students' Union
        • Parking
        • Travel Expenses: for travel to and from practicum sites budget $25 - $40 per week
        • Specialty equipment: Rain gear ($100 - $120), Gum boots ($25 - $75), Chest Waders ($125 - $350)
        • Key Card: $10 one time fee which gives students access to laboratories and fish culturing facilities for the duration of study. Cards can be purchased in the bookstore and programmed by the area secretary
        • Lab books: AQUA 241/341 and AQUA 204 approx. $12. ea.
        • Level 1 First Aid (approx. $100)
        • Pleasure Craft Operators Card: Online course available
        • Maritime Radio Certificate
        • WHMIS

        Housing Options