The University of Vancouver Island is a rather small university compared to the large universities in British Columbia. As the name suggests, the VIU is located on Vancouver Island. The island is located off the coast of Vancouver and can be reached by ferry in about 1 hour. and 40 minutes to reach. In good weather the ride is wonderful. There is also the alternative of flying to the island by seaplane (disadvantage is slightly more expensive and limited luggage, advantage faster and a fantastic view of the Pacific and the landscape) or the alternative with a scheduled plane from Vancouver Airport to one of the 2 airports on the island To get to the island (I can’t say anything about the advantages and disadvantages as I did not choose this option). The university is located in Nanaimo, a city of around 98. 000 inhabitants in the direct coastal location of the island. The city is not a real beauty in its city center, but there are very beautiful districts with beautiful houses and lots of nature in the outskirts. Downtown Nanaimo has a lot to offer, from pubs with plenty of wings and beer to some nice restaurants and even a few clubs where you can party. It’s just a shame to open the clubs around 2 a.m. so you can’t just party the night away. The VIU is located in the west of the city on a small hill. The building is not necessarily the most beautiful, but you have a fantastic view of the bay and the mountains on the mainland. That alone is worth the semester when you sit in the classroom and see the mountains and the sea in dream weather. The building is not necessarily the most beautiful, but you have a fantastic view of the bay and the mountains on the mainland. That alone is worth the semester when you sit in the classroom and see the mountains and the sea in dream weather. The building is not necessarily the most beautiful, but you have a fantastic view of the bay and the mountains on the mainland. That alone is worth the semester when you sit in the classroom and see the mountains and the sea in dream weather.
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I have taken the following courses: Introduction into Tourism, Tourism Marketing, Programming and Special Events in Tourism and Leisure and Active Lifestyles.
The lecturers were a mixed bag in terms of their philosophy and teaching behavior. In principle, the requirements were the same in every subject, but the lecturers partly designed it according to their own ideas. The best lecturer in everyone’s opinion was Professor Ken Hammer. A marketing guru of all first class. With a lot of wit and charm, he managed to keep the lessons never boring and you learned a lot from him. A smooth 1.0 from me for Ken Hammer. I don’t want to emphasize the other lecturers here because I think it’s a matter of taste how you find lecturers, only with Ken Hammer everyone agreed in the course he is technically and personally unbeatable.
The subjects themselves weren’t all that helpful for my studies (sport management and event management), but I also wanted to choose courses that are not so common with us. So it went in the direction of tourism. Tourism and recreation management are figureheads for VIU and you can tell that a lot is being done there, including sometimes unconventional teaching methods. In Leisure and Active Lifestyles, for example, we have tried many “new” leisure-time activities. It went from tai chi to yoga to spiritual healing methods and the use of humor in many different areas of leisure and wellness. All in all, you should look early on what you want and what you expect from the semester abroad before choosing the courses.
Life on Vancouver Island has been very good. If you look around for accommodation privately, you can find a lot of bad things but also a lot of good things. We had a fantastic apartment (3-person flat share) in the immediate vicinity of the university (15 minutes on foot and 5 minutes by car). The location was very quiet but without a car you don’t have a chance in Canada and especially on Vancouver Island. Shopping, city visits and all other activities require a wheeled pedestal. The public transport network is unreasonable. Buses arrive late or not at all Taxis are quite expensive and trains don’t go where you need to go. Living is a bit more expensive compared to Germany because food here is sometimes very cheap. But in every supermarket there are “save cards” that give you discounts in the supermarkets and bonuses such as a Wii or other nice things. So if you go shopping with your eye, you don’t spend too much either. I would not recommend the dormitory of the university because the registration and administration there is quite sloppy and it is just not as nice as having your own shack where you can do what you want. However, this is only my own opinion and experience with this organization.
As for books for the courses, I would advise everyone to buy them. They are extremely expensive, you hardly need them if you don’t need them at all (when you borrow them in the library or buy them in the used bookstore in town) and selling them after the semester is absolutely shitty. Sorry for these words, but if you buy a used book at the university for $ 120 and you can give it back for $ 10 dollars without any wear and tear, that’s kidding in my eyes.
When it comes to fun and adventure, Canada is unbeatable in my opinion. As a sports fan you can do everything here and see everything on TV or live. There is pure nature from the beach to the ski area, everything is there. Forests, wild animals and simply wonderful quiet places in nature. The people are nice and very interested in foreign students. The majority of the students are also almost Asian and Arab citizens, but there are also very many Canadians from all over the country. In other words, a “multicultural” university that is easy to study at and where you can have a lot of fun.