The primary goal of our Cultural Connections Activities & Day Trips is to enhance the student experience at VIU. We seek to do this by providing opportunities for students to engage with the local community and experience cultural events, while exploring nature and connecting with peers.

Being connected, active, and engaged in the local environment is healthy. It can help with the cultural adjustment process for students who are new to Canada or new to the community.

For more information contact: 

Michael Bauche
Activity Program Coordinator 
Phone: (250)-740-6315, Local 2737
Email: Michael.Bauche@viu.ca

ELC Orientation: Bowling Activity

Come play 5-pin bowling and meet your new classmates! This orientation activity is only $5 and includes round-trip transportation, shoe rentals, and your bowling fee. 

Seats are limited for this activity. Sign up in Building 255 at the 2nd floor front reception desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, or in the 1st floor International Commons on Thursday from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM. 

Downtown Nanaimo Walking Tour

Explore Nanaimo's downtown and waterfront on foot!

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking and dress for the weather. The tour includes round-trip bus transportation from VIU.

Seats for this free city tour are limited, so please sign up in advance at Activity Sign-Up (Thursday January 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Building 255, 1st Floor Lobby). 

Victoria & Royal BC Museum

About Victoria and the Royal BC Museum

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is home to historic buildings, great shopping and some of the best museums in Western Canada. Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company, classic British imagery is present through double decker busses, horse drawn carriages & formal gardens. The City, now a cosmopolitan center is lively with entertainment and a wide range of street festivals & activities.

Culture Couch Hip Hop Edition: "blacklovematters" with Dr. Oop

Join Dr. Oop, a hip hop veteran from the Los Angeles underground scene, to learn about the foundations of hip hop as it relates to African-American identity, culture, and community. Hosted by the Faculty of International Education (Intercultural Programs).

This event is part of WorldVIU Days and the 2nd Annual Intercultural Hip Hop Forum, November 5-9 2018! See https://world.viu.ca/worldviu-days for the full program schedule.

Global Groove Concert: Hip Hop Cypher

A FREE monthly concert series produced just for VIU students! The mission of the series is to showcase artists and bands representing musical styles from around the globe as a way to honour and celebrate the cultural diversity of VIU's student population. 

Global Groove is a partnership of VIU Cultural Connections (International Education) and VIU Students' Union. Look for posters around campus (and see below) for the complete concert series line-up for Fall 2018. 

November features an intercultural hip hop cypher!

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