WorldVIU Days Background

Week Long Events

Education Abroad QES Instagram Takeover



Day of the Dead Display

VIU Library Lobby

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. Each family makes altars in their homes to welcome dead relatives, each altar is different as it reflects what the dead loved in life such as food, books, musical instruments, etc. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31-November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.

Dr. Who's TARDIS

Telecommunication And Relevant Discussions with International Students

The TARDIS will allow anybody to tele-communicate with international students from many different countries.

The TARDIS activity at World VIU Days uses the beloved, long running, and recently revived BBC TV science fiction series Doctor Who, to explore intercultural communication amongst faculty, staff and students on the Nanaimo Campus.

In the BBC series, a time traveller known as “The Doctor”, from planet Gallifray, travels in his time machine through both space and time having various adventures, often with a human companion. The time machine is in the form of a blue police box called the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space). The Doctor is an expert at inter-species and intercultural communication.

VIU’s TARDIS stands for Telecommunication And Relevant Discussions with International Students. The TARDIS activity was first launched in 2016, and the blue Police Box was built by VIU Trades Students at that time. In normal years, the TARDIS structure is situated in a high traffic location on campus, during the week of WorldVIU Days and anyone can step inside the box, at specific posted times, where they are then connected with on-campus international students from a variety of different countries - for conversations about different places, different lives and different experiences.


A short video featuring interviews with Geog 322 and ESLA students.