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North Island College

North Island College

Check whether North Island College is right for you as an international student.

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Courtenay, Canada
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Study abroad at North Island College International

North Island College (NIC) is a comprehensive community college that focuses on student success. It serves over 9,000 students every year across four campuses, a learning center and through online and community learning.

Its campuses are located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and it serves a region of 80,000 square kilometers. The College offers over 80 programs in areas including business, health care, fine arts and tourism.

NIC students have access to a range of employment services and opportunities, both during college and after graduation. The College’s student employment services can help with any career help you may need, including resume writing and interview skills. They can connect you with businesses and organizations that are looking for new employees and share tips on how to secure your dream job.

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Why study at NIC?

  • Small class sizes

    NIC offers small classes so students can get a personalized education

  • Affordable tuition

    You could save $10,000 per year by taking your first year courses at NIC

Life as an international student

Hundreds of international students from over 40 different countries choose to study at North Island College every year. NIC’s Office of Global Engagement works with students and faculty to offer a range of workshops, activities and events.

International students at NIC are offered a wealth of learning opportunities as well as information resources and services including research help, peer tutoring, math, writing and student technical support.

International students are based at the Comox Valley campus, and can expect small class sizes and friendly teachers and staff to help you reach your potential.

Student life & facilities

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    • Peer & Buddy Program

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Fees and funding

NIC Foundation administers several awards ranging from $100 to $3,000 each, totaling more than $290,000 in recognition of outstanding students. Financial awards are available for new and continuing students both internally and externally for new and continuing students. Most awards or scholarships are available after the first semester of study as they are dependent on competitive grades reflective of the student's academic achievement.

NIC offers entrance awards for applicants with high levels of English language proficiency. All applicants are automatically reviewed for this award, therefore no award application is required. Students in receipt of this award will be notified upon enrollment.

Entrance Award: IELTS Entrance Awards whereby students are automatically assessed upon application.

  • IELTS 7.0 Award = $500
  • IELTS 7.5 Award = $1,000
  • IELTS 8.0 Award = $1,500

Scholarships and Awards: Available after the first semester of study at NIC. They would receive their first grades in December/January and the deadline for scholarships is April.


North Island College

2300 Ryan Road Courtenay BC V9N 8N6

From vibrant music festivals, surfing on Vancouver Island's West Coast to skiing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, NIC offers an outstanding education in one of Canada's most spectacular tourist destinations.

Visa requirements for North Island College

Many international students will require a visa to study in Canada, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Canada student visa requirements