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North Island College

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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.

Find & apply to programs at North Island College

Find programs you love that match your needs & aspirations, where you stand a high chance of acceptance.

Program level

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.

What North Island College says

  • Junko Leclair

    Junko Leclair

    North Island College Manager, International Enrollment and Recruitment
    Junko Leclair says

    NIC is a beautiful destination with a friendly community of staff, students, and residents. It is a really great place to start your new life in Canada.

    We want our students to succeed, whatever their definition of success is: so that they can step into the next stage of education or employment.

    NIC provides quality education in a variety of subjects: business, accounting, tourism, adventure guiding, culinary, early childhood education, social services, digital design and development, and fine arts. We also offer the first two years of a university degree in arts, sciences, and engineering.

    We take pride in the way we can individually support our students academically and otherwise. We provide individual support for admission, post-admission, settlement, academic advising, and immigration advising.

    After arriving in Canada, students can easily access math and English support, peer tutoring, research help, employment services, mental health and counseling services, and more. All of our services are offered on a one-on-one basis so that students can feel safe when receiving support.

    NIC graduates have gone in many directions and taken leadership roles in both public and private sectors and many of them remain within our community. We also enjoy seeing our students return to NIC to become staff, faculty, and administrators.

Student life & facilities

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  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program

How we maximize your chance of getting admitted

  1. Programs matched to you

    Filter 10,000s of programs down to a shortlist perfect for you, where you have a strong chance of getting admitted

  2. Apply online via Studee

    Complete our application form and only answer the same question once no matter how many programs you apply for

  3. Review, improve & submit

    We rigorously assess your application to ensure you have the best chance of getting admitted before we submit it

  4. Reminders & guidance

    Relax - never miss a deadline or request that could cost you an offer with clear, day-by-day updates on what needs to be done

Our services are 100% free for students like you because we're funded by universities.

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.

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: from CAD$13,770 to CAD$17,350 per year


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