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Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism Studies

Adventure Guiding Option, Tourism & Hospitality Management

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Program facts

  • Tuition fees per year -
  • Total tuition fees -
  • Program type Diploma
  • Language taught in English
  • Start date January, May, July, September

Program Overview

What North Island College says about their program:
"Train on Vancouver Island to become an adventure guide and gain the skills to own or operate an adventure tourism business. Develop essential knowledge to work across cultures, with consideration towards environmental sustainability and risk management. Balance classroom theory with applied learning."

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Program Structure

  • Curriculum

    View Course Descriptions Program Requirements Year 1

    Year 1 and parts of year 2 of the Adventure Guiding option are offered on a cost recovery basis.  Tuition for the field focused skills reflects the cost of delivery and industry certification.  This diploma option pairs our popular Adventure Guiding certificate with elements of the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma.

    NOTE: This year of the program is contingent on sufficient student demand.

    Field Focused

    Core Competencies

    TGA-100 Guiding Skills 1

    TGA-101 Interpretation

    TGA-103 Sea Kayaking 1

    TGA-106 Sea Kayaking 2

    TGA-110 Guiding Skills 2

    TGA-111 Wilderness First Aid

    NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime

    TCS-010 SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality

    TFS-010 FoodSafe Level 1

    Field Skill Options

    Two field skill electives totaling 4 credits are required to meet program requirements.  Students may choose additional field skill electives, in which case additional charges will be incurred.

    TGA-102 Wildlife Viewing

    TGA-104 River Rafting 1

    TGA-105 Canoeing

    TGA-107 Sailing

    TGA-108 Mountain Skills 1

    TGA-109 Winter Mountain Travel 1

    TGA-112 Rock Skills 1

    TGA-114 River Rafting 2

    TGA-131 Field Specialty Option 1 (Please discuss with coordinator)

    TGA-132 Field Specialty Option 2 (Please discuss with coordinator)

    Note: field skill course availability and delivery model based on enrolment

    Applied Theory

    THM-211 Sustainable Tourism

    THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics OR THM-100 The Tourism Industry

    THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism

    ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing

    *Students wishing to exit at this point must take TGA-700 Work Placement (1 credit) in order to receive the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

    Year 2

    BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals

    BUS-162 Principles of Marketing

    THM-100 The Tourism Industry OR THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics

    THM-108 Human Resources Management

    THM-112 Leadership & Management

    THM-215 Tourism & Hospitality Managerial Accounting OR BUS-217 Management Accounting

    THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism

    Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

    THM-107 Accommodating Your Guest

    THM-170 Food & Beverage Service

    THM-175 Mixology & Oenology

    THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

    Plus choose one course (3 credits) from the following:

    IMG-220 Introduction to Social Media

    ANT-150 Cultural Anthropology

    BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business

    FIN-247 Introduction to Digital Photography

    GEO-111 Environment, Society & Sustainability

    ENG-116 Essay Writing & Indigenous Perspectives

    ENG-127 Indigenous Literatures in Canada

    ENG-216 Travel Writing

    THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip

    In addition, choose a minimum of three from the following 2 credit field courses (min. of 6 credits total):

    TGA-102 Wildlife Viewing

    TGA-104 River Rafting 1

    TGA-105 Canoeing

    TGA-107 Sailing

    TGA-108 Mountain Skills 1

    TGA-109 Winter Mountain Travel 1

    TGA-112 Rock Skills 1

    TGA-114 River Rafting 2

    TGA-131 Field Specialty Option 1 (Please discuss with coordinator)

    TGA-132 Field Specialty Option 2 (Please discuss with coordinator)

    Note: field skill course availability and delivery model based on enrolment

    Co-op – mandatory for all students

    Students must complete EMP-100 in the Fall term as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197) in the Spring. Co-op work terms must be completed between first and second term for full-time students and prior to the last course term for part-time students.

    EMP-100 Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar

    THM-197 Co-operative Education Internship Work Term

    Completion Requirements This is a two year program requiring completion within five years of admission.

    To successfully complete the program, students must pass all courses and attain an overall average of 60%.

Admissions requirements

Each year, hundreds of students from countries around the world choose to make Vancouver Island their home away from home. Please see below, the requirements required in order to join them.

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TOEFL 80 (no section less than 19) IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) PTE Academic 54 minimum with no component less than 46

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • Consideration may be given for younger students who have completed high school and meet all other admission requirements.
  • Meet the English language requirement or complete the Academic English Language program offered at NIC. English language proficiency results must be taken within the last two years.
  • Meet other academic and admission requirements for your chosen program.

Admission Requirements (Bachelor of Business Administration)

  • C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, or ENG-098, or ESL-090; or English assessment; and
  • C+ in Foundations of Math 11 or NIC MAT-055; or C in one of Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Applications of Math 12, NIC MAT-053; or Math Assessment;
  • Or, CPA-CGA designation to enter CPA Bridging Pathway;
  • Or, CPA-CMA designation to enter CPA Bridging Pathway;
  • Or, permission of the department.

Academic programs: Fall Semester (September) – no deadline Winter Semester (January) – no deadline Spring Semester (May) – no deadline

Academic English program: September – October – January – February – May – June Open admissions, no deadline

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.

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Academic English - $5,045 per term Other programs - $6,365 per term

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.

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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.

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