Who We Are

Founded in 1983 by the five Bands of the Nicola Valley, NVIT was created to provide a place for Indigenous people to study within a supportive environment. Beginning with 13 learners enrolled in a forestry program, NVIT now has approximately 1400 learners representing nearly 60% of BC’s First Nations communities. Learners study at our main campus in Merritt, our satellite campus in Vancouver, or at one of over 30 Indigenous communities across Canada.

NVIT strives to offer a wide range of programs to appeal to many different career paths. The Centre of Excellence in Sustainability is our newest addition to our Merritt campus, which provides innovative lab space, demonstrates solar and geo-exchange technologies, houses a new teaching culinary arts kitchen, greenhouse, fitness centre and gymnasium.  Our institute also has recently created exciting new partnerships that will provide new programs for future learners such as a Master of Social work program, Bachelor of Indigenous Education program and a Foundation in Innovation and Technology program.

NVIT’s success is attributed to its ability to become BC’s Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute while remaining true to the vision of the five founding bands. Governed by a First Nations board, a supportive Elders’ Council and an engaged group of employees, NVIT continues to be dedicated to Indigenous education and ensuring we meet the needs of our learners. As an Indigenous Centre of Excellence, we invite you to become involved as we work towards fulfilling our vision of inspiring learners to strengthen community. NVIT promises to empower learners by strengthening voice and identity through education.

General Info General Info


Enrolment Total
1500

Detailed Costs
Campus Locations

4155 Belshaw Street,
Merritt, BC

200-4355 Mathissi Place,
Burnaby, BC

4155 Belshaw Street
Merritt, BC

200-4355 Mathissi Place
Burnaby, BC


Programs Programs


Info on All Programs

Admissions Admissions


Basic Admissions Requirements

Grade 12 graduation with minimum C+ in English 12 is a basic requirement for many programs; individual programs may have other specific course requirements


English Proficiency Requirements

English 12 with C+ minimum or English 060


Application Deadline

Applications for Fall Semester are accepted until the end of July, and seats are offered to qualified applicants in the order applications are completed with all required documents and assessments received.

How to Apply

Apply online or print an application form from the website


Financial Aid Financial Aid


Entrance Scholarships Deadline

April 30 or August 15 are the two major deadline dates, depending on the Scholarship applied for. Deadline information is provided in the information on the website.


Entrance Scholarships Info
Other Scholarship Info
Student Loan Info

Financial Aid Contact Email
Financial Aid Contact Phone

Residence Residence


Residence Options

NVIT’s student housing consists of two buildings, each with 32 individual units and 4 – 2 bedroom suites (for a total occupancy of 72 to 80 students). Student housing is available at our Merritt campus only.

Total Average Residence Cost
4200
Residence Cost Details

Single rooms are $525/month for the academic year, and Family Rooms are $1000/month for the academic year. The same rates apply for the Summer Semester [May-August]


Residence Application Deadline

Students can apply before they have been accepted into their program of study. The first round of acceptances is completed in early April.

How to Apply

Applications begins by registering to apply on the housing website, followed by completing the application request. A $250 deposit is required to complete an application.


Residence Contact Email
Residence Contact Phone

International Students International Students


English Language Requirement

If English was not the language of instruction for the last three years of your education, you will also require an official TOEFL score including the TWE (or essay) portion with a minimum score of 270 (230 if the computer-based TOEFL taken) on the Listening, Structure/Writing, Reading portions and 5.0 on the essay portion.

More International Student Info

International Students Contact Email