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(NIC) is a comprehensive college with a staff and faculty who are committed to student success. NIC offers high-quality university transfer pathways as well as fine art and design, business, tourism and health and human services programs, along with ITA-approved trades foundation and apprenticeship training.  Students chose NIC for its personalized learning, expert faculty, employer connections and exclusive agreements with universities and colleges around the world that give students opportunities to learn in rich, supported environments while spending less on their education. 

For more information on programs, faculty or life at NIC, visit www.nic.bc.ca.

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North Island College is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 9,000 students annually at our four campuses, our learning centre and through online and in-community learning.

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2300 Ryan Road,
Courtenay, BC

2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC

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Study Abroad Opportunities

Whether you are a university studies, business, tourism, nursing or human services student you can travel the world and expand your education with NIC. Studying abroad takes many different forms at NIC, including outgoing exchanges and Field Schools. Your field of study and learning goals will help you decide what’s right for you.

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Basic Admissions Requirements

To be considered for general admission to NIC, applicants must have graduated from secondary school, or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.

IB and AP Credits

NIC offers IB and AP students one of the most generous credit recognition programs in Canada. IB credits transfer to individual courses and can block transfer if students have completed an IB diploma with all higher level courses. If you complete AP courses in high school, you may be eligible for advanced credit; check the transferability of AP courses through the BC Transfer Guide.

English Proficiency Requirements

To meet the English language requirement for academic programs, students must have completed BC English 12/First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C or NIC ESL 089 and ESL 090 with a minimum grade of C+. The other option is meeting the minimum standards on one of the English language proficiency tests [IELTS, TOEFL etc.] within the last two years. Details are on the admissions website.

Application Deadline

Apply early. While there are no specific deadlines in place, many programs will have a limited number of spaces available.

Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee is $25 for domestic and $100 for international applicants.

How to Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC

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Every year, more than 350 students from 34 countries make Vancouver Island their home away from home. NIC offers a wide range of programs for undergraduate and post graduates. Study. Class sizes are small and tuition affordable and with an exclusive array of transfer agreements, NIC is a great place to start your studies and transfer seamlessly to university.

English Language Requirement

For admission, one of the following English language proficiency results, achieved within the last two years: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with no individual band less than 5.5; TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19; TOEFL 550 (Code 8538); CAEL 60 and writing 60; or PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46.

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