Who We Are

Applications for Admission to Fall/Winter 2024 at North Island College open October 3, 2023


NIC is a comprehensive college with staff and faculty who are committed to student success. We offer high-quality university transfer pathways, programs in arts, science, business, tourism, health and human services, indigenous studies, fine arts, digital design and development.  We have many trades and technical training options including culinary arts, construction trades and short-term micro-credentials.  Students choose NIC for personalized learning, expert faculty, employer connections and access to student services. There are many exclusive agreements with universities and colleges around the world, opportunities to learn in rich, supported environments while spending less on 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 and learning centre, through in-person, online and blended delivery.

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Campus Locations

Comox Valley Campus

2300 Ryan Road,
Courtenay, BC

Campbell River Campus

1685 South Dogwood Street,
Campbell River, BC

Port Alberni Campus

3699 Roger Street,
Port Alberni, BC

Mixalakwila Campus

#140 - 8950 Granville Street, Box 901,
Port Hardy, BC

Ucluelet Centre

10 – 1636 Peninsula Road, Box 198,
Ucluelet, BC

Comox Valley Campus

2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC

Campbell River Campus

1685 South Dogwood Street
Campbell River, BC

Port Alberni Campus

3699 Roger Street
Port Alberni, BC

Mixalakwila Campus

#140 - 8950 Granville Street, Box 901
Port Hardy, BC

Ucluelet Centre

10 – 1636 Peninsula Road, Box 198
Ucluelet, BC

Nearby Highlights

Our campus locations are surrounded by nature. For example, you can ski, snowshoe or bike at Mount Washington then paddle at one of our local beaches.

The Campbell River campus features:

    • Over 10 trades and technical program options
    • State of the Art Practical Nursing Lab
    • Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI)
    • Right across from Beaver Lodge Forest Lands

The Comox Valley campus is:

    • Shadbolt and Raven fine art studios and facilities
    • Spacious and modern Trades Training Centre
    • Next door to the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre and the North Island Hospital
    • NIC’s first ever Student Housing Commons, opening in 2025

The Port Alberni campus offers:

  • Two locations including the Tebo Vocational Centre and Roger Street campus featuring the Bistro
  • A range of trades and program options including Furniture Design and Joinery
  • Short drive to Cathedral Grove and Sproat Lake

The Ucluelet Learning Centre has:

  • Technology-based access to healtcare, business, university transfer and upgrading programming
  • Walking distance to the Wild Pacific Trail


Credentials Available
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Certificates: 1 Year or Less
  • Continuing Education
  • Diplomas: 2-3 Years
  • Post-Degree / Post-Graduate Diplomas
  • Trades Foundation Certificate
  • Trades Apprenticeship
  • Upgrading / HS Completion

Programs Programs

Featured Programs

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree

Gain the confidence you need to succeed in business. You will develop your career goals, apply theory learned in class and network with future employers with NIC’s mentorship, co-op and internship opportunities. Opportunity to major in General Management, Accounting, and Marketing. Full degree (four years) offered at NIC!

Metal Fabricator Foundation Harmonized

Develop advanced skills and qualify for a wide range of job opportunities in the metal work field. Learn to build, assemble and repair products made of steel and aluminum and level 1 technical training credit and work-based training hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification when you register as an apprentice. As a graduate, you will find a wide variety of opportunities in metal fabrication shops, construction, mining and boat building.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

NIC offers a four-year degree in partnership with Vancouver Island University using the same concept-based collaborative curriculum, including leadership, advocacy, political action, nursing knowledge development and nursing scholarship. Settings include classroom, simulation lab, clinical and community, which offer diverse contexts to ensure students develop professional nursing skills to provide direct care and care coordination as part of a team in urban, rural and global settings.

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Areas of Study Available
  • Visual, Performing and Fine Arts
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Transportation: Air, Land, Marine
  • Sciences
  • Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality and Service
  • Mechanical and Related
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Health Related
  • Engineering and Electronics
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Communications
  • Business and Management
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Science
  • Construction and Precision Production

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. We offer outgoing exchange, incoming exchange and field schools as well as UMAP opportunities.

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Admissions Admissions

Basic Admissions Requirements

Each program has its’ own admission requirement and specific courses have their own pre-requisites which are outlined on the Programs and Courses web page. Need help? Connect with an NIC Future Student Rep to have your questions answered.

Student Services provides a wide range of services and resources to help you reach your goals. Each year more than 8,000 students discover their path through NIC. Whether you need help planning your education, securing funding, paying for a tutor or finding scholarships and bursaries, we can help.

Admissions for most programs are first applied, first qualified, first invited.

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 for most programs, many programs will have a limited number of spaces available.

Admissions for most programs are first applied, first qualified, first invited.

Applications for 2024 Fall BSCN program will open on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 and close on January 31, 2024. Please visit the BSCN program webpage for more details.

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 EducationPlanner BC:  (https://www.educationplannerbc.ca/)

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Financial Aid Financial Aid

Entrance Scholarships Deadline

NIC Financial Aid applications open March 1 annually and close by the end of April. There is one application form!

Every year, as a new, continuing or graduating NIC student, you are eligible to apply for hundreds of scholarships and bursaries to help pay for college. These generous financial awards are made possible through the NIC Foundation by friends of North Island College who believe in the importance of education, and who want to ensure that finances don’t stand between you and your career goals.

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Residence Residence

Residence Options

Construction on the Comox Valley NIC Student Housing Commons Project is underway, with a projected opening of Fall 2025. Please check the NIC Student Housing page for updates with more information about application processes, timelines and housing details being added as the new student housing begins to take shape.

The commons will include 217 beds for students to house students from across the North Island and improve access to education. The commons will include 20 family suites in a dedicated family building, accessible suites and short and long-term tenures to meet the needs of NIC students.

We thank the K’ómoks First Nation for their guidance, input and continued participation in the student housing sub-committees.

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Accessibility Supports & Services Accessibility Supports & Services

Accessibility Supports & Services Info

The Department of Accessible Learning Services (DALS) provides support to North Island College students who identify as having a disability which may impact their ability to study. Faculty at DALS work to identify accommodations needed by students to enable them to fully participate in their classes and help implement these accommodations so that students do not face disability-based exclusion in any component of their courses.

If you identify as a student with a disability and require academic accommodations, please contact our office to make an appointment with one of our DALS faculty. We will need documentation of your disability to determine what accommodations need to be put in place to ensure you are able to participate fully in your courses at NIC. If you do not have documentation of your disability, please contact our office. We will be happy to meet with you and help you through the process of obtaining documentation of your disability.

Department of Accessible Learning Services faculty are here to help. Contact us for information on how we can help you.

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Indigenous Student Supports & Services Indigenous Student Supports & Services

Indigenous Student Supports & Services Info

Indigenous Student Services provides a wide range of services and resources to help you reach your goals. We offer support for our students including Elders in Residence, Indigenous Education Navigators, Indigenous programs and courses, priority admissions, financial support, Indigenous student lounges, the Aboriginal Scholars program, and NIC’s commitment to reconciliation, indigenization, and decolonization. Whether you need help planning your education, securing funding, paying for a tutor, or finding scholarships and bursaries, we can help.

North Island College is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories the College’s campuses are situated.

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International Students International Students

International Student Info

NIC’s Office of Global Engagement works with students, faculty and staff in learning outside of their current cultural content and developing skills for global success. Each year, hundreds of students from countries around the world choose to make Vancouver Island their home away from home.

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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