Who We Are

Applications for Admission to Fall 2023 at North Island College open October 3, 2022

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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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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,
Port Hardy, BC

Ucluelet Centre

10 – 1636 Peninsula Road,
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
Port Hardy, BC

Ucluelet Centre

10 – 1636 Peninsula Road
Ucluelet, BC

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.

Computer Information Systems Certificate

Learn the essential components of modern information systems including hardware, software, and networking. You will develop essential skills through extensive hands-on lab exercises and projects. At the end of the program you will be prepared to enter the industry or continue with further study.

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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.

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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 program web page. Need help? Connect with an NIC Advisor to get your questions answered.

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.

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 Options

Currently NIC does not offer student housing, however plans are in place to develop housing at the Comox Valley campus.

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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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