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North Island College - NIC

North Island College - NIC

North Island College - NIC
WHY STUDY AT NIC?
NIC is committed to high quality and excellence in our programs supported by a dedicated faculty, staff and administration – all working together to help you achieve your goals.

Our students value the ability to gain paid work experience through our co-op and internship opportunities choosing from certificate, diploma, degree and post graduate programs in business, humanities, sciences, tourism, trades, fine arts and design, university studies and academic English preparation. With university studies and transfer options, students can start their university degree at NIC with affordable tuition fees and smaller class sizes for a more supportive learning environment, before transferring seamlessly on to university.

From vibrant music festivals, surfing on Vancouver Island's West Coast to skiing at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, NIC offers an outstanding education in one of Canada's most spectacular tourist destinations. Our safe and welcoming community offers beaches, mountains, wilderness areas and lively, friendly communities, for students to connect with their communities whether through social clubs, events and/or volunteering opportunities.
Student life at North Island College - NIC
ISLAND LIFE
Students study at three campuses on central Vancouver Island, a popular tourist destination with access to beaches, mountains, wilderness areas and lively, friendly communities. Whether you study in the Comox Valley, Port Alberni, or Campbell River, each community offers one-of-a-kind restaurants, social activities, and opportunities for adventure you can't get anywhere else. Located in the Comox Valley with a moderate climate year round students enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding, golfing, sailing, walking along the beaches, hiking in the forest, playing sports, swimming in the rivers, ocean or lakes, visiting local farms and wineries, attending music and art festivals, cruising through the Sunday farmer's market for fresh produce, meats, baking, beverages, flowers, and more, or browsing the artisan studios and galleries, discovering local and international cuisine or the dinner theatre.
Island life at NIC
CAMPUS LIFE
With an overall population of 4,500 students across 4 campuses, the Comox Valley campus has an estimated population of 2,500 with a diverse international student population of 350 international students from 36 different countries who have made Vancouver Island their home away from home.

Although NIC is a smaller institution it provides the same support services as a larger one but with all the added benefits. Smaller class sizes (10-30 students) for a more supportive learning environment such as stronger peer relationships and one-on-one instructor support. Students can get help with academic advising, study permit renewals, finding housing, scholarships, as well as counselling and student employment services. We also provide peer tutoring, student mentorships, paid internship/coop, study abroad, and student leadership opportunities.

Additionally, The Office of Global Engagement supports international students through providing a range of services targeting your unique needs. We support students, faculty and staff to engage in learning outside of their current cultural context, and in developing skills for success in an interconnected world.
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Business
Advance your undergraduate degree with a marketable business education in one or two years. Specialize in accounting and finance, general management, international management, human resource management, or marketing. Upon completion of the 2 year diploma you may be eligible for guaranteed admission to the MBA/MScIB program at Vancouver Island University.
Duration: 1-2 years dependent on program
Deadline: Ongoing
Global Tourism & Hospitality Management
Gain management skills for a career in international tourism.  Advance your degree or diploma with post-graduate study of accounting, marketing, events management, food and beverage services, hotel management and more.
Duration: 1-2 years dependent on program
Deadline: Ongoing

Testimonials

Ileana Rodriguez, Mexico

This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have fell in love with this place and I really enjoy going out, interacting with people and experiencing how friendly and polite everyone is around here. The application process was very easy as all the different requirements and steps were accessible through the website. There was also a lot of communication and follow up from the International Student Department, who was very supportive and always available to promptly address any questions and/or concerns regarding the process. In our classes, the main difference I have noticed is that instructors encourage you to express your own opinions. It is not about reading and memorizing, but more about examining and critiquing the content in your book. This is an incredible way to learn that is also reflected in our assignments and homework where you are encouraged to critically analyze the information and express your own viewpoints. This approach greatly helps you understanding the program content better. Besides, I really like Courtenay, the surrounding community and its diversity. This also reflects in the classroom where you can find people from Africa, India, Philippines, Japan and China. This allows us to talk about our countries and traditions, make friends with people from all over the world, interact harmoniously and encourage integration among peers.

Ileana Rodriguez, Mexico
AkhilaaRadharkrishnan, India

I majored in Human Resources, which is my passion…and the best part is that I am applying what I learnt in my job right now. Today I am able to speak confidently with people from South America, Chile, Africa, Japan, even though there are language barriers, I am able to manage all things  because of this College. I learnt to be accepting of all cultures, got to see so many cultures, (Canadian, African, Brazilian, Japanese and Chinese), I learned so much, I am grateful.

AkhilaaRadharkrishnan, India
Ximena Paz Ramos, Chile

 I fell in love with North Island College and the people here and also the Comox Valley. Everyone is making me feel like I’m at home.

Ximena Paz Ramos, Chile
Yang Zhou, China

I earned credits at North Island College and was accepted by SFU and UBC. Most important thing is that the campus is in a small safe community. My parents used to be worried about me going to go abroad for further study, but after visiting NIC, they feel very comfortable.

Yang Zhou, China
Emma Tweneboah-Koduah, Ghana

I wanted a safe place to study outside of home and I know it’s affordable too. My experience in Canada has been really great. I live in a homestay and I love the people I live with, they are very helpful and when I came, they just helped me to open my bank account, get me a phone, and get me settled even before school begun.

Emma Tweneboah-Koduah, Ghana
Decery Marquez, Philippines

The weather is great here. Classes are really interactive; they know that students like me from another country needs to speak out and show my potential. It’s a diverse community here. The staff here and the community is very supportive in helping students get through their courses and programs.

Decery Marquez, Philippines
Ton Chi Pham, Vietnam

I was impressed by the small class sizes; there are around 20 students in my class and thanks to small class sizes, the quality of teaching is improved. It was easy to apply, because they send emails about school information, Canada’s culture, campus, how to get to school, entertainment, how to open a bank account….these things helped me a lot.

Ton Chi Pham, Vietnam
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