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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.