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North Island College

About North Island College

North Island College and its students have achieved transformational change and growth since it was established in 1975. It is a comprehensive community college that focuses on student success and offers over a wide range of undergraduate and post graduates courses and 80 credit programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism and university studies. The college proudly serve more than 9,000 students annually at four campuses, a learning centre and through online and in-community learning. It has strong partnership agreements with universities and colleges across BC, the US and around the world. NIC has been internationally recognized for its technology-enabled distance learning and responsive in-community programs.

Its highly qualified faculty include PhD’s with international credentials and has professionally-trained counselling staff, which offers crisis counselling, career and educational counselling, problem solving, learning strategies and help navigating NIC policies and procedures. The college also provides student support services that include education planning, finding scholarships and securing funding.

North Island College international students study at three campuses on central Vancouver Island, a popular tourist destination with beaches, mountains, wilderness areas and lively, friendly communities

North Island College Rankings

World Ranking-5567

Country Ranking -122


  • Comox Valley Campus 
  • Campbell River Campus 
  • Port Alberni Campus 
  • Mount Waddington Regional Campus 
  • College Centres : A centre is also located in Ucluelet and there are two vocational centres: Tebo Vocational Centre in Port Alberni and Vigar Road Vocational Centre in Campbell River.

North Island College Academic Divisions

North Island College offers over 1,000 courses and 80 programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism and university studies leading to degrees, diplomas and certificates. North Island College offers three Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, with majors in Marketing, Accounting or General Management. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, in partnership with Vancouver Island University (VIU)).

North Island College Teaching Quality

North Island College is committed to meeting the education and training needs of adults within our service region by providing high quality, affordable higher education and skills training, collaborating with our partners to create pathways to learning, and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. Student success, access to learning and services, accountability, quality, relevance and responsiveness, a positive organizational culture, and social and environmental responsibility frame our commitment to our students and communities.

Advantages of North Island College

  • North Island College is a part of is a part of the Student Partners Program (SPP) 
  • Offers more than 900 courses and 70 credit programs
  • Hosted more than 200 international students in 2013/14 from over 30 countries, including India, Japan, Brazil, China, and Nigeria
  • Quality programs
  • • Expert faculty
  • • Affordable excellence
  • • Co-op/internship
  • • Applied learning
  • • Study abroad
  • • Research

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS: Minimum 6.0 band in reading or writing
  • GRE – Scores should be 280+
  • TOEFL – iBT 80 overall with no subsection less than 19;
  • PTE – 54 overall with no component less than 46;

**All Post Degree Diploma Programs require 65% & IELTS 6.5 with no band below 5.5.

North Island College International Students Admission

Application Requirements

Students applying for various programs at the North Island College must submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • High school transcripts.
  • Post-secondary credential including certificate, diploma, degree etc.
  • Personal contact information.
  • Copy of passport with signature page.
  • Program-specific supplemental information.

North Island College English Language Requirements

Students must have proof of their English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admission at the North Island College.

Test Name Minimum Score Required for UG students Minimum Score Required for PG students
TOEFL (IBT) 80 80
TOEFL (PBT) 550 550
IELTS 6.0 6.0
CAEL 60 60
PTE Academic 54 54

North Island College Highlights

College Type Public
Campus Location Ryan Road Canada
Student Retention % 95%
Mode of Program Full-time; Part-time; Online
English Proficiency Parameter IELTS Score
Financial Aid Scholarships

North Island College Cost of Attendance

Students can save over 10,000 CAD by taking admission for the first year in NIC and then transferring to another university. The fees for international students differ from that of domestic students, the breakdown of the estimated cost of fees is given below.

Tuition & Cost Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, Accounting Major Bachelors of Business Administration Degree, Marketing Major Business Administration Post Degree Diploma Fine Arts Diploma Advanced Communication and Interactive Design- Interactive Media Diploma
Tuition 13,500 CAD 13,500 CAD 13,500 CAD 13,500 CAD 12,150 CAD
NIC Fees 130 CAD 130 CAD 130 CAD 130 CAD 115 CAD
Student Services Fees 900 CAD 900 CAD 900 CAD 900 CAD 810 CAD
Lab Fees 15 CAD - - 440 CAD 220 CAD
Books 1,530 CAD 1,530 CAD 1,530 CAD 1,630 CAD 1,530 CAD
Learner Resource 160 CAD 160 CAD 160 CAD 160 CAD 145 CAD
Health and Dental 275 CAD 275 CAD 275 CAD 275 CAD 275 CAD
Total 16,510 CAD 16,495 CAD 16,495 CAD 17,035 CAD 15,245 CAD


Know more about Studying in Canada

Tuition Fees in Canada (1st Year Average) BE / BTech: CA$22,600 | MBA: CA$25,375 | MS: CA$17,225 | BBA: CA$20,560 | MEng: CA$22,225 | BSc: CA$20,745 | MASc: CA$20,375 | MIM: CA$28,900 | MA: CA$12,970 | MFin: CA$32,785 | BHM: CA$20,560 | MEM: CA$17,040
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in Canada CA$8890 Per Year
Entrance Exams in Canada TOEFL: 86 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 60 | GRE: 309 | GMAT: 560 | SAT: 1177
Work and Study in Canada Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in Canada Up to 3 Years after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in Canada CAD 150
Student Visa in Canada A Canada student permit is a document issued by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) for international students in Canada. To study in Canada, you will require a student permit, which serves as a student visa.
Intakes in Canada There are Three Intakes in Canada: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring (May)
Top Job Sectors in Canada Business Management, Engineering, Economics, Dentisty, Law, Computer Science.
Economy in Canada GDP Growth of 1.9% (2018) 1.5% (2019e), 10th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

North Island College Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 13,500


$ 14,100

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 11,030

Campus accommodation

$ 9,625

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.