North Island College

Location Courtenay
Established 1975
Famous For Employer Connections


North Island College (NIC) was founded in 1975 and offers more than 120 credit programs and 900 courses to 9,000 students in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Science & Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Tourism & Hospitality

The College is home to over 400 international students from 34 countries and it has a successful track record of conducting various research projects which impact the local province and country.

International students can access a wide range of employment services and opportunities, both during college and after graduation. NIC’s annual career fair and other networking events allow you to explore potential career paths and connect with employers during your school year.

Classroom sizes are optimal, accommodating between 12 to 35 students. This allows students to benefit from high-quality teaching, individualised support, and a comfortable, well-equipped learning environment.

Services for International Students

Student support services at North Island College include:

  • Counselling
  • Health
  • Employment services
  • Work-integrated learning
  • English teaching

For international students, medical health insurance is also available.

NIC's "ConNICt" program consists of live virtual sessions, pre-recorded videos and personalised activities, helping students prepare for their studies. All four campuses offer international standard amenities with students experiencing adventure and quality education.


NIC hosts international students in collaboration with the Canada Homestay Network and provides students with an on-campus homestay experience. Students can also choose from various housing options around campus, including rental apartments and shared rooms.

About Location

North Island College is home to four campuses in Comox Valley, Port Alberni, Campbell River and Mixlaquila Port Hardy. All offer outdoor adventure, cuisine, arts, culture, heritage, and natural beauty. Urban amenities include shopping and healthcare facilities, and sports complexes.

The Ucluelet Learning Centre on the west coast of Vancouver Island provides classroom and technology-based access to health care, business, university transfer, and adult introductory education courses.

Comox Valley Airport and Campbell River Airport are the closest airports to the NIC campus. There are various ways to access the campus, including by vehicle or transit. Bike shelters are available for cyclists, and a network of paths through the wooded areas of the campus connects nearby residential areas.

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