Academic Schedules & Deadlines

Please refer to the following important key dates and deadlines throughout the year, to ensure you meet NIC's academic deadlines.

If you are studying in the following program areas the varying start dates apply, click your program area for details:

You may also refer to past deadlines.

The academic deadlines listed in the chart below apply to students in: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Upgrading, Business, Fine Art, DIGITAL Design + Development, Tourism & Hospitality, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Human Services and University Transfer Programs.

2024

Jul 2024

Fri, Jul 26
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for Summer Intersession (July to August Classes)
Wed, Jul 31
Last Day of Classes for Spring Term
Wed, Jul 31
Last day to pay fees for Summer intersession

Aug 2024

Thu, Aug 1 - Tue, Aug 13
Spring term final exams
Fri, Aug 2
Last day to pay fees for Fall Limited Entry Programs
Mon, Aug 5
BC Day, college closed
Tue, Aug 13
Last Day of Classes for Summer Intersession (July to August Classes)
Thu, Aug 15 - Wed, Aug 21
Summer Intersession (July to August Classes) final exams
Mon, Aug 26 - Fri, Aug 30
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses

Sep 2024

Mon, Sep 2
Labour Day (college closed)
Tue, Sep 3
First day of the Fall term. All prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Tue, Sep 3
Fall classes begin
Mon, Sep 9
Waitlists purged at 4 pm
Thu, Sep 12
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Fri, Sep 13
Last day to pay for Fall regular term tuition and fees
Mon, Sep 30
Day for Truth and Reconciliation (college closed)

Oct 2024

Tue, Oct 1
Last day to opt out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Fall term
Mon, Oct 14
Thanksgiving Day (college closed)
Tue, Oct 15
Fall exam schedule posted
Fri, Oct 25
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

Nov 2024

Thu, Nov 7 - Fri, Nov 8
Fall Reading Break
Mon, Nov 11
Remembrance Day (college closed)

Dec 2024

Sun, Dec 1
Opt-out period for NISU Health and Dental Benefits begins for Winter term
Tue, Dec 3
Last day of classes
Thu, Dec 5 - Tue, Dec 17
Fall final exams
Wed, Dec 25 - Wed, Jan 1
Winter Break (college closed)

2025

Jan 2025

Fri, Jan 3
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses
Mon, Jan 6
First day of Winter term. All prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Winter term.
Mon, Jan 6
Winter classes begin
Fri, Jan 10
Waitlists purged at 4 pm
Wed, Jan 15
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Thu, Jan 16
Last day to pay for Winter regular term tuition and fees
Fri, Jan 31
Last day to opt out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term

Feb 2025

Fri, Feb 7
Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit (without instructor permission)
Fri, Feb 14
Winter exam schedule posted
Mon, Feb 17
Family Day (college closed)
Tue, Feb 18 - Fri, Feb 21
Winter Reading Break
Fri, Feb 28
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

Apr 2025

Wed, Apr 2
Timetable posted for the Fall and Winter terms
Tue, Apr 8
Last day of classes
Thu, Apr 10 - Thu, Apr 24
Winter final exams
Fri, Apr 18
Good Friday (College closed)
Mon, Apr 21
Easter Monday (college closed)

May 2025

Thu, May 1 - Fri, May 2
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses
Mon, May 5
First day of Spring term. Classes begin. All prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Mon, May 5
First day of Spring intersession. Classes begin. All prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Wed, May 7
Spring Intersession — Waitlists purged at 4 pm.
Fri, May 9
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for Spring Intersession (May to June Classes)
Fri, May 9
Spring term — Waitlists purged at 4 pm
Mon, May 12
Continuing student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, May 12
Opt-out period for NISU Health and Dental Benefits begins for Fall term
Mon, May 12
Last day to pay for Spring intersession regular term tuition and fees
Wed, May 14
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for Spring term
Thu, May 15
Last day to pay for Spring term regular term tuition and fees
Thu, May 15
Spring intersession (May to June Classes) exam schedule posted
Mon, May 19
Victoria Day (college closed)
Tue, May 20
New student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Fri, May 30
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for Spring intersession (May to June Classes)

Jun 2025

Mon, Jun 16
Spring term exam schedule posted
Tue, Jun 17
Last Day of classes for Spring intersession (May to June Classes)
Thu, Jun 19 - Wed, Jun 25
Spring intersession (May to June Classes) final exams
Fri, Jun 27
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for Spring term

Jul 2025

Tue, Jul 1
Canada Day (college closed)
Wed, Jul 2
First day of Summer intersession (July to August Classes). Classes begin. All prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Fri, Jul 4
Summer Intersession — Waitlists purged at 4 pm
Mon, Jul 7
Last day to register, apply for refund or change from credit to audit for Summer intersession (July to August Classes).
Tue, Jul 8
Last day to pay for Summer intersession regular term tuition and fees
Tue, Jul 15
Summer intersession (July to August Classes) exam schedule posted
Fri, Jul 25
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for Summer intersession (July to August classes)
Wed, Jul 30
Last day of classes for Spring term

Aug 2025

Fri, Aug 1
Last day to pay fees for Fall Limited Entry Programs
Mon, Aug 4
BC Day (college closed)
Tue, Aug 5 - Fri, Aug 15
Spring term final exams
Thu, Aug 14
Last day of classes for Summer intersession (July to August classes)
Mon, Aug 18 - Fri, Aug 22
Summer intersession (July to August Classes) final exams

Schedule/Deadlines 2023-2024

Programs with varying start dates

North Island College offers a wide range of programs and courses with varying schedules and deadlines. Please ensure that you are following the timelines associated with your program. For more information or guidance, please contact Student Services.

Office Administration:

Office Assistant I Certificate, Administrative Assistant Certificate, Computing Accounting Assistant Certificate, Office Management Certificate, Medical Terminology Micro-credential:

  • Fee due dates are 4:00 pm the last business day of the first month of the term.

    September 29 for courses starting in the Fall Term

    January 31 for courses starting in the Winter Term

    May 31 for courses starting in the Spring Term

  • Students registering during the terms must pay full fees at the time of registration
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10% of the course and is specific to each course section. Last day to withdraw without academicpenalty is within 25% of the course and is specific to each course section.

Term Start Dates:

2023FA – Monday, August 22

2024WI – Monday, January 8

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 8, 2024.
  • Spring Reading Break is Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22, 2024.
  • All stat holidays

Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 8, 2024.
  • Spring Reading Break is Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Health & Human Services

Activity Assistant:

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Health Care Assistant Certificate:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • Winter Reading Break cohort-dependent - TBA.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Practical Nursing Diploma:

  • Full fees for the first term are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the term.
  • Fall reading break November 8-10, 2023.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • No winter term reading break.

Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate:

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission
  • Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter classes start Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Animal Care Aide Certificate:

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter classes start Thursday, January 4, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Trades & Technical

Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S)

Aquaculture Technician Certificate

Aquaculture Technician Diploma

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Harmonized

Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized

CarpentryFoundationHarmonized

Coastal Forest Worker Certificate

Coastal Forest Technology Diploma

Culinary Business Operations Certificate

Culinary Business Operations Diploma

Electrician Foundation Harmonized

Electronics Technician Core Certificate

Fabricator-Welder Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Furniture Design and Joinery Certificate

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Certificate

Industrial Automation Technician Diploma

Motor Sport and Power Equipment Technician Foundation Certificate

Parts and Warehousing Person Foundation Certificate

Plumbing & Piping Trades Foundation Harmonized

Prep Cook Certificate

Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) 1, 2, 3

Shellfish Aquaculture Technician

Welder Foundation Harmonized

  • Full fees for the first term are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Automotive Apprenticeship Harmonized

Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Apprenticeship

Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized

Heavy Duty Apprenticeship

Plumbing Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized

Welder Apprenticeship Harmonized

  • Full fees are due 60 days prior to the start day of the course
  • Last day to drop for refund is 28 days prior to start of the course
  • Schedule of training dates can be found at tradestrainingbc.ca

Continuous Entry/Exit courses and program (Upgrading)

Continuous entry/exit courses (Identified with a ‘C’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVC1, DLC1)

  • Last day for tuition refunds 10 days from the student start date.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is last day of the class, specific to each student.

Withdrawal without academic penalty: Programs that are longer than 13 weeks in length with varying start and end dates will have 60% of the program to withdraw without academic penalty.