As an institution founded on relationships and partnerships, we endeavour to stay connected with all partners that contribute to the success of our students.

Learn more about our Community Partners, National and Provincial Partners, International Partners, and University Partnerships.

Community Partners

School Districts

NIC values its partnerships with local school districts and language schools. These partners offer a wide variety of learning opportunities for international students. NIC works closely with secondary schools to build stronger pathways for international students and give their parents confidence and a peace of mind.

Students and parents interested in building an educational plan that includes high school education through college or university are welcome to contact School District #70, School District #71, or School District #72.

Literacy Associations

NIC partners with local adult literacy societies, students who are learning English at NIC have access to tutorial support from local adult literacy societies.

Learn more about Campbell River Community Literacy Association, Comox Valley Adult Learning Centre, or Literacy Alberni.

Chambers of Commerce

NIC collaborates with the Chamber of Commerce as a member in each campus community. Our support of local businesses and a thriving local economy also encompasses promoting a shared understanding of doing business across cultures.

Learn more about Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, or Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce.

Comox Valley Global Awareness Network

The Comox Valley Global Awareness Network (CVGAN) is an initiative by Valley people committed to social justice and international development and supported by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). The Network is focused on raising consciousness and sharing avenues for social action, both locally and globally. As a member, NIC helps raise the consciousness and develop avenues for social action, both locally and globally.

Learn more about the Comox Valley Global Awareness Network.

Immigrant Welcome Centre

NIC works with the Immigrant Welcome Centre to support new Canadians in developing the skills and knowledge needed to become active members of our communities. An example of our partnerships is the annual Comox Valley International Welcome Event, also supported by the municipalities, CVEDS and the CV Regional District.

Learn more about the Immigrant Welcome Centre.

World Community Development Education Society

This Courtenay-based community of advocates works to foster a greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels. The society provides NIC’s Global Learning Initiative (GLI) guidance in selecting films for its annual film series. GLI sells World Community fair trade products to raise funds for student study travel to First Nations communities and internationally.

Learn more about the World Community Development Education Society.

English Language School Partners

National and Provincial Partners

EduCanada can point you in the right direction on the road to academic success that will last a lifetime. Start your education in Canada with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad in Canada, from study permits and how much it costs, to finding a program and what student life in Canada is really all about.

Come meet representatives from NIC at forthcoming Educanada Fairs.
Learn more about EduCanada and which EduCanada Fairs NIC will be attending.

Canadian Bureau for International Education

As part of CBIE’s launch in Learning Beyond Borders, NIC actively promotes and supports more Canadian students to take advantage of learning abroad opportunities. Established in 1966, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is a national, not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization dedicated exclusively to international education.

CBIE promotes the unique interests of the international learner, both the foreign national studying in Canada and the Canadian studying abroad, through educational exchanges, scholarships, training awards and internships, technical assistance in education and other related services.

Learn more about the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

Colleges and Institutes Canada

As a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), NIC works collaboratively to welcome two groups of students from abroad and to take part in international Education For Employment opportunities. CICan recognizes NIC as offering high quality education for students. Known previously as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), CICan continues to champion the innovations, applied research, international development, and the employment or entrepreneurial opportunities that are created by its member institutions and partners all over the world.

CICan’s members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural, and remote communities across Canada. The association is committed to quality education and skills development opportunities for all Canadians as a means to maximize labour market participation and support Canada’s prosperity.

Learn more about Colleges and Institutes Canada.

BC Centre for International Education

As a member of BCCIE, NIC supports the provincial government’s International Education Strategy, “global citizenry, development and human support, cultural curiosity and the universality of scholarship.” NIC is also active in development of the BCCIE supported BC Study Abroad Consortium.

The BC Centre for International Education (BCCIE) is a provincial Crown Corporation committed to supporting the internationalization efforts of the Province of British Columbia’s public and independent K-12, public and private post-secondary and language schools.

Learn more about the BC Centre for International Education.

Irving K. Barber Foundation

The Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships and awards to BC students to assist them with the completion of their post-secondary studies. It was created in 2004 and is named after philanthropist Irving K. Barber.

Each year, the Society provides hundreds of scholarships and awards valued between $1,000 and $10,000 each to students studying everything from trades to doctoral degrees. The Society offers two scholarship programs to assist students who plan to complete some of their course work outside of North America (Canada/United States). The New World Scholarships have provided thousands of dollars of support for North Island College students to study internationally.

Learn more about the Irving K. Barber Foundation.

Victoria Foundation

This foundation provides funds for NIC’s internationally-bound students, supporting travel costs as they learn in another part of the world, through the Irving K. Barber Scholarship.

Since 1936, the Victoria Foundation has been managing charitable gifts to create permanent, income-earning funds that support hundreds of charities each year. They grant more than a million dollars a month, and to-date they have distributed more than $176 million to support charities locally and across Canada.

The Victoria Foundation manages and administers funds that support scholarships created by individual donors and by the British Columbia government through the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and the Youth Education Assistance Fund.

Learn more about the Victoria Foundation.

BC Council for International Cooperation

As a member of the BCCIC, NIC joins a host of other organizations interested in achieving sustainable human development.

Learn more about the BC Council for International Cooperation.

International Partners

NIC works with a select group of agencies and agents around the world. Together, we provide students who are interested in studying at NIC with help that will make the process as simple as possible.

Learn more about our resources for Agents.

Our international community stretches over 36 countries and we look forward to strengthening our alumni ties.

Learn more about our resources for Alumni.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

NIC is an active member of NAFSA International Educators. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.

Learn more about NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


NIC is an active member of the European Association for International Education. Founded in 1989, the EAIE is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education.

Learn more about the European Association for International Education.



University Partners

Post-Secondary partnerships allow us to build stronger communities and a pathway for students in achieving their career goals. NIC has formalized relationships with reputable universities in Canada and abroad. Partnering institutions recognize the quality of NIC’s students, offering them dual/guaranteed admission or block transfer credit for work completed at NIC. We are proud of the agreements we have with our partners and are constantly adding more schools and agreements.

Learn more about NIC’s Partnership Programs.

Questions? Visit our Contact OGE page for information on the OGE team.