Admission Requirements

Qualifying is simple, applicants must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  2. Meet the English language requirement or complete the English language program at one of our affiliated language schools. English language proficiency results must be taken within the last two years.
  3. Meet other academic and admission requirements for your chosen program. Full admission requirements are found under each program description.

For further detail you may review our Admission Policy 4-17.

English Language Requirements

NIC courses are taught in English. To be admitted directly into academic programs, you must meet the specific English proficiency requirements as detailed below.

To meet the English language requirement for academic programs, students must have completed:

  • BC English 12 or BC English First Peoples 12 with a minimum grade of C; or
  • Entrance through the NIC English Language program – obtaining a C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095
  • Or one of the following:
    • Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104.
    • TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19
    • TOEFL 550 (Code 8538)
    • CAEL 60 and writing 60
    • PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46
    • Duolingo English Test 105 taken after January 2020 (re-test score within 3 weeks between each testing is NOT accepted); or
    • Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department

Submit official English language proficiency results (within the last two years) which meets one of the following minimum standards:

  • Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5). Students who do not have a band score of IELTS 6.0 or higher in Reading and Writing will be required to take English 104
  • TOEFL ibt 80 overall with no subsection less than 19
  • TOEFL 550 (Code 8538)
  • CAEL 60 and writing 60
  • PTE Academic 54 overall with no component less than 46
  • Duolingo English Test 105 taken after January 2020 (re-test score within 3 weeks between each testing is NOT accepted); or
  • Equivalency as determined by North Island College Admissions Department

Graduates from an accredited diploma or degree program from a recognized college or university where English was the medium of instruction, and English is an official language of the country, are also accepted as meeting the International Language Requirement. Those countries include:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • St. Helena
  • St. Kitts (Christopher) & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Already studying in Canada and want to transfer to NIC?

Applicants in Canada who hold valid study permit are not required to work with an agent, and the same application process applies. Please refer to how to apply for the step-by-step application process.

Pathway to NIC for ESL Learners

Applicants who do not meet NIC's English Proficiency Requirements can choose to attend Language Pathway schools across Canada that partner with NIC.

Questions? Contact Us today or email study@nic.bc.ca for more assistance.