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

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.

NIC works with a select group of agencies and agents around the world to help students and to strengthen our ties with alumni. Our international community stretches over 36 countries.

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.



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.

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 Lifelong 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.

We work with language pathway partners to ensure our students can achieve NIC’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. Learn more on our Admission Requirements page.

Global Village

The Global Village group consists of four top quality English language schools in Canada and Hawaii. Programs include: General English, IELTS, Cambridge, Business, Junior Programs, Pathways, Teacher Education, and Vacation Programmes/Tour Groups. Our Schools have: small classes (average 12 students), degree-qualified and/or TESOL-certified teachers, and homestay, residence, and apartment options and over 20 activities per month. At GV, we believe in "Serious Learning, Serious Fun!"


For more than 55 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through our personalized approach and commitment to student achievement.


Founded in 1969, Hansa Language Centre is one of the oldest and most respected language schools in Canada. Hansa has spent over 50 years refining its English and foreign language programs and offers a huge number of English classes and a flexible schedule to meet the specific needs of each student. Hansa's language programs are also available online to students from around the world.


Located in Toronto and Vancouver, ILAC is one of the most diverse language schools in the world with students coming from over 90 countries. ILAC’s programs have ranked #1 in Canada multiple times by numerous organizations. ILAC offers award-winning University Pathway Program, helping thousands of international students to start their post secondary education in Canada each year.


ILSC Language Schools has been offering language training programs to International students from more than 100 countries since 1991 and is the largest and longest running of ILSC Education Group’s 5 divisions, which also include Colleges, Teacher Training, Language Training for Business, and Continuing Education.


LSI is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with an extensive network of schools located in the centre of attractive city destinations around the world. LSI has one aim and purpose: to ensure that you get the best possible language learning experience. Since 1965 LSI has successfully taught thousands of students from all parts of the world. LSI teachers possess solid teaching skills and all staff have been carefully selected to ensure a friendly and helpful service can be extended to all LSI students. They are on hand to guide you through your studies.

Rosedale Academy

Rosedale Academy is an Ontario-based private high school specializing in personalized and differentiated online learning opportunities for students worldwide since 2014. Our academic offerings are rigorous, stimulating and transformative, fostering both intellectual and personal development. Powered from Toronto (Ontario, Canada), Rosedale Academy works collaboratively with our overseas education partners so that students can stay in their home countries and receive quality secondary school education in one of Rosedale’s partner campuses. Students become part of a globally connected learning community and benefit from a dynamic curriculum that redefines excellence. Rosedale students are based all around the world and study in Canada, China, Brazil, Peru, Nigeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, South Korea and Vietnam.

Instruction is completed in English, and students are taught by certified Ontario teachers. Rosedale Academy adheres strictly to the guidelines set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the school undergoes annual inspections by independent inspectors sent by the Ministry of Education.

At the successful completion of the program, students will receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) issued by Ontario’s Ministry of Education. Graduates have gone on to successfully study in Canada, the United States, and Australia at universities and colleges.

Sprott Shaw Language College

SSLC – Sprott Shaw Language College is one of the top leading language schools in Canada with campuses in Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. SSLC specializes in ESL with its unique Skill-Focused curriculum as well as in pathway programs with many partners throughout Canada. SSLC's 12-week English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE) pathway program is designed to prepare students for college and university English and skills.