Why NIC?

NIC is committed to individual student success. Transfer seamlessly to university or gain job ready skills. Our programs are supported by dedicated faculty, staff and administration – all working together to help you achieve your goals. We currently support over 560 students from 42 countries who have made Vancouver Island their home away from home.


Han Yang Yu
“I really like studying in a smaller classrooms, the teachers are really helpful and encouraging. People in Comox Valley are very friendly and hospitable so I get a lot of chances to practice my English. This is feeling like home.”
Han Yang Yu, China


Program Pathways

Transfer seamlessly to university. In addition to NIC's exclusive university transfer agreements, universities across Canada provide transfer credit for NIC programs and courses. NIC students go on to study at University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Island University, Royal Roads University, and many other institutions across Canada.

Learn more about NIC pathways

Yang Zhou
“I came to NIC and after one year I was accepted by SFU and UBC.”
Yang Zhou, China

Our Location

Vancouver Island is known for its mild climate and thriving arts community. The Comox Valley is located on the east coast of central Vancouver Island on Canada's West Coast. As one of Canada's top destinations for outdoor recreation and sports, you don't have to go far to enjoy life and experience the West Coast beauty and adventure.

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Gain Work Experience

Combine your academic studies with on-the-job training as you learn to network and make valuable business contacts in NIC's co-op and internship programs.

Affordable Tuition

At NIC you'll spend less for the same degree. Save over $10,000 per year by taking your first year courses at NIC and then transferring to university. To learn more about NIC tuition visit the program page for your chosen credential.

Sayona Dutta
“When I was doing the comparison of costs for universities, the fees at NIC were lower than any other institution.”
Sayona Dutta, India

Student Support Services

Get help with academic advising, study permit renewals, finding a homestay or peerstay, as well as counselling and student employment services. Receive peer tutoring and student mentorships as well as one-on-one instructor support.

Learn more about NIC services and support.

Misashi Miyazaki
“NIC is a good place to study English. Classes are small, and I had to use my English often. The teachers are nice and always encouraged me to ask questions.”
Masashi Miyazaki (Japan), ELP Intermediate Level graduate

Learn to Learn

At NIC, you'll learn to learn. In the highly competitive post-secondary environment and world of work, this is vital to success. Our classes are small and our faculty approachable. You'll have greater interaction with our instructors and hands-on access to our industry-standard facilities, learning resources and so much more.


Start with NIC's English Language courses and transfer easily into academic programs. At NIC, you'll learn in small classes with qualified instructors who have experience working with students from around the world. Build confidence, develop fluency and prepare for academic study in English.

North Island College works closely with community partners to ensure a variety of housing options are available to suit your lifestyle and preferred living arrangements. Learn more about homestay options at Canada Homestay Network.

Scholarships and bursaries are available from a variety of sources including the North Island College Foundation who award more than $290,000 annually to students. Learn more about our financial awards.

Begin your island adventure, apply to NIC.