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 varying start dates apply, click your program area for details:

You may also refer to upcoming deadlines for the current academic calendar.

Previous academic deadlines by academic calendar:

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.

2021

Jul 2021

Mon, Jul 19
7-week Summer intersession exam schedule posted
Fri, Jul 9
Last day to register, apply for refund or change from credit to audit
Wed, Jul 7
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Summer intersession. Remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm.
Mon, Jul 5
First day of 7-week Summer intersession. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm
Thu, Jul 1
Canada Day - College Closed

Jun 2021

Wed, Jun 30 - Fri, Jul 2
Reading break: 14-week Spring term
Fri, Jun 25
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 14-week Spring term
Mon, Jun 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Mon, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 26
7-week Spring intersession final exams
Tue, Jun 15
14-week Spring term exam schedule posted
Mon, Jun 14 - Fri, Jun 18
Last week of classes for 7-week Spring intersession
Mon, Jun 14
New student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, Jun 7
Continuing student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms

May 2021

Fri, May 28
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 7-week Spring intersession
Mon, May 24
Victoria Day - College Closed
Tue, May 18
7-week Spring intersession exam schedule posted
Tue, May 18
Timetable posted for Fall and Winter terms
Wed, May 12
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 14-week Spring term
Mon, May 10
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 14-week Spring term; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Mon, May 10
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Fall term
Fri, May 7
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 7-week Spring intersession
Wed, May 5
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Spring intersession; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Mon, May 3
First day of Spring 7-week intersession. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Mon, May 3
First day of 14-week Spring term. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm.

Apr 2021

Thu, Apr 29 - Fri, Apr 30
International student orientation - Comox Valley campus
Sat, Apr 10 - Fri, Apr 23
Winter final exams
Tue, Apr 6 - Fri, Apr 9
Last week of classes for Winter term
Mon, Apr 5
Easter Monday - College Closed
Fri, Apr 2
Good Friday - College Closed

Feb 2021

Fri, Feb 26
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Thu, Feb 18
Winter exam schedule posted
Tue, Feb 16 - Fri, Feb 19
Winter Reading Break
Mon, Feb 15
Family Day - College Closed
Fri, Feb 12
Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit
Fri, Feb 12
Last day to register for flexible distance courses

Jan 2021

Sun, Jan 31
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term
Wed, Jan 13
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Mon, Jan 11
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Wed, Jan 6
Winter classes begin
Wed, Jan 6 - Fri, Jan 8
Live Virtual Orientation sessions for all students for Winter term
Tue, Jan 5
International student orientation - Campbell River campus
Mon, Jan 4
First day of Winter term. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Winter term.
Mon, Jan 4
International student orientation - Comox Valley campus

2020

Dec 2020

Fri, Dec 25 - Fri, Jan 1
Winter Break - College Closed
Sat, Dec 12 - Wed, Dec 23
Fall final exams
Mon, Dec 7 - Fri, Dec 11
Last week of classes
Sun, Dec 6
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Tue, Dec 1
Opt-out period for NISU Heath & Dental Benefits begins for Winter term

Nov 2020

Thu, Nov 12 - Fri, Nov 13
Fall reading break
Wed, Nov 11
Remembrance Day - College Closed

Oct 2020

Fri, Oct 30
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Fri, Oct 16
Last day to register for flexible distance courses
Thu, Oct 15
Fall exam schedule posted
Mon, Oct 12
Thanksgiving Day - College Closed
Mon, Oct 5
NIC Election Day for Board of Governor and Education Council Members

Sep 2020

Wed, Sep 30
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits
Wed, Sep 30
Orange Shirt Day
Thu, Sep 17
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Mon, Sep 14
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Wed, Sep 9
Fall classes begin
Tue, Sep 8
Orientation Day - Virtual Orientation sessions will be held; no classes scheduled. First day of Fall term. All fees must be paid in full and prerequisites met by 4pm for the Fall term.
Mon, Sep 7
Labour Day - College Closed

Aug 2020

Mon, Aug 31 - Fri, Sep 4
New International Student Online Orientation

Programs with varying start dates and distance courses

North Island College offers a wide range of programs 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 (Applied Business Technology)

Office Assistant I certificate, Administrative Assistant Certificate, Computing Accounting Assistant Certificate, Office Management Certificate:

  • Students registering from May to September for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms must pay full fees by 4 pm by the due date of each term (see below).
  • 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 academic penalty is within 25% of the course and is specific to each course section.

Term Start Dates 2020 - 2021

2020FA - Monday, August 24

2021WI - Monday, January 4

2021FA – Monday, August 23

2022WI – Monday, January 10

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

Schedule / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 6, 2021.
  • Spring Reading Break is March 16-20, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply.

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Wednesday, November 10 to Friday, November 12, 2021.
  • Winter break is December 27, 2021 to January 7, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 10, 2022.
  • Spring Reading Break is March 21-25, 2022
  • All stat holidays apply.

Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma

Schedule / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 6, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply.

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Wednesday, November 10 to Friday, November 12, 2021.
  • Winter break is December 27, 2021 to January 7, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 10, 2022.
  • Spring Reading Break is March 21-25, 2022
  • 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

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

SCHEDULES / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • Full fees are due approximately 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 program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Wednesday, November 10 to Friday, November 12, 2021.
  • Winter break is December 27, 2021 to January 3, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2022.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Practical Nursing Diploma

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • 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.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.

SCHEDULES / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • 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.
  • Winter break is December 27, 2021 to January 3, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2022.

Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate

SCHEDULES / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • 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 Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Animal Care Aide Certificate & Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • 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 Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

SCHEDULES / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • 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 Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Electronics Technician Core Certificate and Industrial Automation Diploma

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2020 - 2021

  • Typically 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 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, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • Typically 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 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 27, 2021 to January 3, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2022.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Tourism & Hospitality

Hospitality Distance Learning:

  • Full fees are due at the time of registration

Trades & Technical

Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S)
Aquaculture Technician Certificate
Aquaculture Technician Diploma
Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized
Carpentry Foundation Harmonized
Coastal Forest Worker
Culinary Business Operations Diploma
Culinary Business Operations Advanced Diploma
Electrician Foundation Harmonized
Heavy Mechanical Foundation
Joinery/Cabinetmaking Foundation
Metal Fabrication Foundation
Piping Foundation Harmonized
Plumbing & Piping Foundation
Prep Cook Certificate
Professional Cook 1, 2, 3
Welding Foundation Harmonized

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Typically 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 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

SCHEDULES / DEADLINES 2021 - 2022

  • 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.
  • Winter break is December 27, 2021 to January 3, 2022 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2022.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Apprenticeship Technical Training

Carpenter Apprenticeship Harmonized
Electrician Apprenticeship
Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship
Plumbing Apprenticeship
Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized
Welding Apprenticeship Harmonized

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

Continuous entry/exit distance courses and program (Upgrading)

Continuous entry/exit distance 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 60% from student start date.

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

Programs and Courses with Term-Based Start Dates

The following North Island College programs and courses are guided by the term-based schedule and deadlines.

Upgrading & Special Programs

Adult Basic Education courses, Academic English Language Program

Business

Business Administration certificate, diploma, degrees & post degree diploma.

Fine Art and DIGITAL Design + Development

Fine Arts diploma, DIGITAL Design + Development programs (Web Design diploma, Web and Mobile Application diploma, Communication Design diploma, Advanced Communication Design diploma), Mobile Application Development diploma

Tourism & Hospitality

Tourism & Hospitality Management certificate and diploma

Health & Community Care

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Human Services programs (Education Assistant/Community Support certificates, Human Services diploma, Social Service diploma).

University Studies & Transfer

Associate of Arts and Science degrees, Criminology diploma, Electronics Technician Core Certificate, Industrial Automation Technician Diploma, and University Studies courses