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 the 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.

2024

Jun 2024

Fri, Jun 14
Spring Term exam schedule posted

May 2024

Fri, May 31
Last day to pay fees for Spring term.
Fri, May 31
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for  Spring Intersession (May to June Classes)
Fri, May 31
Last day to pay fees for Spring intersession.
Tue, May 21
New student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, May 20
Victoria Day (college closed) 
Wed, May 15
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for Spring term
Wed, May 15
 Spring Intersession (May to June Classes) exam schedule posted
Mon, May 13
Continuing student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, May 13
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Fall term 
Fri, May 10
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for Spring term (May to August); remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4:00 pm
Fri, May 10
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for Spring Intersession (May to June Classes)
Wed, May 8
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for Spring Intersession (May to June Classes); remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4:00 pm.
Mon, May 6
First day of Spring intersession. Classes begin. All prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Spring intersession.
Mon, May 6
First day of Spring term. Classes begin. All prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Spring term.  
Wed, May 1 - Fri, May 3
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses

Apr 2024

Thu, Apr 11 - Tue, Apr 23
Winter final exams
Tue, Apr 9
Last day of classes
Wed, Apr 3
Timetable posted for the fall and winter terms
Mon, Apr 1
Easter Monday (college closed)

Mar 2024

Fri, Mar 29
Good Friday (college closed)
Fri, Mar 1
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

Feb 2024

Tue, Feb 20 - Fri, Feb 23
Winter Reading Break
Mon, Feb 19
Family Day (college closed) 
Thu, Feb 15
Winter exam schedule posted
Fri, Feb 9
Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit (without instructor's permission)

Jan 2024

Wed, Jan 31
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term
Wed, Jan 31
Last day to pay fees for the Winter term.
Wed, Jan 17
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Fri, Jan 12
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4:00 pm
Mon, Jan 8
First day of Winter term. All prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Winter term.
Mon, Jan 8
Winter classes begin
Wed, Jan 3 - Fri, Jan 5
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses

2023

Dec 2023

Mon, Dec 25 - Mon, Jan 1
Winter Break (college closed)
Thu, Dec 7 - Tue, Dec 19
Fall final exams
Tue, Dec 5
Last day of classes
Fri, Dec 1
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Winter term 

Nov 2023

Mon, Nov 13
College closed in lieu of Remembrance Day
Thu, Nov 9 - Fri, Nov 10
Fall Reading Break

Oct 2023

Fri, Oct 27
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty
Mon, Oct 16
Fall exam schedule posted
Mon, Oct 9
Thanksgiving Day (college closed)
Mon, Oct 2
College closed in lieu of the Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Sun, Oct 1
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for fall term

Sep 2023

Fri, Sep 29
Last day to pay fees for Fall term.
Thu, Sep 14
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Mon, Sep 11
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4:00 pm
Tue, Sep 5
First day of Fall term. All prerequisites must be met by 4 pm.
Tue, Sep 5
Fall classes begin
Mon, Sep 4
Labour Day (college closed)

Aug 2023

Mon, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 1
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses

Schedule/Deadlines 2023-2024

Programs with varying start dates

North Island College offers a wide range of programs and courses 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:

Office Assistant I Certificate, Administrative Assistant Certificate, Computing Accounting Assistant Certificate, Office Management Certificate, Medical Terminology Micro-credential:

  • Fee due dates are 4:00 pm the last business day of the first month of the term.

    September 29 for courses starting in the Fall Term

    January 31 for courses starting in the Winter Term

    May 31 for courses starting in the Spring Term

  • 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 academicpenalty is within 25% of the course and is specific to each course section.

Term Start Dates:

2023FA – Monday, August 22

2024WI – Monday, January 8

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the 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 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 8, 2024.
  • Spring Reading Break is Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22, 2024.
  • All stat holidays

Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the 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 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 8, 2024.
  • Spring Reading Break is Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22, 2024.
  • 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:

  • Full fees for the first term are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the 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 9 to Friday, November 10, 2023
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • Winter Reading Break cohort-dependent - TBA.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Practical Nursing Diploma:

  • 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.
  • Fall reading break November 8-10, 2023.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • No winter term reading break.

Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate:

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission
  • 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 Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Animal Care Aide Certificate:

  • 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 Thursday, January 4, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Trades & Technical

Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S)

Aquaculture Technician Certificate

Aquaculture Technician Diploma

Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Harmonized

Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized

CarpentryFoundationHarmonized

Coastal Forest Worker Certificate

Coastal Forest Technology Diploma

Culinary Business Operations Certificate

Culinary Business Operations Diploma

Electrician Foundation Harmonized

Electronics Technician Core Certificate

Fabricator-Welder Foundation Harmonized Certificate

Furniture Design and Joinery Certificate

Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation Certificate

Industrial Automation Technician Diploma

Motor Sport and Power Equipment Technician Foundation Certificate

Parts and Warehousing Person Foundation Certificate

Plumbing & Piping Trades Foundation Harmonized

Prep Cook Certificate

Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) 1, 2, 3

Shellfish Aquaculture Technician

Welder Foundation Harmonized

  • 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.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. Winter classes start January 2, 2024.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Automotive Apprenticeship Harmonized

Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Apprenticeship

Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized

Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized

Heavy Duty Apprenticeship

Plumbing Apprenticeship

Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized

Welder Apprenticeship Harmonized

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

Continuous Entry/Exit courses and program (Upgrading)

Continuous entry/exit 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 last day of the class, specific to each student.

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.