Information for International Students

Publish date: July 21, 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming students at orientation this year. While registration remains open for Fall and Winter classes we have developed resources to ensure you’re ready for your first day of class. The two primary resources for students are:

Virtual Orientation:

This year, we will be holding a virtual orientation which will include a series of online modules, videos and live webinars to deliver all the information you need for a successful transition to NIC. Consider attending webinars to learn about platforms and tools you’ll need for your digital classes, along with some tips for learning digitally at NIC. You’ll also find information about academic and personal supports and student life opportunities.

All orientation content will go live August 4. This includes orientation content for new international students.

Connect with Student Services:

Student Services provides a wide range of services and resources to help you reach your goals. Student Services provides a wide range of supports for our students, including advising, admissions, financial, counselling, registration, assessment support and more. Whether you need help planning your education, securing funding, accessing learning support, counselling support, we can help.

You can book online advisor appointments, email us via questions@nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914. International Students please contact us via isa@nic.bc.ca or by calling 250-334-5021.

Registration Open

Registration remains open for the full 2020/2021 academic year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the latest travel information for international students

We understand that many courses around the world are interrupted due to the COVID-19. At this time please submit the documents that you have been issued up to this point. This may include transcripts from all grade 11 and part of grade 12 courses and interim/partial/predictive results. When forwarding this information to NIC International Admissions, please indicate the documents you are unable to obtain at this time and if you know, when you can expect to receive them.

This depends on what documents you can provide to us. After submitting your online application to NIC through Education Planner BC, please contact us at iadmissions@nic.bc.ca attaching all documents you have from your recent education and let us know what you cannot produce at this time. Once we receive this information we will advise you on the next step.

If you are choosing to take online IELTS Indicator or online TOEFL, the required scores are the same as in-person assessments, as detailed here.

NIC also accepts Duolingo English Test in lieu of IELTS or TOEFL  and you must achieve the minimum of 105 in the Duolingo English Test to meet the English admission requirement of IELTS 6.0 (overall score). If you have submitted the Duolingo English Test score below 105, we require you to wait for 3 weeks prior to re-testing.

The online IELTS Indicator or online TOEFL assessment results are accepted for this award. If you have completed Duolingo English Test and achieved the score of 125 or higher, you will receive $1,000 CAD towards the first term of tuition. Please note that this score must be submitted as the first English assessment score for admission. We do not accept re-submitted scores for this award.

 Currently the Canadian borders remain closed to any non-essential travellers. However, options are available for students who would like to begin their studies from their home country. Please connect with us by emailing study@nic.bc.ca to determine whether you can begin your studies remotely in September 2020.

If you have been approved to study in September 2020 and qualify as an essential traveller to Canada (you have an approved study permit prior to March 18, 2020 and some of your studies must be completed on campus), NIC will provide a Letter of Support to help you enter the country. Each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if a student is required to come to campus. Letters of Support will not be provided to any students who are not required to be on campus. Please check your NIC email for more information on the travel advisory.

If your study permit remains in process at the time of your September start date, you have the option to defer your intake to January 2021 or the next available intake for your program. NIC will be in contact with you during the summer and we will communicate with you on the next steps.

Please first go to Government of Canada’s website and read the information. If you have general questions about study permit application after reading the website, you may write to us at study@nic.bc.ca. Please note that NIC does not provide immigration services or advice to applicants and does not apply for study permits or inquire about your existing study permit application on your behalf. For this, please connect with an education/immigration agent in your area. You can also look for an educational/immigration consultants that partner with NIC HERE.

Please check your NIC email account for emails with full details on traveling to Canada, quarantine regulations and information regarding accommodations.. You will need to follow all travel advisories for entering Canada including and quarantine measures.

Yes, Canada Homestay Network continues to work with NIC and has created a new “Safe Arrival” protocol. Before applying, we recommend that you read the information on Canada Homestay Network and their updates on COVID-19, as there may be some restrictions on their services.

All new international students who have already paid your tuition deposit should check their NIC email account for emails with full details on traveling to Canada, quarantine regulations and information regarding accommodation.

We recommend that you get information from reliable sources. Here are some links to COVID-19 related information in Canada:

COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty. There are many factors to consider: spread of the COVID-19, border closures, study permit application processing time to name a few. . However, NIC has quickly adapted its programs and courses to allow you to study safely in a digital learning environment.

If you are an applicant for 2021 intakes,  please connect with us by emailing study@nic.bc.ca and one of our friendly recruitment staff will help you address your concerns.

If you already hold a study permit to Canada and plan to start in September 2020, please connect directly with an international student advisor by booking an appointment online to find out more about your study plan.

For the September 2020 and January 2021 terms, NIC intends to offer a full complement of courses to support you in achieving your academic goals. This is done in accordance with public health guidelines. There may be changes to the course delivery in the future, should COVID-19 situation improve in British Columbia, and we recommend that you check back with us regularly to find out the most up-to-date information.

If you have further questions, please write to us at study@nic.bc.ca and we will respond to you within 24-48 hours. Please note that we are unable to respond to your questions on Saturdays, Sundays or Statutory Holidays.

Please call 250-334-5021. If you do not get an answer, leave a voicemail and someone will call you back as soon as is possible. Be sure to leave a phone number so that we can call you back.

Counselling Services will be available through telephone or Skype appointments only. Please book your appointment online or contact Student Services to make an appointment:

  • Campbell River/Mixalakwila: 250-923-9700 or toll free 1-800-715-0914
  • Comox Valley: 250-334-5000 or toll free 1-800-715-0914
  • Port Alberni: 250-724-8711 or toll free 1-800-715-0914

For additional or out-of-hours support, the following resources are available:

  • Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888
  • Vancouver Island Crisis Text: 250-800-3806
  • Keep.meSAFE: 1-844-451-9700 or download the free My ISSP app
  • KUU-US Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
  • Here2Talk (24/7 counselling support for post-secondary students)

In an emergency, please call 911.

The Government of Canada launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has translated 10 questions and answers about CERB into multiple languages so that international students and others can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with. In addition to this, the Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources relating to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.

NIC cannot advise you on EI (Employment Insurance) or Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), please check the Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan on the Government of Canada website to find application and eligibility information.

Yes, there may be funds available to help you with your studies as an NIC student, whether that's for groceries or for technological support such as purchasing a computer to complete your studies,. Please contact isa@nic.bc.ca to inquire about financial aid options.

The 2020/2021 timetable was updated on May 25, 2020 for the fall and winter terms. The Fall 2020 webpage describes how each of NIC's programs will be delivered. Go to www.nic.bc.ca to access the updated timetable with the new delivery method for each course. To register for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 courses, you must first pay a $500 tuition deposit through your myNIC account. You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email isa@nic.bc.ca to find out how to plan courses for Fall 2020/Winter 2021.

The 2020/2021 timetable was updated on May 25, 2020 for the fall and winter terms. The Fall 2020 Program Delivery Overview describes how each of NIC's programs will be delivered. Go to www.nic.bc.ca to access the updated timetable with the new delivery method for each course. To register for Fall 2020/Winter 2021 courses, you must first pay a $500 tuition deposit through your myNIC account. You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email isa@nic.bc.ca to find out how to plan courses for Fall 2020/Winter 2021.

Please contact an International Student Advisor by emailing isa@nic.bc.ca or by booking online (phone or skype appointments only) to discuss your situation. A Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor will be able to advise you.

Both MSP and Guard Me will cover COVID-19 related illness. Please make sure your MSP is valid. If your MSP has expired while waiting for a study permit extension, please contact Jennifer Barth at Jennifer.Barth@nic.bc.ca for Guard.Me enrollment.

Travel outside of Canada is not recommended at this time. If you leave, you risk the chance that you will not be permitted back into the country until the Government of Canada has opened the borders. At this point, we do not know when that will be. Digital  delivery of class content may not be possible internationally for a variety of reasons. Please consult with an International Student Advisor prior to booking any travel out of Canada.

One of our advisors can support you remotely with this request. You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email isa@nic.bc.ca

You can access the Confirmation of Enrollment Request on the Student Services website. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and select the appropriate form. Once completed, please send an email with the complete form attached to isa@nic.bc.ca. The request will be submitted for Student Records for processing and the letter will be emailed as a PDF to your NIC email. If you need a Confirmation of Enrollment Letter for a study permit extension or co-op work permit, in addition to above two steps, please book a phone appointment with an international student advisor.

One of our advisors can support you remotely with this request. You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email isa@nic.bc.ca.

As per IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada), “if distance learning makes up less than 50% of your study program, you may be eligible for a PGWP. Any distance courses completed outside of Canada won’t be included in the length of the PGWP” https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html#distance.

As per the tweet from IRCC on March 13 “International students in Canada, take note: courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to #COVID19 will not affect Post Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work Permit https://twitter.com/citimmcanada/status/1238596875126792194?s=21.

You can book a phone appointment with an international student advisor or email isa@nic.bc.ca to find out if you are eligible for a scheduled break.

Travel outside of Canada is not recommended at this time. If you leave, you may not be permitted back into the country until the Government of Canada has opened the borders. At this point, we do not know when that will be.  Please consult with an International Student Advisor prior to booking any travel out of Canada

Please connect with CHN directly for any information regarding CHN homestay. You can  check their website for related information.

Yes, all international students must have medical insurance to study in the Province of BC. New students in BC, studying at NIC will be enrolled in temporary medical insurance with Guard.Me for 90 days when your program begins. All international students are required to apply for MSP upon arrival in BC and will serve the required waiting period before they are eligible for benefits. To apply on-line please visit Medical Service Plan - BC. Enrolling in MSP, paying premiums, and ensuring current coverage MSP is the students responsibility.