Information for International Students

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

In October 2020, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that North Island College is an approved Designated Learning Institute (DLI) and can bring students to Canada to begin studies. Only students with full study permit approval can enter Canada to study at North Island College. Any student with full study permit approval must follow the instructions in the NIC travel advisory in order to plan their trip to Canada with the assistance of the Office of Global Engagement.  

Options are available for students who have received stage one Approval in Principle (AIP) status and who would like to begin their studies from their home country. Please connect with us by emailing  istudentvisas@nic.bc.ca to determine whether you can begin your studies remotely.

If your study permit remains in process at the time of your start date, you have the option to defer your intake to 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.

We have a new virtual orientation specifically for new international students. Please see https://www.nic.bc.ca/international/student-resources/pre-arrival/online-orientation/ for more information.

Please review the NIC Travel Advisory for 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.

For January 2021 term, 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 Winter 2021 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  Winter 2021 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. 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 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 Mark Herringer at mark.herringer@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.

Students who began in 2020SP/2020FA/2021WI:

-If you are a student who started a program online from outside Canada,  until 30 April 2021, the time you spent overseas will not be deducted from the length of PGWP, provided 50% of your program is eventually completed within Canada.

-If your program is 8-12 months long, and you start in May to September 2020, you can complete your entire program online from overseas and still be eligible for a PGWP.

-If you started a program in May to September 2020, and study online up to 30 April 2021, and graduate from more than one eligible program. You can combine the length of your programs to apply for a PGWP in the future, as long as 50% your studies are completed in Canada.

For more information please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/pgwp-eligibility-measures.html

 

For continuing students who started in 2020WI or earlier:

In Canada

Students who are studying in Canada and whose classes have been moved online due to COVID-19-related health restrictions will remain eligible for the post-graduation work permit.

Outside Canada

Time spent studying outside of Canada in a post-graduation work permit-eligible program offered by an eligible Canadian institution until April 30, 2021, will be counted toward the overall length of the post-graduation work permit, provided the student completes at least 50%  of their program of study’s total courses in Canada (either online or in class).

For more information please visit:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/service-delivery/coronavirus/temporary-residence/study-permit.html#sec6

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.