Tuition and Costs for International Students

Program Deposit

When a new international student applies to NIC program, a mandatory, non-refundable deposit is required to secure a seat in the program. The deposit amount varies depending on the program and your study permit stream. The deposit is directly applied to the program fees upon the commencement of your studies.

Should you defer to another available intake, any fees paid will transfer to the new intake. The deposit payment is non-refundable except in the case of a study permit refusal. See the Withdrawals & Refunds page for more information.

  • Program deposit for open-entry programs: $10,000
  • Program deposit for limited-entry programs: $15,000
  • Program deposit for all programs under Student Direct Stream (SDS): $15,000
  • Course registration deposit for subsequent terms: $500 per term

Payment Deadline

Please refer to your Letter of Offer for your deposit payment deadline. For payment methods, see how to pay.

Estimated Program Cost

A typical international students taking a full course load of 5 academic courses (or 15 credits per term) will pay below fees for one academic year.

Estimated Program Fees for One Academic Year for International Students

(10 courses, 30 credits over 2 terms)



Mandatory fees






Program costs vary depending on programs and course selection. For estimated program fees for international students, click on the button below.

When checking on estimated program fees table, Health and Dental” refers to mandatory Green Shield Extended Health and Dental coverage for one year. To know more about health coverage for international students, visit OGE Health & Safety website.

Other Fees

  • Application fee of $100 is non-refundable and not included in estimated program fees.
  • As a new international student, you are automatically charged $175.50 to enroll in Guard.Me 90-day temporary healthcare plan as a part of your program fees in the first term of study. To know more about health coverage for international students, visit OGE Health & Safety website.
  • Some programs have supplies fees or additional fees, and they are not included in the estimated program fee table. Supplies fee vary depending on factors such as retailers, quality of items and market prices at the time of purchase. Please see program pages for the list of supplies required.
    • Adventure Guiding Certificate or Tourism and Hospitality Diploma – Adventure Guiding
    • Coastal Forest Technology Diploma
    • Culinary Business Operations Certificate or Diploma
    • Furniture Design and Joinery Certificate
    • Instrumentation and Electrical Automation Technician Diploma
    • Metal Jewelry Design Certificate
  • Below programs have post-admission requirements such as Criminal Record Check under BC’s Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP), immunization, and First Aid certificates. You are required to complete these requirements and fees are not included in the estimated program fee table.
    • Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate/Diploma
    • Health Care Assistant Certificate
    • Human Services – Educational Assistant/Community Support Certificate
    • Social Service Diploma

Estimated Living Cost

Below is an estimate that will help you budget while studying at NIC. Living costs can be higher or lower depending on your accommodation, lifestyle, transportation and dietary requirements. All students applying for study permit with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are required to submit the financial documents to demonstrate adequate financial resources are available to support yourself and any accompanying family members for the first year of study. For more information, please visit IRCC website.

Monthly expenses

Living in a private room*

Rent and utilities






Local Transportation (four-month bus pass)




* Costs are in reference to StudentAid BC Policy Manual 2023/24

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