New International Student Orientation

Thank you for joining our online orientation for new international students at North Island College. We have much we want to show you and tell you that will help you get connected with the right resources to support you as you begin your studies at NIC.

The online orientation is designed for you to participate at your own pace, in the comfort of your home. Each subject area will have a short description and then a short video to help you discover all the resources and people that are here at NIC to support you. Some sessions are mandatory so please be sure to go through each session. The orientation has been designed to follow a sequential order and will make the most sense if you work through the videos and sessions in the order provided.

If you need any assistance, please email us at

Oh Canada!

You’ve made a big commitment to join us here in this beautiful land. Let’s take a moment to learn a little more about this great country from coast to coast to coast! (That’s right, Canada is bordered by 3 oceans!)


We cannot begin without properly welcoming you! Whether you have arrived in Canada or you are beginning your studies from your home country, we want to give you a true Canadian welcome from some very important people!

Did you know that many of us are visitors in this great land of Canada? The original First Peoples or Indigenous Peoples of Canada are the First Nations, Inuit and Metis. They inhabited this land long before European settlers and long before colonization. To begin our welcome today, it is with great humility we state that North Island College is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories the College’s campuses are situated.  

Please join us now for this traditional welcome from NIC’s Director of Indigenous Education, Kelly Shopland.

And now for a few words from NIC’s Executive Director, Office of Global Engagement, Mark Herringer.

It’s time for you to meet the rest of the OGE team! Mark is our leader and we are a team comprised of recruitment and enrollment for international students, international student advisors, global engagement liaisons, administrative support and management. As international students, you will get to know many of us in the OGE very well. We will be some of the key NIC people supporting you through your learning and settlement journey at NIC. Come meet your team—the OGE staff!

Meet the OGE Managers! We oversee all the activity of the OGE team and ensure that you have the supports you need from the admissions process right through to your graduation.

Whether you have already arrived in Canada or not yet, studying in Canada is probably a dream come true. To help you prepare to live in Canada please watch the following session about Living in Canada.

In order to study at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia, international students must have adequate medical insurance. There are three types of medical insurance you will be provided as you study at North Island College. Please watch this video to learn about the different types of medical insurance and why they are required.

For many international students, working in Canada is a very important part of their experience. Working not only provides income to help international students cover their basic needs, it provides important skills and social experience. Employment is an important pathway for those planning to seek permanent residency after graduation. There are a few things you need to know before you seek employment. Please watch the following video for more information on working in Canada.

Academic integrity is something we take very seriously at NIC. Canadian standards on writing and workmanship are high.  There is no room for cheating or plagiarism. You may not fully understand what plagiarism means. However, it is important for you to get familiar with this term and understand the standards of academic integrity as they pertain to the Canadian classroom. The next session will help you understand more about academic integrity and plagiarism and how understanding these concepts are so important to your success as a NIC student.


We now invite you to participate in the main orientation for all NIC students and get connected with the rest of our NIC community. In this part of the orientation you will meet some very important people, learn about student supports in relation to health and well-being, code of conduct, student rights and responsibilities, student life and student services, getting ready for class and how to get involved!

If you have any further questions about orientation for new international students, please email