Services and Support

Student Services

The Office of Global Engagement supports international students through providing a range of services targeting your unique needs. Visit us on the Comox Valley campus in Puntledge Hall or email We are here for you.

Each month, the Office of Global Engagement organizes activities, trips, parties, and events, and make it easy for international students to feel at home. Be sure to read the monthly newsletter that is sent to your NIC email address for details, and to take part whenever you can! Notices about social, athletic, and other events can be found posted on bulletin boards throughout the campus, and under our News and Events listings online. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube to keep up with weekly events and activities designed for you.

After you receive your Letter of Acceptance, our Advisors, International Student Success will communicate with you by email to help you choose courses before arriving in Canada. They can also answer your questions about programs and help create an educational plan based on your specific needs and career goals.

Our professionally-trained counselling staff is available to help students who are experiencing difficulties with their studies. Counsellors also assist students with issues of a personal nature which may be affecting their ability to be successful in their courses.

Student Employment Services (SES) is here to help you! We can guide you in developing strategies for effective job searching, while connecting you with businesses and organizations that are seeking new employees. Improve your resume building, letter-writing and interview skills and learn more about co-op education opportunities.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) gives students the opportunity to combine their academic study with paid employment in their field. The following programs offer a Co-op component: Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma, Business Administration Diploma, and the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree.

The Library & Learning Commons is a collaborative, inclusive environment providing learning opportunities, study and meeting spaces and access to information resources and services such as research help, peer tutoring, math, writing and student technical support.

Students helping students. Take advantage of NIC's peer tutoring services available free for all credit students. Each student comes to the peer tutoring service with their own learning needs. We'll help you figure out your needs and develop a personalized tutoring plan. What you'll learn is up to you. Free tutoring is available at the Comox Valley campus for many courses, including University Studies, English Language Programs,, and Upgrading.

Need help with your Visa or Work Permit? Our Advisors, International Student Success are able to help you with all your visa and work permit questions. Find out how to extend your study permit, apply for an off-campus work permit, or get a post-graduate work permit. Regular information sessions, drop-in appointments, and individual help will make sure you have the information you need.

Our campuses are all located in bicycle, walking, and jogging–friendly communities. There are public buses in each of our communities. For schedules and routes, visit For more information about transportation, see the Transportation section of this guide.

In addition to textbooks and other learning resources, the store sells a selection of trade books, stationery and school supplies, art supplies, greeting cards, gifts, snacks and convenience goods. Gift certificates and NIC logo products are also available.

The Comox Valley Sports and Aquatic Centre is full-service recreation centre, including swimming pool, showers, steam room, and weight training gym, is just steps from NIC’s Comox Valley campus. There is a reduced student drop-in fee for a 10-visit pass. Students are required to show their student ID cards as proof of their eligibility for the discount.

The fitness room at the Campbell River campus is available free of charge for NIC and Timberline students and staff. To do so, complete a form at the NIC Student Services Registration Desk to obtain a card for access.

On the Port Alberni campus, the Echo Community Centre & Swimming Pool provides student discounts for their facilities including: pool, weight room and aqua fit. Students are required to show their student ID cards at time of purchase.

The NIC app for your mobile device helps you stay connected with the NIC community and puts the complete higher education experience in the palm of your hand.

After you’ve downloaded the app, select North Island College from the university list. This will load all information specific to NIC. Use your myNIC User ID and password to access your information.

Download the NIC app through App Store or Google Play.

Typing is a very important part of successful study in Canada. Assignments and some of the final exams are done on a computer.

It can be challenging for the students who do not have good typing speed and skills, to finish the exams in 3 hours. Check your speed or practice your skills with the following websites:

NIC offers two online courses to help you improve typing skills:

For more information or to register contact our international advisor,

Visas and Immigration

International students should become familiar with the policies set by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for studying in Canada with minor children. Please see the link below for more information.

Day Care and Pre-School Age Children

If you have children 5 years of age or younger, there are a few options for child care: licensed day care centres, licensed family day cares in private homes, or unlicensed child care in private homes. Please find some options listed below to help you start your child care search.

Beaufort Children's Centre

Located on NIC’s Comox Valley Campus, Beaufort Children’s Centre (the Centre) provides licensed group child care with a capacity of 54 children. The Hummingbird Room program accommodates up to 12 children ages of 18 months to 3 years, and is facilitated by 4 early childhood educators. The Orca Room program accommodates up to 17 children ages 30 months to 5 years and is facilitated by 3 early childhood educators along with one support worker. The Ladybug Room program accommodates up to 25 children ages 30 months to 5 years and is facilitated by 5 early childhood educators. The Centre operates year-round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30a.m. to 5:30p.m. NIC Students are given a priority for admission, as space permits. Due to limited space, international students are encouraged to fill out a wait list application to our Centre when they make an application to study at NIC. Please visit for more details and forms.


PacificCARE's child care referral service is one of many child care resource and referral programs in BC that can help you in your search for licensed child care.

School-Aged Children

Our Comox Valley campus is in the school catchment area of the Comox Valley School District 71 ( ). Our Campbell River campus is in the Campbell River School District 72 ( ) catchment area.

Both school districts have an International Student Program and are pleased to accept applications for children whose legal guardian/parent(s) are studying at NIC. In some situations, children may be eligible to attend school in School District 71 and 72 without having to pay tuition fees.

Below are the conditions that must be met in order for a child to be eligible to attend school for free:

  1. Parent's Study Permit
  2. Proof of Enrolment in a minimum two-year non-ESL program at NIC (Letter of Acceptance and tuition receipt from NIC)
  3. Educational Plan at NIC
  4. Proof of residency (hydro bill, bank statement, etc.)

The Educational plan must show that the program of study is at least two years long, and the parent must ultimately complete at least a two year diploma program. Time spent in ESL programming is not eligible for funding. For full details and criteria, please see Funding Eligibility letter .

If a parent cannot meet all of the conditions above, then a child is considered an International Program student by the School District and must pay all fees and tuition in order to attend school. If you would like more information about the School District 71 or 72 International Student Programs, please view their websites at for the Comox Valley and for Campbell River.

Be sure to check our Admissions section to learn more about how to apply, tuitions and costs, financial awards and more.
Questions? Contact Us today or email for more assistance.