NIC Orientation 2020

While the upcoming Fall term is going to look different than usual we are committed to providing you a quality orientation experience to prepare you for the start of your NIC adventure and welcome you to the NIC community.

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. Please note, all webinar start times are in NIC’s local time zone: Pacific Daylight Time

Virtual Orientation
On August 4, come back to this site to access exciting and informative sessions and win prizes. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Virtual campus tours
  • COVID 19 information and safety protocols
  • Scheduling and registration
  • Academic integrity
  • Academic and personal supports
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Student Life and opportunities for getting involved
  • North Island Students’ Union (NISU)
  • Information on local businesses and services (including discounts and special offers for NIC students)

Learning Digitally: Student Orientation to NIC Learning Technologies

A webinar called Learning Digitally: Student Orientation to NIC Learning Technologies has been designed for incoming NIC students. Led by NIC’s Student Technical Services team, this live session will provide you with an overview of the learning platforms and tools you’ll need for your digital classes, along with some tips for learning digitally at NIC. All four webinars are identical so you only need to attend one.

  • July 8, 1 pm (PDT) Link to webinar
  • July 10, 10 - 11:30 am (PDT) Link to webinar
  • August 11, 1 pm (PDT) registration link coming soon
  • August 17, 2 pm (PDT) registration link coming soon

Tips for Connecting

  • If computer connection is not possible you can dial in from a phone:  1.778.807.4955 (toll-free from within Canada) or 1.866.599.3622 (toll-free from outside of Canada) - enter the meeting ID (first 9 digits of URL) and passcode (last four digits) followed by #
  • Help: See BlueJeans Support Site: https://support.bluejeans.com/s/
  • BlueJeans App for Best Connectivity: BlueJeans App with a short download/install at: https://www.bluejeans.com/downloads
  • Tips for Better Audio and Video: Be on a wired connection, close all other programs/apps on your computer using the Internet, have others in house pause streaming services (e.g., Netflix) or gaming programs, schedule meetings at off-peak times, turn off your video and just have an audio-only call etc. – so that the best Internet connection can be used

Technology Required

You’ll need a headset with a microphone or a webcam/with microphone and speakers. Or you can join using your mobile phone (but be aware of data charges incurred by your service provider). You can also join a meeting by using a phone number to dial in with the meeting ID. You do not need to have a video camera, but you do need at least a way to join via audio (phone or microphone on computer/cell phone). More on System Requirements

For Parents and Supporters:
Are you the parent or guardian of a new or returning NIC student? A family's experience may be different to that of a student - it's an experience with its own questions, concerns and anticipations. At NIC, we want parents/guardians to have the information you need to support students in making important academic and life choices. Join members of NIC student services, and let us help answer your questions and provide resources that may be useful.

Orientation Day:
September 8 is the date that we would usually be welcoming students back to campus. This year, we will be hosting two live sessions to welcome all students and to answer any questions that you may have about NIC and how we can support your success. Feel free to attend one or both sessions (the content may differ slightly)

  • September 8 – Live Orientation Welcome Sessions at 11 am (PDT) and 1 pm (PDT) – link to be posted

Make sure you follow NIC on Facebook and Instagram, and request to join the NIC Student Life Facebook group!

Want more information? Contact our student recruiter-advisors at futurestudents@nic.bc.ca  

For New International Students

  • July 7 - Test your Technology-Session 1 (by invitation to new international students with approved study permits)
  • July 9 - Test your Technology-Session 2 (by invitation to new international students with approved study permits)
  • July 21 - Meet the International Student Advisors
  • July 27 - Prepare to Travel to Canada - Everything you Need to Know Before you Travel
  • August 31 - Learning Digitally Tour for International Students - Session 1
  • September 2 - Learning Digitally Tour for International Students - Session 2

Want to learn more about the new international student orientation? Contact Nadine Biggs at Nadine.biggs@nic.bc.ca. The Office of Global Engagement will be providing more information to new international students via myNIC student email. Please watch your student email for regular updates.