One-year degree pathway available to NIC Business Administration students

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Spend a year in Scotland to earn a recognized three-year UK degree after completing your Business Administration Diploma (or 60 equivalent credits).
  • Maximize opportunity by returning to NIC for one more year of study to earn a Canadian degree in addition to your UK degree.
  • Gain international experience to expand cross-cultural communication and leadership skills.

Career possibilities: Employment opportunities are diverse and ever-changing. Graduates are well-prepared to work in profit, non-profit, or government organizations or pursue their own business ventures.



Marilyn Nettleton
Educational Advisor




  • Receive an international education. Transfer two years (60 credits) of business administration courses to Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen Scotland to complete a UK degree with only one additional year of study.
  • Study in Scotland and earn two degrees. Qualify for a full four-year degree by returning to NIC after studying abroad in Scotland. After completing the third-year of your UK degree in Scotland, you can return to NIC for one more year of study and earn a four-year business degree from NIC.
  • Connect Globally. Earn international credentials while studying at NIC as part of a network of local and international business leaders.
  • Discover your Career Path. Gain academic credit while exploring a career in business through paid co-op work experience. NIC graduates are highly employable with qualifications respected by employers and other post secondary institutions throughout the province and RGU is rated UK's top university for graduate employment outcomes.
  • Supportive Environment. Knowledgeable instructors and flexible programming ensure you gain the business skills you need to succeed.


The RGU Scotland-NIC Transfer Agreement gives NIC business students an opportunity to gain international experience, perspectives and contacts. Once you complete the third-year of your UK degree in Scotland, you will have credit for 75% of an NIC four-year business degree.

To qualify for entry to RGU's Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Management or Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Management with Marketing degree, you will need to complete 60 credits of NIC's  Business Administration diploma (general management or marketing) or NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree (general management or marketingand maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA (B average) or higher.

Choose the general management option if you are looking for a program that covers a broad base of management functions. Sharing a common first year with other diploma options, you will continue into second year to learn commercial law, consumer behaviour, e-business, management information systems and entrepreneurial and small business management. 

Choose the marketing option to gain practical skills and a solid foundation of knowledge for employment in a marketing environment. Second year courses include consumer behaviour, professional selling, retail management, services marketing, and entrepreneurship and small business management. 

RGU will grant you a degree after you successfully complete the third-year of the non-placement route.

Upon completion, you can return to NIC for the fourth year of NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration General Management or Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing degree. This allows you to earn a second degree at NIC with just one more year of study.

If you are interested in learning more, you can review the Advanced Entry Agreement between Robert Gordon University and NIC. Find out how to qualify for financial support with RGU’s Merit Scholarships or  Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships.

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Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will be prepared to build a successful career in industry or the public sector. You will be qualified to work in management, marketing, international marketing, advertising, promotion, market research, public relations, events management and other related industries.


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for advanced entry to Year 3 of Robert Gordon University’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Management or Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Management with Marketing, you must:

  • complete 60 credits of NIC’s Business Administration diploma with general management or marketing specialization
  • achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
  • obtain a reference from an NIC program faculty member
  • show evidence that you meet English language requirements if your first language is not English
  • be eligible to obtain the requisite visa to enter the United Kingdom for study purposes

To Be Successful

  • Basic computer skills in word processing and file management are required.
  • Consult with a business administration faculty member if you are unsure of your level of math preparedness for any business courses.


The following North Island College programs transfer to Robert Gordon University’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Management or Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Management with Marketing:


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