PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Flexible Bachelor of Arts degree path for NIC students, including past and present military members, reservists and their families.

Where: College Wide
Starts: September, January, May, July
  • Earn guaranteed credit for eligible NIC courses toward your university degree.
  • Learn in-person at any NIC campus or via distance and complete your University of Manitoba degree online. 
  • Access local learning support from advisors at both institutions.

Career possibilities: A Bachelor of Arts degree provides a solid understanding of the concepts and techniques in your academic field. Whether you want to explore your interests for personal development, earn your degree or start a new career, you’ll access a widely recognized, mobile degree path at NIC.

Questions?

Contact

Kim Kobus
Educational/ Military Advisor
250-334-5000
1-800-715-0914
questions@nic.bc.ca
 

For military students:
military@nic.bc.ca

Highlights

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Guaranteed course transfer. NIC and the University of Manitoba have approved a wide selection of first and second-year courses, giving you more certainty on the way to your degree.
  • Belong to a close-knit community. Build strong relationships with your instructors and students in NIC's small, discussion-friendly classes.
  • We’re here to help. Educational advisors are ready to answer all your education questions throughout your time at NIC.
  • Greater mobility and flexibility. University-level courses at NIC are available on campus as well as via distance making it possible to start your degree while maintaining your work and family commitments.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Start your degree at NIC and earn a degree faster with NIC's student mobility agreement with the University of Manitoba.

The North Island College-University of Manitoba Supplementary Student Mobility Agreement gives new and current NIC students improved access to Bachelor of Arts general and integrated studies degrees at the University of Manitoba.

Choose from a growing list of approved first and second-year courses, from anthropology, math and biology to English, Spanish, geography, history, psychology, sociology and more. Then, take third and fourth-year courses from the University of Manitoba,on campus or via distance education, to complete your degree.

NIC courses can be taken in-person during the day or evening or via distance, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree provides a solid understanding of the concepts and techniques in your academic field. Whether you want to explore your interests for personal development, earn your degree or start a new career, you’ll access a widely recognized, mobile degree path at NIC.

Canadian Forces Benefits

Canadian Forces members are encouraged to speak to the Personnel Selection Officer at their base to learn more about available educational opportunities.

  • Credit for rank. Canadian Forces members can apply to receive up to six 100-level unassigned arts credits toward their degree. When you take courses at the University of Manitoba, they will evaluate your degree credit for rank and for specific evaluated military courses and training. For more information, please see the University of Manitoba Military Support page.
  • Reduced residency. Canadian Forces members and their families are required to complete only 12 course credits from the University of Manitoba. Contact a University of Manitoba military advisor for details.
  • Seamless transition. Ready to start University of Manitoba courses? You can apply online. Once requested, NIC will automatically forward your official transcript at no charge to the University of Manitoba.
  • Student support. NIC’s military advisor can provide program knowledge and personal support to get you started. If military duties interrupt your coursework, advisors can help to arrange extensions on class assignments, authorize withdrawals and provide additional support.


Paid Education Opportunities

The Canadian Forces encourages all military personnel to consider academic upgrading. Personnel pursuing a college diploma or university degree through NIC or other academic institutions may be eligible to have their tuition fees, books and administrative costs reimbursed if those courses lead to a diploma or baccalaureate and are assessed as being beneficial to their current military occupation.

Individuals interested in pursuing academic upgrading should contact the Wing Personnel Selection Officer at 250-339-8211 ext. 8293 to explore opportunities.


Programs & Courses for Family Members

  • Degree options
    www.nic.bc.ca/programs
    Start your education with NIC's wide range of university-level courses and complete your degree via distance education at the University of Manitoba. Or, talk to a student advisor about two-year associate degrees that provide credentials and block transfer to institutions across BC.
  • Employer Connections
    www.nic.bc.ca/coop
    NIC's industry-recognized business and tourism degrees, diplomas and certificates offer co-op education opportunities and work placements to provide employer connections and hands-on learning needed to begin working in a new community.  
  • English Language Support
    www.nic.bc.ca/elp
    NIC also offers tuition-free English language classes for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with proof of citizenship on registration.

Admission

Before Classes Begin

Make sure your courses count. The University of Manitoba's Bachelor of Arts degrees have their own list of required courses and electives that count toward graduation. Review your program's first and second-year requirements, and then meet with NIC's military advisor to determine your best study plan.

Admission Requirements

  1. There are no formal admission requirements to enter the North Island College - University of Manitoba Student Mobility agreement. Standard admission requirements to both institutions apply.
  2. Submit the North Island College Application for Admission form, writing University Studies - University of Manitoba degree path as the program name. Forms are also available at NIC’s Student Services/Registration office.
  3. Make an appointment with North Island College’s educational advisor by calling 250-334-5000 or 1-800-715-0914 to discuss eligibility, programs, and funding options to help you get started on the right track.
  4. Eligible Canadian Forces Members may apply to receive six unassigned academic credits toward their degree.

Courses

NIC - University of Manitoba Transfer Courses

The following NIC courses represent a sample of courses which transfer in part or in full toward a Bachelor of Arts General degree OR Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies degree through the NIC - University of Manitoba Student Mobility Agreement (as of January 2013).

Please visit the University of Manitoba - Transfer Credit Database for the most up-to-date course information.

North Island College University of Manitoba Equivalent
Course Credit Course Credit
ANT 150 Cultural Anthropology 3 ANTH 1220 Cultural Anthro 3
ANT 151 Physical Anthropology & Archaeology 3 ANTH 1210 Orig&Ant of Man 3
ANT 250 Ethnology of North America 3 ANTH 2040 Native North Am 3
ANT 251 Principles of Archaeology 3 ANTH 2100 Intro Arch 3
ANT 252 Northwest Coast Prehistory 3 ANTH 2930 Arch Sel Area 3
ANT 253 Seacoasts in Prehistory 3 ANTH 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
ANT 260 Forensic Anthropology 3 ANTH 3730 Forens Anthro 3
ANT 290 Archeaology Field School 3 ANTH 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
ANT 291 Archeaology Field School 6 ANTH 3910 Arch Field Trng 6
ANT 292 Archeaology Field School 9 ANTH 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 9
ANT 293 Third Rock Archaeology 3 ANTH 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
BIO 102 Principles of Modern Biology II 3 BIOL 1020 Bioprinciples 3
BIO 103 Principles of Modern Biology I 3 BIOL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
BIO 110 Concepts in Biology I (Inhabiting the
Human Body)
3 BIOL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
BIO 110/111 Concepts in Biology I & II 6 BIOL 1000 Foundations 3
BIO 110/111 Concepts in Biology I & II 6 BIOL 1010 Diverse & Inter 3
BIO 111 Concepts In Biology II (Inhabiting
the Earth)
3 BIOL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
BIO 160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 BIOL 1410 Anat Human Body 3
BIO 161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 BIOL 1412 Phys Human Body 3
BIO 170 Foundations of Ethnobotany 3 BIOL 1300 Economic Plants 3
BIO 171 Applied Ethnobotony 3 BIOL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
BIO 200 Cell Biology 3 BIOL 2520 Cell Biology 3
BIO 202 Priniciples of Genetics 3 BIOL 2500 Genetics 1 3
BIO 211 Invertebrate Biology 3 BIOL 2200 The Invertebrates 3
BIO 215 Introductory Microbiology 3 MBIO 1010 Microbiology I 3
BIO 230 Principles of Ecology 3 BIOL 2390 Introductory Ecology 3
BIO 241 Traditional Ecological Knowledge 3 NATV 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
BIO 260 Pathobiology I 3 BIOL 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
BIO 261 Pathobiology II 3 BIOL 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
BUS 217 Management Accounting 3 ACC 1110 Managerial Acct 3
BUS 223/323 Taxation I & II 6 ACC 3050 Tax Accounting 3
BUS 244 Finance 3 FIN 2200 Corp Finance 3
BUS 318 Advanced Cost Accounting 3 ACC 3040 Cost Accounting 3
BUS 421 Accounting Theory 3 ACC 4030 Acctg Theory 3
CHE 152 Engineering Chemistry 3 CHEM 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
CPS 100 Computer Programing I 3 COMP 1010 Comp Sci I 3
CPS 101 Computer Programing II 3 COMP 1020 Comp Sci II 3
CRM 101 Intro To Criminology 3 SOC 2510 Criminology 3
CPS 146 Data Base Fundamentals 3 COMP 3380 Databases 3
CPS 160 Integrated Software Tools 3 COMP 1260 Comp Usage I 3
    COMP 2130 Discrete Math 3
CPS 212 Discrete Math & Computer Science 3 MATH 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
CPS 268 System & Network Security 3 COMP 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
CPS 270 Software Engineering 3 COMP 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
ECO 245 Money & Banking 3 ECON 3640 Econ Finan Syst 3
ECO 270 Environmental Economics 3 ECON 2390 Environ Econ 3
ENG 115 Essay Writing & Critical Analysis 3 ENGL 0930 Eng Composition 3
ENG 117 Academic Writing 3 ENGL 0930 Eng Composition 3
ENG 120 Intro to Literature 3 ENGL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
ENG 125 Composition & Indigenous  Literature I 3 ENGL 0930 Eng Composition 3
ENG 202/203 A Survey of English Literature I & II 6 ENGL 1200 Rep Lit Works 6
ENG 209 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 ENGL 2760 Intro Cr Writg 3
ENG 212 Intro to Canadian Literature I 3 ENGL 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
FIN 100 Intro to Art History & Visual Culture I 3 FAAH 1030 Intro Art 1a 3
FIN 101 Intro to Art History & Visual Culture II 3 FAAH 1030 Intro Art 1a 3
FIN 110 Drawing & 2-D Language I 3 STDO 1210 Drawing: Studio 1 3
FIN 250 Modern Art History 3 FAAH 2080 Mod Contemp Art 3
FNS 200 Pre & Post Contact First Nations of Canada 3 NATV 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
FRE 100 Motifs I 3 FREN 1150 Intro French 3
FRE 101 Motifs II 3 FREN 1150 Intro French 3
FRE 145 Intermediate French I 3 FREN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
FRE 146 Intermediate French II 3 FREN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
FRE 265 Advanced French I 3 FREN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
FRE 266 Advanced French II 3 FREN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
FRE 280 La Traduction: Translation A 3 FREN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
FRE 281 La Traduction: Translation B 3 FREN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
GEO 105 Physical Geography I 3 GEOG 1290 Intr Phys Geog 3
GEO 106 Physical Geography II 3 GEOG 1290 Intr Phys Geog 3
GEO 111 Environment, Society and Sustainability 3 GEOG 1280 Intr Human Geog 3
HIS 111 Canadian History: Pre-Confederation 3 HIST 1390 Col C 1500-1885 3
HIS 112 Canadian History: 1867-Present 3 HIST 1400 Can Nat Si 1867 3
HIS 215 History of Modern Europe I 3 HIST 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
HIS 216 History of Modern Europe II 3 HIST 2370 Eur From Fr Rev 3
HIS 250 History of Woman in Canada 1600-1920 3 WOMN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
HIS 251 History of Woman in Canada 1920-Present 3 WOMN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
LIB 130 Intro to World Religions 3 RLGN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
LIB 131 Eastern & Comparative Religions 3 RLGN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
LIB 210 Topics in World Civilization 3 CLAS 1270 Anc Greek Cult 3
MAT 102 Calculus for the Life Sciences 3 MATH 1520 Calc Man Soc Sc 3
MAT 115 Intro to Statistics 3 STAT 1000 Basic Stats I 3
MAT 133 Matrix Algebra 3 MATH 1300 Vec Geo Lin Alg 3
MAT 151 Finite Mathematics 3 MATH 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
MAT 162 Math for Elementary Education I 3 MATH 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
MAT 181 Calculus I 3 MATH 1500 Intro Calculus 3
MAT 182 Calculus II 3 MATH 1700 Calculus 2 3
MAT 200 Linear Algebra 3 MATH 2300 Linear Alg 2 3
MAT 210 Calculus III 3 MATH 2720 Multivar Calc 3
MCS 110 Media & Communication Studies 3 FILM 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PHI 100 Intro Philosophy: Knowledge & Reality 3 PHIL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PHI 100 Introductory Philosophy I 3 PHIL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PHI 101 Introductory Philosophy II 3 PHIL 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PHI 150 Critical Thinking 3 PHIL 1290 Crit Think 1 3
PHI 230 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 PHIL 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
PHI 240 Philosophy of Art 3 PHIL 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
PHI 260 Business Ethics 3 PHIL 2830 Business Ethics 3
PHY 100 Intro to Physics I 3 PHYS 1020 Gen Physics I 3
PHY 101 Intro to Physics II 3 PHYS 1030 Gen Physics II 3
PHY 120 Principles of Physics I 3 PHYS 1020 Gen Physics I 3
PHY 121 Principles of Physics II 3 PHYS 1030 Gen Physics II 3
POL 109 Canadian Government 3 POLS 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
POL 111 Political Ideologies 3 POLS 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
POL 119 Canadian Politics 3 POLS 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
POL 151 Law & Politics 3 POLS 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
POL 201 Comparative Politics 3 POLS 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
POL 203 International Relations 3 POLS 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
POL 209 Government In America 3 POLS 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
PSY 130 Intro Psychology I 3 PSYC 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PSY 131 Intro Psychology II 3 PSYC 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
PSY 202 Health Psychology 3 PSYC 3130 Intro Health Psychology 3
PSY 204 Research Methods In Psychology 3 PSYC 2250 Intro Psych Res 3
PSY 215 Biological Psychology 3 PSYC 2360 Brain & Behav 3
PSY 235 Abnormal Psychology 3 PSYC 3460 Abnormal Psy 3
PSY 245 Psychology of Women 3 PSYC 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
PSY 250 Human Dev. from Conception to Childhood 3 PSYC 2290 Child Dev 3
PSY 251 Human Dev. from Adolescence to Adulthood 3 PSYC 2370 Developmtl Psy 3
PSY 260 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and
Deviant Behaviour
3 PSYC 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
SOC 210 Ethnic Relations 3 SOC 2370 Ethnic Relation 3
SOC 212 Issues in Canadian Society 3 SOC 2320 Cdn Socty & Cul 3
SOC 220 Intro to Sociological Research Methods 3 SOC 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
SOC 240 The Sociology of Love and Sex 3 SOC 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3
SPN 100 Intro to Spanish I 3 SPAN 1180 Intro Spanish 3
SPN 101 Intro to Spanish II 3 SPAN 1180 Intro Spanish 3
SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish II 3 SPAN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
WST 100 Global Perspectives on Women 3 WOMN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
WST 101 Issues in Women's Health 3 WOMN 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
WST 110 First Nations Women's Studies 3 NATV 1XXX Transfer 1000 Lvl 3
WST 260 Empowered Caring & Feminist Practice 3 WOMN 2XXX Transfer 2000 Lvl 3

 

Costs

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,995
Tuition may vary from approximately $290 to $500 per 3-credit course. Lab fees vary from $0 to $345 depending on the course. Book costs are specific to each course.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I decide what to take?
    Come talk to us. Educational advisors can connect you with a growing list of courses approved for transfer to the University of Manitoba. Book an appointment to create a transfer plan that suits your interests and needs.
     
  2. Which distance classes are available?
    Browse available distance education courses by term online. Enter “Distance Education” as the course delivery method in the search window.
     
  3. Can't find your high school records? No problem.
    NIC's Assessment Services staff can help you determine what courses are best suited to your current skills. 
    Most university-level courses require previous high school study called prerequisites. If you haven’t been to school in a long time or if your education records are unavailable, university transfer courses are still within reach.
    If you are a mature student, 23 years of age or older, and believe you have the skills to perform at the same level as students in the program, you can apply for a mature student declaration.
    If you don’t meet a prerequisite, but feel you have the skill set to be successful, you can meet with the instructor to discuss whether a prerequisite waiver is an option for you. There is no age limitation to apply for a prerequisite waiver but prerequisites are in place to ensure you succeed in the course. Meet with an educational advisor to determine the best options to meet your goals.
     

  4. Can I take courses at both institutions at the same time?
    Yes. Request a letter of permission from NIC, apply as a visiting student at the University of Manitoba and then register for your courses. When your classes are complete, request a transcript from the University of Manitoba and send it to NIC. We’ll apply transfer credit for your courses.
     
  5. What are credits?
    Credits describe a course's value. A one-term course, normally requiring four months of study (September to December, or January to April), equals three credits. Some courses are also available during the spring and summer sessions in a condensed format.
     
  6. I'm a military student, can I receive recognition for my rank, military education and training?
    Yes! At NIC, non-commissioned members at or above the Master Corporal/Master Seaman rank and officers at or above the Captain/Lieutenant (Navy) rank receive six unassigned arts credits to allow you to earn your degree faster. When you take courses at the University of Manitoba, they'll evaluate your military education and training to provide you with additional credits. 
      
  7. Can I get reimbursed for my tuition and books?
    Canadian Forces members are encouraged to speak to the Personnel Selection Officer at 250-339-8211 x8293 to learn more about available educational opportunities. 
     
  8. What if military duty or deployment interrupts my studies?
    As a military member, NIC allows you to withdraw from courses and receive a full refund when unexpected military duty interrupts your university study. You must withdraw from your courses as soon as possible and send documentation from a superior officer verifying your military obligations to NIC’s Student Services Office.
     
  9. What if my military duties cause me to submit an assignment late?
    It is up to your instructor to decide to accept a late assignment. Some instructors state their policy in advance while others address student needs on a case-by-case basis. Most instructors are very understanding, but you should contact them as soon as you realize you will be late. If you are called away on unexpected military duties and can not reach your instructor during their office hours contact an NIC military advisor.
     
  10. What if my military duties do not allow me to take my exam as planned?
    Late changes to exam locations may be possible. Contact NIC’s military advisor or the University of Mantioba’s Military Support Office for more information. 

For more information or to apply,
visit www.nic.bc.ca or call 1-800-715-0914
to speak with an educational advisor today!