Academic English Language Program

Gain the skills you need to speak and understand English in a post-secondary academic environment. Upon completion of Advanced and College Prep levels, and meeting all other program entry requirements, you can begin your certificate, diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree university transfer pathway or post-degree diploma at North Island College.


 This program is currently available to international students only.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January, May
 Apply Now

We’ve detected that you are using Internet Explorer. EducationPlannerBC (BC’s post-secondary online application system) supports the Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari browser.

NIC is a good place to study English. Classes are small and I had to use my English often. The teachers are nice and always encouraged me to ask questions.

Masashi Miyazaki, Japanese international student, Academic English Language Program, Intermediate Level graduate

close button

Share this gallery:

Advanced Level

  • ESL-062 Advanced Reading & Writing
  • ESL-065 Advanced Listening & Speaking

College Prep

  • ESL-092 College/University Prep Reading & Writing
  • ESL-095 College/University Prep Listening & Speaking


Admission Requirements

Option 1: 

Students without an IELTS score will be assessed by an ELP faculty member to determine the most appropriate courses for registration and success.


Option 2:

For entrance into ESL-062/ESL-065 (Advanced Level) students require an IELTS score of 5.0 overall.

For entrance into ESL-092/ESL-095 (College Prep Level) students require an IELTS score of 5.5 overall.




International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

To Be Successful

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

Prepare for academic study in English with NIC's Academic English Language Program. This program will provide you with the necessary English skills to complete college and university degrees or diplomas. Themes include reading/writing, speaking/listening and grammar.

Based on your demonstrated English proficiency, you will be placed in one of two levels: Advanced 2 or College Prep. See the Admissions tab for more details.


Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

International Fees

per Course
Tuition $2,678
NISU Fees $15
Student Services Fees $92
Books $200
Total $2,985

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.