Through most of high school, Victoria Jancowski's passion for physics set her apart. She bonded with a few students and teachers who understood her dream of studying high energy particle physics at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland but not many of them were women. When she realized Jennifer Fallis Starhunter, an international expert in her chosen field, would teach her first-year physics class at NIC, she was beyond excited. "I'm so lucky to have met her," Victoria says. "If I had started at UVic I would have been in lecture hall with hundreds of other students. We never would have talked..."
Come along to Crete with NIC students and faculty! Check out the first in a series of videos documenting their adventures, while learning and living in Crete. Watch the video.
Every year, NIC’s English faculty hosts creative writing events in the community, featuring some of BC’s top writers.
From the Write Here Readers Series, to Story Slam competitions, and Dinner & Story Nights with some of the departments’ top authors, NIC engages writers with readers.
Join our community and build your portfolio with NIC’s first- and-second year creative writing courses. Learn to write short stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction pieces and journalism.
Study earth sciences, oceanic circulation, and the impacts of human activities on ecosystems, with NIC’s physical and human geography courses. Take advantage of specialized lab equipment, knowing your courses transfer to UVic, SFU, and beyond.
Alexander Julianto travelled halfway around the world to take engineering at North Island College.
The 19-year-old left his family behind in Bandung, the third largest city in Indonesia for the relatively tiny Comox Valley last summer, looking for a quiet place to start his degree. More.
For Laura Griffith-Cochrane, the opportunity to graduate with a science degree, begin a career as the curator of Ucluelet's new aquarium, and do it all debt-free, was a dream come true. Read Laura's story.
Take Two Years
of Sciences at NIC
At NIC, we offer a wide range of second-year courses that meet the prerequisites of medical, optometry, dentistry, and veterinary medicine programs across Canada. Consider:
Talk to an advisor to get started today!
NIC's online science and technology lab received its second international medal in October 2016 – winning silver at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics Awards of Excellence in Vitória Brazil.
NIC’s Remote Web-Based Science Lab (RWSL) placed second in the Access to Learning and Employment category -- topping a vocational college in China, which placed third. Learn more.
The Right Tools
for Science Education
NIC students enjoy access to quality laboratory equipment required for learning science, including phase-contrast microscopes with Zeiss optics, dedicated laptops for lab activities, an infra-red spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, PCR, and gel electrophoresis equipment. Comox Valley students also benefit from a Level 2 Biohazard containment lab.