Admission requirements for individual programs can be found in the admissions tab on your program page. For more info, visit business or tourism and hospitality.

Have questions? Educational advisors are available to help you through the application process. Call 1-800-715-0914 or email

General Admissions

There are no formal admission requirements for university transfer. Each course has its own prerequisites that you will need to meet in order to take the course.

To be considered for general admission to NIC

  • An applicant must have graduated from secondary school, or equivalent, or be a minimum of 18 years of age or older within the calendar year in which they are applying to study and must also meet the program admission requirements.
    • Underage applicants, who are under 18 years of age, may request special admission by contacting their local campus and requesting an appointment with a counsellor.
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide an alternative application process for students who are both under the age of 18 and not a secondary school graduate within the calendar year in which they are applying to study.
  • An applicant must be a Canadian citizen or provide the following documentation, as applicable, as part of their application:
    • Proof of permanent resident status
    • Proof of convention refugee status
    • Proof of permission to study in Canada as an international student

Admission Process

Applied Business Technology students, please note Step 6.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply to NIC online through Education Planner BC

Step 2: Receive NIC communication

All applicants will receive an email from NIC to your personal email address to confirm that your application has been received. The email will contain instructions for accessing your myNic account. myNIC allows you to register for courses and pay fees. You will also be sent your North Island College email address. All subsequent communication from NIC will go to your NIC email.

Step 3: Submit your transcripts or proof of your degree if your program requires it

You must submit your official transcripts to ensure you meet the prerequisites as listed for your course and/or program description(s). Students coming to NIC directly from high school may ask the Ministry of Education to submit final grades electronically. If you don’t have your high school transcripts you may be able to meet the prerequisites by doing an assessment. Details of the assessment process can be found on the Assessment page.

Step 4: Qualify

NIC will review your application and determine if you are:

  • Qualified – you meet the requirements to take the program
  • Conditionally Qualified – you are registered in the prerequisite courses needed
  • Not qualified – you do not meet the prerequisites. In this case, you can meet with an educational advisor to discuss upgrading options to help you meet the prerequisites for the course you want to take.

Step 5: Get invited

Qualified and conditionally qualified applicants will be invited to NIC. Normally, students are invited on a first-qualified, first-invited basis. Exceptions may include programs with identified selective admissions criteria, priority admission for certain applicants or reserved seating agreements with community partners.

If a program is full, you may be waitlisted. You will be contacted when a seat becomes available.

Step 6: Register

Sign up for the courses you want to take. See registration for details on how to build your timetable and sign up for your courses.

Applied Business Technology students are encouraged to meet with an educational advisor to discuss timetabling.

Step 7: Pay

Tuition and fees are due by deadlines, as outlined in Academic Schedules and Deadlines (Key Dates).