North Island College

North Island College | Courtenay, B.C. | Founded 1975

North Island College Students

Surrounded by the beauty of B.C.’s West Coast, North Island College (NIC) offers more than 80 programs that lead to associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. It also provides apprenticeship training, continuing education and academic upgrading. Program areas include fine arts, business, tourism and health care.

NIC’s facilities serve a region of 80,000 sq. km, which includes northern Vancouver Island and B.C.’s mainland coast from Desolation Sound to Klemtu. NIC has campuses in Campbell River, Courtenay, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, a learning centre in Ucluelet and online, distance learning and in-community training options.

The school provides pathways to university for students who prefer to start their academic careers in a school which has small class sizes and access to instructors. Students who achieve a minimum grade point average after eight classes are guaranteed admission to the University of Victoria.

NIC is home to internationally recognized faculty members, including master potter Gordon Hutchens, wood joinery expert Stephen McIntosh and criminology instructor Geri Bemister, who has appeared on the A&E show Intervention.

The heart of applied research at NIC is its Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation. Ongoing projects include research in sustainable aquaculture, robotics, nursing in remote communities and Indigenous language and leadership.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $3,445-$4,240 $1,090- $3,930 $1,995-$9,675 $3,215-$3,660 No

Cool Options

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: In partnership with Vancouver Island University, NIC offers a four-year degree that focuses on nursing for individuals, families and society.
  • Advanced Communication and Interactive Design: The coursework in this program ranges from design fundamentals and photography to game programming, web databases and Ruby on Rails programming.
  • Adventure Guiding: Develop field skills in sea kayaking, sailing, ski touring, mountaineering, interpretation, leadership, wilderness first aid, navigation and more.

Popular Programs

  • University Transfer
  • Apprenticeship Training
  • Adult Upgrading
  • Business and Tourism

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