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, international exchanges, continuing education opportunities and academic upgrading. 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. 

NIC has dual and guaranteed admission agreements with schools across the province, allowing students to easily transfer to programs at the University of Victoria and other institutions. 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

Ongoing projects at NIC’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation include research in sustainable aquaculture, robotics, and Indigenous language and leadership. In September, NIC launched a certificate in Indigenous language fluency, expanding on the school’s current Indigenous language offerings in Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwak’wala. The certificate will be delivered with the help of fluent local Elders and knowledge-keepers.


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) $3,085 $3,085 $3,085 $5,625 No

Cool Options

  • Communication Design: Students explore the principles of communication design while learning relevant digital media and web programming skills.
  • Furniture Design and Joinery: Students learn to design, construct and repair high-quality wood products while earning credit toward Red Seal certification.
  • Indigenous Language Fluency: Students choose between Kwak’wala and Nuu-chah-nulth options, and draw on experiential and land-based learning to explore the values and beliefs encoded in Indigenous language.

Popular Programs

  • University Studies
  • Global Business Management
  • Apprenticeship: Carpentry Harmonized
  • Apprenticeship: Electrical Harmonized
  • Nursing

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