North Island College

Founded 1975 | Courtenay, BC

Surrounded by the beauty of B.C.’s West Coast, North Island College (NIC) offers a range of academic and trades programming, including certificate, diploma, degree and post-degree offerings, micro-credentials and in-community programming. With a focus on Indigenous-led education, nationally recognized faculty, a dedicated applied research centre and unique international study abroad opportunities, NIC serves a region of 80,000 square kilometres, which includes northern Vancouver Island and B.C.’s mainland coast from Bamfield to Bella Coola. NIC has campuses in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and the Mixalakwila campus in Port Hardy, as well as a learning centre in Ucluelet, plus digital learning for regional and in-community program delivery.

NIC offers transfer opportunities with universities across Canada and the world, including the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University. NIC is home to internationally recognized faculty members, such as award-winning psychologist Evelyn Voyageur, who counsels survivors for the Indian Residential School Society; wood joinery expert Stephen McIntosh; and Aisling Brady, a biology researcher who often supervises independent research courses. Projects at NIC’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation include research in aquaculture, nursing education in Indigenous communities, and Indigenous leadership. NIC offers courses in Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwak’wala, which are delivered with the help of fluent local Elders and knowledge keepers.

Popular Programs

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing

• Bachelor of Business Administration

• Island Pre-Health Science Advanced Diploma

• Web and Mobile Application Development

• Aboriginal Leadership Certificate

School Size



• Degree $4,260-$5,735

• Diploma $3,985-$11,395

• Certificate $3,900-$10,665

• Post-Grad $3,170-$4,925

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Indigenous Language Fluency: This program explores how language underpins Indigenous relationships.

• Motion Picture Training: This training includes several micro-credentials to get students started in the film industry, with specialties in production assistant, lighting, grip, set construction and more.

• Marine Training: A variety of marine training courses prepare students to work on the water in B.C.