North Island College

NIC is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories it is situated.

North Island College (NIC) is a publicly funded community college serving residents on Vancouver Island and the central BC Coast. With a focus on access and a commitment to student success, NIC is nationally and internationally recognized for its technology-enabled distance learning and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into teaching and learning.

Along with its four main campuses in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, NIC serves the region though a learning centre in Ucluelet, unique lab spaces at the former St. Joseph’s hospital in Comox and through in-community delivered programming, tailored to meet the training and educational needs of the community.

NIC’s strong partnership agreements with universities and colleges across BC, Canada, the US and around the world, give its students access to the best in education in Canada and abroad through transfer agreements, exchanges, short and long-term study abroad opportunities and field schools.

NIC proudly serves more than 8,000 domestic and international students annually with more than 1,000 courses and 80 credit programs including university transfer and academic upgrading, health, human services, fine art and design, tourism and hospitality, trades and technical, business and office administration and Indigenous studies.


Fast Facts

  • NIC serves 157,000 people, across 80,000 square kilometres on Vancouver Island and the BC coast – the largest population of BC’s rural colleges.
  • NIC recently completed an $18 million expansion project of its Campbell River campus.
  • The BC Student Outcomes Survey reports 90% of NIC graduates say they were very satisfied or satisfied with their education.
  • The NIC Foundation annually wards more than $534,000 in scholarships and bursaries to current and future NIC students.

Our programs include:

  • University Transfer, including engineering, criminology, computer information systems, languages and exclusive partnership agreements with VIU, UVic, UBC, SFU and more.
  • Health, including the nationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  • Human Services, including early childhood care and education
  • Business, with certificate, diploma, degree and post-degree programs
  • Office Administration, online, flexible programs from office assistant to office management
  • Tourism & Hospitality, including an eight-month Adventure Guiding Certificate
  • Trades, ITA-approved foundation and apprenticeship training in construction, resource, transportation and culinary.
  • Fine Arts, including Professional Photography certificate, Fine Arts diploma and transfer agreements to AUArts and Emily Carr
  • Interactive Media, including web programming, mobile app development and communication design

Our research specialization:

NIC’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) connects NIC expert staff and students with local businesses and organizations to develop innovative solutions to current challenges. Our goal is to connect communities through research. We offer services to support research project development, project management and funding.

  • Sustainable aquaculture
  • Kelp production
  • Indigenous Leadership
  • Nursing research
  • Remote web-based science laboratory
  • Custom solutions using robotics, electronics and internet
  • Social enterprise projects

2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC
V9N 8N6

Toll Free: 800-715-0914
Website: www.nic.bc.ca