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Outgoing Opportunities

Whether you are a university studies, business, tourism, nursing or human services student, you can travel the world and expand your education with NIC

Travel Opportunities

Whether you are a university studies, business, tourism, nursing or human services student you can travel the world and expand your education with NIC.

Studying abroad takes many different forms at NIC. Your field of study and learning goals will help you decide what’s right for you. Choose from the following types of Study Abroad opportunities:

You can explore other study abroad opportunities and resources available at partner schools throughout BC with the British Columbia Council for International Education and the BC Study Abroad Consortium .

Exchange Programs

An exchange program is designated by a formal agreement between two institutions. This formal agreement provides for students to study at a partner institution for the cost of tuition at their home institution. Normally the two institutions, through the appropriate academic department, determine course transfer ability. There is usually an equitable number of students from each institution involved in the exchange over a two or three year time frame. Students seeking exchange with a post secondary program not on our current exchange list are encouraged to contact the Office of Global Engagement.

Highlights of exchange include:

  • Pay NIC tuition, not the tuition of the institution where you're headed.
  • Receive NIC academic credit for work you do abroad, without increasing the time it takes to complete an NIC degree or diploma.
  • Spend a term of study in another culture and maybe in another language.
  • Travel before and/or after your study.
  • Build your international network of friends.

Outgoing Exchange Opportunities include:

Costs & Logistics

Pay your regular NIC program tuition, while studying abroad! Your hosts will assist with finding accommodation in student residences, apartments, or homestays. You are responsible for your own travel and living costs, estimated at $6,000 (approx.) per semester.

For more information, contact:
The Office of Global Engagement at 250 334 5033 or drop by PNT 108.
NIC Department Chairs will assist you in course selection at the host institution.

Intern, Co-op, and Practicum Placements

Overseas work placements allow you to fulfill some of your program requirements while living and working in a foreign country. Your experience may be independent or with a group.

Opportunities include:

Field Schools

Field schools allow students to have an immersive experience while studying a particular location and culture together with other students and faculty leads. The student group and faculty leads travel together throughout the field school, and travel and accommodation arrangements are taken care of ahead of time by faculty and OGE. Because field schools are typically much shorter than exchanges (typically 3 to 5 weeks), the cost of participation is usually significantly less than an exchange.

Field School Opportunities include:

  • Greece
  • Nepal

If you are interested in taking part in a field school in another part of the world, speak with faculty and your department chair about possibly creating a new field school.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Students Without Borders (a Uniterra program). Contribute to development work across 15 countries in Africa, Asia, or Latin America through three to eight-month internships. Gain valuable skills and work experience while living and working in another culture. For more information, visit www.uniterra.ca and contact the Office of Global Engagement at istudyabroad@nic.bc.ca.

Specialized Exchange

Specialized exchange programs are exchange programs with financial supports for students, normally supported by additional funding such as government or industry-supported programs. Specialized exchange programs might also have unique learning opportunities, such as a targeted research project.

Are you an international student looking for information on studying at North Island College? Visit our Study at NIC page