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Studying in Canada

Individual Behaviours

We want you to be successful. Here are some strategies which will help you:

  • Arriving on time for class is expected. Turn off cell phones please.
  • Completing homework and reading before each class is expected.
  • Leaving to go the bathroom is okay – no need to ask permission.
  • Leaving early from a class is okay if you have a medical appointment. Tell the instructor you need to leave early before the class.
  • Using or copying some else’s work on an assignment or test is not acceptable.
  • Asking for help when you have a problem is acceptable and expected. Ask your instructor, another student or book an appointment with a counsellor in Student Services.

Typing Resources for Students

Typing is a very important part of studying in Canada. All the assignments and term projects are completed through computer typing. In fact, some of the final exams are also done on computer. It can be challenging for the students who do not have good typing speed and skills, to finish the exams in 3 hours.

Here are some typing practice websites and courses offered by the college to help students practice their typing and overcome the challenges successfully.

These websites are good for students to check their speed and accuracy. Keyboarding practice needs to be part of each day, even if it's only 10 to 15 minutes three times a day.

The Department of Applied Business Technology also offers two online individual-study keyboarding courses to improve typing skills. You should have a typing speed of 20-25 words per minute before registering for these courses. (Try the testing site above to check your speed.)

  • ABT-020 - ONLINE LEARNER SUCCESS

    Online, .5 credit
    Cost - $245

    This ten-day course is designed to introduce the learner to the skills necessary to be successful in the online learning environment. Students are encouraged to enroll in this course to find out if online learning is for them. It provides a very quick overview of the online system students will be using. There are assignments, discussion postings and quizzes in the course. This course is also the prerequisite or co-requisite for all other online Applied Business Technology courses.
    Prerequisite(s): None

  • ABT-100 - INTRODUCTORY KEYBOARDING

    Online, 1.5 credit
    Cost - $735

    This 2-month introductory course is designed to promote effective keyboarding skills. Students learn to operate alphabetic, numeric and symbol keys by touch. Through skill building activities, students build keyboarding speed and accuracy. At the end, students are tested to see if they have achieved a typing speed of 40 words or better within an error limit. There are no extensions to the end date. The courses are all done online. You must have your own PC with Windows 7 or higher and be able to devote 5 hours a week minimum.
    Prerequisite(s): ABT 020

To apply for these ABT courses, students need to go to Registration and make an appointment with international advisor, Kim Willis. A deposit is required if students are registered before the start of the semester. If they register after the semester starts, then full payment is due upon registration. (ABT courses can start throughout a semester; they are not scheduled or structured the same way as a regular 3-credit University course).

While on campus, you have easy computer access in the library to practice on these websites:

NIC Comox Valley Campus Library Hours

Interacting with the Instructor

Students are expected to communicate with their instructors in a respectful manner.

The following points will help you understand what is considered respectful in Canada:

  • Participating in classroom discussions and asking questions is expected.
  • Most instructors will ask students to raise their hands during class time to make a comment or ask a question. Wait for the instructor to signal by saying your name or nodding at you that it is your turn.
  • Interrupting or talking when the instructor is talking is not acceptable.
  • Getting help from the instructor with something difficult is OK and a good approach to take. Use email or book an appointment with the instructor during their office hours.
  • Words of appreciation, such as, “thanks” or “much appreciated”, are good ways to thank the instructor.
  • Students are expected to share discussion time. This allows each student to participate.
  • Making eye contact is normal and expected in and outside of the classroom.
  • Turning off cell phones and other electronics during class time is expected.

Interacting with Other Students

In Canada we expect students to be in contact with each other during their learning. The following points will help you understand some of the normal kinds of contact among students.

  • Expressing your opinion or sharing information you have is good and a great way to learn.
  • Asking questions is a good way to get to know other people.
  • Asking another student to borrow their notes for a few minutes because you missed something is ok.
  • Working in groups is a normal part of classroom life - exchanging phone numbers or email addresses with group members is okay.
  • Inviting another student to meet you for lunch or coffee is okay and a good way to make friends.
  • Making eye contact is normal and expected in and outside of the classroom.
  • Getting help from another student with something difficult is okay and a good approach to take.
  • Interrupting or talking when another student is talking is not acceptable.

Scent Free Environment

To maintain the scent free environment in the classroom and other public areas people are expected not to wear highly fragrant perfumes and colognes. As many people are allergic to scent and are asthmatic, it is an effort we do to make their life a bit easier.

Can scents cause health problems?

When scented products have been blamed for adversely affecting a person's health, some or all of the following symptoms are reported:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Malaise
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Numbness
  • Upper respiratory symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Skin irritation

Allergic and asthmatic patients, as well as those with other conditions, report that certain odors, even in the smallest amounts, can trigger an attack.

The severity of these symptoms can vary. Some people report mild irritation while others are incapacitated and/or must give up many 'normal' activities in order to avoid exposure (such as going to public places).

What types of products contain scents?

Scents are included in a very large range of products including:

  • Shampoo and conditioners
  • Hairsprays
  • Deodorants
  • Colognes and aftershaves
  • Fragrances and perfumes
  • Lotions and creams
  • Potpourri
  • Industrial and household chemicals
  • Soaps
  • Cosmetics
  • Air fresheners and deodorizers
  • Oils
  • Candles
  • Diapers
  • Some types of garbage bags

It is important to remember some products which claim to be 'scent free' may have only masked the scent by use of an additional chemical. Be sure to research the product carefully if using scented products around those who are sensitive.

Scent-Free Policy for the Workplace


Citing and Referencing

Studying in Canada involves working on projects and making assignments. While working on projects and assignments, it is very important to keep in mind about the referencing and citing. There is a different education system in every country around the world. It must be different in your home country and may be not given so much importance. However, in Canada it is important to give reference and cite the idea you have taken from book, magazines, internet, newspapers, TV or anyone in person. It is must to refer and cite the idea that not of your own. Referencing and citing is about giving the link of the website magazines or journal from where you have taken the information, so the reader can refer the information given by you. It is always a good idea to cite, even when you express the information in your own words. The consequences of not giving reference or citing the material can be judged as plagiarism and cheating. There are different ways of referencing and citing that you can ask your faculty, consult library or you can log in to the link below:

Citing Sources

Plagiarism & Cheating

It is very important for all students to understand these two terms, because both are unacceptable and can quickly get you in a lot of trouble.

Plagiarism is presenting another person's language, ideas, data, structures or product as original without acknowledging that part or all of it was created by someone else. (NIC Policy 3-06) To avoid plagiarism, you must always reference an idea that is not your own, even if you reword it. It means you cannot copy and paste information from the internet, from a book, journal or magazine article, or even paraphrase something you heard on TV without referencing where the information came from.

Cheating includes any or all of these actions:

  • Giving or taking unauthorized information by any means during any examination, test or assignment;
  • Obtaining or providing, without authorization, questions or answers relating to any examination or test prior to the time of the examination or test;
  • Using unauthorized information during any examination or test;
  • Inventing or using falsified information with the intent to deceive; and
  • Asking or arranging for another person to take an examination or test in one's place.
  • This list of the different types of cheating comes from NIC Policy 3-06.

In Canada, plagiarism and cheating are considered disrespectful and wrong; punishment for these behaviors might be a grade of zero on a paper, failure of the course, or even suspension from the College. If you need more information or are unsure about what might be considered cheating or plagiarism, please ask your instructor, a counselor, or International Education Department. You can also refer to NIC Policy 3-06.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships are funds awarded to students for high academic achievement, while bursaries are monetary gifts provided to students to assist them with expenses incurred while pursuing their educational goals.

Established in 1991, the North Island College Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting North Island College in its task to provide the skills and knowledge students need for successful employment and further education. The students are awarded $200,000 to meet their financial needs as well their educational fineness is acknowledged.

The application deadline for scholarships and bursaries is April 30 every year.

To get more information on the scholarships & bursaries, please visit visit the North Island College website’s Awards section.