Academic Schedules & Deadlines

Please refer to the following important key dates and deadlines throughout the year, to ensure you meet NIC's academic deadlines.

If you are studying in the following program areas varying start dates apply, click your program area for details:

You may also refer to past deadlines.

The academic deadlines listed in the chart below apply to students in: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Upgrading, Business, Fine Art, DIGITAL Design + Development, Tourism & Hospitality, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Human Services and University Transfer Programs.

2020

Dec 2020

Tue, Dec 1
Opt-out period for NISU Heath & Dental Benefits begins for Winter term
Sun, Dec 6
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Mon, Dec 7 - Fri, Dec 11
Last week of classes
Sat, Dec 12 - Wed, Dec 23
Fall final exams
Fri, Dec 25 - Fri, Jan 1
Winter Break - College Closed

2021

Jan 2021

Mon, Jan 4
International student orientation - Comox Valley campus
Mon, Jan 4
First day of Winter term. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Winter term.
Tue, Jan 5
International student orientation - Campbell River campus
Wed, Jan 6
Winter classes begin
Mon, Jan 11
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Wed, Jan 13
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Sun, Jan 31
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term

Feb 2021

Fri, Feb 12
Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit
Fri, Feb 12
Last day to register for flexible distance courses
Mon, Feb 15
Family Day - College Closed
Tue, Feb 16 - Fri, Feb 19
Winter Reading Break
Thu, Feb 18
Winter exam schedule posted
Fri, Feb 26
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

Apr 2021

Fri, Apr 2
Good Friday - College Closed
Mon, Apr 5
Easter Monday - College Closed
Tue, Apr 6 - Fri, Apr 9
Last week of classes for Winter term
Tue, Apr 6
Timetable posted for the fall and winter terms
Sat, Apr 10 - Fri, Apr 23
Winter final exams
Thu, Apr 29 - Fri, Apr 30
International student orientation - Comox Valley campus

May 2021

Mon, May 3
First day of Spring 7-week term. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Mon, May 3
First day of 14-week Spring intersession. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm.
Wed, May 5
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Spring term; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Fri, May 7
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 7-week Spring term
Mon, May 10
Continuing students registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, May 10
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Fall term
Mon, May 10
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 14-week Spring intersession; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Wed, May 12
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 14-week Spring intersession
Tue, May 18
7-week Spring term exam schedule posted
Mon, May 24
Victoria Day - College Closed
Tue, May 25
New student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Fri, May 28
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 7-week Spring term

Jun 2021

Mon, Jun 14 - Fri, Jun 18
Last week of classes for 7-week Spring term
Tue, Jun 15
14-week Spring intersession exam schedule posted
Mon, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 26
7-week Spring term final exams
Mon, Jun 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Fri, Jun 25
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 14-week Spring intersession
Wed, Jun 30 - Fri, Jul 2
Reading break: 14-week Spring intersession

Jul 2021

Thu, Jul 1
Canada Day - College Closed
Mon, Jul 5
First day of 7-week Summer term. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm
Wed, Jul 7
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Summer term. Remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm. 
Fri, Jul 9
Last day to register, apply for refund or change from credit to audit
Mon, Jul 19
7-week Summer term exam schedule posted
Fri, Jul 30
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 7-week Summer term

Aug 2021

Mon, Aug 2
BC Day - College Closed
Tue, Aug 3 - Fri, Aug 6
Last week of classes for 14-week Spring intersession
Mon, Aug 9 - Sat, Aug 21
14-week Spring intersession final exams
Mon, Aug 16 - Fri, Aug 20
Last week of classes for 7-week Summer term
Tue, Aug 17
Last day to pay fees for Fall Limited Entry Programs
Mon, Aug 23 - Sat, Aug 28
7-week Summer term final exams
Mon, Aug 30 - Fri, Sep 3
International Student Orientation: Comox Valley and Campbell River

Sep 2021

Mon, Sep 6
Labour Day: College Closed
Tue, Sep 7
Orientation Day - no scheduled classes
Tue, Sep 7
First day of Fall term. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Fall term. 
Wed, Sep 8
Fall classes begin.
Mon, Sep 13
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm.
Thu, Sep 16
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit.
Thu, Sep 30
Orange Shirt Day
Thu, Sep 30
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits.

Oct 2021

Mon, Oct 11
Thanksgiving Day: College Closed
Fri, Oct 15
Fall exam schedule posted.
Fri, Oct 15
Last day to register for flexible distance courses.
Fri, Oct 29
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty.

Nov 2021

Wed, Nov 10 - Fri, Nov 12
Fall Reading Break.
Thu, Nov 11
Remembrance Day: College Closed
Mon, Nov 29 - Fri, Dec 3
Last week of classes.

Dec 2021

Wed, Dec 1
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Winter term
Mon, Dec 6 - Thu, Dec 16
Fall final exams. 
Mon, Dec 6
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Mon, Dec 27 - Mon, Jan 3
Winter Break: College Closed

2022

Jan 2022

Tue, Jan 4
International Student Orientation Comox Valley and Campbell River
Mon, Jan 10
First day of Winter term. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm for the Winter term
Mon, Jan 10
Winter classes begin
Fri, Jan 14
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Wed, Jan 19
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Mon, Jan 31
Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term

Feb 2022

Fri, Feb 11
Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit
Fri, Feb 11
Last day to register for flexible distance courses
Tue, Feb 15
Winter exam schedule posted
Mon, Feb 21
Family Day: College Closed
Tue, Feb 22 - Fri, Feb 25
Winter Reading Break
Fri, Feb 25
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty

Apr 2022

Mon, Apr 4 - Fri, Apr 8
Last week of classes for Winter term
Tue, Apr 5
Timetable posted for the Fall and Winter terms
Sat, Apr 9 - Fri, Apr 22
Winter final exams
Fri, Apr 15
Good Friday: College Closed
Mon, Apr 18
Easter Monday: College Closed
Thu, Apr 28 - Fri, Apr 29
International student orientation Comox Valley

May 2022

Mon, May 2
First day of 13-week Spring term. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm
Mon, May 2
First day of 7-week Spring intersession. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm
Wed, May 4
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Spring intersession; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Fri, May 6
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 7-week Spring intersession
Mon, May 9
Continuing student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Mon, May 9
Opt-out period for NISU Health & Dental Benefits begins for Fall term
Mon, May 16
7-week Spring intersession exam schedule posted
Mon, May 23
Victoria Day: College Closed
Tue, May 24
New student registration begins for Fall and Winter terms
Fri, May 27
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 7-week Spring intersession

Jun 2022

Mon, Jun 13 - Fri, Jun 17
Last week of classes for 7-week Spring intersession
Mon, Jun 20 - Sat, Jun 25
7-week Spring intersession final exams
Tue, Jun 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day

Jul 2022

Fri, Jul 1
Canada Day: College Closed
Mon, Jul 4
First day of 7-week Summer intersession. Classes begin. All fees must be paid in full and all prerequisites met by 4 pm
Wed, Jul 6
Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats for 7-week Summer intersession; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm
Fri, Jul 8
Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit for 7-week Summer intersession
Mon, Jul 18
7-week Summer intersession exam schedule posted
Mon, Jul 25 - Fri, Jul 29
Last week of classes for 13-week Spring term
Fri, Jul 29
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty for 7-week Summer intersession

Aug 2022

Mon, Aug 1
BC Day: College Closed
Tue, Aug 2 - Fri, Aug 12
13-week Spring term final exams
Mon, Aug 15 - Fri, Aug 19
Last week of classes for 7-week Summer intersession
Tue, Aug 16
Last day to pay fees for Fall Limited Entry Programs
Mon, Aug 22 - Sat, Aug 27
7-week Summer intersession final exams

Programs with varying start dates and distance courses

North Island College offers a wide range of programs with varying schedules and deadlines. Please ensure that you are following the timelines associated with your program. For more information or guidance, please contact Student Services.

Office Administration (Applied Business Technology)

Office Assistant I certificate, Administrative Assistant Certificate, Computing Accounting Assistant Certificate, Office Management Certificate:

  • Students registering from May to September for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms must pay full fees by 4:00 pm by the due date of each term (see below).
  • Students registering during the terms must pay full fees at the time of registration.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10% of the course, and is specific to each course section. Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 25% of the course and is specific to each course section.

Term Start Dates 2019 - 2020

2019FA - Tuesday, September 3

2020WI - Monday, January 6

2020SP - Monday, May 4

2020SU - Monday, July 6

Term Start Dates 2020 - 2021

2020FA - Monday, August 24

2021WI - Monday, January 4

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

Schedule / Deadlines 2019 - 2020

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the term.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 7 - Friday, November 8, 2019.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Schedule / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 6, 2021.
  • Spring Reading Break is March 16-20, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma

Schedule / Deadlines 2019 - 2020

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the term.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 7-Friday, November 9, 2019.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Schedule / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 6, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply.

Health & Human Services

Activity Assistant

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Health Care Assistant Certificate

Schedules / Deadlines 2019 - 2020

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due approximately 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the program.
  • Fall Reading Break is Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13, 2020.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Practical Nursing Diploma

Schedules / Deadlines 2019 - 2020

  • Full fees for the first term are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Fees for all other terms are due at the start of term.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the term.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the term.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees for the first term are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of the term.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.

Animal Care Aide Certificate & Hospital Unit Clerk Certificate

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 14 days prior to the start date of the program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter classes start Monday, January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Electronics Technician Core Certificate and Industrial Automation Diploma

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2019 - 2020

  • Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

SCHEDULE / DEADLINES 2020 - 2021

  • Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Tourism & Hospitality

Hospitality Distance Learning:

  • Full fees are due at the time of registration

Trades & Technical

Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S)
Aquaculture Technician Certificate
Aquaculture Technician Diploma
Automotive Service Technician Foundation Harmonized
Carpentry Foundation Harmonized
Coastal Forest Worker
Culinary Business Operations Diploma
Culinary Business Operations Advanced Diploma
Electrician Foundation Harmonized
Heavy Mechanical Foundation
Joinery/Cabinetmaking Foundation
Metal Fabrication Foundation
Piping Foundation Harmonized
Plumbing & Piping Foundation
Prep Cook Certificate
Professional Cook 1, 2, 3
Welding Foundation Harmonized

Schedules / Deadlines 2019 - 2020

  • Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is within 60% of the program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 inclusive.
  • Winter classes start January 6, 2020.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Schedules / Deadlines 2020 - 2021

  • Typically full fees are due 3 weeks prior to start of the program. Dates are provided in your admission letter.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 10 days from the start date of program.
  • Winter break is December 25, 2020 to January 1, 2021 inclusive. Winter classes start January 4, 2021.
  • All stat holidays apply. No reading breaks.

Apprenticeship Technical Training

Carpenter Apprenticeship Harmonized
Electrician Apprenticeship
Heavy Mechanical Apprenticeship
Plumbing Apprenticeship
Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized
Welding Apprenticeship Harmonized

  • Full fees are due 60 days prior to the start day of your course.
  • Last day to drop for refund is 28 days prior to start of course.
  • Schedule of training dates can be found at www.tradestrainingbc.ca

University Studies Distance Courses

North Island College offers three types of distance courses for which different deadlines apply. Distance courses may be offered fully online or paper-based or a combination of the two.

Flexible distance courses (Identified with an ‘F’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVF1)

  • Last day to register is the Friday of the 6th week for both the fall and winter terms.
  • Last day for tuition refunds or to change status (credit/ audit) is 30 calendar days after the student start date.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is 60% from student start date.
  • Last day to submit all course requirements is the second Friday of February (fall term) and the second Friday of June (winter term).
  • Exams are scheduled on an individual student basis.

Lock-step distance courses (Identified with an “L” as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVL1)

  • Term-based schedule and deadlines apply.

Continuous entry/exit distance courses (Identified with a ‘W’ as the 3rd letter in the section code eg: CVW1)

  • Last day for tuition refunds 10 days from the student start date.
  • Last day to withdraw without academic penalty is 60% from student start date.

Withdrawal without academic penalty

Programs that are longer than 13 weeks in length with varying start and end dates will have 60% of the program to withdraw without academic penalty

Programs and Courses with Term-Based Start Dates

The following North Island College programs and courses are guided by the term-based schedule and deadlines.

Upgrading & Special Programs

Adult Basic Education courses, Academic English Language Program

Business

Business Administration certificate, diploma, degrees & post degree diploma.

Fine Art and DIGITAL Design + Development

Fine Arts diploma, DIGITAL Design + Development programs (Web Design diploma, Web and Mobile Application diploma, Communication Design diploma, Advanced Communication Design diploma), Mobile Application Development diploma

Tourism & Hospitality

Tourism & Hospitality Management certificate and diploma

Health & Community Care

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Human Services programs (Education Assistant/Community Support certificates, Human Services diploma, Social Service diploma).

University Studies & Transfer

Associate of Arts and Science degrees, Criminology diploma, Electronics Technician Core Certificate, Industrial Automation Technician Diploma, and University Studies courses