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A True Canadian Experience

Northwest Community College offers a variety of accredited educational opportunities in a region of Canada rich in history and culture. Meet your personal educational goals in our supportive College environment.

Learn in our safe, friendly communities, and take with you an international experience that will enrich your life.

The following information will provide you with an overview of the College and the programs and services available to International Students.

If you have any questions you can email or contact the College at 1-250-635-6511 Local 5701 or toll free in Canada and the US at 1-877-277-2288

What is Northwest Community College?

Northwest Community College (NWCC) is a publicly funded, government accredited, public post-secondary educational institution. Founded in 1975, the College serves eleven communities in the spectacularly beautiful Northwestern region of British Columbia, Canada.

NWCC is a student-centered College offering academic and career degree, diploma, and certificate programs as well as a wide range of courses and programs for international students; all of which provide excellent exposure to Canadian life and culture.

Why choose Northwest Community College?

Northwest Community College provides quality learning experiences that help prepare our students for successful, positive futures. The College offers a full range of programs in Arts, Business, Health, Science, Trades, Technical and University Credits Arts and Science.

Students who are unsure of their area of interest may find it helpful to take a selection of University transfer or Business Administration courses. For students who may be looking for practical job training, the college offers a range of one and two-year programs providing the skills needed for employment. Students seeking to learn to speak English may register in the English as a Second Language program.

In as little as two years, students can complete an Associate Degree in Arts or Science. For those who wish to continue their studies, all Associate Degree courses are equivalent to university courses and can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions. Business Administration one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs offer a well-rounded business education and a solid background for a wide range of professional career choices and further educational opportunities. The Applied Coastal Ecology program delivers the applied biological & ecological skills needed to work in coastal ecosystems. Foundation and Apprenticeship training programs prepare students with skills for employment in a number of Trades including Carpentry, Welding, Electrical, Mechanical and more.

At Northwest Community College international students will enjoy...

  • A student-centered College
  • Quality instruction
  • Transfer credits to university programs
  • Small class sizes and individual attention
  • Exposure to Canadian life and culture
  • Easy transfer from language training to other post-secondary programs
  • Combined English Language / Career programs available for groups of twelve (12) or more students

Language Training

Along with many other customized programs, all levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) of English as a Second Language (ESL) are available at our Prince Rupert campus. Other campuses provide ESL education at various levels. Groups of twelve (12) or more students are able to contract with the College to provide language training to suit their specific needs.

Most post-secondary programs require high school level English, so many students choose to take foundation courses in Career and College Preparation at NWCC to complete the English requirement before selecting a post-secondary program.

Student Services at Northwest Community College

The Office of the Registrar can help you gain admission into the College. You will need a Canadian Student Visa to enroll at NWCC. To obtain a Student Visa you will need a letter of acceptance from the Admissions Department. Refer to the following Web Site for information on how to obtain a Canadian Student Visa: For more information on Application Requirements for International Students click here.

"CLICK HERE to Download International Student Application Form"

Cultural Assistance
Various College staff will help you adjust to living in Canada’s northwest. The College staff will direct you to services you may wish to access, sports and recreation activities in the northwest and will assist you when you are ready to return home.

Our Educational Advisors will give you the help you need to choose the right program and direct you to other College services. The advisors will explain what courses are available and guide you in choosing the appropriate courses for your goal.

Fifty percent of your total fees must be paid prior to your arrival at Northwest Community College. At the time of registration you must pay the balance of your tuition and student fees. Fees and tuition will vary depending on the program, please contact for more information.


Per Credit

Full Time
(30 Credits)




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Canadian Federation of Students Fee:



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Lab Fee Note: Add for each lab course taken

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Fees are effective as of August 6, 2013.

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.