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Columbia International College

Address: 1003 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4P3
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Description Columbia International College

  • Location Columbia International College: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Students age: 13 to 19 years.
  • Year of foundation Columbia International College: 1979.
  • Place in the school ranking: Canada's largest boarding school, a ranking college for university entrants.

Columbia International College's Director has more than 25 years of experience in the educational field, which it  to create educational programs that are fully relevant to students around the world. Students are not only full-fledged to enter the chosen university, deepening academic and linguistic knowledge, but also to learn to be citizens of the world, to adapt to the conditions of studying abroad. Each year the college accepts more than 1800 students, representing 70 countries of the world. The quality of education is eloquently confirmed by the academic successes of graduates: every year 100% are enrolled in selected prestigious world universities, and 70% are chosen by the most top institutions in Canada:

  • Toronto
  • Western Ontario
  • UBC
  • Waterloo
  • Alberta
  • McMaster
  • McGill.

Columbia International College's studying programs are aligned with Ontario's education system - a single ASEP. It implies individual development of the curriculum for each student and has the goal of comprehensively, fully revealing its potential and develop personal abilities and talents. There is a Personal Success Plan (PSP) - it defines for each student:

  • Choice of an institution for further education
  • Number of subjects studied in each semester
  • Academic areas and specialties required for study (required at the selected university, necessary for building a successful career in the chosen field)
  • Duration and intensity of academic learning.

Progress and achievements of each student are carefully monitored throughout the academic year, and as necessary, the PSP is promptly adjusted.

For effective work with foreign students for more than 30 years, a special program Total Care Education System is created. It comprehensively develops each student from an academic, sporting, creative and psychological point of view, brings up self-reliance, the ability to work independently and in a team.

Upon successful completion of the course, the graduates of the school receive a prestigious OSSD diploma - it allows you to enter the chosen university without exams, ensuring an excellent level of student preparation and a high level of academic knowledge.

Tuition fees:

  • 7-8 grades: 20000 $ CAD / academic year
  • 9-12 grades: 12,000 $ CAD / 6 months, $ 16,000 CAD / 10 months, 20000 $ CAD / 12 months
  • Language support program ESL = 2000 $ CAD / course.

Please note: if two students from the same family come to study and plan simultaneous studying, the second can receive a discount on education at a rate of 25%.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Columbia International College

Program name
from 50 985 $CAD / 10 months

Students of junior and middle classes are under special attention and care of the teacher: they are given special attention, since it is at this stage that basic, fundamental knowledge on basic school subjects is laid. Teachers closely monitor the success and achievement of each student, adjusting the curriculum and the program as necessary to fully prepare students for further education in the upper grades, to receive the OSSD diploma and to enter the university for the chosen specialty.

from 43 785 $CAD / 10 months

This is a special program for senior pupils (9-12), designed to deepen and update the knowledge gained and complete preparation for entering the university on the chosen specialty. Students perfect general language skills, improve knowledge of basic school subjects and profile disciplines, and acquire useful academic skills:

  • The ability to work independently;
  • To search and analyze information;
  • To work with sources;
  • To prepare and present your own projects and studies.

After successful completion of the course, students receive a profile diploma from the province of Ontario - OSSD, confirming the mastery of the bulk of the material in the secondary school.

It also provides a large number of practical career guidance work: this helps students to better understand what profession they plan to work on, which university and which program is better to do. Features and advantages of this or that direction, high school, faculty, their requirements to entrants are considered.

22.06.2020 -02.08.2020
from 3 800 $CAD / 2 weeks

Combined summer vacation courses are available to students from all over the world. This is a great way to not only significantly improve the level of knowledge of the English language, but also the opportunity to have fun and interesting time in the intercultural environment of students. For the participants of the summer program, a lot of leisure and entertainment activities are provided, great attention is paid to sports, a lot of various excursions are prepared. Children will be able to see the main sights and monuments of the country, to visit unique natural places (national parks, Great Lakes, Niagara Falls), to engage in ecotourism, to develop leadership skills, and speech and communication skills.

Available summer program options are:

  • 2 weeks Bronze (June 22 - July 05, June 29 - July 12, July 6 - July 19, July 13 - July 26, July 20 - August 2) CAD $ 3,800;
  • 3 weeks GOLD (June 22 - July 13, June 29 - July 29, July 6 - July 26, July 13 - August 2) CAD $ 4,980;
  • 4 weeks Platinum (June 22 - July 19, June 29 - July 26, July 6 - August 2) CAD $ 5,920.

The cost of the programs already includes:

  • English lessons;
  • Evening activities;
  • Weekend excursions;
  • Accommodation (rooms for 2-4 people);
  • Transfers to all excursions and events outside the campus;
  • Leisure and entertainment program;
  • Branded college t-shirt and certificate after the end of the program.

The cost of the courses is not included and paid additionally:

  • Air tickets in both directions;
  • Providing students with writing materials;
  • International telephone communication;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Transfer to the airport and back
  • Accompanying schoolchildren under 14 years on the road.

The program is designed for 1 academic year and fully prepares students to successfully enter the English-speaking universities of the United States, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

Students from foreign countries who graduated from the 11th form of secondary school can apply in January or June (program for 7 months) or in August (program for 10 months). The full course includes 2 terms:

  • Autumn (from August to December);
  • Winter (from January to mid-May).

Additionally, students can be studied during the additional summer term from mid-May to June.

Students are studying a fairly wide range of subjects and educational disciplines:

  • Architecture and graphic art;
  • Art;
  • Social (humanities) sciences;
  • Business course and commerce;
  • Computer science, computer literacy;
  • Engineering Sciences;
  • Hotel services, technologies of public catering;
  • Scientific course;
  • Social work.

Accommodation, housing and food

On the campus of Columbia International College there are 3 comfortable common residences: Oak Hall, Liden Hall and Pine. The student can choose independently which one he wants to live in - they are all well equipped, offering comfortable and safe conditions.

The rooms are designed for 1-3 people, the amenities can be on the floor or in the rooms, each the room is equipped with internet access and a telephone. Also on the territory there is a spacious pool, laundry, cozy cafeterias (open all year round, including holidays and big holidays).

Cost (indicated for 1 trimester):

  • Room for 3 people, separate bathroom = 2450 $ CAD / from August to December, 2205 $ CAD / from January to mid-May, 735 $ CAD / mid-May to June;
  • Room for 3 people without bathroom (conveniences shared on floors) = $ 2250 CAD / August to December, $ 2025 CAD / January to mid-May, $ 675 CAD / mid-May to June;
  • Room for 2 people, separate bathroom = $ 2950 $ / August to December, $ 2655 $ CAD / January to mid-May, $ 885 CAD / mid-May to June;
  • 2 people without bathroom (conveniences shared on floors) = $ 2750 CAD / August to December, $ 2,475 CAD / January to mid-May, $ 825 CAD / mid-May to June;
  • Personal room with a bath = 4200 $ CAD / from August to December, 3780 $ CAD / from January to the middle of May, 825 $ CAD / from the middle of May to June.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : architecture, art, biology, Bookkeeping, business, chemistry, Chinese, economics, engineering, English, French, geography, Geography of canada, german language, graphic design, history, History of canada, Hotel business: planning, analysis, Information Technology, international Business, Korean, Leadership course, marketing, maths, music, philosophy, physics, Religious studies, sociology, Spanish, World history
Events list: B-B-Q, basketball, dancing, Squash, Swimming in the pool, table tennis

Events Columbia International College

Hamilton is a cozy, safe and friendly city in the province of Ontario (the third largest, its population is about half a million people). The city is considered to be very international: there are representatives of many peoples of the world, as well as many foreign tourists and students come every year. Hamilton is famous for its excellent infrastructure: there are many gardens and parks, libraries and museums, theaters and galleries, sports facilities and stadiums. Also worth noting the close location to the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls - the road to them will be approximately 45 minutes, which makes it easier for tourist trips and excursions.

On weekends, students of Columbia International College expect a rich program of extra-curricular leisure and entertainment. A lot of students devote time to sports - individual and team, attend classes on developing leadership skills, go on interesting excursions and thematic (including ecological) tours. A special course was prepared for pupils of grades 9-10, aimed at strengthening the motivation and actively achieving success in various spheres of life and learning.


Admittance to the World’s TOP-50

# of CIC Grads Admitted The World’s Top 50 Universities World Ranking (QS World Rankings) World Ranking (Times Higher Education Rankings)
5 University College London #8 #15
1 Imperial College London #9 #10
1 Nanyang Technological U #11 #48
1 National U of Singapore #11 #25
13 The University of Edinburgh #20 #30
1 The University of Hong Kong #25 #35
12 The University of Manchester #27 #55
328 University of Toronto #29 #18
3 Hong Kong U of Science and Technology #32 #47
11 King's College London #33 #36
5 McGill University #35 #42
7 The University of Melbourne #38 #32
13 The University of Sydney #42 #60
4 The University of New South Wales #43 #71
1 The Chinese University of Hong Kong #46 #57
7 The University of Queensland #47 #66
53 University of British Columbia #51 #33

The Largest Feeder School to Canada’s TOP Universities

  • We are No.1 in Admissions

Students Admitted from CIC Represent a Far Bigger Number Than Any Other School Worldwide.

  • We are No.1 in Scholarships

CIC graduates are awarded the largest amounts of scholarships from universities ($7,000,000 CAD awarded to our graduates in 2019)

  • Our 2019 Grads’ Admittance TO Canada’s TOP-10 Universities


Equipment Columbia International College

The residence area, in addition to residential infrastructure, includes basketball courts, tennis and squash courts, board games, a swimming pool and a cafeteria where it is nice to have a cup of tea or coffee, relax with new friends, and discuss plans for the weekend. 

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The programs can be enrolled in January, May or August, and the ESL program starts 6 times a year - you can choose the most convenient time for yourself to start classes.

Please pay attention to additional fees, not included in the cost of the courses:

  • Registration fee = 200 $ CAD
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Courier mail and document delivery = 120 $ CAD
  • Medical insurance (required) = 550 $ CAD
  • Consular fee (to be paid at the embassy)
  • Events & Entertainment = 190 $ CAD
  • Tuition fee (refundable) = $ 1000 CAD
  • Directions by bus and public transport: 360 $ CAD / 6 months, 480 $ CAD / 8 months, 540 $ CAD / 9 months, 600 $ CAD / 10 months, $ 720 CAD / 12 months.

Extra fees:

  • Medical insurance 750 USD
  • Internet 100 USD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • Composition (English) from 1000 words or more
  • Medical card statement, mention of the transferred diseases, available vaccinations
  • 2 recommendations from the teachers of the former school
  • Passing the English language test
  • Report card (it is necessary to cover the last 3 years)
  • Certificates, diplomas: language courses, sports and creative sections, thematic clubs on interests.

Scholarships Columbia International College

Note: if two students from the same family come to study and plan simultaneous studying, the second child can receive a 25% discount on education. Also college offers academic and leadership excellency scholarships.

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Columbia International College reviews

Charles Mackenzie
Looking if its possible to consider my son Benjamin for admissions this year 2021 for his last two years of high school. He is currently finishing CXC exams in Barbados, and still would have two years before university. Thanks
Dear Charles, Yes, it is possible. You should forward the child's passport (the 1st page) and his school transcripts if you want to apply to CIC from September 2021.
i am khaleq from Bangladesh.i need information about study in canada for my son. this year soon july 2021, he is candidate of SSC, his age 16. need information of total cost and requirments......
Manager SMAPSE
Dear Khaleq, our manager will send you the information to the e-mail address you have provided.
Hello, I am Dede, I am 16 years of age, I am from Ghana, I have completed my igcse, please let me know if I am eligible for the program on scholarship and how and when scholarship exams are written. Thank you
A decision about giving a scholarship to a potential student is taken by the admissions staff. Usually it is granted to bright students. We do not have information about scholarship exams at CIC.
Mohamed bokhanouf
Hello , i hope you are fine , so my name is mohamed Boukhanouf and i am 19 years old , i am from Algeria and I am student at night school I want to ask you if Can i keep studying in canada , and how & what the price .... end thank in advance good day
If you finish a night school in Algeria and get a high school diploma, yes, you are eligible to consider diploma or degree programmes at canadian colleges and universities. Annual tuition fees start from 16 000 CAD $ and more. You should also demonstrate a good command of English proved by an offcial exam (IELTS - 6.0-6.5 score).
My daughter lives in English and dreams of Canada. She is 16 years old, do you have distance learning programs? We are in Russia. Thanks!
Inna, good afternoon! This year, the school offers a 6-month program for high school graduates (in particular, grade 11 students in Russia), which can be completed both on campus and online. The program is designed for students with an average score of at least 4 and a high level of English (IELTS 6.0). We will be happy to help you with enrollment. Best regards, SMAPS
Good afternoon, is there a grant for students?
Manager Smaps
Pune, our company does not deal with grants and, unfortunately, we cannot help you.
Sandra Christina Talukder
Hello. I was wondering if I could apply for preparation for the university program if I’m above 19 years old. Due to severe financial crisis I couldn’t finish my studies after finishing my O’levels. Please do let me know if I would be eligible for the program. Thank you.
Manager Smaps
Sandra, you can apply. The decision will be made by the college.
Good afternoon! I am interested in training programs after the 9th grade of a comprehensive Russian school. Thank!
SMAPS Manager
Ekaterina, thank you for your appeal! Detailed information was sent to you by email.
Hello, I am interested in sending my son, Teniola for his 12th grade education. Please advise on requirements. Thanks
Dear SMAPSE, I'm very interested in Columbia International College because it is the largest feeder school to University of Toronto. Have you sent any Turkish or Russian students to the school? What are their feedback? Thank you Sasha
Arif Modaberi
I am interested in sending my daughter dalya modaberi for her 12 grade education. Please advise Thanks
Arif, thanks for your request. Our specialist will contact you by the specified e-mail. Regards, Smaps
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- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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