New Partnership with McMaster University

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We are proud to announce a new on-going partnership with McMaster University!

This new partnership will recognize the community contributions of Columbia International College students who are entering their studies at McMaster University.  8 new scholarships of $5,000 each, will be awarded to CIC students who are graduating in 2018-2019, and are starting their undergraduate studies at McMaster University in 2019-2020.  These scholarships will be jointly funded by the Columbia International Scholarship Endowment Fund and McMaster University and will continue each year.

Columbia International College and McMaster University have had a longstanding partnership in education, philanthropy and community involvement.  CIC students have been annually receiving acceptances to study at McMaster University, and have been volunteering at McMaster’s Children’s Hospital for more than 7 years.  CIC students have also helped raise close to $100,000 through CIC fundraisers and the hospital’s walk-a-thon!  This new scholarship will recognize the incredible achievements of Columbia International College students who continue to serve their communities and will set them up for success as they go on to new beginnings.

Thank you McMaster University!

CIC hosts Crime Stoppers of Hamilton’s annual Evening of Appreciation

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Columbia International College has been a supporter of Hamilton Crime Stoppers Inc. since 1995.  Mr. Ron Rambarran, Columbia’s Emeritus Principal, has sat on the Board of Hamilton Crime Stoppers Inc. since 1995.  He has been thrice past chair of the program and received the 2015 International Civilian of the Year award from Crime Stoppers International.

Crime Stoppers is a community organization dedicated to engaging citizens in maintaining safe communities across the world. It is a partnership among the community, the local media and the police.

Columbia International College hosts Crime Stoppers of Hamilton’s annual Evening of Appreciation in January of each year.  At this event, Crime Stoppers recognizes those members of the partnership (community, media, police services) who have contributed significantly to the program in the previous year.

Click below for pictures from the event:

Posted by Columbia International College on Monday, January 28, 2019

Fashion Show – A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

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Welcome to the Spirit Week at Columbia International College, the most diverse private school in Canada! It’s one of the many events celebrating multiculturalism and diversity at Columbia.

At the annual Fashion Show held on Sep 28, Students and staff of all different races walked down the runway and showed off colorful outfits representing their countries of origin and unique identity.

Guided Tours of Universities

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The University Placement Office (UPO) has been running a number of trips to take students on guided tours of York University, Western University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto (Mississauga), and Brock University. These trips started during the March Break and will run into early April.

The trips offer our students the opportunity to learn about the programs while gaining information about the admission process. Students also get the chance to talk to current students, professors and admission staff about their interests and concerns. It is a great opportunity for students to see if this is a university they would like to attend in the future.

English proficiency requirements from the University of Waterloo

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Recently, many of our students from regions in Africa have received an email from the University of Waterloo asking them to prove their English Proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Submit their previous school transcript or a letter from their previous school principal stating how long they attended that school and that the education was entirely in English.
  • Submit an English Proficiency Test result such as IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB or CAEL. If a student received this request, they will likely need to write a test and submit it right away.

If a student receives the email or if they see the request in their Quest account, they should follow the instructions in the email

  • If despite doing so, Waterloo or any other university still requires proof of English Proficiency, the students will need to write an English Proficiency test


  • March 31, 2017 for Engineering programs
  • April 7, 2017 for most other programs
  • Columbia International College is a testing centre for the IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB and CAEL tests. Students should register as soon as possible if the need to write a test.


After learning about the policy, the University Placement Counselor Team:

  • Emailed potentially impacted students to advise them to check their email and Quest account with Waterloo and explain what the request means
  • Held a meeting with potentially impacted students to explain the request in detail and provide next steps

The University Placement Office is working with students to:

  • Help them review their application to ensure no errors were made
  • Help liaise with the University of Waterloo if students will have difficulty fulfilling the request
  • Help students understand any similar requests from other universities that may require a different solution
  • Help students understand the English Proficiency Tests available and how to register to write one at CIC if required

Students with concerns about the new policy of the University of Waterloo should come meet their University Placement Counsellor IMMEDIATELY.

Holiday School Hours

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merry christmas

For visitors who are looking to contact staff at our Ainsliewood or Maple buildings during the holidays, please be advised of our Holiday Hours;

Dec 24 Open (Closing at 1 pm)
Dec 25 Closed (Statutory Holiday – Christmas)
Dec 28 Closed (Statutory Holiday – Boxing Day)
Dec 29 Open (Normal Business Hours)
Dec 30 Open (Normal Business Hours)
Dec 31 Open (Closing at 1 pm)
Jan 1, 2016 Closed
Jan 4, 2016 Open (Normal Business Hours)

On behalf of the entire Columbia community, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

2015 Spring Show

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On Friday, April 24, Columbia held one of the most popular events of the year, the Spring Show!

Showcasing the diverse talent of the student population, the Spring Show featured many outstanding vocal and dance performances. Students chose to perform both modern and traditional songs and stood out by adding their unique personal touches. The creativity of their performances was evident by the deafening cheers and applauses that followed each act.

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