We’re Canada’s Largest Boarding School


Experiential Learning Beyond the Classroom


The Duke of Edinburgh Award


Modern and Comfortable Residences


Total Care Education System®


Delicious and Nutritious Meals


Stress-Free Living All Year Round


We’re #1 in Admissions to Top Universities in Canada


A legacy of excellence.

For over 40 years, CIC has accelerated student success through our innovative Total Care Education System®. Our students excel academically, and develop strong character for a lifetime of success. We bring peace of mind to thousands of parents worldwide, who trust CIC to keep their children safe and healthy.

December 1, 2022 in News, Newsletters

Graduating Class Celebrate with Skylon Grad Dinner

Columbia International College December Graduation Dinner was back on November 25. The celebration on top of Skylon Tower was sensational. Boys and girls all looked stunning in their elegant outfits. Friends, food, the vibe, the amazing views overlooking Niagara …Everything was flawless. Congratulations on overcoming challenges to thrive in and out of the classroom and getting well prepared for the…
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November 28, 2022 in News, Newsletters

Alumni Share CIC Memories and Advice on Successfully Transitioning to Life in University

CIC Residence held a meaningful workshop where we welcomed alumni to share their CIC memories and advice on successfully transitioning to life in university. A huge shout-out to alumni who joined in person or online for an evening filled with fabulous stories, tips and tricks: Amin Mansouri, University of California, Irvine (Mechanical Engineering) Edgar Du, Ontario College of Art and…
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November 28, 2022 in News, Newsletters

CIC Students Raise Over CAD$2,000 in Support of Doctors Without Borders

On Nov 19, CIC Service Prefects launched the annual Global Health Mission (GHM) fundraiser in support of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and raised over CAD$2,000 for humanitarian aid. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the critical lifesaving work of MSF through experiential learning and contribute to providing humanitarian assistance to people in urgent need. GHM is …
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A sterling global reputation as the most caring school in Canada

Founded in 1979, parents from over 100 countries place their children in CIC’s care

As a result of our care-based approach towards student success, CIC graduates are highly regarded among Canada’s top universities

  • The largest total care-support team of all Canadian high schools offers unmatched, around-the-clock care to all students
  • The most comprehensive safety and health care services in school and in residences
  • With continuous observation and systematic assessment by our proactive staff inside the classroom and beyond, all students are set up for success, each and every day they’re at CIC success.

The best education system and resources to deliver student growth

Our unique Total Care Education System® is a holistic education that addresses the complete development of a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs

  • The largest teaching staff of all high schools in Canada, offering the largest variety of courses
  • Our own 700-acre leadership training and outdoor education center – Bark Lake – is the largest and best equipped among all schools in Canada
  • With the most modern residences for students in Canada, CIC is able to offer the most comprehensive residential programs to enrich their life skills and experience

The best path to the world’s top universities

CIC is an official partner with all these universities:

  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • McMaster University
  • York University
  • Western University

CIC receives exclusive admission privileges including:

  • Early Admissions
  • Guaranteed Admissions
  • English Proficiency Exemption

CIC offers the Elite Pathway Partnership Program with the University of Toronto – the only one of its kind with the university

We can fulfill your dreams better than all other schools in Canada

CIC is #1 in admissions and scholarships among all schools in Canada

    • Compared with any other high school globally, CIC graduates receive more offers of admission from:
      • University of Toronto
      • University of Waterloo
      • McMaster University

    Approximately 50% of our graduates receive admissions from the University of Toronto

    CIC graduates are awarded the largest amounts of scholarships from universities – C$9.53 million in 2020

Be Under Our Caring Wings

We believe that truly caring about our students helps foster strong values, a sense of character, and instill them with the courage to pursue their dreams.

Total Care Education System®

We believe that truly caring about our students helps foster strong values, a sense of character, and instills them with the courage to pursue their dreams. Based on our commitment to our students’ well-being, health and success, and to realize our vision to be the world’s most caring school, we created the Total Care Education System®. Our mission is to deliver peace of mind for parents and foster student success.

Unique to Columbia International College, the Total Care Education System is designed to nurture international students in four areas essential to their growth and achievement.


Total Care

Academic Potential

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Total Care

Character Development

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Total Care

Living Experiences

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Total Care

Family Connections

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Principal’s Welcome

As Principal of Columbia International College, my belief is that in order for your children to be successful as international students, they need to be cared for as if they were at home with you. All my teachers and staff share the same belief.

The need for students to learn in an environment where they are well supported is the chief concern that thousands upon thousands of parents have shared with us over the years. From its beginning in 1979, CIC was built to address this concern.

We wanted to make sure that every international student could study in a fully supported environment of caring: academically, socially, emotionally and physically. We created an approach that would do just that – look after the whole child around the clock.

We call it the Total Care Education System®

It’s a study environment where the academic program, the staff, and the facilities are fully integrated as one – all geared towards helping students achieve success and give parents peace of mind.

After almost 40 years, we are proud of how well our Total Care approach works. Our students are most successful in getting admitted to some of the world’s best universities and receiving admission scholarships. Our consistent proven track record has gained the confidence among parents from over 100 countries.

But most important to me, it’s how the students have achieved success: in a supportive environment, one where they can study in health, safety and happiness, and where their parents can be fully confident that they are being cared for.

Columbia International College can make the difference in how your child can go higher with their future: positively building their character and helping them to be responsible, global citizens. Through this brochure and our website, you can learn more about how Total Care Education System® provides peace of mind for parents and fosters success for students.

If you have any questions about our approach, please reach out to me personally at Principal@cic-TotalCare.com.

Columbia News