We Are

the largest boarding school

in Canada

Founded in 1979, Columbia International College is the largest boarding high school in Canada. We're also the world's largest feeder school to:
● University of Toronto
● University of Waterloo
● McMaster University

Our Programs:

● High School (Grade 9 -12)
● Elite Pathway Program (Partnership with University of Toronto)
● Summer Camp
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Why We Are Your Best Choice?

The Most Caring School in Canada


  • Since 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 Best Education System and Resources


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 Best Path to the World’s Top Universities


CIC’s official partners include:
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • McMaster University

We Can Fulfill Your Dreams Better Than Any Other School in Canada


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

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Ainsliewood Building

Pine Boys Residence

Pine Girls Residence

We Are A Global Partner School of the University of Toronto

“ For the University of Toronto, CIC is our largest feeder school in the entire world, period. Not one of them, it is the largest school, domestic or international.

So, CIC has a huge impact on our university and we’re very proud of that. We’ve been associated with CIC for many years. We found the graduates to be excellent.”

2021 Grads Admitted to Top 50 Universities in the World

Our Grads


World’s Top 50 Universities THE 2021 Ranking QS 2021 Ranking
Imperial College London 
University of California, Los Angeles 
University College London
University of Toronto 
University of Manchester 
National University of Singapore 
University of Edinburgh 
University of Melbourne 
University of California, San Diego 
University of British Columbia 
King’s College London 
McGill University 
Fudan University
University of Sydney 
University of New South Wales
University of Queensland
City University of Hong Kong 

Our Grads Enter Top Universities in the World

What Top Universities Say

What Our Graduates Say

UAE Family Testimonial

I have learned so much during my year at CIC. I have had the opportunity to learn from the best teachers and have made friends for life. I was given amazing support right from the registration process till my university application.

My parents and I would also like to thank all the teachers and staff who helped, guided and encouraged me every step of the way.

Class of 2020, accepted to University of Loughborough, Sports Management


CIC Sure-To-University Program


Summer Camp


We’re the Largest

We Care

Education Is …

U of Toronto & Waterloo Testimonials

Today Is the Day

Happy 40th Anniversary

In-Person Learning Is in Full Force

It is my pleasure to warmly welcome you to Columbia International College.  

I am very pleased to inform you that our 2021 Fall Semester started in mid-August and our Total Care Education Team is glad to see so many happy faces in our classrooms and our hallways.  

For students who are enjoying our in-person learning and interactions in our classrooms, their after-school schedule includes:  

  • Student development trips and events 
  • Teacher-led activities and clubs 
  • Sports and Leadership training activities 

During in-person learning, the health and safety of our students remain our first priority. We implement multiple layers of upgraded safety measures including:  

  • Two layers of personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Physical distancing 
  • Enhanced cleaning 
  • Free COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible students 
  • Testing of all employees twice a week 

In January 2022, we will return to a full day, 5 period in-person timetable. This schedule allows our students to take full advantage of in-person learning in the classroom, the many personal development activities and experiential learning opportunities under our Total Care Education. 

Currently, students who are in the process of securing their study permits will be able to join their classes remotely. Upon receipt of the study permit approval, they will need to travel to Hamilton and join their in-person classes. They will join the same class with the same teacher and there will be no disruption in learning for students.  

We offer 5 intakes per year to suit your needs: January, March, June, July, August and October. 

Should you have any questions or need help applying to CIC? Please email us at Columbia@cic-totalcare.com 

Please note that this communication reflects information we have at this time. With the situation continually evolving, directives from the various levels of government may change and therefore Columbia International College may also have to alter our programs and policies accordingly without prior notice.  

Updated on September 8, 2021 

Diana Reid, Principal

Columbia International College

Main Campus:

1003 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4P3
TEL: 1-905-572-7883
FAX: 1-905-572-9332
E-MAIL: columbia@cic-totalcare.com

Hong Kong Admissions Office:

Room 1612, 16/F, Shui On Centre
6-8 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
TEL: 011-852-2868-4222
FAX: 011-852-2530-3156
E-MAIL: general@cic-totalcare.com.hk
WhatsApp: 852- 6068- 8271