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Columbia International College of Canada

School Name: Columbia International College of Canada
Location: 1003 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4P3
Founded Year: 1979
Motto: Dedicated to student success today and Tomorrow
Type: Co-ed
Boarding Age: 13-21
Year Group: Grade 7 to Grade 12 / Pre-university Program
No. of Students: 1800
No. of Boarders: 1800
Average Class: 15-20
School Facilities:
Columbia’s Bark Lake Leadership Centre, squash courts, games room, TV room, indoor gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, ping-pong tables, basketball courts, dance studio, outdoor BBQ terrace
Average SAT:
Entry Requirement:

Applicants will be considered based on past academic results and conducts. 

Extracurricular Activities:

Columbia prides itself on providing a Total Care® Development experience for all its students, customized according to the student’s particular age and development needs. We make sure to offer fun activities for these junior and senior students while creating a disciplined and consistent daily routine that enables them to develop healthy social and emotional lives. All students receive age-tailored life coaching and participate in character-building activities that will serve them well at university and in their future lives.

Contact Details
Director of Admissions:
Room 1612, 16/F, Shui On Centre, 6-8 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852 2868 4222 (Hong Kong)

The School

Founded in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1979, Columbia International College (CIC) is the largest private boarding school in Canada. 

The school’s academic programs include University Preparatory Program/Foundation Program (Grade 12), High School Program (Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12), Junior Middle School Program (Grades 7 - 8), and ESL Summer Camp.

CIC’s unique Total Care Education System® was created to cater to the needs of international students who live and study away from home. It is built to provide the best quality care and the highest academic standards. 

Successful Story

CIC has an exceptional record of student success with 100% of graduates accepted into universities and colleges both in Canada and worldwide, 72% of whom have been accepted into the top 8 universities in Canada, including University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, etc.

Our graduates in 2014 awarded with scholarships of 3.6 million which is largest in Canada.

In addition, one of the 2015 graduate was being accepted in Harvard University, Major in Political Science. It reflects the success of Total Care Education System® in CIC.


Columbia International College personalizes students' educational experience to suit their needs. We offer 6 intakes throughout the year for students' convenience. With our flexible enrolment schedule, students can start studying at Columbia as soon as they completed the academic term/year in their home country.

Student are requested to submit school transcript of recent three years with date school seal, school name and address on the letterhead, and completed application form with signature

Please contact the Overseas Admission Office in Hong Kong directly by email, by post or visit the School website for latest information.

Boarding Houses

  • Separate residences for boys and girls
  • Legal custodianship at no extra cost to meet Canada's immigration requirement for students under 18
  • After school and evening extracurricular activities to enrich students' development
  • Age-appropriate residence activities
  • Residences are open all-year
    - Residences open all-year
    - Students can remain in residence during school and public holidays
    - Food services maintain throughout the year
  • Evening tutorials are available in residence

University Transfer(AP) Program

  • Offers post-secondary level courses and examinations to Pre-U students
  • Accepted by more than 90% of Canadian and USA universities
  • Subjects offered: Calculus and Vectors, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Official Test Centers

CIC is the official test center for IELTS, TOFEL, MELAB and CAEL.

2015/16 Canadian High School Boarding Fees# (CAD$) Per Year

15/16 Boarding Fees Per Year:

Remark: #Inclusive of tuition and residence fee but exclusive of miscellaneous fees, such as uniform, extracurricular activities

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