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Columbia International College

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — Hamilton, ON (MAP)

Columbia International College:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 9 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    12 — 22 students
  • Tuition
    $2,520 to 3,150/course
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    0 day students, 1700 boarding students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1003 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4P3 (MAP)
  • 768 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton, Ontario, L9C 0C5 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

CIC offers bus transferring. Service options offered are airport pick-up, regular rider, door-to-door pickup.

The regions CIC offers busing from are:

  • Hamilton

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"Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grades 9 to 12 programs. Our Total Care Education System® caters to every student’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs. We are #1 in offers of admission from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and McMaster University. We are also #1 in scholarships awarded by universities. We offer the exclusive University of Toronto partnership program in Canada - the Elite Pathway Partnership Program."

  • Canada's largest boarding school
  • Total Care Education System® - Total Learning, Total Living, Total Development, Total Communication
  • Offers Grade 9-12 , ESL, and Summer Camp, Short-term/Exchange programs
  • Offer the only official University of Toronto partnership program - the Elite Pathway
  • Leadership programming and The Duke of Edinburgh award ( Bronze, Silver and Gold)
  • University Partners® provide exclusive scholarships to graduates
  • University of Toronto's official Global Partner School
  • # 1 in university admissions and scholarships among all high schools in Canada
  • Separate residences for boys and girls with door-to-door school bus transportation
  • Official Test Centre for IELTS

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Message from school leadership

Diana Reid, Principal


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 our brochure and 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 [email protected].

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