Best Things To Do In March

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March is coming! It could be warm and breezy today and bone-chilling tomorrow. So, we’d remind all the students to dress for the weather, eat well and keep fit. Aside form your regular routines, the Student Development Office is offering a slew of exciting activities in March – community service, sports, special meals, movies… Each day will be packed full of fun!

Mar 2nd (Fri):

Mapleview Shopping

Mar 3rd(Sat):

30 Hour Famine

Mar 4th(Sun):

  • Toronto Raptors
  • HSBC Chilly1/2 Marathon & Frosty 5K

March 5-6(Mon、Tue):

March Orientation

March 7(Wed):

ICS South America

March 10-12(Sat – Mon):

  • Duke of Edinburgh at Bark Lake
  • Niagara Falls

March 12(Mon):

Ontario Gleaners

March 12-16(Mon – Fri):

March Break

March 15-20(Thu – Sun):

Model UN trip in NYC

March 16-17(Fri、Sat):

Wizard World

March 21(Wed):

ICS Mexico lunch

March 23(Fri):

Movie: Tomb Raider

March 24(Sat):

Leadership Retreat

March 29(Thu):

International Fashion Show

March 30(Fri):

Good Friday Holiday

March 31(Sat):

  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Afro Fest
  • Buttons and Bows

Any questions, please visit the Student Development Office at S244.

Campus Tours Help With Your University Decisions

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It’s late February now and university offers are arriving in a matter of just weeks! Many students will be facing a pleasant challenge: to pick one from multiple offers. In order to help them make the final choice, the University Placement Office (UPO) have arranged an array of university tours in March and April.

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology,Saturday, March3,Sign up by Friday, February 23
  • Western University,Saturday, March 10,Sign up by Friday, March 2
  • University of Waterloo,Saturday, March 10,Sign up by Friday, March 2
  • University of Toronto (St. George Campus),Saturday, March17,Sign up by Friday, March 9
  • University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus),Saturday, March24,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • York University,Saturday, March 24,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • University of Toronto (Mississauga Campus),Sunday, March 25,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • University of Guelph,Sunday, March 25,Sign up by Friday, March 16
  • Brock University,Sunday, April 8,Sign up by Friday, March 30

Campus tour is a great way to explore your university and program options. Admission Officers and student ambassadors will be on site to give walking tours and get your questions answered one-on-one.

Ready to sign up?  For each tour, there’s a $10 fee to be paid at the College Store and you’re also required to sign up at the UPO.  There are limited spots for each tour, so register as early as possible. 

2017  University Tours Videos

University of Toronto, St. George Campus

McMaster University

York University

Spirit Week Unites CIC Community

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Spirit week is back! This biannual tradition features four unique dress-up theme days: pajama, jersey, cultural and wacky. The fun starts every morning before class. You can play hilarious games that will add some excitement to your day.

Students and teachers as well are getting dressed in probably the most outlandish outfits or dazzling costumes you’ve ever seen. Most importantly, be creative and show off your unique identity!

CIC is a community of 1800 students from over 70 countries. Spirit Week provides a great opportunity to foster cultural confidence and advocate inclusiveness on the campus. For more information, please contact the Student Development Office.

Spirit Week Photo Galleries:

Columbia Acknowledged for Ensuring Student Safety and Wellness

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On January 13th, 2018, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto held a forum on Chinese students’ safety and wellness in Canada. Columbia International College, The University of Toronto, and a select educational associations were acknowledged for their tremendous contributions to ensure students’ overall health and safety.

Zhuang Yaodong, the acting Chinese Consul General in Toronto, said there are 80,000 Chinese students in Ontario and Manitoba and some have encountered safety and mental health issues.

He cautioned that 2017 saw a rise in scams targeting Chinese students and many victims have suffered economic losses and psychological impact.

Mr. Clement Chan (right) , Executive Director of Columbia Intentional College, received a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mr. Zhuang and delivered an address on how Columbia has been helping numerous young students grow up in a safe and healthy environment since 1979.

Mr. Chan said: “Different from domestic students, international students do not have a home to return to after school. Therefore, schools which offer only academic programs are not providing sufficient services to care for them.”

“Remember, the young students are not coming to Canada just to study, they are here to grow up with us. ”

Mr. Chan stressed that young students need support and guidance in a holistic way — caring services to support their Academic, Social, Emotional and Physical (ASEP) needs.

Columbia has been looking after students with its unique ASEP Total Care Education System® for almost 40 years. It has grown to become North America’s largest boarding high school.

How I Scored 9.0 in IELTS Listening and Reading?

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Relax and don’t stress out – it’s a simple but useful exam tip from Justin Wong, a Grade 12 student at Columbia International College who scored Band 9 in both Listening and Reading in his first IELTS attempt in Dec 2017. He spent a total of two days preparing for the exam and achieved a whopping overall Band of 8.5.

“For listening and writing, I watched  YouTube videos and reviewed some past exam questions.” Justin said. “I didn’t practice for writing. The most important thing is the structure – don’t go off topic.”

Justin left Hong Kong at age 14 and entered Grade 10 at Columbia. “I learned English under Hong Kong’s IGCSE system.” He said. “But 90% of the time we spoke Cantonese. ”

He describes Columbia as a great place to mingle with students from different countries in class, sports, community services, cultural events and so on.

“Only 10% of my friends are from Hong Kong and that helps with my English.”

Justine believes time management is vital in achieving a balanced life style. He usually finishes most of the school work before going back to the residence and spends the evening working out in gym, hanging out with friends or peer tutoring fellow students.

Justin is graduating in May 2018 and he hopes to study business in university.

University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Students Took The Stage At Cedar Talent Show

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Columbia’s Cedar Campus held its annual Talent Show on Nov 29th. ESL and Junior Middle School performers took the stage and showcased great singing, dancing and instrumental performance skills.

The event drew a full house to the auditorium which was decorated with Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.  Even “Santa Claus” was invited to watch the show and hand out treats to the audience!

We’re impressed with the abundance of talents that we have at CIC. Thumbs up!  Keep up the great job.

Here’s the Talent Show program list and photo album:

  • Piano by Adina
  • Singing (Chinese) by Barry
  • Guitar by Tomas
  • Sing (Russian) by Aidana
  • Dance Solo by Maria
  • Singing (English) by Jasmine
  • Singing (Cantonese) by Arron
  • Dance by JMS boys
  • Singing (French) by Noe
  • Singing & Guitar by Arron (JMS)
  • Singing (English) by Aidana & Noe
  • Group Dance by Latin group



Our team building outing at Bark Lake

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On November 2nd, The Bark Lake Programs Team created a full day schedule suited to our objective and the group size of the operations team at CIC . The team was encouraged to work outside of our comfort zone when collaborating in smaller groups. We had the opportunity to have some friendly competition when we took part in the Bark Lake Scavenger Hunt. Teams needed to strategize in order to earn the most points before time was up.

It was a great way to use each other’s strengths and reconnect with colleagues whom we don’t normally have the chance to work so closely with. As a Manager, it was an eye opening experience to see so many paths we can take, which all bring us to reach the common target. The team building event helped to create an awareness that all members in all roles are important and required to accomplish our goals. Having visited Bark Lake numerous times in the past, this was a great way to come together and see Bark Lake’s site in a different light.

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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ESL Students Awarded for Hard Work and Character

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At Columbia, we honor students who excel in both academics and character building. At the ESL award ceremony held today (November 8), over ten students were recognized for earning top marks in ESL courses and showing positive character traits.

The award recipients were:

  • Kovaleva Dariia for achieving 1st place in ESLEO
  • An Yuting for achieving 1st place in ESLCO
  • Cheng Zixuan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Kuanysh Sultan for achieving 1st place in ESLDO
  • Wu Qiutong for displaying responsibility
  • Zhang Zehong  for displaying care
  • Lyu Yingwei, Tan Xinyi and Zhu Mini for displaying perseverance
  • Kuanysh Sultan, Dai Yu, Gui Luofei, Haisoa Hsu-Ching and Tan Wenxu for displaying caring

Columbia Principal Steve Saunders, Vice Principal Nancy Baker and ESL Department Head Jeremy Galea handed out certificates to the recipients and encouraged them achieve greater achievements.

Congratulations to all the award winners! Well done and keep up the great work!