Columbia International College
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Columbia International College
Columbia International College
1003 Main Street West

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Coordinates43°15?29?N 79°54?22?W / 43.258°N 79.906°W / 43.258; -79.906Coordinates: 43°15?29?N 79°54?22?W / 43.258°N 79.906°W / 43.258; -79.906
School typePrivate, Prep, Day and Boarding
MottoSeek, Strive, Succeed
PrincipalBill Ironside
Grades7-12,University Preparatory

Columbia International College is a private boarding preparatory school in the Ainslie Wood neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As of 2014, the school has students from over 70 countries.[1]

Columbia is a member of the Independent School Associations of Ontario (ISAO). The College is also registered with the Ministry of Education (Ontario)


Ainsliewood campus at 1003 Main Street West

Founded in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1978, Columbia International College began as a six-room university preparatory and ESL school on Mohawk Road West. It was known at the time as Columbia Secondary School of Canada. The school quickly outgrew this location, prompting a move to 430 East 25th Street in 1981 and another move to 1029 Main Street West in 1985; by this time, Columbia had a student population of 300. Ten years later, in 1991, Columbia Secondary School officially changed its name to Columbia International College.

The 1990s saw growth in Columbia's facilities, academic programs and student population. The school's climb in enrollment numbers resulted in a relocation to the Ainsliewood Campus in 2000. The school's current home is an 11,200 square metre facility located at 1003 Main Street West.


Columbia has six semesters: January, March, June, July, August and October. The school also offers year-round admission.[2]

Columbia International College has about 1800 students that are from 73+ countries.[3]

Testing services offered

Columbia is an Official Test Centre for:


Columbia International College currently has six single-gender residence buildings: three for males and three for females. The male residences include Oak Hall, Pine Hall, and Hamilton Plaza (Formally Crown Plaza Hotel). The female residences include Linden Hall, Pine Hall and Arkledun. [9]

Extracurricular activities

Columbia's Student Development Office assists students with their after-school schedules and events on campus and within residence. They offer clubs and activities based on Leadership, Arts, Community Service and Athletics.

Bark Lake Leadership Center

Bark Lake is Columbia's private Leadership and Outdoor Education Center. It is a 700-acre facility located in Haliburton County, Ontario.

Throughout the year, frequent trips are made to Bark Lake for students to complete leadership training.[10]


Year Name
2018 - current Bill Ironside
2016 - 2018 Steve Saunders
2007 - 2016 Ron Rambarran
1993 - 2007 Anna Shkolnik
1984 - 1993 Harold Mills
1981 - 1984 Mable Young
1979 - 1981 Christine Davis



  1. ^ College at a Glance - Columbia International College
  2. ^ "School profile". Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Discover Columbia". Columbia International College. Retrieved .
  4. ^ TOEFL Archived 2010-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ IELTS
  6. ^ MELAB
  7. ^ CAEL Profile for Columbia International College Archived 2012-11-26 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Secondary School Admissions Test Archived 2010-07-17 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Education in Canada

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