NJC at a Glance

60 years in 3 minutes


Too few Canadian students – just 12 % – study abroad. And that is hampering innovation,
social development, and global awareness.
Globe & Mail, February 3, 2012

Academic excellence

Student-centred education, enhanced by experience – that is the NJC approach.
Progressive and thought-provoking, NJC experiential education is:

  • presented in context of history and potential outcomes
  • designed to stimulate interaction
  • provides a profound and personal understanding of what is learned

A rigorous academic program provides the foundation for all educational experiences at NJC. For details on all courses offered at NJC, please contact our Director of Admission Brenda Neil.

Pension boarding experience

Making the leap from classroom learning to real world experience; understanding that learning happens anywhere and everywhere. That’s why NJC students live with a local French-speaking family, a unique experience that:

  • offers immersion in European culture that changes perspective,
    deepens understanding
  • improves French skills and fluency at all levels of ability
  • leads, most often, to lasting friendships with our boarding or ‘pension’ families

Find out more information about our pension’ boarding

Educational travel

Being in the heart of Europe means that historic sites, museums, scientific centres and natural wonders are often just a short journey away. Every effort is made to make educational travel part of the curriculum; examples include:

  • exploring the World I and World II battlefields, concentration camps and memorials that make history come alive
  • seeing how Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette lived at the magnificent palace of Versailles to comprehend the French Revolution
  • touring the world-famous CERN facility where physicists are solving the mysteries of the universe

Curriculum-based, faculty-guided travel gives students the chance to experience Europe in a safe, nurturing environment. 

In addition to organized class trips, students who have shown they are academically sound and behave responsibly are permitted three weekends of independent travel per semester to experience nearby cities like Vienna, Munich, Paris, Brussels and Milan on their own. These weekends away help students:

  • develop maturity and self-confidence
  • appreciate and respect different cultures and people
  • build a sense of responsibility and self-reliance

International service

NJC offers students the option of participating in international volunteer projects in developing countries with NGO partners like Free the Children/ME to WE and Habitat for Humanity. As a result, our students:

  • gain a deeper understanding of social justice issues
  • develop greater empathy for people living in difficult circumstances
  • become mindful of their ability to make a compassionate difference