NITEP is unique in that applicants who qualify complete the first two years of study at field centres around the province or at an urban focus centre on campus in Vancouver.
In the field centres, students complete post–secondary arts and science courses that relate to elementary or secondary school subjects, education courses, and education field placements. After completing their work at the field centres, students transfer to the UBC Vancouver campus to complete the remaining one or more years of their degree requirements.
The locations of NITEP field centres are agreed upon jointly by the representatives of the First Nations Communities, universities, colleges, UBC and cooperating school districts. Presently, field centres are located in Lillooet and on the UBC Vancouver campus. The new Fraser Valley field centre will open in September 2016. Field centre locations are subject to change.