Fees & Financial Aid :: International Students

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Studying abroad at BCIT opens the door to experiences that are exciting and new, but some things, like figuring out school fees, can be a little confusing. To help you with calculating the cost of studying here, we've provided help on this page. The International Student Centre can provide further details if you need them.

Why international tuition fees exist

The International schedule of tuition is higher by a fixed proportion for all programs because it recovers the full costs of instruction, both direct and indirect.

Will your immigration status change soon?

If your immigration status changes on or before the refund deadline of a course (other than courses in the Bridging programs), the differential tuition fee will be refunded.

Tuition for full-time studies

U-Pass:
Total tuition cost listed in the full-time tuition schedules does not include the U-Pass BC fee. The U-Pass BC fee will be charged upon registration and is a mandatory fee for all eligible students.

Transfer Credit:
Where academic credit has been granted within a full-time studies program a student's course load will be reduced, however full-time tuition will not be reduced.

Technology programs and Bridging programs

The fees for Technology programs and Bridging programs include:

2015-2016 tuition effective August 1, 2015:

2016-2017 tuition effective August 1, 2016:

Degree & Graduate study programs

The fees for degree & graduate study programs include:

2015-2016 tuition fees effective August 1, 2015:

2016-2017 tuition fees effective August 1, 2016:

Trades & Technical Studies programs

The fees for Trades & Technical Studies programs include:

Note: Coveralls fees are included for applicable programs delivered at the following campuses: Annacis Island, Aerospace, and Marine. Students are required to supply their own coveralls for programs delivered at the Burnaby campus.

2015-2016 tuition effective August 1, 2015:

2016-2017 tuition effective August 1, 2016:



Tuition for part-time studies courses

Course fees are at the top of the search results from the Programs and Courses page:

Standard Part-time Studies courses for International students carry 2.5 times the fee.
Distance & Online Learning courses carry 1.25 times the fee.

As a student in part-time studies, you are required to pay service fees (building, student activity, registration and BCIT ID card). You can search for the cost of course materials and textbooks by accessing the BCIT Bookstore online.

Refunds for full-time tuition

Note: If you're a student in a Trades and Technical Studies programs and you want to withdraw voluntarily from your program, begin the process by first reporting to your classroom instructor. If you’ve been asked to withdraw from a course/program for reasons of discipline or unsatisfactory progress, you may forfeit any right to a refund under this section.

Program type Commitment fee Processing fee deducted from refund Deadline for refund eligible (latest acceptable withdrawal date*)
Trades programs lasting 20 weeks or less non-refundable $1000 10 business days after the start of class
Levels within a trades program lasting 20 weeks or less non-refundable $1000 10 business days after the start of class
Trades programs lasting 21 weeks or more non-refundable $1000 10 business days after the start of class
Levels within a trades program lasting 21 weeks or more non-refundable $1000 10 business days after the start of class
Airline and flight operations non-refundable $1000 20 business days after the start of class
Technology program fees: all full and part time day students non-refundable $1000 Withdrawal no later than 10 business days after the start of class
Degree & Graduate study programs: full-time
non-refundable $1000 Withdrawal no later than 10 business days after the start of class
High Tech Professional programs non-refundable

Refer to the specific program web page for all refund details for High Tech programs

If you withdraw for any reason, the application fee is non-refundable but tuition refunds are possible.

Study permits

Full-time programs

If you are accepted into a full-time program, you are automatically registered into all of the courses you need each term.

Deadline to submit your study permit

To maintain your conditional acceptance, please attach a copy of your valid study permit to your application at least 30 days before your program starts. You must then bring your original study permit to the International Student Centre (ISC) on or before your first day of class.

If you do not have a valid study permit 30 days before your program starts, notify Admissions immediately at admissions@bcit.ca.

If you do not submit a valid study permit at least 10 days before your program starts, you will be considered to have not met the conditions of your acceptance. You will be withdrawn from the program and will receive a refund of any tuition fees paid. The application fee and commitment fee are non-refundable.

Study permit denial

If your study permit application is denied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), you can request a 100% refund of all tuition fees paid (including the commitment fee):

Part-time programs

If you are studying part-time (course-by-course registration), you are responsible for registering yourself into the courses you need each term.

Deadline to submit your study permit

Please ensure that you have a valid study permit at least 31 days before your course starts, as this is the deadline to receive a full refund of part-time studies tuition. You must then bring your original study permit to the International Student Centre (ISC) on or before your first day of class.

Please note that if you withdraw less than 31 days before your course starts, the regular part-time studies refund policy applies.

Study permit denial

If your study permit application is denied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), you can request a 100% refund of all tuition fees paid:

International Student Entry Program (ISEP)

Study permit denial

If your study permit application is denied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), you can request a 100% refund of all tuition fees paid (including the commitment fee).

Submit the following documents to isepinfo@bcit.ca at least 10 days before your program starts:

Refunds and withdrawals from part-time studies courses

Submit your completed, signed withdrawal requests to Student Information and Enrolment Services before the refund deadline. After the refund deadline, you must complete a Part-time Course Withdrawal form [PDF] .

Even if you have missed the refund or withdrawal deadline, it is very important to notify BCIT of your intent to withdraw. Late withdrawals are subject to program area approval and will not be considered without applicable documentation. Remember to formally withdraw to ensure your permanent academic record, your GPA and your ability to qualify for future awards and recognition are not affected.

Refund information, including the deadline, will be provided when you register for a course. Special fees for some courses are non-refundable, and different refund requirements may apply.

Early Registration Refund Policy: Students who drop or transfer 30 days prior to the course start date will receive a 100-per cent tuition refund.

Although course refund deadlines vary, for most courses, you will receive a full refund, less 15 per cent, if you withdraw after the "Early Registration Refund" cut-off but before the deadlines.

Part-time Courses Deadline Refund
Classroom-based - Specific Course Start and End Date:

Any duration


Course is more than 4 weeks

Course is 4 weeks or less






31 days prior to the class start date


Prior to the 2nd class


One week prior to the class start date






100% tuition
refund

85% tuition
refund

85% tuition
refund
Distance/Online Learning - Specific Course Start and End Date:

Any duration


Course is more than 4 weeks

Course is 4 weeks or less





31 days prior to the class start date


Within 2 weeks of the course start date


One week prior to the class start date







100% tuition
refund

85% tuition
refund

85% tuition
refund
Distance/Online Learning - Course Begins the Day of Registration
(Continual Entry):


Course is more than 2 weeks

Course is 2 weeks or less






Within 2 weeks of registration/course start date

Not applicable







100% tuition
refund

No refund

Refund process

Refunds are issued by cheque only to the student (unless a third party was invoiced). Please allow up to four weeks for all refunds.

To follow up a refund request

In you have not received your refund, please contact Student Information and Enrolment Services at 604-434-1610 or toll free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and US only). Allow for processing—up to four weeks.

To transfer from one course to another

Visit us in person or call BCIT at 604-432-8816 or toll-free at 1-866-434-1610 (Canada and US only) to request a transfer from one course to another. The transfer is subject to a $16 fee and must be requested and processed before the refund deadline.