Academic Life

BCIT has six academic schools. Learn more about each school's programs, course and faculty by visiting its web pages:

Starting on the right foot

You will start your full-time program with orientation. This first day, you will apply for your student card, receive your timetable, and explore the campus. Through Orientation activities, you will be introduced to the people, departments, and services that will make your experience here successful and fun.


The Student Information and Enrolment Services department registers students for Part-time Studies courses, answers general information inquiries, arranges appointments for program advisors, and refers inquiries to specific areas of the Institute for further assistance.

Program Advising staff assess applications for Part-time Studies program approval. They also help prospective students by providing information on BCIT and its programs through e-mail, by phone and in person.

The Admissions department processes all applications for full-time programs and creates a confidential online record of applications received.

Counselling and Student Development offers professional, confidential, and free problem-solving assistance in personal realms for students accepted into a BCIT program. Counselling services' free Student Development and Wellness Workshops teach ways of taking your study load in stride.

The BCIT Library has all the resources you need to achieve your best at BCIT. Your BCIT ID card is also your library card - use it to borrow books, DVDs, videos, a laptop, an iPad, or access online journal articles and ebooks from the library website. The BCIT Library has casual as well as quiet spaces for individual and group study sessions, bookable group study rooms, and computer labs, including the 24/7 ehPod on the first floor of the Burnaby Campus Library. Librarians are available in person, by phone, or email to answer your questions and help you with your research and assignments. Phone: 604-432-8370, e-mail:

The Learning Commons is a combination of space and services, designed to help you succeed at BCIT. Located at the Burnaby Campus Library, the Learning Commons offers:

The BCIT Bookstore is fully stocked with required books, supplies, software, stationery, and other items. The BCIT Bookstore is also online for off-campus shopping. Phone: 604-432-8379, e-mail:

The MediaWorks lab provides assistance with the production and editing of film, video, PowerPoint presentations, overhead transparencies, graphics, slides, use of multimedia software, laminating and video/audio dubbing.

The BCIT Physics Department operates a Physics Learning Center for all students taking physics at BCIT. The center is staffed by department instructors regularly in SW3-4785 (September-May). All students are encouraged to drop in with their physics work. Ask your physics instructor for specific hours this term, or check out the schedule on the door.

The Disability Resource Centre provides educational support and services for students with learning or visual disabilities, mobility or hearing impairments, or other special needs. Phone: 604-451-6963, e-mail:

Aboriginal Services strives to enhance First Nations participation, retention, and success at BCIT by delivering culturally appropriate services and programs for students of Aboriginal ancestry, including status and non-status people, Métis and Inuit. Phone: 604-432-8474 e-mail:

Student Judicial Affairs
BCIT is a learning community committed to providing a safe and civil environment, which is respectful of the rights, responsibilities, well-being and dignity of all its members. Students at BCIT may exercise their individual rights and freedoms subject to the rules, regulations and discipline of the Institute and subject to respect for, and protection of, the rights of other members of the BCIT community. BCIT policies and procedures ensure that all members of the community benefit from the promotion of these values.