The Business Management Studies (BMS) program provides an academic path for international and permanent resident students whose first language is not English (and do not meet the general English requirements) to enter a full-time diploma program in the School of Business at BCIT.
For some students who want to study a shorter program in business, the BMS program also provides an excellent opportunity to learn basic Canadian business skills and improve their English competency.
If you aren’t ready to study full time in the School of Business but want to attend during the day time, then this program will give you the necessary courses to enter into the diploma programs on a more gradual basis. You can study the first level of a program while continuing to work, or because you want to study in a less intense program. When you are finished the Business Management Studies program, you will be ready for advanced placement to level 2 of most diploma programs in the School of Business.
Students who don’t meet the regular entrance requirements can also enroll in this program and take the prerequisite English and Mathematics courses to ensure your application to the diploma program is complete.
International and ESL students sometimes find the challenges of a transition to Canada and instruction in English and the intense BCIT programming too much to meet. By studying in the BMS program, students can work up to the high level of work and English competency that is needed to succeed in the diploma programs.
The Business Management Studies program has several pre-entry levels of English language instruction available that help bridge you to the level of English you need to succeed at BCIT. Class sizes are kept small to ensure there is more attention to your individual needs.
At the end of the program, you will be eligible to receive an Associate Certificate and apply for entry into Level 2 of most business diploma programs at BCIT.
You will learn a broad range of basic business and academic skills needed to succeed in the diploma programs, and in business. Business topics include accounting, management, business math, economics, marketing and organizational behaviour. Additionally, your technical communications, interpersonal and oral fluency in English will be upgraded to meet BCIT's standards.
To give you a better understanding of what you'll learn and the activities you'll participate in, here's a closer look at specific course examples:
Students in the Business Management Studies program at BCIT are enrolled special sections of the courses which means that you will study many of your classes with the same group of students. Canadian students will also be studying in those same classes with you.
Small class sizes allow each student to get more individual attention which helps build valuable study and learning skills. Our instructors are professional business men and women who work in the field in which they teach, and have many years of experience teaching international students.
At the end of each term you will need to consult with your Program Head to determine which courses you need to take in the following term to complete the program and to prepare for entry to the diploma program. Since we have a number of students in each term with different educational and cultural backgrounds, the learning environment will be interesting and exciting with many different views and opinions on issues.
As a full-time student who is enrolled in this program, you will be spending about 22-24 hours per week in the classroom either working independently or in teams. Also, you will spend about 20 hours per week in study after school. You will learn through in-class work as well as after-class exercises that you are expected to complete on a timely basis. Managing your time in and after school is a very important factor for your successful completion of this program.
Learning in the classroom at BCIT may be very different than what you are used to. Instructors expect students to speak in class, offer their opinions and analysis, and to work closely in teams with other students. Employers in North America expect their employees to have these skills when they come to work in management. Therefore, throughout your time in the Business Management Studies program, you will be practicing and enhancing your skills in these areas.
Help for students is available through the BCIT Peer Tutoring system, which is free for students.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
BCIT School of Business diploma students may be eligible to study abroad at one of our educational partners. For more information, please contact the International Exchange Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students attending the program can apply for work visas after 6 months of full-time studies for up to 20 hours per week of work.
Graduates of the BMS program will have the skills to work at an entry level or junior position in the Canadian marketplace. Graduates are eligible to apply for a work visa through Citizenship & Immigration Canada.
More information on work visas is available.
You will learn much of what you need to know from the instructors in your class. All of your instructors have worked in industry, generally have advanced degrees in their field of expertise and are concerned about teaching. Using this background they are able to bring real-world examples and its application into the classroom. For our instructors, applying knowledge to the business world is central to what we do and you will learn.
You will also be learning from each other. Through team work, you will build on each others' skills and knowledge, and indirectly learn much about yourself and Canada.
As well, you may be learning from people in industry. In the first term there will be field trips into actual businesses to help you become acquainted with business environments firsthand. Later on in your diploma program, you will be expected to work for a business in an internship or on a supervised project.
You will also have the opportunity to join student run clubs on campus which engage in actual entrepreneurial activities, such as Enactus BCIT (formerly SIFE BCIT).
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