BCIT Kick Start


Whether you're a new student or returning student, your BCIT Kick Start events are a great way to "kick start" your BCIT experience. Come out and meet the people who are excited to help you succeed, and learn more about the community of support you can tap into.

Services map

Your BCIT Kick Start services map highlights some important places on campus that you'll need to know about during your time as a BCIT student.

Kick Start events

Your BCIT Kick Start event schedule is now available. Check out the full schedule or browse some of the highlights below. We'll also be running a series of social media contests over the first few weeks so follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more details. General BCIT Kick Start contest rules available here.

September 6 to 9

Tuesday, September 6

Orientation Expo – 10:00am to 2:30pm – The Great Hall
An opportunity for new students to learn about BCIT and SA services that are geared towards helping them succeed. Over 20 services will be present at the Expo with expert advice, interactive displays, and an opportunity for the students to meet the staff.

Over 100 of our upper year student leaders will be touring our new students around campus to help familiarize them to life at BCIT.

Program Orientations – 8:30am to 12:30pm - Various locations
Meet your instructors and classmates and learn important information about your program.

Wednesday, September 7

Campus Kick-Off at Habitat – 11:00am to 5:00pm – Habitat
The Student Association is pleased to open its doors to the newly renovated campus pub - Habitat. Come join us for some excellent food, experience the space, and win some awesome prizes as we will be hosting trivia games throughout the day. Please note this is a 19+ event.

Strategies for a Smart Start – 3:30pm to 5:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons
You've brought many learning skills with you from previous educational experiences - start now to fine tune and develop new learning skills you'll need for BCIT. In this session we'll discuss what it means to be a strategic learner, the learning activities you need to start right from day one, and how to improve concentration and make your memory work for you.

Thursday, September 8

SA Spotlight Day – 10:00am to 2:30pm – The Great Hall
An opportunity for all BCIT students to learn more about the amazing services and programs that the Student Association has to offer; including Career Services, Mentorship, Health & Wellness, and our new Entrepreneurial Services, to name a few of the many great services. Come and check out our booths, meet the staff, and walk away with some awesome giveaways.

Staying Motivated and Managing Time – 3:30pm to 5:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons
BCIT peer tutors consistently report time management and organization skills as the two most important study skills students need in order to achieve success at BCIT. In this session we'll discuss strategies for sustaining motivation throughout the year as well as understand why we procrastinate and develop strategies for preventing it.

Friday, September 9

Habitat Launch Party – 2:00pm to 9:00pm – Habitat
Join us for our official launch party! We invite all students and the BCIT community at large to come and check out our newly renovated pub–Habitat. You won’t be disappointed! With both classic favorites and new dishes on the menu, there is something for everyone. We will have special guest DJs from Blueprint spinning throughout the evening, and Musical Bingo to win some awesome prizes. Please note this is a 19+ event.

September 12 to 16

Monday, September 12

Health & Wellness Day – 10:00am to 2:30pm – The Great Hall
It is important to us that we provide students with programs to support them throughout the school year. Come and have a sneak peek at some of the awesome health and wellness programs the SA hosts throughout the year.

Processing New Course Content – 5:30pm to 7:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons
At BCIT you'll be learning amazing new knowledge in your chosen fields. Every day as a student you'll be processing, practicing, and incorporating quantities of new information into your memory – for use on exams and later on the job. In this session we'll look at effective strategies for learning in problem solving courses, from textbooks and online, as well as in classrooms and labs.

Tuesday, September 13

Be More Than a Bystander – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
BCIT partners with the Ending Violence Association of BC and the BC Lions to offer the 'Be More Than a Bystander' training. This 50-minute workshop challenges all of us to break the silence on gender-based violence, and equips attendees with strategies to intervene when they see sexual violence.

Clubs Day – 10:00am to 2:30pm – The Great Hall
Want to get involved? Meet new people? Or want to start a club of your own? Come and check out over 30 of our student clubs at our Clubs Day. Sign up for one of more of our exciting clubs and meet new people!

Better Results on Exams and Assignments – 5:30pm to 7:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons
When it's time to demonstrate what you've learned, be strategic about how you prepare and perform. In this session we'll discuss approaches to exam preparation that will make you more efficient and effective as well as strategies to improve your exam writing performance.

Wednesday, September 14

Recreation Services Grand Opening2:30pm to 5:30pm SE16
Learn more about the new interactive fitness centre during our Fitness Centre Open House.

Meet Your Execs – Vegas Style – 2:30pm to 5:30pm – The Great Hall
Join us at our Vegas style casino for your chance to meet your 2016-2017 Student Executives. They will be dealing, breaking and encouraging you to take home the big money/prizes! Free food and free play! This event is open to all ages.

Aboriginal Orientation – 3:00pm to 4:00pm – SW1 rm 1521 Aboriginal Services
Orientation for Indigenous students, starts at aboriginal services, the gathering place. The tour of places on campus (including sweat lodge) and student things to know will be led by an aboriginal peer mentor and aboriginal services staff. Looking forward to a great year!

Friday, September 16

Welcome Back Feast – 11:00am to 1:00pm – SW1 rm 1521 Aboriginal Services
Aboriginal Services welcomes all new and returning Aboriginal students for a feast and welcome from BCIT staff, mentors and industry. Welcome begins at 11am and food will be served at noon.

September 19 to 22

Fall Intramural Registration – All day – SE16
Intramural HYPE!!! Take part in BCIT Intramurals – who knows, it may be your last time to play organized team sports at school. Grab a team registration form, or sign up as a single at the BCIT Recreation front desk in SE16 from September 6th to 18th.

Rec Services – Free Trial Classes – All day – SE16
Check out some of the outstanding new classes Rec has to offer this Fall. Try one or try them all! Be active, be healthy and be happy!

Meet the Peer Tutors – 2:30pm to 4:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons
Come by and meet this year's group of peer tutors. Learn about how peer tutoring can help you succeed at BCIT.

Program orientation

September 6, 2016

Choose your school from the list below and find your program orientation location and time.

September 7, 2016

Go directly to your first class as indicated on your timetable.

Kick Start prep

Make your transition to life at BCIT smoother by taking care of these items early:

Check out bcit.ca/studentservices to find out about all of the amazing services available to you as a BCIT student. We're here to support your success.