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Information for Students

*Note: All information marked with an asterisk indicates that this content has been added/updated in the last 48 hours. If you have a question that has not been addressed here, please email covidinfo@bcit.ca

Program delivery

Courses for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters are being delivered either online or in a blended learning format (online and on campus). Program delivery formats are tailored to the specific requirements of each program, and BCIT is committed to delivering an exceptional learning experience for all students, whether online or on campus. 

To find out whether your program will be delivered fully or partially online, please refer to your program page, or view fall program delivery modes

Applications are still open for many programs. Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants and to answer admissions-related questions.

Student Services

During the remote learning period, BCIT’s student services and supports have transitioned to remote delivery methods, with a select few offering limited in-person services on an as-needed basis. For an overview of available services and current contact methods, please visit Services & Supports During COVID-19.

International students

BCIT International is committed to guiding and supporting international students in starting their Fall 2020 term at BCIT. For assistance, please contact isc_info@bcit.ca and our dedicated staff will help navigate you through the available resources.

Please follow the links below to find useful information about the admissions process for new international students, updated travel and immigration measures, medical insurance updates, and more.

New Students
Find out about updates relevant to newly admitted international students starting their program in fall 2020.

Returning Students
Learn about updates that may pertain to you if you are a current or returning international student in fall 2020.

Travel & Self-Isolation Plan
International students planning to travel to Canada must submit a Travel & Self-Isolation Plan to BCIT

In addition to the information shared here, you may find our COVID-19 FAQ for International Students page helpful.

The Institute is required to adhere to Provincial and Federal government requirements with respect to arriving international students, including measures for:

  • Pre-arrival planning and communication with students/co-arriving family members on legal requirements to quarantine or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival
  • Transportation upon arrival to quarantine location (including avoidance of public transit)
  • Quarantine supports (e.g. location options; resources for food/medical care; social/mental health supports)
  • Regular and robust monitoring during 14-day period for COVID-19 symptoms, wellbeing and compliance
  • The process for care should a student develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • Contingency for additional supports if a student should become ill during quarantine

As well, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training requires post-secondary institutions to provide weekly reporting that includes:

  • Number of new international student arrivals;
  • Number of students in quarantine
  • Any incidents of international students in quarantine who have tested positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period
  • Number of students cleared to attend classes at the end of self-isolation period

COVID-19 return to BCIT

Your safety is our first priority. As BCIT campuses gradually re-open, we will carefully assess any activity or study that requires students to return to specific on-campus programs is compliant with safe work protocols as determined by Public Health, the BCCDC, and WorkSafeBC.

If you are a student in a program that has been approved to return to campus, follow the safety guidelines below. Your actions are critical to protecting not only your health but also that of your classmates, instructors, and the community.

Safety Guidelines

Before you return to campus

1.      Complete the COVID-19 and pandemic online course

This mandatory 30-minute self-registration online course, “Student Awareness on COVID-19 and Pandemic Exposure Control Plan” will provide critical information to help protect your health while reducing risk to others while you are on campus. You are required to take this course once, prior to returning to campus. To access the course:

a.      Login to the BCIT Learning Hub at learn.bcit.ca

b.      The course will be listed in your My Courses listing

2.       Health screening

The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool can be used to help assess symptoms and determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. Use the tool before attending campus.

When you’re on campus

When you are on campus, be vigilant about following the safety rules below. Remember, you are protecting yourself and others. If you feel sick, notify your instructor(s) and do not come to campus.

Safety rules:

  • Do not come to campus if you are sick or exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19, a cold or the flu.
  • Do not come to campus if you are self-isolating.
  • Maintain physical distance (2 metres) at all times.
  • Do not touch your face unless your hands have just been sanitized.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands both before and after class, before and after using the washroom, and often throughout the day.
  • Use the washroom one person at a time.
  • Pay attention to and follow directional and informational signage.
  • Do not share items such as tools, computers, or equipment unless they can be properly disinfected between use.
  • Clean all tools or equipment you have used, as instructed.
  • Follow all specific posted safety guidelines when using on-campus facilities including labs, shops, and recreation facilities.
  • Avoid large gatherings in common areas.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your health and safety at BCIT, report to your instructor and to ssemohs@bcit.ca

More information

Find more information about health and safety at BCIT:

Health and Safety at BCIT

Student Orientation

The COVID-19 Student Orientation [PDF] contains information for students returning to BCIT programming and campuses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This information outlines safety guidelines which are consistent with those of BC’s Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC, as well as a link to the Pandemic Exposure online course.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Students

Winter 2021 semester

General Student Questions

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International Students