Updated July 31st, 3:00pm PST
We understand that COVID-19 presents many challenges to continuing your studies at BCIT. Our dedicated staff are committed to making your return to the new term as seamless as possible. Please see below for information that may be applicable to you as you make plans to start the fall 2020 term.
Most programs will be delivered entirely online for the fall 2020 term, but some programs will be blended – meaning there will be in-person and online components.
See Admission During COVID-19: Fall 2020 Program Delivery Modes (PDF) for details.
You may be able to continue your program online from outside of Canada if your program is being delivered entirely online in the fall 2020 term. Please note that you must complete at least 50% of your program in Canada to be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
If your program is a blended delivery mode and you are currently outside of Canada, you must prepare to meet all requirements to travel to Canada to continue your program. Please see below for more information about ‘Traveling to Canada’. If you are unable to meet requirements to travel to Canada to continue your blended full-time program, you must notify your program head of your situation and inquire about how to continue your program.
It is important to know if you are permitted to travel to Canada. Canada’s current travel restrictions may prevent you from being able to enter Canada until further notice.
To meet travel restriction exemptions as an international student and be able to enter Canada, you must:
1. Fulfill one of the following requirements:
- Hold a valid study permit, or
- Hold a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (study permit approval) issued on or before March 18, 2020, or
- You are entering Canada from the United States and you hold a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (study permit approval)
2. Provide proof that you are traveling for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose:
- Provide a letter from BCIT that your program has a blended delivery mode. See Admission During COVID-19: Fall 2020 Program Delivery Modes (PDF) to check your BCIT program’s delivery mode. If your program has a blended delivery mode, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a ‘Confirmation of Essential In-Class Instruction Letter’, or
- Provide other supporting documents from yourself that prove you are traveling to Canada for a non-optional or non-discretionary purpose.
Temporary residents with the exception of US Citizens also require a valid Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.
Visit BCIT Quarantine & Self-Isolation Plan (link to page) to find a comprehensive guide for your travel to Canada plan and how to meet the Federal government’s quarantine requirement and British Columbia’s Self-Isolation Plan requirement.
Note that these travel restriction exemptions can change, check the updated travel restrictions regularly as you make travel plans.
You may contact Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) directly for more information.
Basic medical insurance coverage is mandatory for all international students throughout the duration of their studies at BCIT. International students must have private basic medical insurance coverage for any period of time they will study at BCIT while they are not covered by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).
Visit Medical Insurance requirements at BCIT for the most up-to-date information.
If you have questions about Medical Insurance requirements at BCIT, please email email@example.com.
Counselling & Student Development is open and will continue to offer telephone and video appointments through the fall term to all enrolled BCIT students. If residing outside of Canada, students can call 604-432-8608 to book an appointment. Some service limitations may result due to jurisdictional, administrative, or clinical considerations, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Counselling & Student Development is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Pacific Time (PDT/PST) Monday to Friday.
For more information, visit Counselling & Student Development at BCIT.
The province of BC also provides Here2Talk, a 24-hour online mental health resource for post-secondary students who are inside or outside of Canada.
BCIT’s Early Assist Program is another way for students who are struggling personally or academically to be connected with appropriate support and services at an early stage. You may refer yourself or another student whose well-being you are concerned about.