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So, you’re planning to travel to Canada to study at BCIT. It’s the start of an exciting new part of your life and you want to make sure to be well-prepared. Follow the pre-arrival checklist below to stay on track!

1. Study permit

Study permits are required for almost all international students coming to study in Canada. Visit Study Permit: About the process for more information, and be sure to apply for your study permit as early as possible!

You must satisfy BCIT’s study permit requirement, or an alternative requirement in special circumstances. Failing to provide proof of your study permit by the deadline could result in you being withdrawn from your program.

2. Travel plans

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has introduced travel restrictions and additional requirements for any travelers arriving in Canada from another country, including a mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Carefully review and follow all of the steps in our Travel to Canada Guide to ensure that your travel plans are successful.

3. Housing

It is very important to make arrangements so that you have a safe and secure place to live when you arrive in BC. Visit BCIT Student Housing to learn about on-campus and off-campus housing options in Metro Vancouver. For more information, visit Find a Place to Live.

4. Medical insurance

International students must have basic medical insurance throughout their studies. Depending on the type of program you take at BCIT, you may be charged along with your tuition fees and and enrolled in temporary private medical insurance with Guard.me International. Once you arrive in BC, you should apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) as soon as possible.

5. Orientate yourself

Take advantage of all the various orientation resources available for BCIT students, including:

6. Stay tuned

In the months before your program begins at BCIT, you may receive important information in your @my.bcit.ca email inbox. Make sure to check these emails and to respond as required.

Following BCIT, BCIT International, and the Student Association on Facebook is also a great way to keep up-to-date.

7. Resources for newcomers

Visit WelcomeBC and MOSAIC to learn about some of the resources that are available for newcomers to BC.