Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has established travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements that may affect international students. Before making plans to travel to Canada, please check IRCC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students.
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!
Once you have received your study permit, you must provide proof of it to BCIT by following the instructions at Study Permit Requirements. Failing to provide proof of your study permit by the deadline could result in you being withdrawn from your program.
2. Entry document
In addition to a study permit, international students are required to have an official document that allows them to enter Canada. Most international students will need to apply for either an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Visitor Visa.
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. Travel plans
Prepare to travel to BC by booking a flight if necessary and researching ground transportation options from Vancouver International Airport. We also suggest familiarizing yourself with local public transportation or student parking on campus if you plan to drive.
5. Medical insurance
Depending on the type of program you will be entering 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. For more information, watch our BCIT International Orientation – Medical Insurance video.
6. Stay updated
In the months before your program begins at BCIT, you may receive important information in your @my.bcit.ca email inbox. It is your responsibility to check these emails and to respond as required.