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International Student Services

International Peer Mentoring

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We are pleased to offer International Peer Mentoring in partnership with the BCIT Student Association to help new international students transition to life at BCIT and make important social connections. Please see the below information for anyone potentially interested in participating.

 

On this page:

  1. Overview
  2. Fall 2021 Schedule
  3. New student registration
  4. Volunteer to be a mentor

 

Program overview

International Peer Mentoring is a free peer-to-peer social support program that connects new international students starting their first term at BCIT with a mentor who is a continuing student in good academic standing. By registering as a mentee, you and up to 3 other new international students will be matched with an International Peer Mentor before your program starts and through the first two months of the term. Mentors will be able to share their perspective and knowledge of student life at BCIT and the Metro Vancouver area as well as to do their best to answer questions or refer mentees to appropriate resources. Your mentor will likely be a different nationality than you and taking a different program than you at BCIT.

This program is intended to provide:

  • Social connections and networking opportunities for all participants
  • Peer support and general information for new students
  • A valuable leadership opportunity for mentors

Fall 2021 program schedule

Note that all International Peer Mentoring events are planned to be run virtually online for the Fall 2021 term due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

New student registration

Registration is required and spaces are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis until we reach capacity. Registration for the Fall 2021 term will open in late July. Instructions for how to register will be posted on this page and an invitation to register will be emailed to new international students admitted to programs starting in Fall 2021.


Volunteer to be an International Peer Mentor

Continuing BCIT students in good academic standing are encouraged to apply to volunteer as International Peer Mentors. It is a unique opportunity to volunteer in a leadership role within the BCIT community and to make a real difference in the lives of new international students – all while having fun and enjoying fantastic benefits! Both international and domestic students are welcome to apply.

The total time commitment for mentors is estimated to be around 6-7 hours in total throughout the months of August to October. Upon successful completion of all mentoring duties, volunteers will receive a $30 gift card, an official letter of recognition from BCIT/BCITSA, and some complimentary BCIT gear.

Before applying, check the program schedule and note that additionally all volunteer mentors are required to attend an online International Peer Mentor Meet & Greet from 5-6 pm on Tuesday, August 10. The Zoom meeting link will be provided to successful applicants.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the Fall 2021 term, you may apply by sending an email to international.mentoring@bcit.ca with:

  1. Your name
  2. Your BCIT student number
  3. A brief explanation of why you would like to serve as an International Peer Mentor (maximum 100 words)

Mentor applications will be accepted until August 1st or whenever all positions are filled.