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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. This program is currently available for international students enrolled in a full-time or part-time program, during their first term at BCIT.

 

Program Overview – Winter 2021

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.

Introduction Email

You can expect your mentor to send an Introduction Email to your myBCIT email address 1-2 weeks before your first day of class. You should reply all to this message and introduce yourself to your mentor and the other mentees in your group.

Program Kickoff Event

The Program Kickoff Event will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 5th, 5:30-6:30 pm. This will be an important opportunity to meet through video chat with your mentor and the other mentees in your group. We ask all participants to attend this event.

Group activities

Each mentor will organize two group activities to do together with all of their mentees. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of these activities will be run online. Each activity should take between 30-45 minutes and may be done in live time or by email correspondence.

Ongoing mentor guidance

Throughout the program, your mentor will be available if you have any questions, issues, or simply want to connect with a fellow student. Your mentor will also be in touch to schedule a one-on-one chat with you during the first weeks of your program. However, please note that mentors are not able to help with course work (visit Learning Commons for information about Peer Tutoring and academic support).

How to register as a mentee

New students wishing to register as a mentee for the Winter 2021 term should email international.mentoring@bcit.ca with your name and BCIT student number.

There is no fee to participate in this program but please note that capacity may be limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Volunteer as an International peer mentor

Continuing BCIT students in good academic standing may 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! International and domestic students are welcome to apply.

Mentors must be able to attend the Mentor Check-In on Tuesday, December 15th, 3:30 – 4:15 pm and the Program Kickoff Event on Tuesday, January 5th, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Upon successful completion of all mentoring duties, volunteers will receive an official letter of recognition as well as a $30 Amazon Canada gift card.

***All International Peer Mentor positions have been filled for the Winter 2021 term***

To apply to become an International Peer Mentor, please send an email to please send 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)