Part-time Studies Program Declaration

International students: Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

BCIT offers a wide variety of programs offered in a course-by-course format referred to as Part-time Studies.  Registration for part-time studies courses is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should be aware that space in courses is limited; some courses fill very quickly.

To maintain your study permit status, you must declare your Part-time Studies program online and enroll in a minimum of three courses (9.0 credits) per term. Review Part-time Studies study permit requirements and refund deadlines.

Program Declaration Request

Step 1: Choose your program

You need to know what program you want to study before you can apply.

Step 2: Meet the entrance requirements

To be successful in BCIT's applied learning environment, students must demonstrate English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. English requirements are program-specific. Find your program online and refer to the program entry details.

If your course or program does not have a specific English requirement, two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success.

Need to upgrade your English? BCIT offers English training.

For more information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Many courses needed to complete a program have prerequisites that are listed in the course description. Before registering, it is your responsibility to ensure you have completed the course(s) or can provide proof that you have skills and knowledge equivalent to those listed.

Step 3: Submit a program declaration

Declare your Part-time Studies program online using the BCIT Secure Information System:

  1. Create or search for your BCIT ID (student number).
  2. Follow the instructions to select and declare your program.
  3. Pay the declaration fee online by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express (payment is required or your application will not be processed).

Step 4: Receive notification

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Program declaration requests take approximately eight weeks to process.

Step 5: Request an international student verification letter (optional)

If you require a verification letter for Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), then visit International Letters of Verification and follow the instructions for submitting a letter request.