International Orientation

International Orientation events are scheduled throughout the year at Burnaby, Downtown and Aerospace Technology Campus.

These events are a great opportunity for international students to receive important information and to make connections with each other. See below for upcoming events and tips for transitioning to life at BCIT.

Please note that program orientations are separate from International Orientation.

Fall 2019 International Orientation

Fall 2019 International Orientation will take place on August 28-29.

Newcomer to Canada Workshops - Wednesday, August 28
Join us for workshops that have been especially designed for international students who are new to Canada. Topics to be covered include medical insurance, Canadian culture and stereotypes, multiculturalism, public transportation, housing, local etiquette, and much more!

Welcome Ceremony & BBQ Party - Thursday, August 29
Let us welcome you with a special ceremony led by BCIT International staff that will include an exciting surprise team building component. Afterwards, enjoy a BBQ lunch with your new friends in a fun atmosphere!

Please see the Fall 2019 International Orientation Schedule for more details.

Attendance is optional, but all international students starting programs in the fall term are encouraged to attend. Capacity in each of the orientation event venues is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

International Student Entry Program Orientation

All new students starting the ISEP program are required to attend the ISEP Orientation which combines the program orientation with an international orientation and is co-hosted by the ISEP program area and by the International Student Centre.

Highlights of the ISEP orientation include:

Upcoming Dates:

ISEP Orientations happen six times per year. Formal invitations will be sent to all new students who have registered for the ISEP program.

Info Session: Working in Canada 101

Are you considering working in Canada? If so, this session is a must! Find out about regulations pertaining to working in Canada and some great tips on how to find a job and launch your career. Co-presented with BCIT Student Association Career Services.

Upcoming Dates:

Info Session: The Post-Graduation Work Permit Explained

Would you like to stay in Canada and work after you graduate? Learn about the eligibility requirements and other important considerations at this important info session.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Burnaby Campus: Thursday, October 17th, 5:30-6:30 pm, SE2 212C ("Town Square C")
  • Downtown Campus: Thursday, November 28th, 4:00-5:00 pm, Room 688
  • Burnaby Campus: Tuesday, December 3rd, 5:30-6:30 pm, SE2 212D ("Town Square D")

Pop-up International Student Centre at ATC

Drop by our Pop-up ISC to grab an International Student Guide booklet or for more information regarding study permits and status in Canada, eligibility to work while studying, post-graduation work permits, medical insurance in Canada, as well as other services and opportunities for international students.

Upcoming Dates:

Tips for preparing before you arrive in Canada

  1. Apply for a study permit as early as possible, and an Electronic Travel Authorization, if you are required to have one.
  2. Research housing options and make sure you have somewhere to stay when you arrive.
  3. Book your airline ticket, and plan for local transportation from Vancouver International Airport to your accommodation.
  4. Learn about resources available for newcomers to British Columbia.
  5. Consider transportation options for getting to/from BCIT and familiarize yourself with local public transit or parking at BCIT.
  6. Learn about how medical insurance works for international students.
  7. Register for International Peer Mentoring.
  8. Follow the BCIT International Student Centre Facebook Page for important news and updates.

Tips for a smooth transition after you arrive in Canada

  1. Settle in to your new accommodation and explore your new neighborhood. If you're staying in rental housing, make sure to get a signed copy of your rental contract and detailed receipts for any payments you make (learn more about tenants' rights in BC at
  2. Attend International Orientation events, your program orientation and other BCIT Kick Start events.
  3. Read through the International Student Guide and familiarize yourself with the many student services available to you at BCIT.
  4. Provide your original study permit or other status in Canada documents to staff at the International Student Centre at BCIT.
  5. Pick up your BCIT Student ID Card.
  6. Apply for British Columbia's Medical Services Plan (MSP), BC's provincial health care system.
  7. Set up a Canadian bank account and learn how to manage your finances in Canada.
  8. Get connected with a phone and internet connection, and make sure to stay in touch with your family and friends back home – they care about you!
  9. Buy a Compass Card to be able to use public transit, and make sure to register your card at
  10. Get a BC Services Card/Driver's License, which is the officially recognized ID card of British Columbia (not available for exchange and study abroad students).
  11. Join the BCIT International Social Club and make new friends from around the world!

We look forward to welcoming you to BCIT!

Please contact if you have any questions.