Winter 2019 International Orientation - Burnaby Campus
A number of orientation events are available to give new international students a chance to connect with each other and to receive important information on a variety of important topics. Please note that program orientations are separate from International Orientation.
International Orientation Welcome Reception
Info Session: Finding Balance through the 8 Dimensions of Wellbeing
Info Session: Medical Insurance for International Students
Info Session: Working in Canada 101
Tips for preparing before you arrive in Canada
- Apply for a study permit as early as possible, and an Electronic Travel Authorization, if you are required to have one.
- Research housing options and make sure you have somewhere to stay when you arrive.
- Book your airline ticket, and plan for local transportation from Vancouver International Airport to your accommodation.
- Learn about resources available for newcomers to British Columbia.
- Consider transportation options for getting to/from BCIT and familiarize yourself with local public transit or parking at BCIT.
- Register for International Peer Mentoring.
- Follow the BCIT International Student Centre Facebook Page for important news and updates.
Tips for a smooth transition after you arrive in Canada
- 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 tenants.bc.ca).
- Attend International Orientation events, your program orientation and other BCIT Kick Start events.
- Read through the International Student Guide 2018
- Provide your original study permit or other status in Canada documents to staff at the International Student Centre at BCIT.
- Pick up your BCIT Student ID Card
- Apply for British Columbia's Medical Services Plan (MSP), BC's provincial health care system (not available for exchange and study abroad students).
- Set up a Canadian bank account and learn how to manage your finances in Canada.
- 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!
- Buy a Compass Card to be able to use public transit, and make sure to register your card at compasscard.ca.
- 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).
- Join the BCIT International Social Club and make new friends from around the world!