International Orientation

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

Join us for a brief welcome reception, enjoy some fun activities with other new students, and learn more about other upcoming orientation events. Light refreshments will be provided.

When & where: Monday, January 7th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Town Square A/B

Info Session: Finding Balance through the 8 Dimensions of Wellbeing

A healthy lifestyle is a balanced lifestyle! Learn about holistic approaches to wellness, important resources on campus, and simple techniques to help you find your inner balance while being successful at BCIT.

When & where: Tuesday, January 8th, 5:30 - 6:00 pm, SE6 233 (Telus Theatre)

Info Session: Medical Insurance for International Students

Did you know that medical insurance coverage is required for all BCIT students? Find out what BC MSP is and why you need it. Plus, learn more about temporary private insurance coverage and the BCIT Student Association Health & Dental Plan.

When & where: Tuesday, January 8th, 6:00 - 6:30 pm, SE6 233 (Telus Theatre)

Info Session: Working in Canada 101

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.

When & where: Thursday, January 10th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, SE6 233 (Telus Theatre)

Please contact if you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to BCIT! In the meantime, please see below for tips to help you before and after arriving in Canada. 

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. Register for International Peer Mentoring.
  7. 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 2018
  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 (not available for exchange and study abroad students).
  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!