BCIT follows a term system, offering three terms per year. Terms begin in September, January and April.
The total cost of most programs depends on the courses you choose to take. BCIT sets fees semester by semester for full-time programs, but even these have electives. Each elective and each course taken on a part-time basis has a fee, and in addition, some courses have textbooks or lab fees. There’s more information in Fees and Refunds.
Yes. For information on Canada Student Loans and Entrance Scholarships, please go to BCIT Student Financial Aid and Awards for information online, or call the department’s staff at 604-432-8555. Individual programs may have further ways in which you can receive financial assistance; see those FAQs.
BCIT’s programs are renowned for their learning through practical application, using a hands-on environment. During program development, senior people in a field are often consulted for their advice. In some programs, work placements also contribute to getting you ready to work at a beginning level immediately after graduating.
Check the BCIT website for classroom locations.
If your class is at the Burnaby Campus, building and room numbers are posted after 4pm, on the first night of class in the SW1 breezeway (across from Registration & Information), SE2 Bookstore, NE1 south entrance and the SE12 breezeway. Student guides will also be available to help during the first week of classes, in the SW1 breezeway, NE1 front entrance and the walkway near parking Lot 7.
Most courses require that a minimum number of students enroll in order to run. If that number isn’t reached prior to the course start date, the Program Coordinator may cancel the course. Full refunds are issued for cancelled classes. The best way to avoid cancelled classes is to register early.
You should always have a back-up plan in the event your course is cancelled. Based on what courses are available in that term, select one or two “second choices” that you could take if you are notified of a cancelled course.
Courses delivered via the Internet allow you to complete all course activities online. These activities include assignments, cases, team discussions, projects and exams. These courses also provide an instructor or tutor. Refer to Distance & Distributed Learning Web pages for further information.
Contact the BCIT Bookstore to order all distance & online learning course materials and textbooks. Course manuals, materials and textbooks are not included in tuition.
When placing your order with the Bookstore, you have the option of picking up materials in person or having them shipped to you by courier. View the Bookstore’s shipping & handling rate and the returns guidelines.
They are courses that have been fast-tracked because they are central to certain programs in the School of Transportation. They are offered together as a group over a short period of time during the day, in the evenings and/or as independent study. You can learn whether a program offers this option by looking up its details in Programs & Courses.
Yes, it is your responsibility to notify BCIT when you expect to graduate, by filling out the Application for Certificate form in your Student Handbook. Once you have earned the required core credits and elective credits, BCIT will send you an invitation to the next available graduation ceremony. Your credential will be mailed to you in the interim.
Your transcript can be viewed and ordered online: