Kick Start and Program Orientation

Whether you are a new student or returning student, BCIT Kick Start events are a great way for everyone to "kick start" their BCIT experience. Come out and meet the people who are excited to help you succeed and learn more about the community of support you can tap into.

Student Services Wayfinding Guide

Your BCIT Student Services Wayfinding Guide [PDF] highlights some important resources for all students across all campuses. Use this guide to find a range of FREE services available to all students.

Kick Start Calendar of Events

The Kick Start Calendar of Events [PDF] provides opportunities for you to connect with your peers and learn about the many services and supports in place to help you succeed throughout your time at BCIT. Sign up or drop in to as many events as you like and Kick Start your BCIT experience.

Please Note: The Welcome Back Feast will be held on September 15th, not on September 19th as shown in the Calendar of Events Posters. Please read the event details below for more information.

September 5 to 8

Tuesday, September 5

Kick Start Expo – 11:00am to 2:00pm – SE2 The Great Hall
After your student led tour of campus, join us in the Great Hall to find out about all the free services available to you at BCIT. Get expert advice, find out about support, play games, get freebies and don't miss out on over 30 student clubs along the "Clubs Corridor".

Program Orientations – Various times - Various locations
Meet your instructors and classmates and learn important information about your program.

Wednesday, September 6

Mindfulness Drop In – 2:30pm to 3:00pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
Learn how to practice mindfulness and how to fit it into your busy life to improve attention, reduce stress, and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Sessions are led by Judy Bushnell, MA, CCC, from BCIT Counselling and Student Development.

No registration required. Beginners welcome! We will be sitting on chairs (no need to bring a cushion or yoga mat), and no special clothing is required. Come as you are!

Strategies for a Smart Start – 3:00pm to 4:00pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
You've brought many learning skills with you from previous educational experiences - start now to fine tune and develop new learning skills you'll need for BCIT. In this session we'll discuss what it means to be a strategic learner, the learning activities you need to start right from day one, and how to improve concentration and make your memory work for you.

ATC Kick Start BBQ – 2:00pm to 5:00pm – Aerospace Technology Campus
Come and enjoy a free BBQ provided by your BCIT Student Association where you can "Meat and Greet" with staff, classmates, and all the service providers at your campus.

Thursday, September 7

Staying Motivated and Managing Time – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
BCIT peer tutors consistently report time management and organization skills as the two most important study skills students need in order to achieve success at BCIT. In this session we'll discuss strategies for sustaining motivation throughout the year as well as understand why we procrastinate and develop strategies for preventing it.

Friday, September 8

Musical Bingo: Kick Start Edition – 5:00pm to 8:00pm – SE2 Habitat Pub
Your first week is done! Come celebrate at the BCITSA's Habitat Pub and join in our FREE musical bingo to enter to WIN prizes! Please note this is a 19+ event.

September 11 to 15

Monday, September 11

Improve Memory – Improve Learning – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
At BCIT you'll be learning amazing new knowledge in your chosen fields. Every day as a student you'll be processing, practicing, and incorporating quantities of new information into your memory - for use on exams and later on the job. In this session we'll look at effective strategies for learning in problem solving courses, from textbooks and online, as well as in classrooms and labs.

Laser Spin 5:30pm to 7:00pm – SE16 Activity Room
Let the lasers guide you through some deep dark beats as you cycle uphill, downhill and all around. This energetic and upbeat group cycle class is full of fun twists and turns with a full laser show, projected light show and music that gives a whole new experience to traditional spin classes. Space is limited so grab your brightest gym attire and sign up for this amazing, one-time only, group cycle class. Glow painting will start at 5:30pm before the class begins at 6:00pm. Sign up here! 

Tuesday, September 12

Exam Prep Part 1: Classroom, Textbooks, Homework – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
Preparing for exams starts with attending class and engaging in active listening and learning and developing new skills and knowledge through practice. In this session we'll discuss strategies for effective note taking, reading and understanding your textbook and completing your homework.

Glow Zumba – 5:30pm to 7:00pm – SE16 Activity Room
Get moving and shaking with this amazing high energy dance in the dark class. Shake and dance to the beat as you light up the room with lasers, glow sticks and fun face paint. This latin inspired dance class with a hip hop twist lets you really cut loose and have a dance party. Grab some friends, some neon gear and sign up as space is limited for this latin dance rave. Glow painting starts at 5:30pm before the class begins at 6:00pm. Sign up here!  

Wednesday, September 13

Mindfulness Drop In – 2:30pm to 3:00pm – SE14 Room 303
Learn how to practice mindfulness and how to fit it into your busy life to improve attention, reduce stress, and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Sessions are led by Judy Bushnell, MA, CCC, from BCIT Counselling and Student Development.

No registration required. Beginners welcome! We will be sitting on chairs (no need to bring a cushion or yoga mat), and no special clothing is required. Come as you are!

Glow Dodgeball – 2:30pm to 4:30pm – SE16 Gym
Game on BCIT Glow-Getters! Show your dark moves while dodging the rainbow comets blasting at you. BCIT's first Glow in the Dark Dodgeball game will electrify the BCIT gymnasium this September! This fun game for everyone will be powered by glow sticks, black lights, glow in the dark paint and music! Glow painting will start at 2:30pm before the first game whistle at 3:00pm, so arrive early. No experience required. Sign up here!

Day 1: Writing Centre and Peer Tutoring – 2:30pm to 4:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303

Thursday, September 14

Exam Prep Part 2: Crunch Time – 5:30pm to 6:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
When it's time to demonstrate what you've learned, be strategic about how you prepare and perform. In this session we'll discuss approaches to exam preparation that will make you more efficient and effective as well as strategies to improve your exam writing performance.

Yoga Rave – 5:30pm to 7:00pm – SE16 Activity Room
BCIT's first yoga rave ever will debut this September! This high energy yoga class will feature glow sticks, black lights, glow in the dark paint and upbeat music! Yoga mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. Glow painting will start at 5:30pm before the class begins at 6:00pm, so arrive early! Everyone is welcome, no experience needed. Sign up here!

Friday, September 15

Welcome Back Feast – 11:00am to 1:00pm – SW01 Room 1521 Aboriginal Services
Aboriginal Services welcomes all new and returning Aboriginal students for a feast and welcome from BCIT staff, mentors and industry. Welcome begins at 11am and food will be served at noon.

September 18 to 22

Tuesday, September 19

SA September Fest – 11:00am to 1:30pm – SE2 Great Hall
Join your BCIT Student Association in the Great Hall to grab free snacks, learn about our services, and win some great prizes!

Join our @BCITSA social media to enter to WIN monthly giveaways!

Wednesday, September 20

Aboriginal Orientation – 2:30pm to 4:00pm – SW01 Room 1521 Aboriginal Services
Orientation for Indigenous students, starts at Aboriginal Services, the gathering place. The orientation includes a tour of places on campus (including the Sweat Lodge) and important information for students to know. The tour will be led by an Aboriginal Peer Mentor and Aboriginal Services staff. Looking forward to a great year!

Mindfulness Drop In – 2:30pm to 3:00pm – SE14 Room 303
Learn how to practice mindfulness and how to fit it into your busy life to improve attention, reduce stress, and promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Sessions are led by Judy Bushnell, MA, CCC, from BCIT Counselling and Student Development.

No registration required. Beginners welcome! We will be sitting on chairs (no need to bring a cushion or yoga mat), and no special clothing is required. Come as you are!

Meet your Peer Tutors – 2:30pm to 3:30pm – SE14 Learning Commons Room 303
Come by and meet this year's group of peer tutors. Learn about how peer tutoring can help you succeed at BCIT.

Monday September 18 to Friday September 22 – Various Times

Fall Intramural Registration – All day – SE16 Recreation Services
Take part in BCIT Intramurals to meet new people, get active and have some fun! Grab a team registration form, or sign up as an individual at the Recreation Services front counter from September 5th to 15th.

Free Trial Week – All week – SE16 Recreation Services
Not sure which fitness class to join? Free Trial Week is your chance to try out as many fitness classes as you want for FREE! Already registered for a class for the term? You can still try different classes or join your class and get an extra week on us. Sign-up for Trial Week classes at the Recreation Services front counter. Be ready for fun! Trial Week classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis until classes are full.

Science Literacy Week – All week – SE14 Library
During the week of September 18 – 22, the BCIT Burnaby Campus Library will be showcasing various events, games and student displays in celebration of Science Literacy Week. Some of the FREE activities include:

  • Mechanical Student displays
  • Tech showcase, come and see what we have to offer in the Library
  • Acoustic walk
  • + more

Program Orientation

September 5, 2017

The program orientation information for September 2017 will be available in mid-July, 2017.

Choose your school from the list below and find your Program Orientation location and time.

September 6, 2017

Go directly to your first class as indicated on your timetable.