Kick Start and Program Orientation

Welcome to BCIT!

Kick Start is a month-long event full of activities to help you settle into BCIT. Attend your program orientation on the first day, or join us at the Kick Start Services Expo and Clubs Day to learn more about your new community and the various resources you can tap into during your time at the institution.

Program orientation

Now that you're at BCIT, the first step is to attend your program orientation. This is where you can meet your classmates and instructors, learn more about your courses and what to expect during your academic pursuits. 

Winter 2019 Program Orientation Dates

Winter program orientations will be held on various dates starting on January 2nd. Check your
myBCIT : Check Course Schedules in December for your Program Orientation details. 

International Students

Visit International at BCIT for details on the Winter 2019 International Orientation. The International Student Orientation is for all new international students beginning a full-time program at any BCIT campus in January 2019 (including incoming exchange students).

Kick Start wayfinding stations

It's your first day, but you don't know where to go? Look for one of our Kick Start Wayfinding Stations situated at the main entrances to the Annacis Island, Aerospace Technology, and Downtown campuses and at various spots across the Burnaby Campus. The Wayfinding Stations will be setup on January 2nd at the Burnaby and Aerospace Technology campuses, on January 7th at the Downtown Campus and on January 9th at the Annacis Island Campus. Kick Start volunteers will be available to help guide you on your first day. 

The Student Services Wayfinding Guide highlights key services available to you as a new student at BCIT - so be sure to download a copy of the guide before you arrive on campus! It'll be a lot easier to find your way around campus. 

Get involved

At BCIT, academics aren't the only factor that contribute to student success.

Clubs Day

Nurture your interests - join us for Clubs Day on the Burnaby Campus in building SE2 to get sign up for clubs and activities that you can get involved with during your time as a BCIT student.

Kick Start Services Expo

Being a student can be challenging, and sometimes we need support from others to help us succeed. Check out the Kick Start Services Expo in the Great Hall, building SE2 on the Burnaby Campus, and connect with a range of FREE student services that are available to support you.

Kick Start Calendar of Events

Kick Start doesn't end on your first day. We have activities planned for you throughout the month of January to help you 'kick start' your BCIT journey. 

Check out the Kick Start Calendar of Events below for the full schedule of events. Connect with your peers and learn about the many services in place to help you succeed during your time here.

January 2 to 4

Wednesday, January 2

Kick Start Wayfinding Station
7:00am to 8:15am - 1st Floor Atrium, Aerospace Technology Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Kick Start Wayfinding Station
8:00am to 10:00am - Main Entrances to NE1, SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

January 7 to 11

Monday, January 7

Kick Start Wayfinding Station
9:00am to 12:00pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Welcome Back Feast
11:30am to 1:30pm - SW1 Room 1521, Burnaby Campus
Indigenous Services welcomes all new and returning indigenous students for a feast and welcome from BCIT staff, mentors and industry. Welcome begins at 11:30am and food will be served at noon. 

Part-Time Studies Wayfinding Station
4:30pm to 6:30pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus, SW1 Entrance, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Tuesday, January 8

Services Expo
11:00am to 1:00pm - SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus
Come to the Great Hall to learn about the BCIT and Student Association services that are available, FREE, and here to help you succeed during your time at BCIT. Plus there will be free food, giveaways, and games!

Part-Time Studies Wayfinding Station
4:30pm to 6:30pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus, SW1 Entrance, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Wednesday, January 9

Kick Start Wayfinding Station
9:00am - 12:00pm - 2nd Floor Student Lounge, Annacis Island Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Clubs Day
11:00am to 1:00pm - SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus

Come to the Great Hall to learn about 20+ clubs that you can sign up for!

Part-Time Studies Wayfinding Station
4:30pm to 6:30pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus, SW1 Entrance, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Thursday, January 10

Part-Time Studies Wayfinding Station
4:30pm to 6:30pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus, SW1 Entrance, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

Friday, January 11

Part-Time Studies Wayfinding Station
4:30pm to 6:30pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus, SW1 Entrance, Burnaby Campus
Get help on your first day at BCIT! Kick Start volunteers will be available to help answer any questions that you may have. 

January 14 to 18

Monday, January 14

Sexual Assault Awareness and Resource Fair
11:00am to 1:00pm - SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus
Come and check-out the different services and resouces that BCIT and the external community has to offer to support survivors of sexual assault, as well as how we can begin creating a stronger culture of consent. 

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Tuesday, January 15

Sexual Assault Awareness and Resource Fair
11:00am to 1:00pm - NE1 1st Floor Lobby, Burnaby Campus
Come and check-out the different services and resources that BCIT and the external community has to offer to support survivors of sexual assault, as well as how we can begin creating a stronger culture of consent.

Creating a Culture of Consent
2:30pm to 4:30pm - SE2 Room 324, Burnaby Campus
This free, two-hour workshop, offered by the BCIT Student Association, will explore the myths and misconceptions about sexual violence. Through understanding to deconstruct violence, participants will learn about consent and setting healthy boundaries by recognizing the context, culture, and systems by which violence takes place. 

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Wednesday, January 16

Scholarship and Grants Workshop for Indigenous Students
1:30pm to 3:30pm - SW01 1521 Indigenous Services, Burnaby Campus
Our Indigenous Advisor and Financial Aid Advisor will be on hand to help explain the various sources of education funding that are available to you. Our Norma Rose Point Student Success (NRP) grants are open to all Indigenous students and have a deadline of January 28th

Mindfulness Drop-In
2:30pm to 3:00pm - SE14 Room 303, Burnaby Campus
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to our moment-to-moment experience with openness and curiosity. We all have this ability to come home to ourselves and find peace, even in the midst of stress and difficulty. 

Practice with other students in a friendly, relaxing environment. Beginners welcome. No registration required. 

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Thursday, January 17

Mindfulness Drop-In
12:30pm to 1:00pm - 5th Floor Room 553, Downtown Campus
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to our moment-to-moment experience with openness and curiosity. We all have this ability to come home to ourselves and find peace, even in the midst of stress and difficulty. 

Practice with other students in a friendly, relaxing environment. Beginners welcome. No registration required. 

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Friday, January 18

Welcome Back Feast
11:30am to 1:00pm - SW01 1521 Indigenous Services, Burnaby Campus
This is an invite to all indigenous students attending BCIT. Come join us to meet new friends, connect with a mentor and learn about what is offered to you at Indigenous Services. This is your home away from home. The Welcome Back Feast is offered as a drop-in event as students lunch hours are so different. Come share a meal with us. 

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

January 20 to 25

Sunday, January 20

Sweat Lodge Ceremony
9:00am to 4:00pm - SW1 Room 1521, Burnaby Campus
This spiritual ceremony is open to all BCIT staff and students. Please visit our website for more inforamtion. Register to attend at Indigenous Services (SW1 Room 1521). 

Monday, January 21

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus
Come check-out fitness classes during Recreation Services' FREE Trial Week, or register for Intramural Leagues! 

Tuesday, January 22

Rec Week

Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus
Come check-out fitness classes during Recreation Services' FREE Trial Week, or register for Intramural Leagues! 

Wednesday, January 23

Mindfulness Drop-In
2:30pm to 3:00pm - SE14 Room 303, Burnaby Campus
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to our moment-to-moment experience with openness and curiosity. We all have this ability to come home to ourselves and find peace, even in the midst of stress and difficulty. 

Practice with other students in a friendly, relaxing environment. Beginners welcome. No registration required. 

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus
Come check-out fitness classes during Recreation Services' FREE Trial Week, or register for Intramural Leagues!

Thursday, January 24

Mindfulness Drop-In
12:30pm to 1:00pm - 5th Floor Room 553, Downtown Campus
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention to our moment-to-moment experience with openness and curiosity. We all have this ability to come home to ourselves and find peace, even in the midst of stress and difficulty. 

Practice with other students in a friendly, relaxing environment. Beginners welcome. No registration required. 

Rec Week

Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus
Come check-out fitness classes during Recreation Services' FREE Trial Week, or register for Intramural Leagues! 

Friday, January 25

Rec Week

Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus
Come check-out fitness classes during Recreation Services' FREE Trial Week, or register for Intramural Leagues!


Kick Start feedback

BCIT's Student Life Office is working to continously improve orientation programming. If you have feedback on your new student experience, that you'd like to share, please email student_life@bcit.ca. Your feedback will help us to continue to expand and improve the welcome experience for all new BCIT students.