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 2020 Program Orientations will be held starting January 2nd, 2020 and will vary by program.

International Students

Visit International at BCIT for details on the Winter 2020 International Orientation. The International Student Orientation is for all new international students beginning a full-time program at any BCIT campus in January 2020 (including incoming exchange students).

International students who are new to BCIT School of Business Part-Time Studies are also invited to the BCIT Business Part-Time Studies Orientation. The orientation workshops will help participants succeed in BCIT business programs. Topics include communication, study and time management, teamwork dynamics, and much more.

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, Marine, and Downtown campuses and at various spots across the Burnaby Campus.

The Wayfinding Stations will be setup on January 2nd. 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 January 8th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Great Hall, building SE2 on the Burnaby Campus, to sign up for clubs and activities that you can get involved with during your time as a BCIT student.

Kick Start Services and Vendors Expo

Being a student can be challenging, and sometimes we need support from others to help us succeed. Check out the Kick Start Services & Vendors Expo January 7th from 10:30am to 1:00pm 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.

Your January 2020 Kick Start Calendar of Events is now available below. Check out the full details of events and activities available to all students on all BCIT campuses. Connect with your peers and learn about the many services in place to help you succeed during your time here.

Week of January 1 to 3

Thursday, January 2

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations
8:00am to 10:00am - Main Entrances to NE1, SE16, and SW1, Burnaby Campus
4:00pm to 6:00pm - Main Entrances to SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus

Kick Start Campus Tour
10:30am to 11:30am - SW1 Room 1303, Burnaby Campus
Meet in front of the Student Life Office and join Student Life Ambassadors for a tour of the Burnaby Campus. You will have a chance to learn about the various services and supports available to you throughout your time at BCIT.

Week of January 5 to 11

Monday, January 6

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations
5:30am to 7:00am - 1st Floor Entrance, Annacis Island Campus

7:00am to 8:30am - 1st Floor Atrium, Aerospace Technology Campus

8:00am to 10:00am - Main Entrances to NE1, SE16, and SW1, Burnaby Campus
4:00pm to 6:00pm - Main Entrances to SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus

9:00am to 11:30am - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus
4:00pm to 6:00pm- 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus

Tuesday, January 7

Breakfast Club
8:00am to 10:00am - SE2 2nd Floor, Burnaby Campus

It's hard to succeed on an empty stomach. Our wellness team is happy to provide you with a free healthy breakfast to start your day off right. First come, first serve, while supplies last!

Services & Vendors Expo
10:30am to 2:00pm - SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus
Come learn about the various on-campus services available to all BCIT students, and get free prizes and information from off-campus vendors. 

Kick Start Campus Tour
2:30pm to 3:30pm - SW1 Room 1303, Burnaby Campus
Meet in front of the Student Life Office and join Student Life Ambassadors for a tour of the Burnaby Campus. You will have a chance to learn about the various services and supports available to you throughout your time at BCIT.

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations

4:00pm to 6:00pm - Main Entrances to SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus
4:00pm to 6:00pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus

Wednesday, January 8

Clubs Day
10:00am to 2:00pm - SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus
Sign up for clubs and activities that you can get involved with throughout your time as a BCIT student. 

Kick Start Campus Tour
3:00pm to 4:00pm - SW1 Room 1303, Burnaby Campus
Meet in front of the Student Life Office and join Student Life Ambassadors for a tour of the Burnaby Campus. You will have a chance to learn about the services and supports available to you throughout your time as at BCIT.

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations
4:00pm to 6:00pm - Main Entrances to SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus
4:00pm to 6:00pm - 1st Floor Lobby, Downtown Campus

Thursday, January 9

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations
4:00pm to 6:00pm - Main Entrances to SE16 and SW1, Burnaby Campus

Week of January 12 to 18

Monday, January 13

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Glow week is going to be 'lit'. Cover yourself in glow sticks, UV paint, a neon splaterred shirt, and illuminate under black lights. Register for Flow Week to participate in our Neon Spin Classes, Glow Zumba, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball and a Yoga Rave. Check our Facebook page for registration details. #letsglowcrazy

Tuesday, January 14

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Glow week is going to be 'lit'. Cover yourself in glow sticks, UV paint, a neon splaterred shirt, and illuminate under black lights. Register for Flow Week to participate in our Neon Spin Classes, Glow Zumba, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball and a Yoga Rave. Check our Facebook page for registration details. #letsglowcrazy

Wednesday, January 15

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Glow week is going to be 'lit'. Cover yourself in glow sticks, UV paint, a neon splaterred shirt, and illuminate under black lights. Register for Flow Week to participate in our Neon Spin Classes, Glow Zumba, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball and a Yoga Rave. Check our Facebook page for registration details. #letsglowcrazy

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. 

Thursday, January 16

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Glow week is going to be 'lit'. Cover yourself in glow sticks, UV paint, a neon splaterred shirt, and illuminate under black lights. Register for Flow Week to participate in our Neon Spin Classes, Glow Zumba, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball and a Yoga Rave. Check our Facebook page for registration details. #letsglowcrazy

Mindfulness Drop-In
12:30pm to 1:00pm - 8th Floor Room 810, 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. 

Friday, January 17

Glow Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Glow week is going to be 'lit'. Cover yourself in glow sticks, UV paint, a neon splaterred shirt, and illuminate under black lights. Register for Flow Week to participate in our Neon Spin Classes, Glow Zumba, Glow in the Dark Dodgeball and a Yoga Rave. Check our Facebook page for registration details. #letsglowcrazy

Zen Lounge
10:00am to 3:00pm - SE2 3rd Floor, Burnaby Campus

To help students enhance their physical and mental well-being, aka de-stress and relax, the BCITSA Wellness Department offers a free Zen Lounge massage outreach clinic Fridays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Vancouver Career College Registered Massage Therapy students provide 30 minute treatments to students up to 3 times per term. 

Week of January 19 to 23

Sunday, January 19

Sweat Lodge Ceremony
9:00am - 4:00pm - SW1 Room 1521, Burnaby Campus

Register at Indigenous Services.

Monday, January 20

Kick Start Wayfinding Stations
7:30am to 9:00am - 1st Floor Entrance, Marine Campus

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Try all recreation classes during Free Trial Week January 20-24. Register at the Recreation Services front desk on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled. 

Tuesday, January 21

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Try all recreation classes during Free Trial Week January 20-24. Register at the Recreation Services front desk on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled. 

Wednesday, January 22

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Try all recreation classes during Free Trial Week January 20-24. Register at the Recreation Services front desk on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled. 

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. 

Thursday, January 23

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Try all recreation classes during Free Trial Week January 20-24. Register at the Recreation Services front desk on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled. 

Mindfulness Drop-In
12:30pm to 1:00pm - 8th Floor Room 810, 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. 

Friday, January 24

Rec Week
Various Times - SE16 Recreation Services, Burnaby Campus

Try all recreation classes during Free Trial Week January 20-24. Register at the Recreation Services front desk on a first come, first serve basis until all spots are filled. 

Fresh Fruit Friday
8:00am to 8:30am - SE2 2nd Floor, Burnaby Campus

Need a healthy snack? Stop by and grab a free peice of fresh fruit to help fuel your day. First come first serve while supplies last!

Zen Lounge

10:00am to 3:00pm - SE2 3rd Floor, Burnaby Campus

To help students enhance their physical and mental well-being, aka de-stress and relax, the BCITSA Wellness Department offers a free Zen Lounge massage outreach clinic Fridays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Vancouver Career College Registered Massage Therapy students provide 30 minute treatments to students up to 3 times per term. 

Welcome Back Feast
11:00am to 2:00pm - SW1 Room 1521, Burnaby Campus

Kick Start feedback

BCIT's Student Life Office is working to continuously 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.