British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a post-secondary institution in Burnaby, British Columbia. It offers over 360 full time and part time courses in various fields including Engineering, Business, Health Sciences and Trades and Trainings. The medium of instruction for the courses offered by the institute is English.
The institute is well known for offering the only Prosthetics and Orthotics Program in Western Canada. The combined honours program of Biochemistry and Forensic Science is also the only such program offered in the region. It is the largest institute in West Canada for trades training and apprenticeship courses.
Why Choose BCIT?
Ranking and Standings
- Webometrics University Rankings- 65 (Canada)
- Webometrics University Rankings- 781 (continental)
- Webometrics University Rankings- 3388 (global)
- UBC and BCIT jointly support combined program in Biochemistry and Forensic Science.
- Curriculum for part-time courses on Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, made in collaboration with Microsoft.
- Features - Robotics Lab, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, Centre for Architectural Ecology, Interactive Fire Simulation Theatre and a fully operational pulp mill.
- Annual technology conference-'BCTECH Summit': largest in Western Canada.
- 96% graduates successfully placed in relevant industries.
- BCIT Centre for Applied Research working on high tech cannabis research.
- BCIT Forensic DNA Lab is the most advanced in the country.
- “Digital Technology Supercluster” – a business initiative backed by BCIT, receives government funding.
- Most of the Apprenticeship Training Programs in the province are provided by BCIT.
|Type of Institute||Public|
|Intake for Full-Time Courses||16600|
|Intake for Part-Time Courses||31600|
|Percentage of International Students||9.37%|
|Faculty members (full-time)||1800|
|Faculty members (part-time)||600|
|Average Tuition Fee for Degree Program (International)||CAD 13500 – CAD 19500|
|Average Tuition Fee for Diploma Program (International)||CAD 16500 – CAD 20000|
|Tuition Fee full-time Degree Courses (Domestic)||CAD 2121.00 – CAD 5410.00|
|Test Scores Accepted||IELTS, TOEFL|
Campus and Residence
5 campuses and various satellite campuses in British Columbia.
- Primary campus
- Location: Trans-Canada Highway at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way.
- Housing facilities- available
- Location- middle of Vancouver, close to Granville Skytrain Station
- Location- North Vancouver, close to Lonsdale Quay and Seabus Terminal
- Western Canada’s only Marine Engine Room Simulator
- Location- Richmond
- Close to South Terminal for Vancouver International Airport.
- 300,000 ft campus- fleet of 20 aircraft with airport control tower simulation technology and a Boeing 737
Annacis Island Campus
- Location- Delta
- Offers motive power programs
- Two types of housing– On Campus and Off Campus.
- Available for full time and part-time students.
- Home stay for International students.
- Burnaby Campus- Maquinna Residence
- Accommodation: 333 students
- Location: Near sports field and recreational centre
- Seven houses with four suites- shared by 12 residents
- Each suite- two floors, fully furnished rooms, two kitchens
- Prepare your own meals
- One residence advisor
- Accessible suites for students with disabilities
Collaboration with My Ideal Home Network and Rent Hello to arrange for Off-Campus housing for the students.
How to Apply?
- First-year students; apply online after acceptance into the program
- Deadline (Fall Term)- June 1
- ISEP students assessed at level 5 or 6 for residence allotment
For Exchange and Study Abroad Students application for residences has to be made through their housing coordinators.
- Over 360 full time and part time courses in 6 schools of study –
- School of Business
- School of Computing and Academic Studies
- School of Construction and the Environment
- School of Energy
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Transportation
- Offers research opportunities.
- For International Candidates: English as a Second Language (ESL) course
- Offers Distance and Online Learning and Co-operative Education.
- Offers the opportunity to future students to become “Student for a day” and attend a class in the course of their choice.
- Statement of Completion
- Associate Certificate
- BCIT/Industry Partnership
- Advanced Certificate
- Advanced Diploma
- Bachelors Degree
- Graduate Certificate
- Master Degree
- Applied and Natural Science
- Business and Media
- Computing and Information Technology
- Health Sciences
- Trades and Apprenticeship
- Completed high school equivalent to Grade 12 in Canada.
- For degree courses, 2 years diploma courses
- International students-
- Six months of work experience in the relevant field for degree courses.
- Two years of full-time education in English from English speaking nation/completed English 12 or equivalent.
- English language proficiency test scores- ISEP, PELD, and PTE Academic or qualify TOEFL or IELTS.
- Previous credentials to be assessed by International Credential Evaluation Service.
- Supporting documents – Letters of reference, Proof of Status in Canada (for foreign students).
- Official Transcripts – Previous courses, high school and post-secondary or as required for the particular course.
When to apply?
- Application for full-time programs- September.
- Application for part-time courses– September, January and April.
- Trades and Technical studies and Apprenticeship Programs can be applied for throughout the year.
How to Apply?
- Choose preferred course and apply at secure.bcit.ca/sis/apply/ by creating BCIT ID.
- Submit supporting documents and transcripts online in PDF format.
- Pay application fee via cash/Debit Card/cheque/money order.
- Cheque or Money Order payable to British Columbia Institute of Technology.
|Domestic Students||CAD 90|
|Foreign Students||CAD 154|
|Deadline (full time)||November 1st|
What After Admission?
- International students apply for study permits after receiving acceptance letter.
- Application for the study permit.
- All study permits to be submitted to International Student Centre (ISC) Burnaby campus, ISC downtown campus or Aerospace Technology Campus.
Cost and Expenses
|Domestic Students||Foreign Students|
|Full time/Cohort Degree and Graduate Study Program||CAD 2121.00 – CAD 5410.00||Full-time Cohort Degree and Graduate Study Program||CAD 5410.00 – CAD 11290.00|
|Full Time/Cohort Technology Fee-||CAD 2481.00 – CAD 3657.00||Full Time/Cohort Technology Fee-||CAD 7656.00 – CAD 11290.00|
|High Tech Professional and Digital Arts Program||CAD 3927.00 – CAD 5962.00 and CAD 6236.00 – CAD 15564.00||High Tech Professional and Digital Arts Program||CAD 4908.75 –CAD 7750.60 and CAD 6113.75 - CAD 16801.25|
|Trades and Technical Studies||CAD 1664.00 – CAD 10,101.00||Trades and Technical Studies||CAD 5786.00 – CAD 15546.00|
|Long Term Stay||Short Term Stay|
|Rent per month||CAD 610||Rent per night||CAD 24.50|
|Damage Deposit||CAD 300|
|Activity Fee||CAD 64||Parking per week||CAD 15|
|Parking per month||CAD 60|
- Offered in the form of Student Loans, Entrance Awards, Graduate Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships.
- Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) funds developmental programs like ESL for foreign students.
- For students with highest average score in first year.
- BCIT Achievement Award for exceptional performance, significant leadership skills.
- BCIT Graduating awards for highest average marks in final year.
- No application is needed for the Graduate Awards.
- Some of the mentionable Graduating awards and scholarships are –
- Advanced Diploma Graduating Achievement Award.
- Board of Governor’s Award for Leadership.
- Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Technology
- President’s Award
- Governor General’s Academic Medal.
- Awarded to permanent Canadian residents only.
- Overall GPA required- at least 60%.
- Submit application to BCIT Student Financial Aid and Awards Office.
- Awarded based on academic performance, demonstration of leadership skills and contribution to school activities.
- Recipients- full-time students.
- Applications to be submitted at
Student Financial Aid and Awards
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Building SW1, Room 2132
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
or via email to email@example.com.
- Some mentionable Entrance Awards –
- Nightingale Electrical Award – Value is CAD 5000.
- Dr John Blatherwick Entrance Award – Value is CAD 2058
- Canfor Trades and Technology Entrance Awards – Value is CAD 2500
- Construction Industry Training Organization of BC Award – Value is CAD 3758
- GFTC Legacy Fund Entrance Awards – Value is CAD 5000
- 175000 alumni worldwide.
- Median annual salary for graduates from degree courses is CAD 65000.
- Students completing an apprenticeship- hourly wage offered CAD 31.
- After Diploma and Certificate courses- hourly wage offered- CAD 21.
- Alumni network helps the graduating students in funding and guidance.
- Offers awards based on academic excellence to students.
- Offers networking opportunity to students and members via events.
- Issues Alumni Card to members for CAD 35 (5 terms) or CAD 65 (10 terms).
- Benefits for alumni –
- Life, critical and disability insurance.
- Mortgage solutions
- Home insurances
- Bank Cards
Few Notable alumni are:
- Mozhdah Jamalzadah- Afghan singer
- John Shorthouse- Canadian Sports Commentator
- Rob Brown- Canadian Journalist
- Vera Kobalia- Georgian Politician