British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby

Burnaby, Canada

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British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby - Overview & Background

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was established in 1964. BCIT’s focus lies in creating a job-ready workforce that would be able to contribute from day one of industry employment. The students are rigorously trained in current advanced technologies through industrial partnerships, fieldwork, and other on-campus practical sessions.
BCIT has six schools under it, and they are:

  • list items The school of business
  • list items School of computing & academic studies
  • list items School of construction & the environment
  • list items School of energy
  • list items School of health sciences
  • list items School of transportation 
  • BCIT is present in five main campuses, namely:

  • list items Burnaby Campus
  • list items Downtown Campus
  • list items Marine Campus
  • list items Aerospace Technology Campus
  • list items Annacis Island Campus
  • Additionally, they operate on various satellite campuses across British Columbia too. Burnaby Campus is the largest campus and houses various specialized learning spaces, labs, simulators, shops, and other main facilities. Downtown campus is home to technological education and Information Technology learning space. Aerospace Technology campus is widespread and has 20 aircrafts thus making BCIT the second-largest aerospace training provider in Canada.

    Marine Campus has an indoor pool and advanced simulators allowing marine engineering students to have practical experiences in a safe environment. Annacis Island campus offers programs that deal with heavy mechanical trades.

    BCIT offers over 300+ programs. Around 50000 students enroll in BCIT annually including both full-time and part-time students.

    Established 1964
    Founder Kathy Kinloch
    University Type Public Research University
    University Motto To each their highest attainment
    University City Burnaby, British Columbia
    Acceptance Rate 85%
    Faculty to Student Ratio 1:20
    Endowment CAD$2.33 billion
    Campus Size 400 acres
    Graduation Rate NA
    Employment Rate 98%
    Official Website Link British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada
    Contact Details +1 604-434-1610


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    BCIT has an Aerospace Technology Campus which covers an area of  300,000 square-foot containing  20 aircrafts that include a Boeing 737 and an airport control tower simulation technology. BCIT has a fully-equipped radio and television studio, an automated manufacturing robotics lab, an interactive fire simulation theatre, a fully operational pulp mill, and a forensics lab.

    BCIT is the only institute in western Canada that offers a training program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. The other research facilities in BCIT are Centre for applied research and innovation, the Centre for the architectural ecology, and TEC Hub.

    BCIT has a huge library with a large collection of books. The library also provides various facilities and resources to help and support students. BCIT also houses Ehpod which is a late-night study space that is open until three in the morning every day. BCIT has a recreation, sports, and fitness center that offers students various classes for yoga, Pilates, martial arts and Dance. The Burnaby campus has student health services that provide medical care to the BCIT students all year round.


    Residing Options

    BCIT offers on-campus, off-campus and short-stay options for students. The on-campus housing facilities are available on the Burnaby campus. The housing complex in the Burnaby campus can accommodate over 300 residents and is situated near the sports fields and other recreational facilities. The complex contains suites made of two floors and is to be shared by 12 students.

    The rooms are well-furnished with all the basic amenities. A fully functional kitchen is provided to the students to cook their food. Short stay and apprenticeship are provided at the BCIT student housing on a first come first serve basis. BCIT partners with My Ideal Home Network and provides the database of available off-campus housing options for students.

    On-campus facilities are not available for international students who are pursuing the course part-time.


    Financial Aid

    BCIT operates a Student financial aid and awards office that provides guidance on various financial aids and awards that are available for students and eligibility requirements to obtain it. The office helps and supports the students with emergency funding, all the information related to scholarships, loans, and bursaries offered by BCIT and other external sources, and other financial plans that suit the specific requirement.

    Emergency loans are repayable and are provided to students who are experiencing an unexpected delay in other loans. Emergency Bursary is a non-repayable loan provided to students based on financial status. Part-time students are offered grants based on the program that they are pursuing and financial status.

    The part-time grants are offered by a federally funded program, namely The Canada Student Grant and Loan program. BCIT provides general awards like AACE Canada Scholarships for eligible students in the fields of engineering, building construction, construction management, business, computer sciences, and  the disciplines that are related to cost control and grants from Aircraft Electronics Association Educational Foundation for eligible students in avionics, aircraft maintenance, and repair programs.

    Some of the other general scholarships include the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance Scholarships and Awards, BC Hydro – Power Pioneer Youth Community Service Awards and  BC Technology Scholarship.

    Other scholarships offered by BCIT are scholarships for Indigenous Students : 

  • list items The Norma Rose Point Student Success Grant for Aboriginal Students
  • list items Irving K. Barber Scholarships
  • list items Women in Technology Scholarships
  • list items Students with Disabilities scholarships
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    Jobs and Placements

    BCIT maintains a 98% placement record of the degree graduates for the year 2019. BCIT provides student employment services that support and help students to learn skills that are needed to get employed. They maintain a web-based portal called eJobs that has all the current job listings by the employers. Regular workshops are conducted by each school specific to the field of study to aid in employment. Job fairs are conducted regularly for students to connect them with employers.


    Notable Alumni

    Some famous alumni from British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby include:

  • list items Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Activist and politician, a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada
  • list items Scott Langejan, Better known by his stage name Langdon Auger, is a Canadian rapper and producer from Victoria, British Columbia
  • list items Gillian Findlay, Canadian television journalist who has worked for the CBC and ABC
  • list items Mike McLarnon, Canadian former politician, who represented the electoral district of Whitehorse Centre in the Yukon Legislative Assembly
  • list items Dagmar Midcap, Canadian-born American media personality, weathercaster and actor originally based in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • list items Blake Price, Canadian Sports Broadcaster. He is most recently an anchor on TSN's SportsCentre and a co-host of the most popular sports radio show in Vancouver, "Sekeres and Price Show"
  • list items Donald Blake Rix, Canadian pathologist, philanthropist, community volunteer, and businessman
  • list items Dan Rogers, Canadian politician. He was the mayor of Prince George, British Columbia
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    British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby Location

    BCIT has five main campuses. All the campuses are accessible by Translink. The campuses are also interconnected by the Translink and SkyTrain services.

  • list items The Burnaby Campus is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way.
  • list items The Downtown Campus is in the main centre of Vancouver and is located very near to the Granville Skytrain Station.
  • list items The Marine Campus is located in North Vancouver near the Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus terminal.
  • list items The Aerospace Technology Campus is located in Richmond near Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal.
  • list items The Annacis Island Campus is located in Delta in Cliveden Avenue of British Columbia. Students can cycle to school, and they are provided with bike parking areas.
  • BCIT has partnered with companies like Car2go, Evo and Zipcar to provide students with alternate ways of transportation like carpooling and share cabs. BCIT has bookstores in Burnaby and downtown campuses which provide trades safety gear, art supplies, health supplies, gifts, stationery, and snacks along with books. 

    British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby Map Location

    Address: SW 3, White Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2, Canada


    Frequently Asked Questions about British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Is British Columbia Institute of Technology GOOD?

    The British Columbia Institute of Technology is a great place to study. Its students get the technical know-how, practical experience, and problem-solving abilities necessary to accept complexity and drive innovation in a workforce that is undergoing fast change. Its network of alumni and partners continues to achieve global success through close industrial collaboration.

    Is BCIT a recognized university?

    The provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board has recognized and fully accredited the degrees awarded by BCIT. The delivery of specific courses may incorporate two or more of the following options: daytime or evening, on-campus or online, clinical rotations, and/or distributed learning. Many programs are offered for full-time or part-time study.

    How much does it cost to apply to BCIT?

    BC post-secondary institutions may raise tuition fees by 2% each year. The maximum per level or term charge for full-time technology and degree study students who enroll for courses on a course-by-course basis is between about $2,683.62 and $5,412.12 and is based on a set amount per credit.