The British Columbia Institute of Technology (also referred to as BCIT), is a public polytechnic institution of higher education. The post-secondary institute has five campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region, with its main campus in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. There is also the Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond, the Marine Campus in the City of North Vancouver, Downtowncampus in Vancouver, and Annacis Island Campus in Delta. It is provincially chartered through legislation in the College and Institute Act. The school operates as a vocational and technical school, offering apprenticeships for the skilled trades and diplomas and degrees in vocational education for skilled technicians and workers in professions such as engineering, accountancy, business administration, nursing, medicine, architecture, and law.
BCIT was first established as the British Columbia Vocational School in 1960. When BCIT opened its Burnaby campus in 1964, initial enrollment was 498 students. As of 2017, enrollment has grown to 18,755 full-time students and 30,593 part-time students. Since its foundation, the institution has been home to over 125,000 alumni.
Your Student Experience
There’s a reason 96% of our degree graduates are employed. Whether you study health sciences, engineering, natural science, computing, transportation or business, BCIT will help you to build connections, develop practical experience and be prepared to get the career you want.
You’re all in this together.
BCIT’s cohort model means small class sizes and collaboration brings students together to work side by side with each other and with experts from industry. You will forge strong connections with your classmates and instructors throughout your time at BCIT. Your learning experience at BCIT may be intense, but you will graduate with industry ready skills and experiences that will prepare you to face the next step in your career.
Your education will go beyond the classroom and will involve the people, environments, and tools that you will encounter in the real world.
Project-based learning, applied research and internships allow you to gain a competitive edge – you will know your workplace and what to expect even before you graduate.