British Columbia Institute of Technology

Established 
1964
Main Campus 
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2
Highlights 
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is one of BC’s largest post-secondary institutes, and a premier polytechnic, with over 47,000 students enrolled into approximately 350 programs annually. For 50 years, BCIT has been a leader in post-secondary, offering a unique applied education model that serves both learners and employers. Programs and expertise span business and media, health sciences, computing and IT, engineering, trades and apprenticeship. Students benefit from an education that combines theory with practice and connections to industry that will last throughout their careers – a relevant and distinct advantage from day one. As industry’s partner, BCIT delivers education that is informed by evolving sectors and the work place, lends expertise to industry on applied research and practice, and contributes to a productive economy and society by providing skilled labour across the Province.

BCIT offers programs that lead to certificates, diplomas and degrees in technologies, business, health sciences and trades. BCIT's many programs are available in part-time and online formats as well as through full-time study. As a polytechnic institute, BCIT conducts applied research, technology transfer activities (the taking of ideas to the marketplace), and corporate and industry training and upgrading.

Campus locations:

  • Main Campus (Burnaby)
  • Downtown Campus (Vancouver)
  • Marine Campus (North Vancouver)
  • Aerospace and Technology Campus (Richmond)
  • Great Northern Way Campus (Vancouver)

British Columbia Institute of Technology is renowned for their expertise in:

  • Technology, Engineering, and Applied Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Business Studies

BCIT offers Bachelor's Degrees in:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Architectural Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering – Mining and Mineral Resource Technology
  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science –  Food Technology and Operations Management
  • Bachelor of Science – Radiation Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science – Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science – Specialty Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Option
  • Bachelor of Technology – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Technology – Computer Systems
  • Bachelor of Technology – Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Technology – Ecological Restoration
  • Bachelor of Technology – Electronics
  • Bachelor of Technology – Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology – Environmental Health
  • Bachelor of Technology – Forensic Investigation
  • Bachelor of Technology – Geographic Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Technology – Geomatics
  • Bachelor of Technology – Manufacturing
  • Bachelor of Technology – Technology Management

Institutional Data from 2014-2015 Academic Year*

Students (includes domestic and international):

Full-time students12,775
Part-time students29,228
Apprenticeship students5,661
Total For-Credit Enrolment (Headcount)47,664
International Students (including ESL)1,908

Annual intake of new full-time students:

2014-20155,768

Academics:

Standalone Bachelor's Degree28
Joint Bachelor's Degrees1
Diplomas60
Certificate Programs (including pre-apprenticeship programs)111
Apprenticeship Programs25
Graduate Certificates12
Master's Degrees3

Graduation Data:

Total graduates, academic year 2014-20156,554
Graduate employment rate 91%
Apprentice last level completers, academic year 2013-20141,067
Apprenticeship graduate employment rate91%

*Please note: Polytechnics Canada's data reporting rules may vary from those of our individual members. Therefore, data reported by Polytechnics Canada may not always align with our individual members' institutional reports. 

Research & Development

Research at BCIT serves BCIT’s core education function and employers’ success.  BCIT’s research is applied; contributing to the learner experience and, through practical application, advancing the state of practice - furthering economic, social & environmental prosperity in BC.  BCIT’s research themes and projects aim to develop opportunities and provide solutions for business and industry technical challenges.  Research at BCIT links with and is responsive to employer needs and the development of competitive advantage. 

BCIT’s Applied Research Liaison Office within our Centre for Applied Research and Innovation provides a welcoming “front door” for business and industry wishing to engage with the extensive research capabilities and resources within BCIT.  BCIT has a mosaic of talents and some uniquely focused or specialized interdisciplinary research resources.

These include:

  • Advanced prototype development and evaluation services.
  • BCIT Technology Centre
  • Building Envelope Test Hut
  • Building Science Centre of Excellence
  • Centre for Forensic and Security Studies
  • Centre for Green Roof Technology
  • Canadian Housing and Construction Centre
  • Centre for Infrastructure Management
  • Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory
  • Food Analysis Lab and Pilot Plant
  • Herbal Analysis and Evaluation Lab
  • Industrial Instrumentation Process Lab
  • Internet Engineering Lab
  • Intelligent micro-grid test infrastructure
  • “Technology Place” multi-tenant partner building.

Newcomer Integration

BCIT welcomes international students from around the world with a variety of program options.  BCIT’s partnerships with well-qualified, like-minded foreign institutions create opportunities for international students to earn BCIT international diplomas and to articulate into BCIT’s domestic programs.  BCIT’s International Student Entry Program prepares students with skills for success, including language training.  The Confucius Institute at BCIT offers a range of practical programs aimed at increasing cultural awareness and business connections with China.

International Activities and International Educational Partnerships

BCIT welcomes international students from all parts of the world. The institute offers international diploma programs with several partner institutions in China, Korea and Chile that create opportunities for international students to articulate into BCIT’s domestic programs. In addition, BCIT offers a range of practical programs aimed at increasing cultural and business connections with China through the Confucius Institute at BCIT.

President
Kathy Kinloch
604.432.8200
Kathy_Kinloch@bcit.ca

Bill Dow
Vice President Education
604.432.8765
Bill_Dow@bcit.ca

Lara Johnson
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
604. 431.4908
Lara_Johnson@bcit.ca

Kelly Friday
Media Relations
604.432.8773
Kelly_Friday@bcit.ca