British Columbia Institute of Technology | Burnaby, B.C. | Founded 1964

BCIT students

Gas Turbine students work on a project at BC Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Campus located in Richmond, British Columbia. (Scott McAlpine/BC Institute of Technology)

With five campuses across the Metro Vancouver area and approximately 50,000 students, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is one of B.C.’s largest post-secondary institutions.

It offers more than 300 programs—certificate, diploma, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees—in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business and media, engineering, health sciences and trades. Through BCIT’s unique applied education model and work-integrated learning opportunities, students gain the technical skills and real-world experience to step directly into their careers.

At BCIT, curricula are developed through close consultation with industry and delivered by instructors who have direct experience in their fields. These factors have contributed to a 96 per cent employment rate for degree program graduates.

As a leader in sustainable education, BCIT is home to Canada’s first campus-wide smart micro-grid, which contains a solar-powered electric car-charging station.

BCIT is the primary source of nurses and allied health professionals in the province, the largest and longest-serving provider of trades training and apprenticeship programs in Western Canada, and the largest provincial provider of computing courses and applied diploma graduates.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large (10,000 full-time students or more) $7,849 $6,282- $10,473 $3,924-$18,309 $6,121-$11,262 Yes

Cool Options

  • Industrial Network Cybersecurity: This program—the only one of its kind in Canada—provides graduates with network security skills for technology on the industrial side of an organization.
  • Ecological Restoration: This program provides graduates with a strong foundation in methods to restore damaged aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that have been affected by human influences.
  • Clinical Genetics: One of only two programs of its kind in Canada, this graduate diploma trains students to investigate genetic diseases such as Down’s syndrome and cancer.

Popular Programs

  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Nursing
  • Plumbing Apprentice
  • Accounting
  • Carpentry Apprentice

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