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

Electrical Engineering students in class.

Electrical Engineering students in class. (BCIT)

With five campuses across the Metro Vancouver area and more than 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 skills and experience to step directly into their careers.

BCIT’s curricula are developed through close consultation with industry and delivered by instructors who have direct experience in their fields. Degree-program graduates have a 98 per cent employment rate.

BCIT is home to Canada’s first campus-wide smart microgrid, which contains a solar-powered electric car-charging station. This year, the school broke ground on a new, $78-million Health Sciences Centre. The more than 100,000-sq.-foot facility will be a net-zero carbon emissions building, will replicate hospital and laboratory work environments, and will be completed by the end of 2021.

BCIT is a major source of nurses and allied health professionals in the province and the largest provider of trades training and apprenticeship programs in Western Canada.

Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Large (10,000 full-time students or more) $8,010 $6,412-$10,688 $3,986-$18,322 $6,230-$11,272 Yes

Cool Options

  • Artificial Intelligence Management: This two-year diploma equips students with knowledge in artificial intelligence and machine-learning management.
  • Forensic Nursing: Students are trained to provide physical, emotional and legal support for victims of violence. Students also learn how to properly collect forensic evidence and testify about it in court.
  • Ecological Restoration: This program provides graduates with a strong foundation in the methods used to restore damaged aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that have been affected by human influences.

Popular Programs

  • Electrical Apprentice
  • Carpentry Apprentice
  • Nursing Degree
  • Plumbing Apprentice
  • Accounting Diploma

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