International Mentorship Program

Develop Your Leadership, Communication & Mentoring Skills!

The International Mentorship program pairs BCIT School of Business students as mentors with one or more international exchange students for a semester (5-months) to assist them with their transition to life at BCIT and Canada. The goal of the program is to increase cross-cultural sharing, learn new skills, and build connections.

There are two (2) intakes each academic year: in the fall semester (August to November) and in the winter semester (December to April).

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*Please note that currently, we are only accepting full-time and part-time student applicants from the School of Business.

Important Information

At this time, the International Mentorship Program is for School of Business students only. 

Tell Me More About Being a Mentee

Through the program, international exchange students in the School of Business are welcomed to BCIT and Canada as incoming mentees by a peer mentor. Benefits of being a mentee include:

  • Have the benefit of having a BCIT student as a peer mentor to answer questions and provide guidance;
  • Learn more about life at BCIT and in Canada;
  • Develop greater confidence in a new culture;
  • Participate in fun social and cultural events on and off-campus;
  • Establish a network of diverse friends through intercultural learning and sharing.

Tell Me More About Being a Mentor

BCIT School of Business students will be matched as mentors with one or more international exchange student for a semester and will be introduced to their mentee(s) via email prior to the exchange student’s arrival in Canada. Upon their arrival, the mentor will meet with their mentee in person during their first week in Canada. The mentor must then be committed to continued communication with the new student(s) through email, messaging, in-person and monthly meetups for the duration of the program. Mentors are trained to respond to routine questions a mentee might have. Mandatory mentor training will take place before the introduction between mentee(s) and mentor and will include topics on:

  • BCIT Resources
  • Communication Skills
  • Culture Shock
  • Health & Safety
  • Mental Health

Benefits of being a peer mentor:

  • Gain skills in leadership, mentorship, coaching and/or cross-cultural communication
  • Enhance your international perspectives
  • Contribute to promoting diversity and inclusivity on campus
  • Flexible volunteer hours that fit with your schedule
  • Short-term commitment: 5-months only