International Mentorship Program

Make New Experiences and New Friends

The International Mentorship Program pairs mentors (BCIT students) with mentees (international exchange students from the School of Business) for one-semester to assist incoming international exchange students with their transition into BCIT and Canada, and enhance student life through cultural diversity and inclusivity. The goal of the program is to increase cross-cultural sharing, learn new skills, and build connections.

How Does it Work?

There are two intakes, one in the fall semester (September to December) and one in the winter semester (January to April). Mentors and mentees are matched 1:1 to get the most out of the International Mentorship experience. Commitment to the program involves continued communication, and attending monthly meet-ups and social events.

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

Important Program Information

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



Once mentors are matched with their international exchange student, mentors will be introduced and connected with their mentee via email prior to their arrival. Upon 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 through email, messaging, in-person and monthly meet-ups.

Mentors are trained to respond to routine questions, e.g. housing, BCIT community, buying textbooks, and getting around Vancouver. Mandatory mentor training will take place before the first month of their intake and will include topics on:

Culture Shock
Health & Safety
BCIT Resources
Mental Health
Crisis Intervention

In addition to this role, mentors can also volunteer as Event Planners. Event Planners help create, manage, and execute activities and events for the program.

Applications are CLOSED for the Fall 2017 intake. Winter 2018 intake applications will open in November 2017.



We are excited to welcome incoming mentees to BCIT and Canada. Through the program, mentees will:

Learn more about life in BCIT and Vancouver.
Develop greater confidence in a new culture.
Participate in fun social and cultural events on and off campus.
Have the benefit of a BCIT student to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Establish a network of diverse friends through intercultural learning and sharing.

For more information or questions email