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.

There are two (2) intakes, one in the fall semester (August to December) and one in the winter semester (December 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 Program Information

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

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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.

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Mentors will be matched with an international exchange student and will be introduced to their mentee via email one (1) month prior to the exchange student’s arrival. 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 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 for mentors open May 2018 for the August 2018 intake.

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