New Student Orientation is a hybrid event. Emails will be sent to your MyBVC and personal emails. 

Click here to view our event page with full event schedule and links to online sessions.


Welcome to Bow Valley College. New Student Orientation is important for all students joining the Bow Valley College community for the first time. Attend this 2-day hybrid Fall 2022 New Student Orientation on August 30th & August 31st to:

  • Get the right tools to succeed in your academic courses and be comfortable with BVC before classes begin
  • Meet fellow students, alumni, your instructors and program chairs
  • Learn about the many free resources and student services available at BVC
There are two ways to attend  New Student Orientation (NSO):

1. Join live in person at BVC (limited to 600 attendees) (In-person orientation is currently full)
2. Attend Orientation online

New students will receive an invitation email to register for NSO.


Getting started

Use this checklist to make sure you are ready for your first day at Bow Valley College:

International students

Some programs may have extra activities during the first week of classes, but this orientation is required for all new Bow Valley College students. For international students, there is an International Student Welcome session on New Student Orientation Day 1 (August 30)

  • Email a copy or photo of your valid study permit and co-op work permit (if applicable) to the international education department at
  • Apply for your co-op work permit at least 3-4 months prior to starting the clinical, practicum, or work portions of your certificate or diploma.
  • Apply for basic health insurance coverage through Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan if you are eligible.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date on your account.
  • Need a Buddy? New?  International?  Overwhelming? The BVC Buddy Program supports new International students, in career programs at BVC, during their 1st term at the college with transitioning and adjusting to college life as well as life in Calgary. These new students are connected to a returning BVC student called a BVC Buddy. To take part, sign up here.


Helpful information


For more information about orientation and student life in general, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Related events

Be proactive in planning for your success! Meet with a Learner Success Advisor through RISE (Reaching for Individual Success Everyday) to get connected to college and community resources.

Visit My Success Hub (MSH101) to access free resources and supports available 24/7 and connect with your peers.

Need some extra preparation before starting school? Visit Academic Success 101 (AC101) to learn the skills and strategies you'll need to confidently start your first day of class.

Sign up for Learning Navigator and have a BVC staff/ faculty member mentor you through your first semester of studies.


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