If you are starting classes on Monday, January 8, 2018, attend New Student Orientation so you can:

  • Get comfortable with Bow Valley College before you start classes.
  • Meet other students, your program coordinator, and instructors.
  • Tour the campus.
  • Enjoy lunch provided by the Students' Association.
  • Learn more about services, resources, and student life.

Some programs may have extra activities during the first week of classes, but this orientation is required for all new Bow Valley College learners. If you're an international student you'll need to attend regular orientation and international education orientation.

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Getting started

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

  • Check your mybvc.ca email to make sure you are getting important news and messages from the College.
  • Access your timetable and courses through mybvc.ca under "Registration" and then "Schedule" (this applies to most programs).
  • Visit the Registrar's Office in South Campus, first floor, to have your picture taken and get your Student ID card. Online and distance learners will also need an ID to use campus services or write exams on campus.
  • Buy your textbooks at the Bookstore. Check with your program coordinator or instructor before you buy them to make sure you have the right edition.
  • If you're a student with a disability, apply for support services and academic accommodations before you start classes. Download the Setting up academic accomodations checklist. You can visit us in person at Learner Success Services in South Campus, first floor, call 403-410-1440, or email accessibility@bowvalleycollege.ca.
  • Lockers are free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis in North Campus (first to seventh floor) and South Campus (third to fifth floor). Choose an empty locker and bring a sturdy lock. For regional campuses, please contact the location directly to ask about locker availability.

International students

  • Email a copy or photo of your valid study permit to the international student advisor at issc@bowvalleycollege.ca.
  • Apply for basic health insurance coverage through Alberta Health Care if you are eligible.
  • Apply for your co-op work permit before you start the clinical, practicum, or work portions of your certificate or diploma program.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date on your mybvc.ca account.
  • Pick up your welcome information sheet at the International Education department South Campus, second floor, and meet your advisor.

Helpful information


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

Orientation videos

If you cannot attend orientation in person, you can watch videos of the information sessions online.

Learner handbook

Make life at Bow Valley College easier by downloading the Learner Handbook. It will help you find information quickly and get answers to your questions.

Download Learner Handbook

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Need some extra preparation before starting school? Get started before Orientation Day with our one-day Learning Boot Camp.

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