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Welcome to Bow Valley College. New Student Orientation is important for all students joining the Bow Valley College community for the first time. Attend the virtual Fall 2020 New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 27, 2020 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
Some programs may have extra activities during the first week of classes, but this orientation is required for all new Bow Valley College students. If you are an international student, you may need to attend regular orientation and international education orientation. 

There are two parts of the New Student Orientation (NSO):

1. Join a virtual Live NSO event through Microsoft Teams on August 27, 2020 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
    (please join 10 minutes before the event starts)
2. Check out Online Orientation available on D2L Brightspace
    (more information on how to access will be included in the NSO guide sent to new students)

New students will receive an invitation to the NSO event in early August.


Online Student Orientation Videos
Volunteer 101
Learning Navigator
Career Services Overview
Making a Good Career Choice
Iniikokaan Centre International Student Orientation
International Student Study Permits RGO Library & Learning Commons
Introduction to D2L Brightspace
Learning while Parenting
Mindfulness How to Manage Stress as a Learner
Student Awards Student Loans
Intercultural Centre
BVC Green

Getting started

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

  • Log in to the student web portal at
  • Check your email weekly to make sure you are getting important news and messages from the College.
  • Access your timetable and courses through under "Registration" and then "Schedule" (this applies to most programs).
  • Email if you wish to request a temporary PDF copy of your Student ID. Please note that the College is currently unable to create physical cards due to the COVID-19 disruption.
  • Buy your textbooks online at the Bookstore. Check with your program chair 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 Accessibility Services Overview, call 403-410-1440, or email 
  • Be sure to add important dates and deadlines to your calendar at the beginning of the year.

International students

  • Email a copy or photo of your valid study permit to the international student advisor at
  • Apply for basic health insurance coverage through Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan 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 account.
  • Check the International Students Orientation page here

Helpful information


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

Related events

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

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

Attend Budget Boot Camp to shape up your money management skills before you start school.


  • If you are currently studying in a post-secondary program at BVC, please register for your courses via mybvc to ensure your enrolments and fees are processed appropriately.
  • Cart total based on domestic tuition rates. For information about International Tuition rates please see Fee Information
  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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