International Opportunities for BCIT Civil Engineering Students
There are two international opportunities open to
BCIT Civil Engineering students:
- Exchanges with Biberach University of Applied Sciences in Germany
- Volunteer summer work in Nepal
Exchange Opportunities with Biberach University of Applied Sciences (HBC)
BCIT Civil Engineering has a formal exchange agreement in place with HBC,
under which a limited number of students may attend the partner institution
each term. Due to the differing structures of the programs, visiting
students from HBC generally register in a selection of courses from all four
years of the BCIT Civil Engineering program, while BCIT students attending
HBC are limited to
courses taught in English
unless they have demonstrated proficiency in German. Information on HBC
summer school programs is also presented below.
The Civil Engineering contact for the HBC exchanges is Jan Bielenberg.
Application forms and other information are available at
A. Spend a Term in Germany
If you are interested in this opportunity, you should attend the presentation
by returned students in January. The deadline for applications is February
15 for the following academic year.
A few pertinent facts:
- The program structure at HBC is different than at BCIT but so are
the terms. The terms are so different that participating in the
exchange requires you to take a year away from BCIT. This works
well following second year because you can use the remaining months
to obtain the work experience required to continue into third year.
- The terms at HBC run from October to
February (the Winter Semester) and from March to July (the Summer
- You are expected to take at least 12 credits
at HBC including the mandatory course German Language and Culture (3
- Transfer credits are available for
equivalent BCIT courses in most cases.
- Further information will be available after
the presentation in January.
- Applications will be accepted from students
in Level 4 (preferred) or Level 6. Considerations for nomination to
the exchange will include GPA and involvement in extra-curricular
activities at BCIT.
- Scholarships are available. See
for more information.
B. Summer School Exchanges
In addition to the formal agreement, HBC offers two different Summer Schools
in English which BCIT students are invited to attend. Note that these
programs vary from year to year and specific information is not usually
available before April. Please contact Jan for further information.
Six-Week Summer School at HBC and/or CalPoly.
This program was developed by HBC and California Polytechnic State
University and first ran in 2017. The first year it took place
entirely in Germany but in 2018 it included 3 weeks in Germany and 3
weeks in California. It runs from mid-July through mid-August and
the students are a mix from HBC and CalPoly (plus BCIT if any of you
decide to go). The program includes two 3-credit CalPoly courses and
BCIT transfer credit may be possible. BCIT students will not be
charged tuition (other than a small amount due to BCIT) so the cost
to you would include flights, room & board, and fees for activities
and tours. This program is open to all students who have completed
Two-week Summer School at HBC
offered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May (so only
possible for third-students). The courses vary from year to year so
transfer credit would be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Volunteer Summer Work in Nepal
Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, two BCIT Civil Engineering
instructors participated in the reconnaissance team sent by The Canadian
Association for Earthquake Engineering. Dr. Svetlana Brzev has since retired
from BCIT but Dr. Bishnu Pandey is still here and involved in assisting in
Nepalís recovery. With support from BCITís School of Construction and the
Environment, Dr. Pandey took a leave through 2017 and spent it in Nepal,
working with the Government of Nepal and other agencies.
In 2017, two BCIT Civil Engineering students spent their summer between
third and fourth year working with Earthquake Safety Solutions in Kathmandu.
Two more students followed in the summer of 2018.
This program is still in development and future opportunities will be
announced to third- and fourth-year students during the winter term.