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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 Spring 2020 New Student Orientation on Wednesday, April 29, 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. Visit Online NSO course in D2L Brightspace (available from April 29 and onward)
  2. Join a virtual Live NSO session through Microsoft Teams on April 29, 2020 at 9am-12pm (please join 10 minutes before the session starts)

Make sure you are all set with the systems prior to the orientation date. Click here to learn more.

Spring 2020 Agenda 


Online Student Orientation Videos
Introduction to D2L Brightspace Successful parenting Get a job before you graduate Iniikokaan Centre
International students International student advice International student study permits Learning navigator
RGO Library & Learning Commons SABVC Student self care Stress comes with school
Student awards Student life Student loans How to properly dispose of your waste

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).
  • Make your Student ID card. More information will be updated soon.
  • 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 Setting up academic accommodations checklist 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 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.

Be prepared to make the most of the Technology we use at Bow Valley College by attending our Technology Boot Camp.


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