Get ready for Destination UBC 2017

Get ready for Destination UBC 2017

We can’t wait to meet those of you who have registered for Destination UBC on the Okanagan campus and the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on the Vancouver campus. Hundreds of newly admitted students from all over Canada will converge on our two campuses for these exciting events. It’s a time to celebrate, explore UBC, and prepare for life after high school.

What should I do now?

If you’re attending one of our Destination UBC events, you’ll want to check out what’s happening on social media before and during the event. Visit our Destination UBC Facebook pages for the Okanagan campus and the Vancouver campus to connect with fellow incoming students. Start sharing the beginning of your UBC story with the hashtag #DestinationUBC on Twitter and Instagram. It’s easy to make friends before you even arrive!

Plus, follow us on Snapchat (we’re at youbcsnaps) to get a preview of springtime on campus.

What if I am registered as part of the travel reimbursement program?

Once you register for Destination UBC we will send you an electronic package outlining the next steps to book your travel. You should also review the “How will I be reimbursed?” section of the program conditions for the Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus.

Review your confirmation package for a list of some important personal items to bring along. We have a variety of indoor and outdoor games and sports equipment. Plus, there are some activities like yoga, running groups, and walking tours that require proper clothing and footwear. If you play an instrument, bring it along and participate in a jam session. Above all else, bring a positive attitude and we will take care of the rest!

Watch live coverage of UBC Welcomes You

Watch live coverage of UBC Welcomes You

If you won’t be joining us for UBC Welcomes You on our Vancouver campus, on April 29, you can still experience the day’s events on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (we’re at youbcsnaps). We’ll be sharing pictures and videos from faculty sessions, campus tours, and more.

If you’ll be attending the event, share your best tweets, pics, and snaps with the hashtag #iamubc and we might repost them on our channels!

International students in Canada: update your study permit

International students in Canada: update your study permit

If you’re an international student attending high school in Canada (not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada), you may not study at UBC until you receive a post-secondary study permit. You need to apply for a new (post-secondary) study permit in order to change conditions of your current secondary school permit.

When can I apply?

You may do this from within Canada while your secondary study permit is still valid. You should apply to change conditions and receive your post-secondary study permit as soon as you are admitted to UBC.

How do I apply?

Further information

More guidance on study permit requirements can be found at UBC’s international student website.

International students: how to apply for your study permit

International students: how to apply for your study permit

If you’re an international student (not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada), you will need a study permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the duration of your studies in Canada.

Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a temporary resident visa and/or a medical examination.

When can I apply?

You should apply for a study permit as soon as you are admitted to UBC. (Some US students may elect to wait until their arrival in Canada – see below.) Applications can take up to three months to process, particularly from countries which have additional visa requirements. You should therefore apply as soon as you have all your documentation ready.

What documentation will I need?

To get a permit, you’ll need:

  • your admission letter from UBC;
  • your passport;
  • proof of funds adequate to support you in Canada;
  • completed application forms;
  • two photographs (meeting photo specifications);
  • any additional documents that may be required of you.

How do I apply?

US citizens: application online, by mail, or on arrival

If you’re a US citizen or permanent resident, you have several options for applying for a study permit.

  • Online: use the online application process.
  • By mail: as above, mail your paper application to the Canadian visa office for your country. If you are in the US, apply through the visa office in Los Angeles.
  • On arrival: you can apply on arrival at a major immigration entry point in Canada. Students under 17 years of age will require custodianship (check “Under 19” on the FYI blog), but if you’re between 17 and 19, the immigration officer will decide whether you need a custodian. Custodianship is generally not required at the port of entry from US students travelling with parents. Be sure to have all your documentation ready. You should also be prepared to spend an hour or two in completing the process.

Extending high school study permits

If you’re currently studying as an international student in high school in Canada, you must apply to extend your permit for university study as soon as you receive a letter of acceptance from UBC. For details, visit the CIC website on extending your stay.

Further information

More guidance on immigration requirements can be found at UBC’s international student website.

What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

What grades do I need to maintain my UBC offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission was based on a combination of your academic profile and Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we are looking at them in combination with your Personal Profile.

We review on a case-by-case basis

In May we will review grades for students who were admitted during first-round offers, as well as grades for students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. This is when we verify that the grade information submitted to UBC on your academic record is accurate. Should there be any concerns with your grades, we will reach out to you. In July we review final grades, and if you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we will update your offer to reflect that.

Still, you may want a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But each student’s case is unique and we treat each student individually. It would not be fair to say, “Everyone who drops more than X% loses their offer,” or, “Everyone whose grades drop below Y% loses their offer.” Each student’s case is different. We do not like to withdraw offers of admission, but we have to ensure that offers are made consistently and fairly to all applicants, and that you have a solid foundation for success at UBC.

We review changes in applicants’ level of academic standing on a case-by-case basis. You can see some of the grade changes that may cause us to look at your application more closely when final grades are submitted.

Our best advice: keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

Offers of admission sent via mail or courier

Offers of admission sent via mail or courier

If you’ve been admitted to UBC, we will send you (by mail or by courier, depending on your location) an admission package containing your official offer of admission letter and a UBC Registration and Orientation Guide.

Check your application status on the Student Service Centre – if it’s been longer than four weeks since you were admitted and you haven’t yet received your package, please contact us. We may need you to update your address information with us.

Major Entrance Scholarships for UBC’s Okanagan campus

Major Entrance Scholarships for UBC’s Okanagan campus

This post applies only to UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Awarding UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarships is a highly selective process in which outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements are recognized. There were approximately 1,300 eligible applicants competing for 39 renewable Major Entrance Scholarship awards this year. All applicants receiving a Major Entrance Scholarship will be notified by email and regular mail by April 28, 2017. We will be contacting only those applicants who are receiving an award.

We would like to thank all of you for your time and energy in meeting our deadlines and your dedication to both academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

Major Entrance Scholarships for UBC’s Vancouver campus

Major Entrance Scholarships for UBC’s Vancouver campus

This post applies only to UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Awarding UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarships is a highly selective process in which outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements are recognized. There were approximately 6,500 eligible applicants competing for renewable awards ranging in value from $16,000 to $60,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only. All applicants receiving a Major Entrance Scholarship will be notified by email by April 28, 2017. We will be contacting only those applicants who are receiving an award.

We would like to thank all of you for your time and energy in meeting our deadlines and your dedication to both academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!