International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

If you are an international student, please join us for US Thanksgiving at UBC’s Vancouver campus to get a glimpse of what you can look forward to as an undergraduate student.

During this day of activities, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will tell you about what the university has to offer and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Event highlights

  • Campus tour led by current UBC undergraduate students.
  • Lunch with UBC students, staff, and advisors who can answer questions about student life and the programs you are interested in.
  • A student panel with current undergraduate students who can provide you with the “real life” student perspective of UBC.

Date and registration

The events will take place November 24 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Registering is easy: log in to your account, and then click on Sign up for Events.

Optional add-on events

If you’ll be staying in Vancouver for the weekend, there are a number of events taking place on Saturday, November 25, so that you can learn more about UBC’s programs:

UBC Sauder School of Business Fall Preview

Land and Food Systems Fall Preview Day

Interested in visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. To register, log in to your account,  and then click on Register for a Campus Tour.

We look forward to welcoming you!

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our campuses – the temperatures have cooled down and the leaves have started turning to create a rich, colourful landscape. If you’re in Vancouver or Kelowna and have questions you’d like to ask us about applying to UBC, feel free to stop by the Welcome Centre in Brock Hall (on our Vancouver campus), or drop by University Centre Room 222 (on our Okanagan campus). Find our in-person office hours to choose the best time to visit.

Visit us in an online info session

We know that not all of you will be able to visit us in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t answer your questions. We have plenty of online information sessions coming up to help you prepare for your application to UBC. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.

Whether you plan on joining us in person or virtually, we look forward to connecting with you!

Join us for a campus tour

Join us for a campus tour

Ever wonder what life on campus is like? Are you curious about what a room in residence looks like, or where the best places to eat or study are?  Maybe you just want to come and see if UBC feels like the right place for you.

If so, come and join us for a campus tour! We offer tours every day of the week except Sunday on our Vancouver campus, and three days a week on our Okanagan campus. Family members and friends are welcome to join you.

You’ll be in excellent hands once you arrive; campus tours are led by our friendly Student Ambassadors. These are current students who live the UBC student experience and are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

The only thing you’ll need to bring is a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ll also need to take the weather into account during your visit, so dress appropriately. We’ll have some umbrellas on hand in case you forget yours.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

UBC school visits and events around the world

UBC school visits and events around the world

No matter where you live, there are lots of ways to connect with UBC. Our recruiter-advisors are currently travelling the world to help you and your family plan your next steps in your journey to UBC.

If you are a secondary school or college transfer student, come to a UBC event or school visit to learn about admission requirements, academic programs, and get an overview of why outstanding students from around the world choose UBC.

Find an event near you

Create an account or log in to your account, and select “Sign up for Events” to see if we are visiting your school, or if there are upcoming events in your area.

Other ways to connect with UBC

We wish we could visit all prospective students’ cities and communities, but if we’re not visiting your region, there are still plenty of ways to get in touch with UBC. Set up an advising appointment, take a virtual tour of our Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus, or visit us in person for a campus tour. You can also sign up for an online information session.

We look forward to meeting you!

UBC school visits and events across Canada

UBC school visits and events across Canada

Just as you’re settling into the 2017 school year, UBC’s recruiters and advisors are hitting the road to help you plan for 2018!

Our UBC experts are rolling out from coast to coast — across the prairies, around lakes, and over mountains — to visit schools and communities across Canada. Our mission: to help support you and your and family with the next steps in your journey to UBC.

We know that you have questions about everything from admission requirements and academic programs to rez life and extracurricular activities, so please come see us. To find out how UBC is connecting with your community, visit the Canadian school visits and events page and click on your home province. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Vancouver campus orientation: what you need to know

Vancouver campus orientation: what you need to know

On the first day of classes in September, at Imagine UBC, more than 9,000 new-to-UBC students will come together with hundreds of faculty, student, and staff volunteers to celebrate the start of the academic year. Campus tours, workshops, a pep rally, and a campus showcase of nearly 400 resources, clubs, and organizations help to engage and orient new students to life as part of the UBC community.

The orientation program run by students for students

Imagine UBC, the main orientation program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, is one of the largest in Canada and is run by students for students. This campus-wide event is held every year on the Tuesday after Labour Day and replaces the first day of classes.

Get the most out of your time at UBC

All UBC students – new, returning, or transfer students – are welcome to attend Imagine UBC. The day is an incredible opportunity to make new friends, meet with student leaders and professors, get to know more about your faculty, and learn about the services UBC offers to support you, as well as the many ways you can get involved on campus. Best of all, Imagine UBC doesn’t end after just one day. Events and email newsletters will help to keep you engaged and informed throughout your first year at UBC.

 

Get a jump start on life at UBC

Get a jump start on life at UBC

Transitioning to university is often challenging – especially when you are coming from a different city, country, community, or culture. The UBC Jump Start program on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will help you ease into university life with academic, social, and logistical components that will set you up for success.

UBC’s Vancouver campus, August 20–30

On the Vancouver campus, Jump Start is an 11-day immersion program. The following new-to-UBC students are strongly encouraged to register:

10 reasons to register

Our past participants agree that Jump Start is the best way to start life at UBC. In their own words, here’s why:

  1. “You can build up your social network before the first term starts. That will improve your university life a lot.”
  2. “Being involved in a Learning Community your first year makes you feel a sense of belonging. It’s calming to be a part of a group like this.”
  3. “The student leaders are a meaningful resource and you can discuss anything and everything with them.”
  4. “You’ll know how to move around campus and Vancouver.”
  5. “You will meet people from all over the world.”
  6. “It will give you an early start in the academic portion of the university experience.”
  7. “The memories I made at Jump Start are some of the fondest of my time at UBC.”
  8. “The orientation leaders provide the benefits of experience and are able to understand your concerns as a first-year student.”
  9. “You’ll get to know the people in your program as well as some of your professors.”
  10. “There’ll be time to adjust to campus and university life and you’ll feel very prepared for the school year.”

Learn more about Jump Start Vancouver and register by July 4.

 

UBC’s Okanagan campus, August 27–September 1

On the Okanagan campus, Jumpstart is a one-week, pre-orientation experience for all new-to-UBCO students (domestic and international). Programming runs from August 27 to September 1, and students begin arriving on campus on August 26. All international students entering their first year at UBC are expected to register.

Jumpstart student highlights

Here is what three past participants – now current Jumpstart Program leaders – have said about their experiences:

“You get to experience all that the Okanagan Valley and surrounding communities have to offer, from the local ski resorts like Big White, to Okanagan Lake, and excursions out into the local area including parks and other outdoor activities. It was a great way to start the school year and get to know where you will be living for the next four years.”

“From the first few hours after getting off of the plane I felt like I was already part of a community. Everyone was so welcoming, from the leaders to the student service departments and the professors in our faculty during the faculty breakout sessions. The week of Jumpstart helped me set myself up for a solid start to my university career.”

“The leaders help incoming students feel well-supported in our new home away from home by using their knowledge of on-campus resources. This truly helps students become integrated in various campus communities.”

Learn more about Jumpstart Okanagan and register by July 31.

Have you seen our Snapchat?

Have you seen our Snapchat?

If you want to see what student life looks like at UBC’s two campuses, check us out on Snapchat at youbcsnaps.

We do tons of student takeovers that range from days at work with co-op students, and campus tours led by student ambassadors, to typical days on campus, and navigating busy schedules with varsity athletes. You’ll see inside residence buildings, meet professors, tour faculties, get a peek at cool study spots and places to hang out, and see what real life at UBC looks like.

Check out a few videos and then follow us at youbcsnaps.

Campus-wide snowball fight

Touring UBC’s Okanagan campus with third-year Arts student Alexander

Checking out the Faculty of Land and Food Systems with second-year student Kat