Jump Start: Your official welcome to life at UBC

Jump Start: Your official welcome to life at UBC

If you’re entering first year on UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus, you’ll want to register for Jump Start. It doesn’t matter if you’re a domestic or an international student, whether you plan to live on or off campus, Jump Start is for you.

Okanagan campus

Jump Start is a week-long program designed to introduce you to the University, your faculty, and new friends on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

On August 25 and 26, you’ll have a chance to move in and get settled. From August 27 to 31, you’ll take part in workshops and fun activities that not only prepare you for the academic year, but also help you create your community at UBC. By the end, you’ll be well on your way to feeling at home on campus and in Kelowna.

“Attending the Jump Start program was a fantastic decision. Not only did I meet new people, I became more comfortable with the transition of moving away from home.” 

 

– Ammar Riyadh, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Registration for Jump Start on UBC’s Okanagan campus opens on May 1, 2018 and closes on July 31, 2018Learn more and register today

Vancouver campus

Jump Start is a week-long program designed to introduce you to the University, your faculty, and new friends on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

  • If you plan to live on campus, your Jump Start experience will run from August 25 to 31.
  • If you plan to live off campus, your Jump Start experience will run from August 27 to 31.

Not sure what your living arrangements will be? No problem! You can register now and decide later.

As a Jump Start participant, you can start creating your community on campus and developing a clear idea of what it takes to be successful at UBC. Best of all, you’ll have the chance to do it all before classes even begin.

Jump Start activities are provided free of charge by UBC. You’re only responsible for the cost of your meals and on-campus accommodation (if you’re living in residence). Registration for Jump Start on UBC’s Vancouver campus closes on July 4, 2018Learn more and register today

 

Get ready for Destination UBC 2018

Get ready for Destination UBC 2018

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 be coming here to celebrate, explore UBC, and start preparing for life after high school.

What should I bring?

Your Destination UBC confirmation package includes a list of important personal items that you’ll want to bring. There will be lots of indoor and outdoor games, plus activities like yoga, running, and walking tours, so be sure to pack the clothing and footwear you’ll need. If you play an instrument, bring it along too. Above all else, come with a positive attitude ­– and we’ll take care of the rest.

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

Once you register for Destination UBC, we’ll send you an electronic package that outlines the next steps for booking your travel. In the meantime, you can review the How will I be reimbursed? details for your campus (Okanagan or Vancouver) online.

What next?

Follow along on Snapchat, and use the #destinationubc hashtag to share the beginning of your UBC story and find other students on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re on the Okanagan campus, we have a Facebook group too. Who knows – you might make a few friends before you even arrive!

Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

May is just around the corner and that means Destination UBC is almost here. This is your chance to experience university life on UBC’s Okanagan campus, make new friends from across Canada before you start classes in September, and discover why UBC is the right place for you. If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us a day early for the Indigenous Welcome.

(Attending UBC’s Vancouver campus? Our UBC Welcomes You and Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome events are for you.)

What to expect

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Meet your future classmates.

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Learn about your degree and have your questions answered by current students.

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Explore your campus before classes begin.

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Get ready for university in a supportive and inclusive community.

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Hang out in residence and get a feel for life as a first-year student.

What past participants have to say

 

“My first impression of UBC’s Okanagan campus was just the sheer beauty that surrounded it. All the mountains and greenery just brightened me up. The campus felt small enough where I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by its size. The smaller lecture halls and classrooms reassured me that I wouldn’t get lost in the numbers. It was a beautiful campus that just felt like a happy and energetic place.”

– Destinie Baker, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“The most valuable aspect of attending the event was being able to stay in the dorms and have the chance to explore almost every aspect of the campus and get the real experience of what ‘student life’ is all about. Destination UBC made me feel confident about my choice of school.”

 

– Genna Moyer, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“By the end of Destination UBC, I had not only gotten to know the campus and city, but also met tons of other potential student, current students, and faculty, and learned about the programs and services available to Aboriginal students on campus.”

 

– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus

 

“In the plane on my way home, I couldn’t stop thinking of what an amazing weekend I had. I toured multiple times on campus, biked in the surrounding trails, had conferences specially dedicated to my future faculty, had the opportunity to attend a Physics class and a Biology lecture, got shown Kelowna’s downtown and its amazing beach on the lake, met amazing people, and made more friends than I thought I would make in such a short time. I was home when I was at Destination UBC and this feeling has not left me since I started here.”

 

– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Register now

Online registration is officially open, but space is limited. Find out if you’re eligible for a travel reimbursement and secure your spot. To register, log in to your account, click My Events, and follow the prompts. See you soon!

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

If you’re still in the process of figuring out whether UBC is the right place for you, we highly recommend visiting us in person for a campus tour.

You can find lots of great info and photos on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat, but there’s really no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with current students face-to-face, and having them show you some of the places where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

What to expect

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • visits to a residence, a library, and some of the recreational and social facilities on campus;
  • an overview of the kinds of services available to UBC students.

After the tour, an advisor will be available to answer your questions about academic programs, admissions, scholarship opportunities, and more for undergraduate students at UBC.

Can’t visit in person?

No problem! Get a feel for our two campuses with our virtual tours, then explore #UBCtour on social for a taste of what you’d see on an in-person campus tour.

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UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

Whether you’ve been admitted or you’re waiting for an offer of admission from UBC, we invite you and your family to join us at a UBC Welcomes You event to learn more about becoming part of the UBC community.

At these events, you’ll discover more about living and learning at UBC. Specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

  • connect with UBC advisors, faculty members, and current students who can help you prepare for your journey to UBC;
  • find out how to accept an offer of admission;
  • get expert advice on academic planning;
  • learn about the housing, financial assistance, and student supports that are available to you.

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario

Our UBC experts are hitting the road next month! They’ll be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto in April to connect in person with students who have applied to attend UBC in September 2018.

For details on UBC Welcomes You events in your area and other ways to connect, check out our Visits in Canada page and click on your province.

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2018

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2018

There’s something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for that experience. Destination UBC, a weekend-long event for admitted students held on our Okanagan campus, and UBC Welcomes You, a half-day event for admitted students held on our Vancouver campus, are the perfect way to get a feel for UBC. Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture life at UBC.

Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 11–13: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.

 

“The people that I met, the lifestyle that I saw, the opportunities that are offered, the prettiness of the Okanagan Valley, and the community spirit that Destination UBC showed me were enough for me to make the right, in my belief, decision.” 

 

– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science ’20, Okanagan campus

 

Indigenous Welcome (Okanagan campus)

May 10: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus (Aboriginal students)

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us on Thursday for the Indigenous Welcome. In addition to all of the exciting Destination UBC events, you’re invited to take part in a special day of programming designed to share relevant information and connect you with other Aboriginal students, staff, and advisors on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation (UBC’s Okanagan campus).

 

“The most valuable part of the event was being able to meet so many other Indigenous students, both current and prospective, many of whom I am still friends with today!” 

 

– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts ’20, Okanagan campus

 

UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 28: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half-day on UBC’s Vancouver campus getting your questions answered, connecting with the UBC community, and preparing for life as a UBC student.

 

“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”

 

– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics ’18, Vancouver campus

 

Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver campus)

April 27–29: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on UBC’s Vancouver campus (Aboriginal students)

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, the weekend-long Destination UBC event is your chance to visit UBC’s Vancouver campus in advance and get to know the Aboriginal community. We’ll give you advice on transitioning to university life and connect you with current students in your faculty or degree who can share helpful insider tips.

Am I eligible to attend?

UBC will notify you of your eligibility for Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You with our offer of admission. Eligible students can register between April 4 and May 2. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you were admitted to UBC’s Okanagan campus, or you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, learn more about the travel reimbursement program to find out if UBC can cover some, or all, of your travel costs.

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Now that you’ve applied to UBC, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend one of the applicant information events we are hosting in cities around the world and across the United States.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. You will also have a chance to meet other students from your area who have applied to UBC.

Registration for these events is easy – simply log in to your account and click on My Events.

Join us for an online information session

Can’t attend an event in person? Get your questions answered in one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions.

Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Getting a feel for a campus is an important part in deciding which university you want to attend. However, an in-person visit isn’t always possible. But don’t worry – that’s what the internet is for! We have two great virtual tours for you to explore, of our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

On each tour, our student ambassadors will show you some of highlights of UBC’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus. You can pause the tour at any time to check out our 360° panoramas, photos, and videos. You can even share your favourite spots via social media.

If you can make it to campus, you’ll definitely want to register for an in-person campus tour. Taking a tour led my our student ambassadors is a great way to determine if UBC is the right fit for you.

Whether you tour UBC virtually or in person, we hope you have a great experience!