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

Your UBC experience begins with Jump Start

Your UBC experience begins with Jump Start

If you’re an international student entering UBC’s Vancouver or Okanagan campus, you’ll want to register for the Jump Start orientation program!

Whether you’re coming to UBC from another country or another culture, transitioning to university can be challenging. Jump Start will help you adjust and set you up for success in all aspects of life at UBC.

Vancouver campus

Jump Start is an 11-day immersion program from August 20 to 30, 2017 that introduces you to the University, your faculty, and new friends.

As you participate, you’ll begin to create a network of contacts who will become part of your community on campus. You’ll develop a clear idea of what it takes to be successful at UBC and, most importantly, you’ll embark on this very exciting journey before classes have even begun.

Jump Start programming is provided free of charge by UBC. You are only responsible for the cost of meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and on-campus accommodation which, at CAD $829.66, is an excellent value.

Get a glimpse of the Jump Start experience at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Registration for Jump Start on UBC’s Vancouver campus closes on July 4, 2017.

Learn more and register.

Okanagan campus

Jumpstart on UBC’s Okanagan campus is a week-long orientation program for new international students, which runs before the start of term, from August 28 to September 2, 2017.

Get ready for your UBC program through a series of workshops and breakout sessions in academic preparation. You’ll begin to feel at home on campus and in Kelowna through fun activities on and off campus as you build your new university community. Although a registration fee (CAD $131.25) is required, all of your programming and basic food and accommodation costs are met by UBC – a fantastic value!

Registration for Jumpstart on UBC’s Okanagan campus closes on July 31, 2017.

Learn more and register.

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!