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!

Destination UBC registration is now open

Destination UBC registration is now open

Want to spend a weekend in UBC residence, meeting your future classmates and learning more about your program? Registration is now open for Destination UBC, a full-day event held in May for admitted students, held on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

If you’re an Aboriginal student, your Destination UBC experience begins a day earlier, with the Indigenous Welcome.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Destination UBC, where you’ll get help with your transition to university, make new friends, and discover why UBC is the right place for you.

See what past participants have to say:

“I had no idea what UBC would be like, but had such an amazing experience at Destination UBC that I accepted my offer as soon as I got home. I enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends and find connections with people with similar interests from many different places and backgrounds.

Destination UBC was a highlight in my Grade 12 year because it helped me to ignore the nostalgia and drama of graduating high school and helped me to look forward to my near future as a UBC student.”

–Jeremiah Hyslop, Biology | Okanagan campus


“The second I stepped off the bus and saw the view from the common field, I knew I would be going to UBC’s Okanagan campus. Destination UBC just helped reinforce my decision. I felt like I was a part of the UBC community within minutes of being on campus through the programs that were held and because of all the friendly people around me.

Destination UBC was ultimately the driving force behind my decision to come to this university and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to go.”

–Ben Dunn, Psychology | Okanagan campus


“My lasting memory of this event was being able to have a security associated with being away from home. It’s an opportunity for growth. It helped me make friends that I still have to this day.

Before Destination UBC I had a pros and cons list of the three schools I planned on attending. Because of Destination I was finally able to make my decision.”

–Violet Ignace, Science | Okanagan campus

What will you do at Destination UBC?

Get to know your future classmates.

Get information about your program and have your questions answered by current students.

Explore the campus before classes begin.

Get ready for life at university in a supportive and inclusive community.

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

Register for Destination UBC 2017

To register for Destination UBC, log in to your account and click My Events. Space is limited for the weekend program and travel reimbursement, so mark your calendars and register on time!

Campus tours available on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses

Campus tours available on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan 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.

Although we have lots of great candid info and photos on Instagram and Snapchat (youbcsnaps), there’s no substitute for setting foot on campus, talking with a current student face-to-face, and having them show you some of the key locations where you’ll spend time as a first-year student at UBC.

The campus tour experience

Your guided walking tour will include:

  • a brief introductory presentation
  • a visit to a residence, a library, as well as some of our recreational and social facilities
  • an introduction to the many services available to students

After the tour, a Student Recruiter-Advisor will be available to answer your questions about UBC’s undergraduate academic programs, admissions information, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Take a virtual tour

If you’re unable to visit UBC in person, you can get a feel for our two campuses by taking a virtual tour.

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You can search #UBCtour on Twitter and Instagram to get a glimpse of the locations you could see on a UBC campus tour. You can also use the #UBCtour hashtag to post your own thoughts or photos when you’re taking one of our campus tours.

We look forward to seeing you!

UBC Welcomes You events in Canada

UBC Welcomes You events in 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 while you:

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

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec

UBC experts will be hitting the road next month! We will be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal in April to connect in person with students who’ve applied to UBC for September 2017. To find details on these and other ways to connect from your area, check out our Canadian School Visits and Events, then click on your province.