Get ready for UBC life

UBC is a welcoming community that values diversity and is dedicated to equity, inclusivity, and mutual respect. Whether you’re from Coquitlam or Cartagena, Tokyo or Toronto, dozens of welcome events help you explore campus and make friends.

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Welcome events

Get excited for what’s sure to be an amazing year by attending one of our upcoming welcome events. This is the perfect time to learn more about UBC and meet some future peers.

Students at UBC Welcomes You
Spring

UBC Welcomes You

  • All students

UBC Welcomes You is a one-hour online event to congratulate those who received a first-round offer of admission to UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll celebrate with current students from both campuses, have the chance to win prizes, and hear from some of UBC’s top students including our Loran Scholars. 

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Students at the Indigenous Welcome
Spring

Indigenous Welcome

  • Indigenous students

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or an Inuit high school student in Canada, the Indigenous Welcome is your chance to visit campus and connect with the Indigenous community before classes start. You’ll get advice on transitioning to university, and connect with current students in your faculty who can share helpful tips.

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Students at Destination UBC
Spring

Destination UBC

  • Canadian students

Destination UBC is a full-day informational event on our Okanagan campus where you’ll get your questions answered, connect with the UBC community, and start preparing for life as a UBC student before you arrive in the fall.

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Orientations

During your first week on campus, there will be plenty to do and see. Our orientation events are a great chance to connect with classmates and get the lay of the land.

UBC Student Orientation welcomes you to UBC before classes start. Orientation will help you make friends, navigate the academic transition, meet professors, and learn more about UBC and surrounding areas. UBC’s orientation programs lay the foundation for you to succeed academically.

Aboriginal Student Orientation
Early September

Aboriginal student orientation

  • Indigenous students

Connect with other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students as you get to know your campus and get ready for an exciting school year ahead.

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Early September

Week of Welcome

  • All students

Get to know your campus through a week-long series of events, workshops, and activities designed to welcome back returning students and introduce new students to UBC’s programs and services.

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Campus tours

A great way to get a feel for UBC before you arrive is to take a campus tour, which are led by current UBC students. They’ll take you to some of their favourite spots to study, work up a sweat, and relax between classes, and show you the best parts of the campus before your first day.

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Campus community

Foster a sense of a home away from home. Participate in clubs, join an athletic team, or seek out one of our many on-campus support centres.

Clubs and societies

Are you a budding speed walker or avid tea drinker? Do you love anime or want to try photography? UBC Okanagan has more than 150 clubs and course unions for you to get involved with. Take a look at some of the clubs on offer before arriving on campus.

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Sports and recreation

You don’t have to be a star athlete to stay active at UBC Okanagan. Join an intramural team or a recreational league, or take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities and year-round programming at locations like the Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre, UBC Okanagan Gym, or Nonis Sports Field.

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Indigenous community

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student, you can visit the Aboriginal Center to meet other Indigenous students, or speak with staff to connect with campus services like tutoring, financial advising, or wellness programming.

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International students chatting

International community

If you’re an international student, or just interested in exploring other cultures, there are places on campus where you can gather to exchange ideas. Visit the International Programs and Services office to have any questions about living in Canada answered, or check out the Global Collegium to socialize with other students from overseas.

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