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 the Indigenous Welcome
May 21, 2020

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
May 22–24, 2020

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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Students at UBC Welcomes You
May 23, 2020

UBC Welcomes You

  • All students

UBC Welcomes You is a half-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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From July 6, 2020

Academic Essentials

  • All students

Prepare for your UBC classes by taking part in our Academic Essentials courses before you begin your first term. These online courses let you learn the skills you’ll need for UBC at your own pace, and give you a solid foundation to build on in September.

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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.

Students at Jump Start Okanagan
August 31 – September 4, 2020

Jump Start

  • All students

Jump Start is open to all first-year students coming to UBC from high school. Whether you are an international or domestic student, whether you plan to live on or off campus, Jump Start is for you. Registration opens in early 2020 and fills up fast!

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Aboriginal Student Orientation
Early September 2020

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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September 8, 2020


  • All students

Start your first day of university on the right foot. Join your Orientation Leader as they lead you and a group of your classmates to meet your Dean, tour your campus, and discover more than 100 resources, clubs, and groups.

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Early September 2020

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 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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