Explore your interests early with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Explore your interests early with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

If you’re a high school student aged 15 to 18, you can get a head start on your academic goals by taking part in the UBC Future Global Leaders program. During each 10-week online course, you’ll explore your academic interests with a top-tier university, try a popular university course without the stress of exams, and make friends from around the world. These pre-university courses are a great way to work out what your passions are while you’re still in high school, and prepare yourself for success at university and beyond.

 

What can you study?

Academic courses

You can choose from five engaging academic courses, all taught by UBC instructors. Each 10-week course will take place online, so it will be accessible from anywhere. You’ll have the chance to meet other students from around the world as you attend your live virtual classes that are offered on Wednesday evenings or Saturdays.

  • Introduction to Business Foundations: Study the importance of core business functions, including finance, accounting, marketing, and human resource management. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in business, this course is the perfect fit.
  • Introduction to Engineering: If you’re fascinated by engineering, architecture, or applied science, this course is for you. Find out about the engineering profession, and the disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Learn about the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This program is excellent if you’re thinking of majoring in psychology or if you’re interested in the social sciences, applied sciences, or medicine.
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Consider how philosophy is applied to contemporary questions, such as how to design intelligent robots, the ethics of scientific and technological innovation, and how to evaluate government policies. If you’re interested in law, politics, journalism, or any other profession that values reasoning and problem-solving, this is a great choice for you.
  • Artificial intelligence and society: Analyze critical questions around the impact of machine learning and how computer algorithms are changing our world. This course is ideal if you’re interested in artificial intelligence, creativity, art, governance, or the ethics of technology.

Non-academic courses

  • Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University:  Maximize your chances of getting into your top-choice university by learning what you can do now to make your applications stand out. Learn how to write university applications that catch the attention of admissions committees. There are no live virtual classes but you can email your instructor any time, and receive personal feedback on your writing assignments. This online course is three weeks long.

 

Who can take part?

To register for a UBC Future Global Leaders course, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. We suggest that you have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B or higher, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You don’t need to submit any transcripts to register.

If you want to register for an academic course and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You don’t need to provide your scores, and can self-assess your own levels.

 

Dates and deadlines

All five academic courses run from late September to November.

The Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University course runs from October 25 to November 14.

 

How to register

Registration is now open. No application, transcripts, or proof of English is required.

  1. Select the course(s) you’re interested in
  2. Click “view and register”
  3. Scroll down the page to “Available sessions”
  4. Select which session works best for you
  5. Click “Add to cart”
  6. Click on the “Complete registration” button and make your payment

Registration is first-come-first-serve, and you can register up to the day a course starts as long as all the seats have not yet been filled. We recommend registering early as our summer academic courses filled up very quickly.

 

UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The UBC Future Global Leaders program awards bursaries to Grade 11 high school students (or those who have just completed Grade 10) in BC, who have financial need. Each bursary covers full tuition for one fall online course of your choice.

To be considered for the bursary, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). If you are entering Grade 11, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 10 English (or equivalent). You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university-college. Indigenous students are especially encouraged to apply.

Bursary applications for fall online courses close August 31, 2021.

 

 

Health insurance at UBC

Health insurance at UBC

Health insurance and coverage are important topics for all new students – whether you’re coming to UBC from another province or territory, or from across the globe. As a UBC student, you must have both basic and extended health insurance coverage over the course of your studies. Here’s a quick look at what steps you need to take (if any).

 

How do you get basic health insurance?

Basic health insurance will vary from student to student. You may have one or a combination of out-of-province health insurance, the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), or iMED.

BC students

If you’re a resident of BC and currently covered by MSP, no action is required on your part, , but remember to renew your MSP if you are a current international student and you have extended your study permit.

Out-of-province students

If you’re a Canadian student with a health plan in another province or territory, you do not need to switch to BC MSP. You’ll be covered by the health plan in your home province or territory as long as you remain a student. If you choose to switch to MSP, you’ll need to apply.

Canadian students coming from abroad

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada returning to Canada after living abroad, you may already have health coverage in BC or another Canadian province or territory. If you don’t, you’ll need to apply for MSP and make arrangements to join the Global Campus Health Plan or another temporary insurance plan for the three-month period before your MSP coverage takes effect.

International students

Canada has a public healthcare system. Everyone living in BC for longer than six months is required to join MSP, a basic health insurance policy for the province’s residents. If you’re a new-to-UBC international student, you’ll need to apply for MSP as soon as you arrive in BC. During the three-month period before your MSP coverage takes effect, you’ll automatically be enrolled in a temporary health insurance plan called iMED after you register for courses if you are a new UBC student. Your iMED coverage will begin on August 1.

A couple of tips:

  • If you arrive in BC before August, purchase advanced coverage. Make sure you take into account when you can travel based on the Canadian government’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • If you arrive after August, submit a date change formso that your iMED dates match your specific MSP waiting period.
  • If you’re going to be studying online outside of Canada, information about how to postpone your iMED coverage will be on the International Student Advising’s FAQs.
  • If you already have MSP, or you will be covered by another provincial health plan for the waiting period, or you already have required health insurance through a third party organization who is funding your studies, you should opt-out of iMED by the deadline.

Take a look at the health insurance for international students page to learn more about the differences between iMED, MSP and the AMS/GSS Health and Dental plan. If you have questions about healthcare or coverage in Canada, please contact an international student advisor on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

 

How do you get extended health insurance?

As a UBC student, you will be automatically enrolled in the extended health and dental plan offered by the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) on the Okanagan campus or the Alma Mater Society/Graduate Student Society (AMS/GSS) on the Vancouver campus when you register for courses. Certain exceptions may apply, so make sure you check your Student Service Centre (SSC) account to confirm that you’ve been enrolled and charged the appropriate fee.

This extended health and dental plan through UBC works alongside your basic health insurance plan. For details on your coverage, or how to opt out if you already have equivalent coverage, please visit the Studentcare website.

 

If you have a pre-existing medical condition

If you’re being treated for a medical condition, consult your healthcare professional to make sure you’re well enough to take on the challenge of university. If you’re well enough to attend UBC, you’ll need to plan for treatment during your studies.

Find out if the treatment you need is available at UBC or nearby, how much it costs, and whether it will be covered under your basic and/or extended health insurance. The Health and Wellness Centre on the Okanagan campus and Student Health Service on the Vancouver campus offer on-campus medical clinics that are free for all UBC students.

If you have a documented disability

If you have a documented disability and require disability-related accommodation or academic support, please contact an advisor at the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus to discuss your eligibility.

 

 

Don’t forget to register for Jump Start

Don’t forget to register for Jump Start

As a student coming directly from high school, one UBC orientation you won’t want to miss is Jump Start! The five-day online program is designed to give you a first look at university life, let you meet your professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends.

 

Choose your stream

UBC is expecting to offer your classes on campus in September, based on the strong and effective safety plans put in place by the government. This year, you can choose from Jump Start’s virtual-only option or its in-person streams to get to know more about your campus.

If you’re planning to be on or near campus in the fall, Jump Start’s in-person streams are perfect for students living in residence or commuting to UBC. These streams will follow a hybrid model, providing a mix of on-campus small-group events, and virtual programming. You can experience scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions you can take part in online in your own time.

Jump Start’s fully-virtual stream will include both live and pre-recorded activities to accommodate for time zone differences and accessibility. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events with a small group of your peers, student leaders, and a professor from your faculty. You’ll also enjoy a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace.

Discover more about Jump Start for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver students.

 

Why Jump Start?

Whichever option you choose, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and can take part in workshops to show you the campus’s resources and services. Across the event, you can expect a variety of large and small group socials, such as trivia nights, photo challenges, games, exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and social media contests to help you make your first friends.

 

Registration is open now

To register for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan, complete the online form.

To sign up for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver, visit the webpage.

When you sign up, you’ll need to pay your fee ($35 plus tax, non-refundable). The registration fee is waived for all self-identified Indigenous students on both campuses. If the cost for Jump Start prohibits you from participating, please let us know by emailing jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca for UBC Okanagan, or orientations.jumpstart@ubc.ca for UBC Vancouver.

 

Sign up early

Jump Start registration closes on July 12, 2021 at 12 p.m. PT for UBC Vancouver, and July 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. PT for UBC Okanagan, so make sure you sign up soon.

 

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

If you’re entering first year at UBC Okanagan and coming directly from high school, Jump Start at UBC Okanagan is for you! This orientation will let you take care of the essentials before your first day, let you meet your UBC Okanagan professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends.

 

When is Jump Start?

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 30 to September 3, 2021.

 

What to expect

UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine what a safe return to campus will look like in the fall. This year, you can choose from Jump Start at UBC Okanagan’s virtual-only stream or its in-person stream.

The virtual-only stream will include both live and pre-recorded activities to accommodate for time zone differences and accessibility. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events, plus a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace.

If you’re planning to be on or near campus in the fall, Jump Start at UBC Okanagan’s in-person stream is perfect if you plan to live in residence or commute to UBC. This stream will follow a hybrid model, providing a mix of on-campus small-group events, and virtual programming.

Whichever stream you choose, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as have the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and you’ll be able to take part in workshops showing you campus resources and services. During Jump Start at UBC Okanagan, you can expect a variety of large and small group socials, such as trivia nights, photo challenges, games, exercises, sports and dance tutorials, and social media contests to help you make your first friends.

 

Register now

Registration is now open! Visit our webpage to learn more and to complete the application form and pay your fees to sign up. Registration will close on June 30, 2021, at 12:00 pm (PDT).

 

What students are saying about Jump Start

It was a great way to meet new people. I consider myself a shy person, and Jump Start made me step out of my comfort zone and experience new things which ultimately made me feel more prepared for university!
– Ali Zaidi

“Jump Start definitely exceeded my expectations for what a virtual orientation would be like. I actually managed to make friends and connect with a few people! I had a lot of fun playing games and I was often sitting in front of my computer laughing. My leaders were also great! I felt a lot more comfortable navigating Canvas and a lot more prepared for university overall.”
– Janet Warnes

Last chance to register for Academic Essentials

Last chance to register for Academic Essentials

Get a head start on your first term at UBC by enrolling in Academic Essentials. These courses are designed to ensure you have a strong grasp of the fundamentals in math, academic reading and writing, and health and wellness at UBC, so you have a solid foundation to build on in September.

Your academic essentials courses begin on July 5, 2021, so there’s not long left to register!

 

What is Academic Essentials?

Academic Essentials is a series of three not-for-credit courses that will help you hit the ground running before your first day at UBC. Each course includes about three hours a week of instruction, and may include short weekly assignments. You can register for as many courses as you like.

As part of the curriculum, you’ll be able to access a library of online material to study in your own time while also having the opportunity to talk to Course Facilitators. These are current UBC students who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course content or UBC.

 

Which courses can you choose?

Academic Essentials: Reading and Writing at University

  • Learn strategies for active listening and critical reading in your UBC classes.
  • Become familiar with the UBC library system and the structures of academic articles.
  • Begin to develop your own writing voice, and explore different areas of research.
  • Interact with Course Facilitators through discussions and short writing exercises.

Academic Essentials: Readiness for University Mathematics

  • Discover the habits you’ll need to be successful in your math classes at UBC.
  • Learn how to approach new problems, and when to ask for help.
  • Practice fundamentals like algebra, functions, graphs, and geometry.
  • Self-assess the prerequisite skills and concepts needed for UBC calculus classes.

Academic Essentials: Live Well to Learn Well

  • Get tips on how to successfully transition from high school to university.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to excel in your time at UBC.
  • Learn about the resources and strategies available to build a sense of community at UBC.
  • Find out how to access academic and wellness resources at UBC.

You can take part in one, two, or all three courses. Each one is tailored to your campus.

 

When is Academic Essentials?

All Academic Essentials courses run from July 5 to August 12, 2021. Each of the courses are self-directed, with new content released each week.

 

How much does it cost?

Every course is offered free of cost.

 

How to register

Click the links below to enrol in the courses of your choice. You can choose from one, two, or all three courses, and you’ll need to register for each individually. You’ll need your campus wide login (CWL) from your UBC application to sign up.

When you register, make sure you select the courses for the campus to which you’ve been admitted (Okanagan or Vancouver).

UBC Okanagan

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University

UBC Vancouver

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University

 

Hear from past participants:

“The Academic Essentials courses were my first insight into what a university class feels like. They introduced me to the various resources UBC uses to conduct online learning in particular, and it was a very convenient head start that made my transition to university feel more familiar and comfortable.”
Raiaan Khan, first year in Applied Science, Academic Essentials participant

 

 

First-year writing, communication, or English requirements

First-year writing, communication, or English requirements

As a UBC student, you’ll need to have reading, writing, and speaking skills in English, regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between three and six credits of writing, communication, or English.

 

Is this the same thing as the English Language Admission Standard?

No, they’re two different things. The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is an admissions requirement that you had to meet before being admitted to UBC. Your Faculty’s first-year writing, communication, or English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.

 

What are my first-year writing, communication, or English requirements?

To check how many credits you must complete and which courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your Faculty at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

 

What is the first-year English course entry requirement?

UBC Okanagan

To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course prerequistes for UBC Okanagan.

UBC Vancouver

First-year English courses for UBC Vancouver do not have any prerequisites.

 

 

IB, AP, and A-Levels: Course registration and first-year credit

IB, AP, and A-Levels: Course registration and first-year credit

UBC offers International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) credit and A-Level (British-patterned education) credit to new first-year students who are eligible. Credit will be offered to you even if your final exams were cancelled due to COVID-19, as long as you complete your coursework and send UBC your final scores.

If you think you’re eligible for first-year credit based on your IB, AP, and A-Level courses and grades, you’ll need to follow these steps.

 

Step 1: Send us your scores

Arrange for your scores to be sent from the International BaccalaureateThe College Board, or your Advanced Level Examination Board to UBC so we can evaluate your eligibility for first-year credit. For more information about which IB, AP, an A-Level courses are eligible for credit, and the minimum scores required, check out our online guide for first-year credit.

If you are waiting for credits to appear on your record, please be patient. You will likely see your credits start to appear on your Student Service Centre account from the final week of July until mid-August. To view your credits, log in to the Student Service Centre and click “grades & records”, and then find the “transfer credit” option.

Please don’t contact us if you don’t see all of your first-year credits applied all at once. We evaluate credits subject-by-subject, so you might see credit posted on different dates.

 

Step 2: Register for your new courses

Make sure that you’ve already registered for all your classes. If you have any questions or concerns about what courses you need to register for – for example, whether you should be registering in first- or second-year courses – please contact your Faculty or academic advisor at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver for assistance.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about degree planning and course selection, your academic advisor in your Faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus will be happy to help.

 

 

Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.

 

July 1

July 12

July 25

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

August 1

If you’re participating in the Jump Start on-campus stream, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

Note:  In line with the current federal guidelines concerning COVID-19, if you are arriving from outside of Canada, the Canadian Government requires you to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days and to self-monitor for symptoms. If this applies to you, please refer to these websites for more information: UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan. The situation concerning COVID-19 continues to evolve, so please keep checking these links for the most up-to-date information.

August 15

August 27

August 29

September 4

September 5

  • Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

September 7

September 8

September 15