Your UBC Okanagan orientations

Your UBC Okanagan orientations

Congratulations on your offer of admission to UBC Okanagan! Once you’ve decided UBC is the right place for you and accepted your offer, it’s time to take a look at your orientations before classes start.

This summer, these activities and events will help you build your community and meet your first friends, learn more about campus life, and get ready for your first day in September.

UBC 101

As a new-to-UBC-Okanagan student, you’ll be automatically enrolled in UBC 101. This course has two streams: an Indigenous student stream and a general student stream. Both streams contain a series of online modules that will help you discover the history and traditions of UBC Okanagan, learn about the academic transition to university, and be introduced to on-campus support services. Make sure you don’t miss the module that provides important information about course registration.

UBC 101’s Indigenous student stream is self-paced, takes about 2 hours, and can be completed anytime between mid-May and mid-August. As an Indigenous student in this stream, your learning will be supported by the Indigenous Programs and Services Office and Indigenous peer mentor team.

UBC 101’s general student stream modules will be released every week between mid-May and mid-August. Completing the modules will take about 1 hour each week and your learning will be led by an upper-year UBC Okanagan student who can answer your questions and help you take care of the essentials before classes start.

Who should take part

All undergraduate students coming to UBC Okanagan, except Bachelor of Education students.

Dates and deadlines

If you’re eligible, you will be automatically enrolled starting in mid-May.

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will help you discover campus life, learn about opportunities, and connect with other students. This multi-day event is a great way to make friends before the first day of term through fun social activities in small groups of around 25, led by upper-year peers.

You can take part in Jump Start’s commuter stream or residence stream, depending on whether you’ll be living on- or off-campus in your first term. Whichever stream is right for you, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your degree, 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 sessions hosted by UBC Okanagan staff and faculty to show you the campus resources and services. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Okanagan from high school.

Dates and deadlines

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 28 to September 1. Residence students may begin moving in on August 26 – 27. Register now!


Kick off your first year at UBC Okanagan with Create orientation. This free campus-wide event is here to help you build connections to the people, places, and resources that will support and shape your university experience. Over the course of the day, you’ll meet other new students and connect with upper-level peers who are ready to answer all your questions.

You’ll learn about UBC Okanagan and be welcomed by UBC’s leadership. You can also discover more about the campus and Kelowna community at the Showcase Information Fair. After you’ve registered for Create, you will receive an official email in late August with your personal schedule, including your group number and other important information about the day.

Who should take part

All new-to-UBC Okanagan undergraduate students.

Dates and deadlines

Create takes place on September 4. Registration will open in July.

Indigenous Student Orientation

Indigenous Student Orientation (ISO) is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students prepare for a successful start at UBC and develop connections and meaningful relationships.

Get to know UBC Okanagan and begin to discover your community on campus at Indigenous Student Orientation. Join the Indigenous Programs and Services team during a fun-filled day where you will learn more about campus, get to know your peer mentor and other new-to-UBCO Indigenous students, and enjoy a lunch together while being entered to win some great door prizes.

Who should take part

Indigenous Student Orientation is open to all First Nation (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit students new to UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Dates and deadlines

ISO takes place on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Registration will open in July.

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