Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You events. Instead, if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 


There’s something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for that experience. On our Okanagan campus, we’re inviting you to attend Destination UBC  in May – a weekend-long event for admitted students.  As part of the program, we host a day of social and academic programming called UBC Welcomes You to help you get a feel for your new home come fall. Students who self-identify as Indigenous are also encouraged to head out to Kelowna a day earlier to attend the Indigenous Welcome.

On our Vancouver campus, admitted students are invited to register for UBC Welcomes You, a full-day event in April to help you meet your first friends and get familiar with the campus. If you’re an Indigenous student, you may also attend the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome, a full weekend designed to foster a smooth transition into life at UBC.

Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture life at UBC.


Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 22 – 24: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.

May 21: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student in Canada, join us on Thursday, May 21 for the Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus before your Destination UBC experience begins.


Before I went to Destination UBC I had already accepted an offer to another university and was a week away from picking out classes for it. My mom ended up talking me into going to the event, and I am so grateful because after that weekend I turned down my acceptance to the other university and accepted my offer to UBC Okanagan. I met so many people I could relate to and felt as though I was able to already make UBC my second home.” 


– Madison Knodel, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus


UBC Welcomes You (Okanagan campus)

May 23: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Excited about attending UBC? UBC Welcomes You is a half-day informational event at UBC’s Okanagan campus that is part of Destination UBC, 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. All admitted students to UBC’s Okanagan campus are welcome to attend!


UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 26: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half day at UBC Vancouver learning about your new campus and degree, connecting with your new community, and preparing for life as a UBC student. You’ll have the chance to meet with your professors, find out more about your program, and meet your first friends.


Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver)

May 29 – 31: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, you may also attend the weekend-long Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (May 29-31) to help you get to know the Aboriginal community.


“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”


– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics, Vancouver campus


What if I can’t attend?

If you can’t make it to any of these events, we’ll also be hosting sessions in a city near you soon.


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