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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for UBC Okanagan, or email@example.com 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.