If you’re entering first year at UBC Vancouver and coming directly from high school, you’ll want to register for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver. This five-day 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!
What to expect
You’ll join a learning community of 25–35 students, led by an upper-year UBC student leader and a faculty fellow. Together, you’ll participate in a full range of activities during the program, from discovering the university learning environment and the classroom setting to fun events such as trivia nights, photo challenges, games, exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and art activities.
If you’re planning to live in student housing on campus (known at UBC as “residence”) in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to move in early, get to know campus, and meet new friends in-person. You will enjoy scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace. Move-in for the Jump Start’s residence stream takes place on August 27. The five-day program runs from August 29 to September 2. Students traveling to Canada are expected to arrive in time to complete any applicable Canadian quarantine requirements on or before August 27.
If you’re planning to live off campus and will be commuting to UBC in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to practice your route to classes, get to know your new campus and your Collegium, and meet your first friends in person. The five-day program will include scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace. Jump Start’s commuter stream begins on August 29 and finishes on September 2.
All Jump Start programming will follow BC Provincial Health Guidelines. Learn more about UBC’s response to COVID-19.
Registration is now open! Visit the Jump Start Vancouver webpage to complete the registration form, pay the program fee, and save your spot.
Jump Start registration will close on July 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
What students are saying
“I would definitely recommend Jump Start because it helped me become very familiar with the campus and overall environment at UBC. I also had the opportunity to meet professors and that was very helpful with my transition from high school to university as I got to hear about their expectations and how to thrive in their courses.”
– Khadija Daya
“I met a lot of great people in Jump Start whom I am still hanging out with. We mostly have classes together too so we helped each other in transitioning during the first week of class. Best decision I’ve ever made!”
– Martina Francisco