Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

You won’t need to hit the books on your first day of classes at UBC Okanagan. Instead, you’ll join other new-to-UBC students online for Create on September 8, a day-long virtual orientation event designed to welcome new students like you to the close-knit UBC community.


What to expect

You’ll get to know your online learning community, a small group of other UBC students from your degree or Faculty. Together, you’ll:

  • Attend Kick-Off, a ceremony designed to officially welcoming the incoming class of 2020
  • Meet your Faculty’s dean and important staff members
  • Get to know fellow first-year students and returning students
  • Explore your new campus virtually
  • Learn more about the resources available to you
  • Find out about opportunities to get involved


Who can attend

All new UBC Okanagan students – especially first-year, mature, and transfer students – are encouraged to attend.


How to register

Register for Create online today – the first day of class will be here before you know it!


Are you a student at UBC Vancouver? Check back later this week for details on the Imagine UBC orientation.



What you need to do before your first day at UBC

What you need to do before your first day at UBC

Your first day at UBC is right around the corner, and we’ve prepared lots of online resources and events to make sure you’re ready. Whether you’re an international student or are based in Canada, find out about the final pieces of administration you’ll want to complete in order to hit the ground running next month.


UBC Okanagan

September 8 is coming up fast, and you’ll have to tick a few things off your list to prepare. Discover all the resources you need to stack your student toolkit on UBC Okanagan’s New to UBC page.

Here, you’ll discover everything about:

  • Attending UBC Okanagan’s virtual orientations, including Create and UBC 101
  • Learning about your first week’s welcome activities
  • Choosing to have a peer mentor
  • Understanding the dates and deadlines for classes and fees
  • Joining clubs with the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO)
  • Making sure your health and dental coverage is in place


UBC Vancouver

There are also a few things you’ll need to do to be ready for your studies at UBC Vancouver. The campus’s New to UBC page is your go-to resource to make sure you know how to navigate your first term online.

On the page, you’ll find out more information about:

  • Attending UBC Vancouver’s virtual orientations
  • Ensuring you’ve applied for the essentials like your digital UBCcard
  • Navigating your academic studies online and where to find your classes
  • Budgeting and managing your money
  • Building your social life with clubs and societies
  • Setting up your health and dental coverage


We can’t wait to meet you in September!


Register now for Virtual UBC Collegia and Indigenous Students’ Collegium

Register now for Virtual UBC Collegia and Indigenous Students’ Collegium

Even though your classes might be online for your first term, it’s important to make friends and connect with your new UBC community. UBC Vancouver’s two online Collegia – Virtual UBC Collegia and the Indigenous Students’ Collegium – are designed for you to meet other students, ask questions to your peers and upper-year students, access resources, and enjoy social events together.


What to expect

Virtual UBC Collegia

  • Join regular, small group gatherings with other first-year students from your Faculty to help build your friendships. As part of Virtual UBC Collegia, you’ll take part in social activities organized by upper-year leaders throughout your first term.
  • Connect with faculty members who can offer guidance. You’ll be able to ask about topics like how to approach a project, where to find writing resources for a paper, how best to engage in an online class, or how to study for an upcoming midterm.
  • Discover resources and opportunities. Through conversations, programming, events, and resources, you can find out how to explore your interests and learn more about what UBC has to offer.


Virtual Indigenous Students’ Collegium

  • Meet other Indigenous students, and make your first friends. All Indigenous students are invited to participate in the community, so you’ll be able to ask questions and share experiences with people at different points in their UBC programs.
  • Enjoy organized social activities. Upper-year Indigenous student leaders will set up online events you can take part in for your first few months at UBC.
  • Receive guidance from staff and faculty members trained to support Indigenous students. Your peer leaders are connected to support staff across campus to make sure you have access to services to help you succeed at UBC. Find out how to follow a passion, sharpen your academic skills, or find the resources you need.

More information about the Indigenous Students’ Collegia will be shared directly with Indigenous students by email in mid-August.


Who can join

If you’ve accepted your offer of admission to UBC Vancouver, and you’re a first-year student entering your first term this fall, you’re able to register for Virtual UBC Collegia.

First-year Indigenous students can join the Virtual Indigenous Students’ Collegia community as well as their Virtual UBC Collegia group.


How to register

To register for either Collegia, visit the website to find the right online form. Registration closes on August 30, 2020.

Please note that Jump Start participants are automatically granted membership to Virtual UBC Collegia, and do not need to complete the form.

After you’ve registered, you can expect to receive a membership offer by email in early September. If you haven’t received a message, make sure you’ve added to your inbox safe list.



Vancouver students: Find your faculty on social media

Vancouver students: Find your faculty on social media

With your fall course schedule taking shape, you’ve no doubt done your fair share of research on your faculty and degree. Come September you’ll be diving into the deep end of university life, so now’s the time to dip your toes in the water and see what students and professors in your faculty are up to.

What to expect

Meet Zeus, an Aussie Collie and the unofficial canine rep for UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. Get familiar with UBC’s clubs and societies like Valie, who hosts a UBC radio show, competes as a synchronized swimmer, and is a member of a German singing group. Study with Amanda, a pioneer in marine conservation, or take part in research that’s uncovering the secrets of Mars. And that’s just the beginning.

Find your faculty or school

Find your faculty below and spend the summer getting to know your new UBC community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

Faculties and schools Where to find them
Faculty of Applied Science UBC Engineering Facebook
UBC Engineering Twitter
UBC Engineering Instagram
Faculty of Applied Science > School of Nursing UBC School of Nursing Facebook
UBC School of Nursing Twitter
Faculty of Arts UBC Arts Facebook
UBC Arts Twitter
UBC Arts Instagram
UBC Arts YouTube
Faculty of Arts > School of Music UBC School of Music Facebook
UBC School of Music Twitter
UBC School of Music Instagram
Faculty of Arts > Vancouver School of Economics Vancouver School of Economics Facebook
Vancouver School of Economics Twitter
Vancouver School of Economics YouTube
Faculty of Dentistry UBC Dentistry Facebook
UBC Dentistry Twitter
UBC Dentistry Instagram
Faculty of Education UBC Education Facebook
UBC Education Twitter
UBC Education YouTube
Faculty of Education > School of Kinesiology UBC School of Kinesiology Facebook
UBC School of Kinesiology Twitter
UBC School of Kinesiology Instagram
Faculty of Forestry UBC Forestry Facebook
UBC Forestry Twitter
UBC Forestry Instagram
UBC Forestry YouTube
Faculty of Land and Food Systems UBC Land and Food Systems Facebook
UBC Land and Food Systems Twitter
UBC Land and Food Systems Instagram
Faculty of Science UBC Science Facebook
UBC Science Twitter
UBC Science Instagram
UBC Science YouTube
UBC Sauder School of Business UBC Sauder School of Business Facebook
UBC Sauder School of Business Twitter
UBC Sauder School of Business Instagram
UBC Vantage College UBC Vantage College Facebook
UBC Vantage College Twitter
UBC Vantage College Instagram


Heading to UBC Okanagan? Find your Okanagan faculty on social media.



Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

You’ve accepted your UBC offer of admission and mapped out your courses for the fall. The hard work is done, which means you’re ready to relax and look forward to the adventure ahead! Before you switch off for the summer, take a look at what students and professors in your faculty are doing, and start dreaming about your time at UBC.

What to expect

Get to know people like Dylan Ranney, a Fine Arts alumnus who opened a communal arts space for Kelowna artists and musicians after carving his own creative path at UBC. Find out why UBC researchers think Canada’s mountains are bellwethers of change. Take a look at some of your new peers’ artwork with UBC Okanagan’s virtual exhibition. Learn about the learning opportunities you can look forward to outside of the classroom in your upper years of study. And that’s just the beginning.

Find your faculty or school

Find your faculty below and spend the summer getting to know your new UBC community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest.

Faculties and schools Where to find them
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies UBC Creative and Critical Studies Facebook
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Twitter
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Instagram
Faculty of Health and Social Development

  • School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • School of Nursing
UBC Health and Social Development Facebook
UBC Health and Social Development Twitter
Faculty of Management UBC Management Facebook
UBC Management Twitter
UBC Management Instagram
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Facebook
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Instagram
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Facebook
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Twitter
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Instagram
School of Education Okanagan School of Education Facebook
Okanagan School of Education Twitter
Okanagan School of Education Instagram
Okanagan School of Education Pinterest
School of Engineering UBC School of Engineering Facebook


Heading to UBC’s Vancouver campus? Find your Vancouver faculty on social media.



What to do before classes start

What to do before classes start

It’s only a matter of weeks now until you begin your studies at UBC. As a first-year student you’ll meet loads of new people and have tons of new experiences, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. Set yourself up for a stress-free first week by taking care of a few things before classes start.

1. Get ready for orientation

Surprise! There are no lectures or labs on the first day of class. Instead, you’ll take part in a series of welcome-to-UBC events as part of Create if you’re at UBC Okanagan, or Imagine UBC for UBC Vancouver. Think kick-off ceremonies, school spirit, and discovering your first clubs and societies.

2. Check out the UBC Life Blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, the UBC Life Blog will be your go-to resource for updates and information on Vancouver campus services and events, health and well-being, money management, and more. UBC Okanagan students should take a look at the Student Life page to discover more about what to expect in your first year.

3. Update your email address

Double check the email address you have listed on the Student Service Centre to make sure it’s correct, and then keep an eye on your inbox.

4. Learn about your student health plan

Visit the Studentcare website to learn more about your student health plan – including what’s covered and how to submit claims – or to find out how to opt out if you already have equivalent coverage elsewhere.

5. Plan your finances

Make sure you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year. Need a hand? There are online resources for both campuses ­– Okanagan and Vancouver – that can help.

6. Pay your tuition online

Gain peace of mind by paying your tuition online. Check out the payment methods available for your campus – Okanagan or Vancouver – and choose the option that works best for you.



UBC Okanagan students: register for Jump Start

UBC Okanagan students: register for Jump Start

If you’re entering your first year at UBC Okanagan, the deadline to register for Jump Start is approaching fast. Remember to sign up before July 31!


Why Jump Start?

Jump Start’s multi-day online orientation program is created for new-to-UBC students like you. Its events are designed to introduce you to the university, let you connect with your faculty, and help you make your first friends.

From August 31 to September 4, you’ll:

  • Meet other first-year students. Start making friends early and get to know your classmates before your first day.
  • Spend time with senior peers and UBC professors. You’ll enjoy fun social activities and academic workshops online, designed to welcome you to your program.
  • Learn more about the UBC services available to you. You’ll discover the resources offered by UBC, and learn more about the campus community you’ll be joining when public health authorities determine it’s safe to return.
  • Get organized. There are lots of things to sort out before starting university. By taking care of the essentials early, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters later.


Register for Jump Start now

To take part in Jump Start, complete the registration form as soon as possible, and pay your fee ($35 plus tax, non-refundable). The registration fee is waived for all self-identified Aboriginal students.

If the cost for Jump Start prohibits you from participating or if you have any questions, please let us know by emailing

Registration closes on July 31.


UBC 101

Before Jump Start begins, you’re also encouraged to complete UBC 101 online. In less than two hours, UBC 101 will walk you through everything you need to know before September, including how to register for courses, what to expect from classes, and how to access student support services and during your first year.



Health insurance at UBC

Health insurance at UBC

Medical insurance and health 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 I 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.

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 an 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. Your iMED coverage will begin on August 1.

A couple of tips:

  • If you arrive in BC before August, purchase advanced coverage.
  • If you arrive after August, submit a date change form so that your iMED dates match your specific MSP waiting period.
  • If you will study online outside of Canada, learn more about how to postpone your iMED coverage on the International Student Advising’s FAQs page. Look for the heading “I am a new student starting in Winter Term 1. How is my iMED health insurance affected?
  • If you already have MSP, will be covered by another provincial health plan for the waiting period or already have required health insurance through a third party organization who is funding your studies, opt-out of iMED by the deadline.

If you have questions about health care or coverage in Canada, please contact an international student advisor on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

How do I 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. Your health and dental plan fees will appear alongside your tuition and student fees in your Student Service Centre account.

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.

What if I have a pre-existing medical condition?

If you’re being treated for a medical condition, consult your health care 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.

What if I 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.