Spring events for Indigenous students

Spring events for Indigenous students

Get ready to meet your Indigenous community at UBC! As an Indigenous student with an offer of admission, you have the chance to join us at a number of events that will welcome you to the university.

Throughout the spring, we’ve set up lots of fun activities led by our Indigenous ambassadors and UBC staff. These will let you meet your new classmates, learn more about being an Indigenous student at UBC, and discover what makes the university such a vibrant place to live, play, and study.


Destination UBC: Indigenous sessions

Destination UBC runs online over two weeks, from April 24 to May 7, 2021. The event will give you the chance to connect with your new faculty, current UBC students, and your fellow first-year classmates. Best of all, it will help you make the decision about whether UBC is the right place for you!

As well as the Destination UBC sessions available to everyone, you can also take part in social sessions open exclusively to Indigenous students. These will include beading workshops, a bannock-making session, Bob Ross paint night, and games evening. There will also the chance to take part in more active events if you’d like, including a DJ dance party and yoga class led by Indigenous instructor and activist, Shayla Stonechild.

If you choose, there are sessions that will help you find out more about the supports and services available to you as an Indigenous student. These info sessions will cover Indigenous-specific financial planning and sponsorship information, the resources available to ensure your health and wellness, and the programs and spaces designed to help you thrive at UBC.


Indigenous Tea Time

Grab your mug and tea, and join our Indigenous student ambassadors for Tea Time! These events are a casual drop-in session for newly admitted Indigenous students, hosted virtually via Zoom for one hour each week. Tea Time runs every Tuesday from April 13 to May 18 from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. PT.

At Tea Time, you’ll meet the Indigenous students you’ll be starting school with in September. Together, you’ll spend time with some of our current Indigenous students who can answer any questions you may have about UBC.

There will be different Team Times for new UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver students, so you can start building your community. Each will be led by a current student at the campus you’ve been admitted to.

Each week, Tea Time will have a different theme. You can expect fun and interactive games and activities – and the chance to win prizes!


How to register

Registration for all your Indigenous spring events is now open.

  1. Fill out this form to register for all the events you’d like to attend. This will include your Tea Time events, as well as your Destination UBC sessions (both Indigenous-specific sessions and those open to everyone.)
  2. Log in or create an account for the Future Student Portal to see the sessions you’ve registered for. Please be patient – your choices will be displayed within a few days of submitting the form.



Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Programs spotlight: Engineering and technology

Are you looking for a future-proof profession? Pursuing an education in a STEM field is a surefire way to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to secure a bright career path. UBC’s engineering and technology programs will challenge you intellectually, connect you with a community of dedicated scientists and engineers, and open a world of opportunities.

Explore your program options

Mechanical Engineering

In the Mechanical Engineering program at UBC Okanagan you’ll investigate practical, hands-on ways of creating and improving physical systems to meet the demand of modern industries – from aircraft and energy systems to biomedical, mechatronics, and manufacturing. The program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and will help you master fundamental engineering concepts while learning more about the application of practical design skills.


The student scoop

Joses Akampurira, Engineering

Meet Joses, a Civil Engineering student who found that volunteering and getting involved was the best path to success at UBC.

Wood Products Processing

The Wood Products Processing program at UBC Vancouver begins with foundational courses in math, physics, and chemistry, and transitions into developing your knowledge of wood and material science, and wood processing technologies. You’ll study in the award-winning Forest Sciences Centre and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Canada’s national centre of excellence for wood products. In your senior years, you’ll learn how to analyze and optimize manufacturing operations, finishing up with a major project drawing on your personal interests.



The student scoop

Annelies Tjebbes, Engineering

Meet Annelies, an Electrical Engineering alumna who used her skills and education to improve the lives of others.

Data Science

UBC’s Data Science program at the UBC Okanagan is grounded in statistics – to formulate relevant questions and determine the answer based on data – and computer science – to manipulate and visualize data efficiently. You’ll learn more about decision-making supported by data while taking courses in machine learning, network science, data analytics, and much more. Your courses will prepare you for graduate studies, or for careers in e-commerce, finance, government, genomics, entertainment and sports, management, and other areas that increasingly rely on data sets.


A professor’s perspective

Dr. Jonathan Holzman, UBC Okanagan Engineering professor

Meet Dr. Holzman, an Engineering professor at UBC’s Okanagan campus who is building bridges between faculty, students, industry, and the Okanagan community.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers use engineering tools like design, modelling, and fabrication, and apply them to science and healthcare issues. They develop new technologies that enable doctors, therapists, biotech companies, and researchers to improve human health. As a Biomedical Engineering student at UBC Vancouver, you’ll take specialized courses to help you build a unique foundation in engineering, biology, math, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, design, and the healthcare system. In your third year, you’ll have the chance to customize your degree based on your interests.


See a full list of engineering and technology programs at UBC



Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. If you want to live in residence at UBC, you must apply by May 1, 2021.

If you are considering a degree on both campuses, you must complete a separate residence application for each campus.


Am I guaranteed a spot?

Your place in residence is guaranteed if:

  • You are a first-year student entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP.
  • You submit your residence application for eight-month housing (Winter Session) by the May 1 deadline.
  • You accept UBC’s offer of admission by the date indicated in your offer letter, or June 1 (whichever comes first).

If you have questions about priority access, residence guarantees, or housing beyond first year, visit the UBC Student Housing website.


What’s residence like?

No matter which residence you’re assigned to, you’ll be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university life, enjoy your time as a student, and make lifelong friends. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the new All You Care To Eat meal plan on our Okanagan campus, and the excellent first-year residence meal plan on our Vancouver campus.


Move-in day on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Move-in day on UBC’s Vancouver campus


What if residence isn’t for me?

If you’re not planning to live in residence, you can build your own home away from home at the UBC Collegia on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. These welcoming on-campus spaces are great spots to relax between classes, heat up your lunch, and connect with new friends.


Residence and COVID-19

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges. Health and safety remains our first priority and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines. You can follow along with Student Housing’s most up-to-date information.



Join us online for your UBC applicant information event

Join us online for your UBC applicant information event

If you’ve been admitted to either of UBC’s campuses, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend one of the applicant information events we’re hosting, which are specific to your region in the world.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss how UBC aligns with your goals and interests in building community, research and work opportunities. You’ll have the chance to learn about course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. In addition, you’ll also have a chance to meet other students from your area who have been admitted to UBC.

This year, our events will be online. Registration is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you.


Join us for an online information session

Can’t make it to an applicant information event, or have more questions about UBC? You can talk to one of our advisors during our regularly scheduled online information sessions.



Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

If you’re a Canadian student who’s been admitted to UBC, we can’t wait to meet you online at Destination UBC from April 24 to May 7!

This two-week virtual event will help you discover why UBC is one of the top 40 universities in the world, plus what makes it such an exciting place to live, play, and study. But don’t just take our word for it!

Destination UBC is designed to help you decide whether UBC is the right home for you. You’ll be able to take part in sessions that will let you meet your profs and peers, learn more about topics such as your finances and housing, and start building your community early.


Registration is now open

It’s time to register for Destination UBC.

Remember – you’re not expected to go to every event, unless you’d like to! To get the most out of Destination UBC, we recommend you attend at least one kickoff session; one info session; one of your Faculty’s sessions; one social event, or one campus tour.

There are two different methods of registering – one for non-Indigenous students, and one for Indigenous students.


Registration for non-Indigenous students

For kickoff sessions, social events, Faculty sessions, and campus tours

  1. Log in or create an account on the Future Student Portal.
  2. Scroll down to the “Upcoming events you may be interested in” section.
  3. Choose and register for all the sessions you’d like!

For info sessions

  1. Log in or create an account on the Future Student Portal.
  2. Scroll down to the “Upcoming events you may be interested in” section.
  3. Register for one of the kickoff sessions.
  4. The info sessions have now been unlocked. Scroll down to see the info sessions you’re eligible for, and click to register.


Registration for Indigenous students

If you’re an Indigenous student with an offer to UBC, there are extra Destination UBC sessions designed just for you! These will help to welcome you to UBC and its Indigenous community, and are only available to Indigenous students. As well as all the other Destination UBC sessions on the schedule, you can take part in fun activities with our Indigenous ambassadors, meet your new classmates, and learn more about what it’s like to be an Indigenous student at UBC!

Because you have the chance to take part in these additional sessions, your registration will be a bit different.

  1. Fill out this form to register for all the events you’d like to attend at Destination UBC – both the sessions open to everyone, as well as your Indigenous-specific choices.
  2. Log in or create an account for the Future Student Portal to see the sessions you’ve registered for. Please be patient – your sessions will be displayed within a few days of submitting the form.


Deadline for registration

Registration will close 24 hours before the start of each session. You can visit the Destination UBC page to see the schedule and timings for all sessions.


We’re looking forward to meeting you!



Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

If you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC – congratulations! All your hard work has paid off.

Now that you’re making your final decision of whether UBC is the right place for you, we highly recommend joining us for a live virtual campus tour.

You can find lots of great info and photos about what it’s like to be a UBC student on TwitterInstagram, and TikTok, but there’s really no substitute for connecting with some of our current students online, and having them share their knowledge and experiences with you. Our students are excited to show you their favourite spaces on campus, and to answer your questions about life and learning at UBC.


What to expect

During the 75-minute Zoom tour, you’ll learn more about UBC, see photos from some of our favourite spots at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, and hear from real students about their experiences in class, in residence, and beyond.


Tour schedules

For UBC Okanagan, tours are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

For UBC Vancouver, you can join a tour every day apart from Sunday (excluding holidays).


How to register

To view all upcoming tours and to register, visit the Future Student Portal’s Tours and events page and select the “On campus” tab.


Can’t make it to one of our live virtual tours?

No problem! If you are unable to attend one of our live tours or you want to learn more about UBC at your own pace, you can also experience our two campuses by taking a self-guided virtual tour.

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Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 15

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Monday, March 15, 2021, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca with the subject line “document upload,” and remember to include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.



Your September 2021 classes and COVID-19

Your September 2021 classes and COVID-19

This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: March 9, 2021


We understand that there has been a lot of uncertainty for you this past year due to COVID-19. As the world begins to move toward life after the pandemic, you’ve likely been wondering what your UBC classes will look like in September 2021.

The province of British Columbia has been working very hard to make in-person gatherings safe again. Based on the strong and effective safety plans put in place by the government, as well as BC’s vaccination schedule, UBC is preparing for increased on-campus activities. This means that you should begin preparing to be on campus for your studies in September!

Your health and wellbeing has always been UBC’s top priority, and you can be confident that we will continue to put your safety first. UBC staff are currently making plans in collaboration with public health authorities to make sure on-campus activities are safe and successful. This includes planning for transit to UBC, organizing quarantine arrangements for international students (if this continues to be required), creating options for on-site immunization, and managing the availability of study spaces.

We understand that you might have a lot of questions about coming to UBC in September. Because the situation continues to evolve, it’s important to keep checking this blog post to find out the latest information. The date at the top of the post will let you know when it was last updated.

For more information on how UBC is working with provincial health authorities, you can read BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s letter to university presidents on March 8, 2021.