Jump Start: Your official welcome to life at UBC

Jump Start: Your official welcome to life at UBC

If you’re entering first year on UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus, you’ll want to register for Jump Start. It doesn’t matter if you’re a domestic or an international student, whether you plan to live on or off campus, Jump Start can help you ease into life at UBC.

Okanagan campus

Jump Start is a week-long program designed to introduce you to the university, to let you meet your faculty, and help you make new friends on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

On August 24 and 25, you’ll have a chance to move in and get settled. From August 26 to 30, you’ll take part in workshops and fun activities that not only prepare you for the academic year, but also help you create your community at UBC. By the end, you’ll be well on your way to feeling at home on campus and in Kelowna.

“Attending the Jump Start program was a fantastic decision. Not only did I meet new people, I became more comfortable with the transition of moving away from home.” – Ammar Riyadh, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Registration for Jump Start on UBC’s Okanagan campus opens in early May and closes on July 31, 2019Learn more and register today

Vancouver campus

Jump Start is a week-long program designed to introduce you to the university, to let you meet your faculty, and help you make new friends on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

I would recommend Jump Start to every incoming student. It’s a way to get involved and get used to UBC before starting classes. You meet not only other new students, but also build relationships with profs, as well as the student leaders. It was informative as well as fun and was a great week to make me feel much more prepared as a first-year student!”  – Bachelor of Arts student, Vancouver campus

As a Jump Start participant, you can start creating your community on campus and developing a clear idea of what it takes to be successful at UBC. Best of all, you’ll have the chance to do it all before classes begin.

  • If you plan to live on campus, your Jump Start experience will run from August 24 to 30.
  • If you plan to live off campus, your Jump Start experience will run from August 26 to 30.

Not sure what your living arrangements will be? No problem! You can register now and decide later.

Registration for Jump Start on UBC’s Vancouver campus closes on July 8, 2019Learn more and register today.


Get ready for Destination UBC 2019

Get ready for Destination UBC 2019

We can’t wait to meet those of you who have registered for Destination UBC on the Okanagan campus and the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on the Vancouver campus. Hundreds of newly admitted students from all over Canada will be coming here to celebrate, explore UBC, and start preparing for life after high school.

What should I bring?

Your Destination UBC confirmation package includes a list of important personal items that you’ll want to bring. There will be lots of indoor and outdoor games, plus activities like yoga, running, and walking tours, so be sure to pack the clothing and footwear you’ll need. If you play an instrument, bring it along too. Above all else, come with a positive attitude ­– and we’ll take care of the rest.

What if I’m registered as part of the travel reimbursement program?

Your register for Destination UBC includes an electronic package that outlines the next steps for booking your travel. In the meantime, you can review the How will I be reimbursed? details for your campus (Okanagan or Vancouver) online. If you have any questions or concerns, just email us at destination.ubc@ubc.ca.

What next?

Follow along on Snapchat, and use the #destinationubc hashtag to share the beginning of your UBC story and find other students on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re on the Okanagan campus, we have a Facebook group too. Who knows – you might make a few friends before you even arrive!

International students: Remember to apply for a study permit

International students: Remember to apply for a study permit

Unless you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you’ll need to obtain a study permit before you start classes at UBC and ensure it remains valid for the duration of your studies. Study permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a temporary resident visa and/or a medical examination.

When do I apply?

You should apply for a study permit as soon as you’re admitted to UBC. Applications can take several months to process, particularly if you’re from a country with additional visa requirements. If you’re a U.S. student, see below.

What documentation will I need?

When you apply for a study permit, IRCC may require you to provide the following:

  • Your letter of admission from UBC
  • Proof of funds adequate to support you for your first year of study in Canada
  • Your passport
  • Photo(s) that meet IRCC specifications
  • Your completed application forms

How do I apply?

  • Online: If you meet certain conditions, you may be able to apply for your permit online.
  • By mail: If you are unable to apply online, you must complete a paper application. Your first step should be to visit the website of the Canadian visa application centre for your country. Check which documents are required, determine if you need a temporary resident visa and/or medical examination, and confirm how to mail your application and pay the application fee.

What if I’m a US student?

As a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a resident of Greenland or St. Pierre and Miquelon, you can apply for a study permit directly at an international airport in Canada or at most major US/Canada border crossings.

Follow the same steps as outlined on the study permit tutorial. Please note:

  • You can pay the application fee ($150 CAD) directly at the border by cash, debit, or credit card.
  • If your spouse or common-law partner will accompany you, bring along documentation of your relationship, such as a marriage certificate or common-law partnership declaration.
  • If you’re under 17 years old and come to Canada without a parent or legal guardian, you must secure a custodian. 

What if I’m already studying in Canada?

I am coming to UBC from a Canadian high school

You must obtain a new study permit prior to starting classes at UBC because your current study permit does not allow you to study at the post-secondary level. You can do this by following the same process as extending your study permit.

Apply as soon as possible and make sure you have the right study permit before you attend UBC.

  • You can apply to renew your study permit online when you are in Canada.
  • If you will not be in Canada in time to apply to extend your study permit, contact an International Student Advisor for help.

I am transferring to UBC from a Canadian college or university

If you already have a valid study permit for post-secondary study in Canada, you can use that permit to study at UBC.

As a post-secondary student, you can transfer between programs of study and institutions by simply changing your Designated Learning Institution (DLI) online via your MyCIC account.

What if I still have questions?

More guidance on study permit requirements can be found in UBC’s International Student Guide.

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

Most students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit in the Student Service Centre when they accept their offer of admission to UBC. The acceptance deposit counts as your first registration deposit, and is applied to your tuition fees after you register for classes.

There are some exceptions, though. If you’re receiving a major award or sponsorship funding – from UBC or a third party – and that funding is delayed, your registration deposit may be deferred until the rest of your tuition fees are due. If you’ve self-identified as an Aboriginal person of Canada, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred in an effort to support students who are being funded by third parties, including their band or Nation.

Can I apply to have my registration deposit deferred?

There’s no need to apply. If you’re eligible, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred.

How will I know if my deposit has been deferred?

If UBC has deferred your registration deposit it will be noted in one of two places:

  • at the bottom of your letter of admission; or
  • in an email from the Enrolment Services team, which explains why you’ve been granted a deferral and what to expect when you log in to the Student Service Centre.

Don’t worry if you are still prompted to pay a deposit on your registration screen. If you have confirmation that your registration deposit has been deferred, you can safely ignore this default warning.

Who can help me with financial planning?

If you have financial concerns or you’re facing financial challenges, please contact an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. We can help you plan how to finance your studies at UBC.

Register now for Destination UBC

Register now for Destination UBC

Spring is here, and that means that Destination UBC, at the Okanagan campus, and the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome, at the Vancouver campus, are right around the corner. This is your chance to experience university life on campus, make new friends from across Canada before you start classes in September, and discover why UBC is the right place for you. If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us a day early on the Okanagan campus for the Indigenous Welcome.

(Attending UBC’s Vancouver campus? Our UBC Welcomes You event is for you.)

What to expect


Meet your future classmates.


Learn about your degree and have your questions answered by current students.


Attend a lecture – and maybe even witness something cool.



Explore your campus before classes begin.



Get ready for university in a supportive and inclusive community.



Hang out in residence and get a feel for life as a first-year student.


What past participants have to say


“My first impression of UBC’s Okanagan campus was just the sheer beauty that surrounded it. All the mountains and greenery just brightened me up. The campus felt small enough where I wouldn’t be overwhelmed by its size. The smaller lecture halls and classrooms reassured me that I wouldn’t get lost in the numbers. It was a beautiful campus that just felt like a happy and energetic place.”

– Destinie Baker, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“The most valuable aspect of attending the event was being able to stay in the dorms and have the chance to explore almost every aspect of the campus and get the real experience of what ‘student life’ is all about. Destination UBC made me feel confident about my choice of school.”


– Genna Moyer, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“By the end of Destination UBC, I had not only gotten to know the campus and city, but also met tons of other potential student, current students, and faculty, and learned about the programs and services available to Aboriginal students on campus.”


– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan campus


“In the plane on my way home, I couldn’t stop thinking of what an amazing weekend I had. I toured multiple times on campus, biked in the surrounding trails, had conferences specially dedicated to my future faculty, had the opportunity to attend a Physics class and a Biology lecture, got shown Kelowna’s downtown and its amazing beach on the lake, met amazing people, and made more friends than I thought I would make in such a short time. I was home when I was at Destination UBC and this feeling has not left me since I started here.”


– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

Register now

Please see your email invitation for registration details. Space is limited and registration closes on April 26 – so register soon to avoid disappointment. Find out if you’re eligible for a travel reimbursement and secure your spot.

Presidential Scholars Awards

Presidential Scholars Awards

Choosing UBC’s Presidential Scholars Award recipients is a highly selective process in which the University aims to recognize students with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements.

This year, on UBC’s Okanagan campus, approximately 1,400 eligible applicants were competing for 39 renewable awards. On UBC’s Vancouver campus, approximately 7,200 eligible applicants were competing for renewable awards ranging in value from $8,400 to $80,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only.

All applicants who have been designated a Presidential Scholars Award will be notified by email by April 26, 2019. Only those applicants who have received an award will be contacted.

We appreciate the time and energy required to meet our deadlines and applaud your dedication to academic and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission to UBC was based on a combination of your academic profile and your Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we’ll be looking at them alongside your Personal Profile.

Our process and timeline

In May, we’ll review grades for students who received first-round offers and verify that the grade information submitted to UBC was accurate. If we have any concerns with your grades, we’ll reach out to you directly.

In July, we’ll review final grades. If you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we’ll update your offer to reflect that.

What you can do

Most students are looking for a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But we can’t say: “Everyone whose grades drop more than X%, or drop below Y%, will lose their offers.”

Each student’s situation is unique and we review changes in academic standing on a case-by-case basis. We don’t like to withdraw offers, but we must ensure that they’re awarded consistently and fairly, and that you have a solid foundation for success.

Certain grade changes may cause us to look at your application more closely when your final grades are submitted. Our best advice is to keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.

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’s Okanagan campus 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’s Vancouver campus 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 chosen from an area of particular interest to you.



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 Okanagan campus 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 studies 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.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program at UBC’s Vancouver campus gives you a thorough grounding in computer software design, and a broad choice of other studies in computing. You can choose from core and specialized courses that enable you to work in areas such as genomics, medicine, robotics, finance, gaming, e-commerce, advertising, management, web technologies, or environmental technology. You’ll study in one of Canada’s top computer science departments with internationally renowned professors, and take classes in the state-of-the-art Institute for Computing Information and Cognitive Systems/Computer Science building.


See a full list of engineering and technology programs at UBC