New Jump Start registration deadline for UBC Vancouver

New Jump Start registration deadline for UBC Vancouver

Get ready to take part in Jump Start! The five-day online orientation is created for all new-to-UBC students like you, and lets you discover university life, meet your professors and academic community, and find your first friends.

Join student leaders and faculty fellows who will help you build connections, offer personal support, refer you to resources, and welcome you into the UBC community.

 

What to look forward to

  • Get to know your fellow first-years. From August 31 to September 4, UBC Vancouver’s Jump Start online program will offer both live and pre-recorded activities to help you introduce yourself and have fun with your new friends.

 

  • Join Jump Start from wherever you are in the world. You’ll enjoy drop-in trivia nights, photo challenges, games, dance tutorials, and more, as well as taking part in seminars with instructors from your Faculty. Your Jump Start Learning Community will stay connected after your first term begins, with group events and one-on-one support from current students.

 

  • Take part in activities at convenient times. Your Jump Start Learning Community is synchronized to your time zone. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events, plus a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace.

 

 

 New registration deadline

The registration deadline for Jump Start Vancouver has been extended until July 13, 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT, so make sure you sign up before then!

 

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, please let us know by emailing orientations.jumpstart@ubc.ca

 

UBC Okanagan

Heading to UBC Okanagan instead? Learn more about the Jump Start events you can look forward to, as well as your dates and deadlines.

 

 

First-year writing, communication, or English requirements

First-year writing, communication, or English requirements

As a UBC student, you’ll need to have reading, writing, and speaking skills in English, regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between three and six credits of writing, communication, or English.

Is this the same thing as the English Language Admission Standard?

No, they’re two different things. The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is an admissions requirement that you had to meet before being admitted to UBC. Your Faculty’s first-year writing, communication, or English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.

What are my first-year writing, communication, or English requirements?

To check how many credits you must complete and which courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your Faculty at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

What is the first-year English course entry requirement?

UBC Okanagan

To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course prerequistes for UBC Okanagan.

One way to do this is by writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test, an exam that assists UBC in determining your competency in writing at a university level, but please note that the LPI test is being discontinued from July 31, 2020. If you have already taken the test, you can access your scores until July 2022.

UBC Vancouver

First-year English courses for UBC Vancouver do not have any prerequisites.

 

 

Register for Jump Start now

Register for Jump Start now

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.

 

Why Jump Start?

From August 31 to September 4, Jump Start will offer both live and pre-recorded activities to help you get familiar with UBC and your new classmates. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events, plus a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace. Just like many of your courses at UBC, Jump Start will be using Canvas, Zoom, social media, discussion boards, and group chats to connect.

Expect trivia nights, photo challenges, scavenger hunts, social media contests, and more, as well as the chance to ask questions to your faculty members and upper-level UBC students.

Discover more about Jump Start for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver students.

 

Registration is now open

To take part in Jump Start, complete the registration form for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver as soon as possible, and pay your fee ($35 plus tax, non-refundable).

The registration fee is waived for all self-identified Aboriginal students on both campuses.

If the cost for Jump Start prohibits you from participating, please let us know by emailing jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca for UBC Okanagan, or orientations.jumpstart@ubc.ca for UBC Vancouver.

 

Sign up early

Jump Start registration closes on July 6, 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT for UBC Vancouver, and July 31, 2020 for UBC Okanagan, so make sure you sign up soon.

 

 

Financial planning and student loans

Financial planning and student loans

University is an investment – there’s no doubt about it. The cost of tuition, books, residence fees or rent, food, monthly bills, clothing, and entertainment can add up quickly, so having a plan for financing your education is essential. Student loans and bursaries are two options you may want to consider.

 

Student loans

For Canadian citizens or permanent residents

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be eligible for a student loan. Student loans offer two big advantages. First, the government will pay the interest on your loan as long as you’re a full-time student. Second, you’re not required to begin repaying your loan until six months after you graduate (or you cease to become a full-time student). If you’re a BC student, apply for a loan online through StudentAidBC. If you’re coming from another province or territory, apply through your provincial or territorial lender.

For US citizens

If you’re a US citizen, you’re eligible to apply for a direct loan (subsidized, unsubsidized, and/or PLUS loans). It can take a while for loan applications to be processed, so we recommend applying at least six weeks before the term starts to ensure funding is available in time.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the US has introduced the temporary CARES Act, which allows you to take your courses online for your first term in September 2020 without it having a negative impact on your eligibility for a direct loan. Before this, students participating in any online courses would lose direct loan eligibility for the duration of their degree.

 

Bursaries

If you’re a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or refugee, and you have unmet financial need even after applying for a student loan, you may be eligible for a UBC bursary. If you’re interested in a bursary, we recommend submitting a student loan application by July 31 to ensure that your student loan is confirmed by the bursary application deadline of September 15.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about financial planning or financial aid opportunities, UBC can help.

Okanagan campus

Contact Student Services and Financial Support at sis.ubco@ubc.ca or +1.250.807.9100

Vancouver campus

Contact your Enrolment Services Advisor

 

 

Register now for Academic Essentials

Register now for Academic Essentials

Learn the skills you’ll need for your first term at UBC by taking part in Academic Essentials. These online courses let you develop strategies and techniques that will help you with your first year at UBC, at your own pace.

 

Why Academic Essentials?

Academic Essentials courses are designed to make sure you have a strong grasp of the fundamentals in math and academic reading and writing, and feel confident with the transition to university learning.

Each of the three courses are not for credit and offered free of cost. As part of the curriculum, you’ll be able to access a library of online material to study in your own time while also having the option to talk to Undergraduate Academic Assistants for coaching and support.

All Academic Essentials courses begin on July 6, 2020.

 

What you’ll learn

UBC’s three Academic Essentials courses are self-directed, with new content released each week. Each course includes about three hours a week of instruction, and you’ll take part in one assignment per week. You can register for as many courses as you like.

You can choose from:

Academic Essentials: Reading and Writing at University

  • Learn strategies for active listening and critical reading in your UBC classes.
  • Become familiar with the UBC library system and the structures of academic articles.
  • Begin to develop your own writing voice, and explore different areas of research.
  • Interact with Undergraduate Academic Assistants through discussions and short writing exercises.

Academic Essentials: Readiness for University Mathematics

  • Discover the habits you’ll need to be successful in your math classes at UBC.
  • Learn how to approach new problems, and when to ask for help.
  • Practice fundamentals like algebra, functions, graphs, and geometry.
  • Self-assess the prerequisite skills and concepts needed for UBC calculus classes.

Academic Essentials: Live Well to Learn Well

  • Get tips on how to transition from high school to university.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to excel in your time at UBC.
  • Learn about the resources and strategies available to build a sense of community at UBC.
  • Find out how to access academic and wellness resources in an online setting.

 

How to register

1. Fill out the Academic Essentials form with your name, student number, and the Academic Essentials courses you want to join.

2. Check your email! You’ll be sent a message that includes a link to enrol in the courses though Canvas: the online platform that hosts your UBC courses.

3. Click the link and log in using your CWL (campus wide login).

 

Registration closes on July 15, 2020.

 

 

Tour UBC online with us

Tour UBC online with us

In light of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend our in-person campus tours at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so we’ve moved our live tours online.

 

What you’ll experience

UBC Okanagan

If you want to learn more about UBC’s Okanagan campus, join our student ambassadors for a 75 minute tour. You’ll get an in-depth overview of the most exciting places on campus and have the chance to ask your questions about student life and learning.

Tours are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

 

UBC Vancouver

To discover UBC’s Vancouver campus, take part in our tours that last for one hour and fifteen minutes. Upper-level students will discuss what they enjoy most about living and learning at UBC Vancouver, and showcase the stunning campus with images and their own stories. The tour ends with a student panel and the chance to have your questions answered.

You can join a tour every weekday, 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.

 

Keep exploring

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 pre-recorded virtual tour.

 

 

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

If you’re an international student coming from a Canadian high school, you must apply for a post-secondary study permit before coming to UBC, even if your secondary school study permit has not expired. You can start post-secondary studies on a secondary-level study permit, but your UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver courses won’t count toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit until you have been approved for a post-secondary study permit.

 

How do I apply?

If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you can apply to extend your study permit online for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

You can apply for a study permit extension while you are in Canada only. If you will not be in Canada in time to apply to extend your study permit, apply for an initial study permit at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver from outside of Canada.

 

When do I apply?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC. You must apply within 90 days after written confirmation that you’ve completed high school first becomes available, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.

 

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions about your study permit requirements, read through our UBC International Student Guide for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. You can also visit UBC’s COVID-19 FAQs for international students at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver to learn about potential impacts to study permit applications, PGWP eligibility, and travel restrictions.

 

 

Save the date for Jump Start

Save the date for Jump Start

If you’re entering your first year at UBC, you’ll want to register for Jump Start. The multi-day academic orientation program is created for all new-to-UBC students like you.

 

Why join Jump Start?

Jump Start’s 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 have the chance to:

  • Meet other first-year students before classes start.
  • Spend time with senior peers and UBC professors.
  • Learn more about the UBC services available to you.

Discover more about Jump Start for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver students.

 

Jump Start is online

As countries around the world continue to be affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19, UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to campus. This year, we’re looking forward to delivering a memorable virtual Jump Start experience for you and your classmates. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information!

 

First-year UBC Okanagan students

If you’re attending UBC Okanagan, you’re encouraged to complete UBC 101 online before Jump Start begins. 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 other academic essentials during your first year.