Four healthy habits for first year

Four healthy habits for first year

University is demanding and the transition to university life can be challenging. As you prepare for – and adjust to – life at UBC, it’s important to take care of yourself academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. The good habits you establish in first year will serve you well throughout your degree.

Be smart about your studies

Get clear on your academic goals, learn how to manage your time effectively, and strengthen your study skills. If you need a hand getting started, Learning Supports on the Okanagan campus and the Learning Commons on the Vancouver campus are great resources.

Take care of your body

Choose your food wisely and make time for exercise. To get a better sense of the recreational facilities, fitness classes, intramural teams, and events available, check out Campus Recreation on the Okanagan campus and UBC Recreation on the Vancouver campus.

If you have health concerns at any time, be sure to seek medical attention. Remember, 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.

Connect with others

The best way to meet people at UBC is to find something you’re interested in – a club, a sport, an activity, or an event – and get involved. There’s no shortage of opportunities on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Not only will you get to do something you love, but you’ll make new friends in the process. Don’t forget to stay in touch with friends and family at home, too!

Keep your stress in check

If you find yourself feeling worried, anxious, or stressed, talk to someone. As a UBC student, you have access to one-on-one counselling services and a variety of mental health resources on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

 

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On the first day of classes, join thousands of new-to-UBC students and hundreds of volunteers on the Vancouver campus for Imagine UBC, a day-long orientation event that celebrates the start of the academic year by welcoming students to campus.

What to expect

Imagine UBC is one of the largest orientation events of its kind in Canada. It’s an incredible opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Meet with student leaders and professors
  • Get to know your faculty
  • Find out about on-campus services and resources
  • Learn all the ways to get involved during your time at UBC

Over the course of the day, you’ll have the chance to take part in campus tours, workshops, a pep rally, and a showcase of nearly 400 on-campus resources, clubs, and organizations. But your orientation doesn’t end there – faculty orientations, AMS Firstweek, and UBC Homecoming are just a few of the ways you can continue learning about your UBC community during the first weeks of the academic year.

Who can attend

All UBC students – including new, returning, and transfer students – are welcome to attend. Look for an email in late August with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.

Heading to UBC’s Okanagan campus? Check out Wednesday’s post for details about Create orientation on the Okanagan campus.

 

Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

On the first day of class, leave your books at home and join other new-to-UBC students on the Okanagan campus for Create, a day-long orientation event designed to welcome new students like you to the close-knit UBC community.

What to expect

You’ll start off by meeting your Create orientation leader or peer mentor (if you requested one when you registered), and 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 2019
  • Meet your faculty’s dean and important staff members
  • Explore your new campus and get to know new and returning students
  • Enjoy a free lunch and grab some prizes and UBC swag
  • Learn more about on-campus resources, find out about opportunities to get involved, collect swag and listen to live music at Showcase

How to register

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


Heading to UBC’s Vancouver campus? Check back later this week for details on Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus.

Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences | Students in the Go Global program in New Zealand

 

At this point, you’ve accepted your UBC offer of admission and mapped out your courses for the fall. The hard work is done – now’s the time to relax and look forward to the adventure ahead. Before you switch off for the summer, why not see what students and professors in your faculty are doing. It’s time to start dreaming about your university life before you even arrive.

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. Get ahead on your reading assignments and reserve your very own portable lawn chair from the UBC Okanagan Library. Learn about on-campus events, like Opera Under the Stars. 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 School of Arts and Sciences UBC School of Arts and Sciences Facebook
UBC School of Arts and Sciences Twitter
UBC School of Arts and Sciences 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.

Vancouver students: Find your faculty on social media

Vancouver students: Find your faculty on social media

Faculty of Forestry | Students use a mobile scavenger hunt game to find specific types of soil in the forest floor at UBC Farm

 

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

Attend on-campus events like UBC Connects or check out fascinating exhibits at one of campus’ many museums. Meet Zeus, an Aussie Collie and the unofficial canine rep for UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. Learn about a team of UBC engineering design students who are designing, manufacturing, and launching suborbital rockets. 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, YouTube, or Snapchat.

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 Twitter
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
Snapchat: ubcforestry
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
Snapchat: ubcsauderschool
UBC Vantage College UBC Vantage College Facebook
UBC Vantage College Twitter
UBC Vantage College Instagram

 

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

 

Programs spotlight: Education

Programs spotlight: Education

Do you believe education should put students and the quality of their learning first? Do you enjoy sharing knowledge with others and helping people find and develop their innate talent? Consider one of UBC’s seven Bachelor of Education degrees for an internationally recognized learning experience that will launch your career as an educator in Canada and beyond.

Explore your program options

Teaching Elementary, Middle or Secondary Programs

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. UBC Vancouver offers two pathways, Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary, while at UBC Okanagan students can choose between the Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents programs. Students in all programs will complete school-based practicums and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practising educators, and community partners, and have the opportunity to participate in place-based learning opportunities.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP)

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, WKTEP could be for you. Based in the WKTEP Learning Centre in Nelson, BC, and in the surrounding communities, this 11-month post-degree program offers an opportunity to develop the professional qualities and practices necessary to teach in today’s complex learning environments. With a strong focus on community, collaboration, and innovation, you’ll graduate prepared to teach in an elementary, middle, or secondary school setting.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

Build upon your Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while learning how to be an effective educator in public, band, and independent schools in BC. In NITEP, you’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators and complete a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll have access to the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.

 International Baccalaureate (IB)

Join a community of students focused on international education in Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program. You’ll learn key concepts and transdisciplinary themes through enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration, and thinking about real-world issues. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the educational practices and underpinnings of IB, and will be eligible for the Level 1 IB Educator credential.

 


See a full list of education programs at UBC


Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Our offices on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will be closed from December 24, 2018 to January 2, 2019 for the winter break. We will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. We look forward to connecting with you about your application questions in the new year!

Holiday hours

Vancouver campus

December 24 to January 2: Closed

Please see the Enrolment Services Advisors website for more information.

Okanagan campus

December 24 to January 2: Closed

Please see our campus Contact Us page for more information.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a wonderful new year!

 

Why we love the Okanagan campus

Why we love the Okanagan campus

With UBC’s application deadline approaching next month – January 15, at 11:59 pm (PST), to be exact – you’re probably excited to find the university experience that is going to be a great fit for you. So before you apply, make sure you check out UBC’s Okanagan campus, in Kelowna, BC.

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world and the Okanagan campus is a great place to be challenged, to thrive, and to develop into a global citizen. For 8,996 undergraduate students, UBC Okanagan provides an unparalleled mix of academics, community, and recreation.

Explore UBC’s Okanagan campus

Start by exploring the list of programs offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and read up on what it’s like to live in the Okanagan Valley. Would you rather live in residence or live off campus? Watch this great video about one student’s move-in day to get a sense of how it might be for you.

The best way to get a feel for the Okanagan campus is to join us for a guided campus tour – our student ambassadors would love to show you around and answer your questions. If you can’t join us in person, be sure to take a virtual tour.

Ready to apply? Coming to UBC’s Okanagan campus could be the best decision you’ve ever made. To learn more about Kelowna and the Okanagan campus, email recruitment.ok@ubc.ca, or call 1.888.807.8521.