Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On the first day of classes, join more than 9,000 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.

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 homecoming are just a few of the ways you can keep learning about your UBC community.

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 Tuesday’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 UBC community.

What to expect

You’ll start off by meeting your Create orientation leader or peer mentor (if you registered for one) and a small group of other UBC students from your degree or faculty. Together, you’ll:

  • Attend Kick-Off, UBC’s way of officially welcoming the incoming class of 2018.
  • Meet your faculty’s dean and important staff members.
  • Explore your new campus.
  • Enjoy a free lunch.
  • Get to know one another.
  • Learn more about on-campus resources, find out about opportunities to get involved, 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.

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 before you even arrive.

What to expect

Learn about free on-campus events like the Balinese Gamelan Ensemble performance. Meet Zeus, an Aussie Collie and the unofficial canine rep for UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. Find out about opportunities like the $50,000 James Dyson Award for design engineers. Learn why UBC researchers are investigating a deadly mushroom for a potential cancer cure. 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 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? Check out yesterday’s blog post to find your Okanagan faculty on social media.

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 and start dreaming about your university life before you even arrive.

What to expect

Get to know people like Julianne Barry, who has spent her entire academic career – from undergraduate student to post-doctoral fellow – on UBC’s Okanagan campus. Find out why UBC researchers think the American pika may be in more trouble than they thought. Get the scoop on what went down at this year’s Small School Think Tank. 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
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? Tune in tomorrow to 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 step foot on campus. 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 on the Okanagan campus or Imagine UBC on the Vancouver campus. Think food, fun, prizes, and more.

2. Find back-to-school events

Student societies on both campuses – UBCSUO on the Okanagan campus and AMS on the Vancouver campus – host events and programs designed specifically for first-year students like you. Find ones you’re interested in and mark your calendar.

3. 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.

4. Update your email address

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

5. 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.

6. Plan your finances

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

7. Pay your tuition online

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

8. Get your transit pass

If you’re a student on the Okanagan campus, bring your student ID card to the Student Union Office (UNC133) and pick up your U-Pass sticker for unlimited access to BC Transit in Kelowna and the surrounding area.

If you’re a student on the Vancouver campus, pick up a Compass Card from the UBC Bookstore, a SkyTrain Station, or a TransLink Fare Dealer and link it to your U-Pass online at upassbc.translink.ca. Keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for your request to be processed, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Visit the Campus + Community Planning website for answers to other frequently asked questions about the Compass Card and U-Pass.

IB and AP: Course registration and first-year credit

IB and AP: Course registration and first-year credit

If you have International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) credit and you’re wondering what to do next, this blog post is for you.

Step 1: Send us your scores

Arrange for your scores to be sent from the International Baccalaureate or The College Board to UBC so we can evaluate your eligibility for first-year credit. For more information about which IB and AP courses are eligible for credit, and the minimum scores required, check out our online guide for first-year credit.

Step 2: Start registering for courses

Because IB and AP scores aren’t typically available until early July, you should go ahead and start registering for first-year courses in the meantime. Once UBC has received your scores and updated your academic history, you can log in to the Student Service Centre to drop your first-year course(s) and register for the corresponding second-year course(s).

Questions?

If you have questions about degree planning and course selection, please contact an academic advisor in your faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

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 and pay monthly premiums.

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 health care 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 be covered by a required temporary health insurance plan called iMED.

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 Access and Diversity on the Vancouver campus to discuss your eligibility.

First-year English requirements

First-year English requirements

As a UBC student, you’re expected to have excellent 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 3 and 6 credits of first-year 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 English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.

What are my first-year English requirements?

To check how many English credits you must complete and which English courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

What is the first-year English course entry requirement?

To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. 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.

Do I have to write the LPI test?

Review your options for meeting the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. Please note that the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) do not exempt you from the LPI test. If you do need to write the LPI test, you can register online.

Bachelor of Arts students on the Vancouver campus: You do not need to write the LPI test. To review the courses that fulfill your writing requirement, please refer to “Meeting the Faculty of Arts Writing Requirement with English courses” on the For students in the Faculty of Arts page.