Five reasons to register for Jump Start

Five reasons to register for Jump Start

Transitioning to university life can be challenging – especially if you’re moving to a new city, coming from a different country or culture, or both. Jump Start is a week-long orientation program held at the end of August, designed to introduce you to your campus, your faculty, and other first-year students.

It’s the best way to start life at UBC – but don’t take our word for it. We asked students on both UBC campuses about their Jump Start experiences and here’s what they had to say.

1. You’ll get to know your way around UBC.

“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.”

“You’ll know how to move around campus and Vancouver.” [Or Kelowna, if you’re on UBC’s Okanagan campus!]

2. You’ll get answers to your questions from current UBC students.

“The orientation leaders provide the benefit of their experiences and are able to understand your concerns as a first-year student.”

“The student leaders are a meaningful resource and you can discuss anything and everything with them.”

3. You’ll feel more prepared for the start of the school year.

“Jump Start prepared me for the biggest change in my life, giving me the confidence I needed to emotionally succeed in this experience.”

4. You’ll get a taste of just how diverse the UBC community really is.

“You will meet people from all over the world.”

5. You’ll start making friends before classes even begin.

“Jumpstart enabled me to form long-lasting friendships and made me feel like a part of the UBC community.”

“You’ll get to know the people in your program as well as some of your professors.”

Ready to register?

Register for Jump Start on the Okanagan campus by July 31.

Register for Jump Start on the Vancouver campus by July 8.

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

Whether you’re facing a long commute or a taking a quick bus ride to UBC, feeling like part of the university community can be challenging if you don’t have a home base on campus. UBC Collegia are spaces that help commuter students to fully experience life at UBC.


Okanagan campus

Each Collegium on the Okanagan campus has comfortable furniture, dedicated workspaces, and a kitchen to make you feel right at home.

 

There are three different Collegia spaces on the Okanagan campus where you can relax, eat lunch, do schoolwork, or spend time with friends between classes. Each Collegium is staffed by senior students who can answer your questions, refer you to campus resources, and help plan activities and events. 

 

First and Second Year Collegium

Also known as the Junior Collegium, this space is the perfect place for new-to-UBC students to find community on campus. Come here to meet other students from your program – or cross paths with people from completely different faculties.

 

Upper Levels Collegium

Also known as the Senior Collegium, this space is traditionally a quieter spot for students to study, work on group projects, or unwind. Come here to enjoy a peaceful coffee break or get a head start on your assignments.

 

Global Collegium

You don’t need to be an international student to visit the Global Collegium. If you’re interested in discovering new cultures and sharing your own, you’re welcome here – no passport required! Come here to meet UBC students from across Canada and around the world.

 

What students are saying

“Working in a Collegium allowed me to meet so many students and make friends that I may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. It’s a great resource for students to feel like part of a community.”

– Collegia assistant, Biology, Okanagan campus

How to get involved

No registration or membership is required to use the Collegia on the Okanagan campus. If you’re interested, stop by for a visit.

Learn more about UBC Collegia on the Okanagan campus


Vancouver campus

If you’ll be commuting to campus, you’re part of the majority: more than 75% of students on UBC’s Vancouver campus bike, drive, or take transit to campus. As you begin to think about your first year at UBC, you may be wondering where you’ll be able to warm up your lunch, relax between classes, or meet people.

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus provide all of this and more. Each space has a kitchen, comfy couches, and friendly advisors who are happy to chat and help you settle into life at UBC. There are also lots of activities designed to connect you with new friends, on-campus services, faculty members, and peer support.

 

What students are saying

“I always feel welcome when I visit Collegia, which is almost every day. It is an amazing place just to take a break from a hectic school day or to just visit and socialize.”

– Collegia member, first-year Arts, Vancouver campus


“UBC Collegia was a space where I could catch up with friends during the day and study in the evenings. I got a good head start on getting involved, learning about the resources on campus, and getting myself to delve out of my comfort zone. Overall, I definitely feel more equipped to venture off to second year with the start UBC Collegia provided.”

– Collegia member, first-year Science, Vancouver campus

 

How to get involved

If you’re a first-year commuter student on UBC’s Vancouver campus and you’re interested in Collegia, register now to secure your spot.

Never too early for a campus tour

Never too early for a campus tour

Are you heading into your final year of high school in September? Now’s a good time to start thinking about which universities you’d like to apply to for admission in 2020. Visiting campus is the best way to see if you can picture yourself at any university, including UBC.

How we do campus tours at UBC

All of our campus tours are led by our friendly (and knowledgeable!) student ambassadors – actual UBC students who are currently studying at the University and eager to show you around the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. They’ll take you to some of their favourite spots to learn, study, work up a sweat, and relax between classes. Best of all, you’ll get to see it all through the eyes of someone with firsthand experience of UBC life.

Three tips to make the most of your tour

  1. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Your walking tour will last approximately 90 minutes on the Okanagan campus or 2 hours on the Vancouver campus – and you’ll spend much of that time outside.
  2. Bring your family. Choosing a university is a big decision and significant financial commitment. If you fall in love with UBC, you’ll want your family on board too.
  3. Ask questions! During the tour, your student ambassador guide can tell you more about student life, and campus events and activities. After the tour ends, a UBC advisor will be available to answer questions about undergraduate programs, admissions, finances, and scholarships and awards.

Ready to come for a visit?

Sign up for a campus tour online

All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission and registered for courses, there are many different ways to pay your tuition, student fees, and residence and meal plan fees. The payment options available will depend on the specific type of fee you’re paying, which campus you’re attending, and where you are in the world.

If you’re a Canadian student

Your payment options include:

  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from any Canadian financial institution
  • Online or telephone banking bill payment from any Canadian financial institution
  • Interac® Online from Canadian accounts at select financial institutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any HSBC branch

Did you know?

If you’re a Canadian student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you also have the option of applying your TD and Aeroplan loyalty points toward your tuition and fees through the HigherEdPoints program.

If you’re an international student

As of May 30, 2018, UBC stopped accepting wire transfers, but several other payment options are still available:

  • International funds transfer (IFT) with Western Union Business Solutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any HSBC branch
  • US dollar cheques, delivered in person (Vancouver campus only)

Did you know?

If you’re an international student, UBC’s international funds transfer option with Western Union Business Solutions lets you pay in your home currency, secure a competitive exchange rate for up to 72 hours, and avoid additional transaction fees – no Canadian bank account required.

Step-by-step instructions

Get step-by-step instructions and important tips for your payment method(s) of choice.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

If you have questions about international funds transfer, contact Western Union Business Solutions directly at studentinquiries@westernunion.com or toll-free at +1.877.218.8829.

Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.

July 7

July 8

 

July 15

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

July 31

August 1

Note: If you’re participating in Jump Start on either campus, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

August 15

(or 30 days after you receive your offer, whichever is later)

August 24

August 24–25

August 31

September 1

September 2

September 3

September 4

September 15

  • Deadline to submit your general bursary application for Winter Session if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

If you’ve received an offer of admission to UBC, congratulations! Getting into UBC is no easy feat, so all of your hard work paid off. The next step is to formally accept your offer and pay your acceptance deposit before the deadline to confirm your spot.

How do I accept my offer?

To accept your offer:

  1. Log in the Student Service Centre.
  2. Click Admissions followed by Accept or Decline My Offer.
  3. Select Yes, I accept this offer.
  4. Pay your acceptance deposit ($500 if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or $1,000 if you’re an international student). This deposit will be credited to your first term’s tuition.

When is the deadline to accept an offer?

The deadline for you to accept your offer will depend on when your offer was made, to which degree you’ve been admitted, and which campus you will attend. Please refer to your letter of admission or your Student Service Centre account for your specific deadline.

Where do I find my deadline to accept?

You can find the deadline to accept your offer in two places:

  • Your letter of admission (see page 2)
  • Your Student Service Centre account (click Admissions followed by Accept or Decline My Offer)

Be sure to accept your offer on or before the stipulated deadline. Spaces at UBC are in high demand. If you miss the deadline, your offer is likely to be withdrawn and made to another student.

Choosing your first-year courses

Choosing your first-year courses

As soon as you’ve been admitted to UBC, you can begin thinking about the courses you’ll take in first year. If you familiarize yourself with how to read course descriptions now, you’ll have a head start when it’s time to build your course timetable. Registration for first-year programs on the Okanagan campus and registration for first-year programs on the Vancouver campus both begin in June.

Review your degree requirements

It’s important to be aware of your degree requirements – that is, the courses you must complete to graduate with your chosen degree. Step 6 of the Registration and Orientation Guide lists the basic requirements for each degree, but some degrees may require additional courses.

For a full list of your degree requirements, check out the Academic Calendar and your faculty website:

If you have questions, you can contact Academic Advising on the Okanagan campus or a faculty academic advisor on the Vancouver campus.

Pay close attention to any English requirements

Most undergraduate degrees at UBC also have an English, communication, or writing requirement that applies to all students, regardless of first language or citizenship.

If you are required or choose to take a first-year (ENGL 100-level) course on the Okanagan campus, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement before you can register. Writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test is one way to do that.

To determine if you need to write the LPI test (and by when), check out the first-year English requirements:

First-year English courses on the Vancouver campus do not have any pre-requisites.

Start exploring your options

Most students are able to fit in a few courses beyond their degree requirements – and there’s a wide range to choose from. Taking courses outside your faculty is highly encouraged at UBC, so don’t be shy about choosing electives that take you beyond your degree and help you pursue other interests. Start exploring the Academic Calendar and see what you find!

Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

Frequently asked questions from Canadian high school applicants

This year, approximately 18,000 students in Canada submitted applications for 7,000 first-year places at UBC. When you consider that every applicant gets to indicate a first and second choice of degree, that’s almost 36,000 applications.

We’ve now posted first-choice decisions for all Canadian applicants on the Student Service Centre. If you were offered admission, congratulations! If you were not offered admission, thank you for submitting an application and giving us the opportunity to get to know you better through your academic successes and Personal Profiles. We wish we could admit all qualified applicants, but with more applications than spaces, it’s just not possible. If you’re curious, here’s how UBC evaluates your application.

At this point, you might have a few questions:

What should I do if I’ve been placed on a waitlist? When will I receive a final decision?

If your application has been waitlisted, your application status will indicate when you can expect to receive a final – yes or no – decision. For the majority of programs at UBC, the deadline to accept offers of admission is May 1 (or June 1, depending on your campus). Once those dates pass, we’ll know how many students have accepted their offers. If fewer students accepted their offers than expected, we’ll make a few more offers to waitlisted applicants. If enough students accepted their offers, we’ll notify students on the waitlist that no additional offers will be made.

Our best advice is to move forward with other post-secondary plans in case we don’t make additional offers in May and June. If we do make more offers, we hope they’ll be considered, but we understand if students have made plans to study elsewhere.

What about my second choice?

Our goal is to have all second-choice decisions to students as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we continue to review the second-choice applications that we had hoped to have finalized by April 30.

If you received an offer of admission for your first choice, we’ll stop there unless you contact us to request otherwise. If you’re waitlisted for your first choice, we’ll evaluate your second choice too and notify you in May or June (depending on your campus) about your first choice.

If I accept my second choice but I’m waitlisted for my first choice, will you still evaluate my first choice?

Yes, we always evaluate first choices, whether you accept or decline your second-choice offer. All waitlisted applicants will receive a final decision in May or June (depending on your campus).

I’ve been admitted to my first choice, but now I would prefer my second choice. Will you still evaluate my second choice?

We always assume that your first choice is what you prefer. If you’ve received an offer of admission for your first choice, we’ll only evaluate your second choice if you contact us and if there is still space available in your second-choice degree.

Where can I find my application status?

The best source of information on your application is always the Student Service Centre. When you log in to your account, you’ll find an up-to-date status for each of your degree choices.