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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 or paying from a Canadian account

Here are just a few of the ways you can pay your tuition and fees:

  • 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 Canadian HSBC branch (you do not have to be an HSBC customer)

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 or paying from an international account

You can pay your fees in a number of ways. Here are a few options:

  • 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 Canadian HSBC branch

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

For a full list of payment options and to get step-by-step instructions for your payment method(s) of choice, read through the links below. Please note that tuition fees and residence fees are paid to different organizations.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

  • Contact Student Services and Financial Support at ubco@ubc.caor +1.250.807.9100 on the Okanagan campus.
  • Contact an Enrolment Services Advisoron the Vancouver campus.
  • If you do not have an assigned advisor on your campus, you can also reach us through our online form.

 

New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

Last updated: June 15, 2020

The vast majority of students who accept their UBC offer will begin their classes in September. A small number apply to defer their entry and start their studies a year later.

If you have a reason to delay the start of your courses, you may be able to postpone your first day at UBC.

 

Who is eligible

To request a deferral, you must be admitted to the first year of a degree and expect to study full time.

You won’t be able to defer your admission if you’ve been accepted to a limited enrolment degree (for example the the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Education, or Bachelor of Commerce). You also can’t defer your admission to attend another post-secondary institution.

 

Reasons to defer

When you apply to defer your studies, you have to tell us why. Some reasons to apply might be:

  • You are planning to take a gap year.
  • You are required to complete mandatory military service.
  • You will be participating in a Rotary program.

Each deferral application is examined on a case-by-case basis, and not all requests will be granted.

 

How to apply

After you’ve accepted your offer of admission and fulfilled its conditions, you must submit a deferred admission request form before July 15. If we receive your application after this date, we may only consider it if your circumstances have changed beyond your control.

 

 

Your September classes and COVID-19

Your September classes and COVID-19

This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: May 28, 2020

 

In response to the global impact of COVID-19, UBC has made the decision to offer most Winter Session Term One courses online.

The way you take your classes will not be the same for everyone. Depending on the program you’re in and the courses you’ve chosen, some experiences may be fully online, others may include some limited on-campus activities, and some may include a hybrid approach.

 

What you can expect

Since it became clear that public health concerns may move learning online, the faculty and staff at UBC have been working hard to design digital courses and experiences that will deliver a high quality of instruction. We’ve put a number of supports in place to ensure you have an excellent educational experience, even if your first term is primarily online.

You’ve chosen to come to UBC because it ranks as one of the top 40 universities in the world. No matter what form your instruction will take, you can still look forward to:

  • Learning from world-renowned professors who are experts in their fields;
  • Making strong, lasting friendships with your classmates;
  • Collaborating with peers from all over the globe;
  • Engaging in research that solves real-world problems; and
  • Discovering new interests, skills, and strengths that prepare you for your future.

To find out more about what to expect and how to prepare for your online classes, visit Keep Learning.

 

Resuming all on-campus classes

When provincial health authorities tell us it’s safe to move all classes back to our campuses, we’ll do so as quickly as possible.

The decision about whether your Winter Session Term Two courses will be online or in-person will be made at a later date. UBC will continue to recognize your health and safety as a top priority when it’s time to make that choice.

 

Faculty learning plans

UBC Faculties are currently in the process of communicating how your courses will be delivered in the fall. You can learn more about each Faculty’s plans for your degree from the links below. Please note that this is an incomplete list and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

UBC Okanagan

Faculty of Applied Science

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Faculty of Management

 

UBC Vancouver

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

UBC Sauder School of Business

Applied Science: Engineering

 

Find out more

The information on these webpages will continue to be updated, so remember to check back regularly.

  • If you have questions related to housing and your ability to live on campus, visit our Okanagan Housing or Vancouver Housing pages. You can also learn more from our blog post, COVID-19 and UBC housing for September 2020.
  • To learn more about UBC’s response to the COVID-19 situation, or our approach towards student health and safety, visit our Coronavirus response webpage.
  • If you’re an international student and have questions specific to your application for a study permit for Canada, learn more about what you should do for the Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus.
  • To stay up to date on information for admitted students and COVID-19, check the you.ubc.ca website regularly.