Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2019

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2019

There’s something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for that experience. Destination UBC, a weekend-long event for admitted students held on our Okanagan campus, and UBC Welcomes You, a full-day event for admitted students held on both campuses, are the perfect way to get a feel for UBC. Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture life at UBC.

Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 10–12: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.

 

“The people that I met, the lifestyle that I saw, the opportunities that are offered, the prettiness of the Okanagan Valley, and the community spirit that Destination UBC showed me were enough for me to make the right, in my belief, decision.” 

 

– Louis Fayolle, Bachelor of Science ’20, Okanagan campus

 

Indigenous Welcome (Okanagan campus)

May 9: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus (Aboriginal students)

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, join us on Thursday for the Indigenous Welcome. In addition to all of the exciting Destination UBC events, you’re invited to take part in a special day of programming designed to share relevant information and connect you with other Aboriginal students, staff, and advisors on the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation (UBC’s Okanagan campus).

 

“The most valuable part of the event was being able to meet so many other Indigenous students, both current and prospective, many of whom I am still friends with today!” 

 

– Taya Jardine, Bachelor of Arts ’20, Okanagan campus

UBC Welcomes You (Okanagan campus)

May 11: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Excited about attending UBC? UBC Welcomes You is a half-day informational event at UBC’s Okanagan campus where you’ll get your questions answered, connect with the UBC community, and start preparing for life as a UBC student before you arrive in the fall. All admitted students to UBC’s Okanagan campus are welcome to attend!

Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver campus)

April 26–28: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome on UBC’s Vancouver campus (Aboriginal students)

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, the weekend-long Destination UBC event is your chance to visit UBC’s Vancouver campus in advance and get to know the Aboriginal community. We’ll give you advice on transitioning to university life and connect you with current students in your faculty or degree who can share helpful insider tips.

UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 27: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half day on UBC’s Vancouver campus getting your questions answered, connecting with the UBC community, and preparing for life as a UBC student.

 

“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”

 

– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics ’18, Vancouver campus

 

Am I eligible to attend?

UBC will notify you of your eligibility for Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You with your offer of admission. Eligible students can register now – please see your email invitation for details. Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

If you were admitted to UBC’s Okanagan campus, or you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, learn more about the travel reimbursement program to find out if UBC can cover some, or all, of your travel costs.

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

All of your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been admitted to UBC! The road ahead is filled with crucial tasks to ensure that you’re ready for your first year of university – including planning your finances, registering for courses, and getting mentally prepared for life at UBC.

Four current UBC students (and one Enrolment Services Advisor) reflect on the admission process and share their best tips for making the next several months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students

UBC Okanagan student An Goto

An Goto | Bali, Indonesia

Chemistry (Honours), Mathematics (Minor)

“I chose UBC because I thought that the learning environment offered at the Okanagan campus exactly met the criteria that I had for an ideal university.”

 

UBC student Abdullah Khair

Abdullah Khair | Amman, Jordan

Chemical Engineering

“The student-centred environment at the university stood out to me and made me realize that there are endless ways to grow and discover myself on this campus.”

 

UBC student Thao Atkinson

Thao Atkinson | Métis, Midway, Canada

Commerce

“I loved the values UBC had and the high level of support UBC has for Aboriginal students. I felt it was important for me to be in a community where I could exceed academically, but also have a sense of community.”

 

UBC student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan | Lake Country, Canada

Visual Arts (Major), Art History (Minor)

“UBC is one of the best universities in the world, plus, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. It seemed only natural that I attend university in the place I call home.”

 

Enrolment Services Professional Claudia

Claudia | Enrolment Services Advisor

As an Enrolment Services Advisor, Claudia has many helpful tips for you: “As an Enrolment Services Advisor, I wear many hats. I specialize in financial advising, but I can also answer questions about undergraduate admissions, fees, tuition, registration, financial support, exams, graduation, transcripts, and so much more. If you have a question I can’t answer, I likely know the person or department who can.”

 

 

Accepting your offer

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“My Peer Mentor helped with the transition into university by letting me know about events and other opportunities for students on campus.” – Moozhan

“My Enrolment Services Advisor was extremely helpful to me, and especially at the beginning of my university career as I was still figuring out the very little details about being a student at UBC. This included things like how to pay my tuition, registering for courses, and transferring over some of my high school credits.” – Abdullah

 

 

Applying for a study permit

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UBC’s International Student Guide is your go-to online resource for information on immigration, health insurance, taxes, and more. There’s even a study permit tutorial.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor

 

 

Planning your finances

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“My Enrolment Services Advisor helped me make sure how I knew how to handle money and how to budget for the year. He’s awesome!” – Thao

“Look for external awards and opportunities through banks, companies, and Internet-based databases like Scholarships Canada and yconic.” – Claudia, Enrolment Services Advisor

 

 

Finding a place to live

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“If you live in residence, you have to vacate your room at the end of each academic year. Keep your belongings as compact as possible for smooth moving.” – An

“My residence room must-haves are a comfy pillow, snacks, and an alarm clock.” – Thao

“If I’m not at home I’m in the Critical and Creative Studies building. Most of my classes and my friends reside there, there’s tons of good places to chill and study. It’s my dwelling when on campus.” – Moozhan

“I always kept some late night study snacks as you don’t really get access to a kitchen or hot food past a certain hour in university residence.” – Abdullah

 

 

Exploring your academic options

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“The best part of being a Chemistry major is about the opportunity to be able to meet with professors who not only shaped me towards being a well-rounded chemist, but also a more independent individual.” – An

“When I picked my program, I was intrigued by the programs that the Sauder School of Business offered. This included co-op opportunities, global exchanges and the various clubs offered at UBC.” – Thao

“I picked the engineering program as I was interested in different sciences and mathematics. The best part about my program at UBC is that they provide a general engineering program during first year and then you get to choose which specialty you’d like to be enrolled in.” – Abdullah

“My Visual Arts Course Union offers different opportunities to plan, volunteer at or attend events. It really creates a community within a program and is a great way to make connections and gain valuable experiences. It’s also a great chance to be involved and learn new things outside the classroom.” – Moozhan

 

 

Registering for courses

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“Throughout my journey at UBC, I planned my courses by referencing the degree requirements for my Chemistry and Mathematics degrees, which were located in UBC academic calendar.” – An

“I had to register for some extra electives, and found that the Degree Navigator tool in the Student Services Centre was extremely useful in laying out what courses satisfy the elective requirements I had.” – Abdullah

“There is a lot to choose from, and it can be a challenge to narrow down your interests. Most of my courses were required, so that helped. My advice for first-timers: pick something you think will sustain your interest over the semester.” – Moozhan

“If your faculty does not have a standard time table, reach out to older students who can help you with the process! Destination UBC was a great way to meet upper year students who love to support and help incoming students.” – Thao

 

 

Getting ready for life at UBC!

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“UBC offers a variety of support, courses and clubs that will undoubtedly peak your interest. If you’re thinking about coming to UBC, go to the orientations they provide, ask other students your questions, and research the things that you value!” – Thao

“If you’re an international student staying in Kelowna during the winter break, you can meet other international students from different cultures through winter programming offered by International Programs and Services.” – An

“Make sure university is what you want, it’s a commitment and can be a really great experience. UBC is an exceptional university and having the opportunity to attend a place of inclusion and acceptance is definitely a good incentive.” – Moozhan

“Finding community may seem a little overwhelming. However, with time and as you settle in, you will slowly find yourself immersed in many smaller groups at UBC. Whether that’s through your residence, faculty, classes, or sports clubs, the smaller communities will make UBC feel like a bigger home to you.” – Abdullah

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, make sure 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 on-campus 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 – they’ll be curious what you’re up to!

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 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.