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 cover content relevant to your first year at UBC, and will help you develop strategies and techniques to successfully transition to university learning – all at your own pace.


Why Academic Essentials?

The Academic Essentials courses are designed to make sure you have a strong grasp of the fundamentals in math and academic reading and writing, so you have a solid foundation to build on in September.

Each of the three courses are not for credit (they won’t appear on your transcript), and are 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 opportunity to talk to Course Facilitators, who are current UBC students, for coaching and support.

All Academic Essentials courses run from July 5 to August 12, 2021.


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 may include short weekly assignments. 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 Course Facilitators 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

Click the links below to enrol in the courses of your choice. You can choose from one, two, or all three courses, and you’ll need to register for each individually. You’ll need your CWL from your UBC application to sign up.

When you register, make sure you select the courses for the campus to which you’ve been admitted (Okanagan or Vancouver).

UBC Okanagan

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University

UBC Vancouver

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University



Register for UBC 101

Register for UBC 101

Once you’ve been admitted to UBC Okanagan, it’s time to start getting to know your new home. UBC 101 is a self-guided online course that will help you learn more about your campus, and take care of the basics before classes start.


What is UBC 101?

From textbooks to housing, medical insurance to degree planning, UBC 101 will set you up with the knowledge to help you succeed when you arrive on campus. UBC 101 is designed to provide a general guide for new students for all things UBCO, and will:

  • introduce you to the history, traditions, and culture of UBC Okanagan,
  • guide you through your academic transition to university,
  • introduce you to on-campus support services, and
  • help you take care of the essentials prior to the start of classes.

Best of all, you can meet and chat with other new students on UBC 101’s discussion boards, and get your questions answered early.


How long does it take?

Most students complete the online orientation in less than two hours—a small investment of time that will pay off big on your first day and beyond.


When should you start UBC 101?

You can start UBC 101 any time from May to September. Because you’ll learn important information about course registration, though, we recommend completing UBC 101 before the end of June.

UBC 101 is available 24 hours a day to all new-to-UBC-Okanagan students.


To access UBC 101

  1. Visit the Canvas self-enrolment portal, and log in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL) when prompted.
  2. Click “enrol in course”.

Once you are enrolled, you can access UBC 101 anytime by clicking the link to UBC 101 on your Canvas dashboard.



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 departments within UBC.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

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



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. These are the courses you must complete to graduate with your chosen degree. Step seven of the Next steps for admitted students 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 an academic advisor for your faculty 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.

Most UBC faculties on either campus will require you to take three or six credits of first-year English, and you should check your Faculty requirements before you register to be sure that you are taking the right ones for your program.

Learn more about first-year English courses on the Vancouver campus.

Learn more about first-year English requirements on the Okanagan campus.


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!



New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

Last updated: May 18, 2021


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 1 if you are admitted to a UBC Vancouver program, or before August 15 if you are admitted to a UBC Okanagan program.

Applications submitted after this date may be reviewed if your circumstances have changed beyond your control.



Accept your offer of admission by May 1

Accept your offer of admission by May 1

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.


Considerations due to COVID-19

As students around the world continue to be affected by the pandemic, we understand that you’ve had to deal with challenges and disruptions. You may feel overwhelmed or unsure about where to start with your next steps to university.

The first thing you’ll need to do is to accept your offer of admission to UBC before the May 1 deadline, or the deadline indicated in your offer letter.



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Why do some students have different deadlines?

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, and if you miss the deadline, your offer is likely to be withdrawn and made to another student.



Your UBC orientations

Your UBC orientations

Last updated: May 21, 2021



Your first day at UBC is coming up fast! Once you’ve accepted your offer, you’re ready to start thinking about the orientation options available for you this summer. Together, they’re designed to help you meet your first friends, get familiar with your new campus, and hit the ground running as soon as classes begin in September.

Take a look through the four choices below to find out more about what to expect, and which ones you’re eligible to attend. The orientations are listed in the order that you should complete them.



UBC 101

UBC 101 is a self-guided, online course that takes around two hours to complete. You’ll discover the history and traditions of UBC Okanagan, learn about the academic transition to university, be introduced to on-campus support services, and take care of the essentials before classes start. Throughout the summer, you’ll connect with a current UBC Okanagan student – your peer mentor – who can answer your questions, and you can meet and chat with other new students on UBC 101’s discussion boards.

Who should take part

All students coming to UBC Okanagan

Timeline for completion

Any date between mid-April and September – but because you’ll learn important info about course registration, we recommend completing UBC 101 before June. You can register now.



Academic Essentials

Academic Essentials is an online program that will prepare you for academic success as you transition to university. You’ll refresh and build your academic skills in math, reading, and writing; feel confident about your academic readiness in all three areas; and have access to a library of learning and wellness resources to use in your first year. There are three courses you can choose: Reading and Writing at University, Readiness for University Mathematics, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course is self-paced and self-directed with new content released weekly. You’ll be guided by course facilitators who are current UBC students from your campus, so you’ll learn from those who know your UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver curricula first-hand.

Who should take part

All incoming first-year students, from both campuses.

Timeline for completion

Academic Essentials runs from July 5 to August 12, 2021. Registration opens soon, so keep checking the webpage.



Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

The five-day program is the university’s academic orientation, and 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 at UBC Vancouver. UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine what a safe return to campus will look like in the fall. This year, you’ll be able to participate in Jump Start virtually or in person.

Jump Start’s fully-virtual option will include both live and pre-recorded activities to accommodate for time zone differences and accessibility. 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.

If you’re planning to be on or near campus in the fall, Jump Start is offering an in-person option for students living in residence or commuting to UBC. This stream will be delivered in a hybrid way, providing a mix of on-campus small-group sessions, and virtual programming.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Vancouver from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Vancouver runs from August 29 to September 3, 2021. Register now for Jump Start.



Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will help you discover campus life, learn about opportunities, and connect with other students. It’s a great way to make friends before classes start through fun social activities. Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will also let you choose from one of two streams: virtual-only, or a mix of in-person and online.

Whichever stream you opt for, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and can take part in workshops hosted by UBC Okanagan instructors to show you the campus’s resources and services. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Okanagan from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 30 to September 3, 2021. Registration will open soon, so keep an eye on the webpage or sign up for Jump Start email updates.



Get ready for Destination UBC

Get ready for Destination UBC

It’s nearly time for Destination UBC!

Remember: this is your opportunity as an admitted student following the Canadian curriculum to find out what makes our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses such vibrant places to live, play, and study. Destination UBC runs over two weeks, and is here to help you discover whether UBC is the right school for you.


Your first event begins soon

The first kickoff session starts on Saturday (April 24), at 9:00 a.m. PT. In this 30-minute welcome, meet your fellow admitted students for the first time as you celebrate your offers together and learn more about what’s in store for you at Destination UBC. Join in to win prizes, and settle in for the full schedule of events!

Across the two weeks you can take part in info sessions, Faculty sessions, campus tours, and more, and enjoy social events such a dance party curated by one of BC’s top DJs.


Deadline for registration

You can still register for Destination UBC! Check out our step-by-step guide on how to sign up for each event.

Registration will close 24 hours before the start of each session – so there’s still some time to put your name down for the events you want to choose.


What you’ll need for Destination UBC

 There’s nothing you have to prepare for any Destination UBC sessions. All you need is an internet connection, and you’re good to go!

If you’re an Indigenous student who’s registered for events including the beading workshops or paint night, our team will be in touch with you to send out the supplies.