Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

If you’re entering your first year at UBC Okanagan and coming directly from high school, Jump Start at UBC Okanagan is for you! In this three-day orientation you will take care of the essentials before your first day, let you meet your UBC Okanagan community, and make your first friends.

What to expect

You’ll either take part in Jump Start’s commuter stream or residence stream, depending on whether you’re living on- or off- campus in your first term. Each stream is tailored to help you make friends before the first day of term through fun social activities in small groups. You’ll join us on campus during the day for educational workshops, informative sessions, fun programming and have the chance to explore Kelowna. Optionally, you can attend a variety of evening social programming.

Whichever stream is right for you, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, meet students in your faculty, and have upper-year 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 learn about the campus’ resources and services available to you. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day. 

Jump Start dates

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 28 to August 30. Residence students may move in on August 27.

Register now

Registration is now open! Visit the Jump Start Okanagan webpage to complete the registration form, pay your fees, and save your spot. Registration will close on August 1 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.  

What students are saying

“I loved my experience being in Jump Start. Being surrounded with possible classmates and creating inseparable bonds and long-lasting fun memories was my largest take-away. Being a part of Jump Start allowed me to adjust and figure out the campus very quickly. I would highly recommend joining Jump Start for all incoming students.”Marvin L., Bachelor of Management


“Jump Start was incredibly helpful in helping me to make friends before school began. Through the program, I was able to meet a lot of new people who were also incoming first-year students. We participated in a variety of activities and events together, which helped us to bond and get to know each other better. By the time classes started, I already had a solid group of friends who I could turn to for support and advice.”Soumil C., BSc in Computer Science

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

Updated July 8: Registration is now closed.

If you’re entering first year at UBC Vancouver and coming directly from high school, you’ll want to register for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver. This multi-day 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!

What to expect

You’ll be assigned to a learning community which will be led by two upper-year students and a faculty fellow. Together, you’ll participate in a full range of activities during the program, from discovering the university learning environment and the classroom setting to fun events such as trivia nights, photo challenges, games, exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and art activities.

Residence stream

If you’re planning to live in student housing on campus (known at UBC as “residence”) in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to move in early, get to know campus, and meet new friends in-person. You will enjoy scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace.

Move-in for Jump Start’s residence stream takes place on August 27. The three-day program runs from August 28 to August 30.

Commuter stream

If you’re planning to live off campus and will be commuting to UBC in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to practice your route to classes, get to know your new campus and your Collegium, and meet your first friends in person. The three-day program will include scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace.

Jump Start’s commuter stream begins on August 28 and finishes on August 30.

Register now

Registration is now open! Visit the Jump Start Vancouver webpage to complete the registration form, pay the program fee, and save your spot.

Jump Start registration will close on June 27 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Registration is now closed.

What students are saying

“My experience in Jump Start was warm and friendly. At first, the environment was scary because a lot of the other attendees did not talk much, but over a couple of ice breakers, everyone’s shells started to melt away. We’d have break times for lunch and in our Collegia, everyone would sit down together in the biggest group possible and talk and laugh. I think attending Jump Start is a great experience overall because it really helped me break out of my own shell. For example, I wasn’t afraid to reach out to the people I had just met at Jump Start on social media. Even now, I still talk to them and I think some of my closest friends at UBC are the ones I made in Jump Start.” Kayree R.

“Jump Start is such a great way to start the school year. I got to meet so many people who share common interests with me, and many of them I know I will be close friends with for life. It is also the perfect transition from summer to university, and also a great way to meet people and become familiar with the campus prior to classes.” – Katie A.

Take a self-guided virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Take a self-guided virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Now that your application has been submitted, it’s time to get to know our campuses better. A great way to get a feel for our campuses and what it’s like to be a student is through a campus tour!

As well as the student-led live virtual campus tours and the in-person campus tours that we offer for both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, we also have two great self-guided virtual tours – one for each campus – for you to explore in your own time.


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The self-guided tours, you can have a look at all the highlights you can look forward to as a student. The tour will walk you through key locations, giving you a feel for what it’s like to live and learn at UBC. You’ll see UBC’s residences, study spots, recreational facilities, academic buildings, and more.

On your journey you’ll be able to take a look at 360° panoramas, photos, and videos, and you can pause at any time to check them out. If you like, you can share your favourite spots on social media.

No matter which tour option you pick, we’re looking forward to showing you around!




Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

Tour UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses

If you’ve submitted your application to UBC – congratulations! We’re looking forward to learning more about you.

While you wait for your admissions decision, you can get a head start on deciding whether UBC is the right place for you by joining us for a campus tour.

You can find lots of great info and photos about what it’s like to be a UBC student on Instagram and TikTok, but there’s really no substitute for connecting with some of our current students and having them share their knowledge and experiences with you. Our students are excited to show you their favourite spaces on campus, and to answer your questions about life and learning at UBC.


What to expect

We have two tour options at both of our UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver campuses – in-person campus tours and live virtual tours.

In-person campus tours

Visit us on campus and take a walking tour to get to know UBC. Tours are run by friendly student ambassadors who are excited to show you around campus.

UBC Okanagan tours last 90 minutes and UBC Vancouver tours run for 2 hours.


Live virtual campus tours

During your Zoom tour, you’ll learn more about UBC, see photos from some of our favourite spots at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, and hear from real students about their experiences in class, residence, and beyond.

UBC Okanagan tours last for 75 minutes, and UBC Vancouver tours run for 90 minutes.


Tour schedules

We offer tours for UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver on multiple days every week. You can find our most up-to-date schedules and discover how many spots are available by visiting the campus tours webpage.


How to register

To view all upcoming Okanagan and Vancouver tours, and to register, visit our Tours and Events page.

If you are Indigenous (a member of a First Nation, Métis, and/or Inuit community in Canada) and would like to register for an Indigenous campus tour or connect with an Indigenous advisor, please email our Indigenous campus tours team at


Can’t make it to one of our in-person campus tours or a live virtual tour?

No problem! If you are unable to attend one of our in-person tours or one of our live virtual tours or you want to learn more about UBC at your own pace, you can also experience our two campuses by taking a self-guided virtual tour.

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Also, if you are in Kelowna and are unable to attend one of our scheduled in-person campus tours, the staff at the Student Recruitment desk (UNC222) in the University Centre would be happy to provide you with a Self-Guided Walking Tour handout for the Okanagan campus.

Take a virtual tour

Take a virtual tour

Our offices are closed over the holidays, and our last in-person campus tour for 2023 is on December 22.

If you have some down time over the holidays and want to learn more about UBC, you can take advantage of one of our self-guided virtual tours!

From anywhere and at any time, you can access our virtual tours for either the UBC Okanagan or the UBC Vancouver campuses.

On these self-guided tours, you can explore the campuses and get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at UBC. You’ll see UBC’s residences, study spots, recreational facilities, academic buildings, and more.


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If you prefer to join a live virtual campus tour or an in-person campus tour, they are resuming in the new year, starting on January 2.

To view all upcoming Okanagan and Vancouver tours, and to register, visit our Tours and Events page.

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders online program

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders online program

Are you looking to challenge yourself academically, or boost yourself towards your academic goals? The UBC Future Global Leaders Winter Online program is designed for you. For ten weeks, learn online from UBC professors and affiliated instructors as you delve deeper into your academic interests, and discover what learning is like at the first-year level at a top-tier university. It’s a great way to figure out what your passions are while you’re still in high school, and prepare yourself for success at university and beyond.


What can you study?

This January, you can choose from four engaging academic courses, all taught by UBC instructors. Every academic course features 10 live virtual classes, designed to give you a taste of a university subject without the stress of exams.

  • Introduction to Business Foundations: Study the importance of core business functions, including finance, accounting, marketing and human resource management. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in business, this course is the perfect fit.
  • Introduction to Engineering: If you’re fascinated by engineering, architecture or applied science, this course is for you. Find out about the engineering profession, and the disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Learn about the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This program is excellent if you’re thinking of majoring in psychology or if you’re interested in the social sciences, applied sciences, or medicine.
  • Crime and Society: Contemporary Topics: If you’re interested in criminology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, enforcement, mental health, forensic psychiatry or public policy, this course is for you. You’ll investigate a range of contemporary topics in crime, including the relationship between public order and violent crime, innovations in drug enforcement, forensic psychiatry, and restorative justice.

Who can take part?

To register for a UBC Future Global Leaders Online course, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. We suggest that you have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B or higher, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You don’t need to submit any transcripts to register.

If you want to register for an academic course and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You don’t need to provide your scores, and can self-assess your own levels.


Registration is easy!

No application, transcripts, or proof of English is required. Just check your eligibility, and register for the courses you’re interested in!

The academic courses run from January 27 to April 13, 2024, with your 10 live virtual classes scheduled on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PT.


UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The UBC Future Global Leaders program will award a number of bursaries to Grade 11 high school students in BC. It will cover full tuition for one 10-week winter academic course of your choice.

To be considered for a bursary:

  • You must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). If you are entering Grade 11, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 10 English (or equivalent).
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university-college.

We accept bursary applications year-round and evaluate applications as we receive them.


University application and skills courses

If you’re in grade 11 or 12 and thinking ahead to university, you can learn skills and strategies today to get into your top-choice university, and succeed once you’re there.

  • Writing Effective University Applications shows you how to create convincing and memorable university applications. There are no live classes, so you can go entirely at your own pace. Ask your instructor a question at any time and get a response in 24-48 hours, and get personalized feedback on all of your written assignments. Register and start anytime!
  • Academic Skills for University Success helps you sharpen your skills before you start university so you can improve your performance, reduce stress and accomplish more. Find out how to make the most of your study time, take notes effectively, and develop good habits. Do this course at your own pace, and get instructor feedback on assignments.
  • Student Well-Being, Mental Health and Resiliency is a course designed to help high school students understand and develop their mental health and emotional awareness as they make the move to university life. You can complete this course at your own pace and there is no assessment. This course is offered at a subsidized price to increase accessibility.

Register and start anytime for these university application and skills courses.

International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

Are you an international student or a Canadian student living abroad, interested in learning more about UBC, but don’t know where to start? Come and join us at one of our interactive online sessions!

Our events will give you the chance to ask questions and soak up crucial information about the application process in a relaxed way, all from the safety and comfort of your own home. After each 30-minute presentation, students can get answers to their questions during our 60-minute live chat. You will have a chance to chat with both advisors and current students.


UBC Online Presentation: Ask Us Anything!

Wednesday, November 29 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am PST

Wednesday, November 29 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm PST

Learn about what our students are involved with and what to expect when you come to UBC! Chat live with advisors and students who will answer your questions about how to become a UBC student and what it is like to live and study here.


UBC Online Presentation: Last Minute Advice for Your Application

Friday, January 12 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am PST

Friday, January 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm PST

Join our exclusive UBC Online Presentation: Last Minute Advice for Your Application to get helpful tips and answers to your questions before your application is due on January 15. At this online event, watch a live presentation led by UBC Advisors. Afterwards, we’re dedicating 60 minutes to a live chat, so you can ask all your application-related questions. Note: Registration for this event will open on January 5.


How to register

Registration opens one week before each event.

  1. Visit our tours and events page
  2. Click create account or log in using the buttons in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Based on your profile, we’ll show you a list of all the events available to you – just click the category you’d like to browse.
  4. To register, simply click the event card and follow the instructions to reserve your spot.

After you’ve created your account, you can find all of the events you’re registered for any time on the Your account page.


Note: We use the Adobe Connect webinar platform for our events. Students will need to launch the Adobe Connect application with a strong internet connection to view the presentation and participate in the live chat. It is better to use a laptop or computer instead of the mobile app.

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2023

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2023

If you are currently studying at a high school in the United States, we’d love for you to join us on Thursday, November 24 for our US Thanksgiving event to get a taste of what you can look forward to as a UBC undergraduate student.

Current UBC students, staff, and advisors will show you the very best of what the university has to offer, and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Event highlights

  • Learn about our campus through a tour led by current UBC undergraduate students.
  • Delve deeper into student life with a student panel discussion and lunch.
  • Have your questions about your application, admissions, awards, and specific programs at UBC answered by specialized advisors.
  • Meet other prospective students coming from the United States!


You can register for our US Thanksgiving event here.

If you have any issues with registering, please contact us at

We look forward to connecting with you!