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.

 

 

Tour UBC online with us

Tour UBC online with us

In light of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend our in-person campus tours at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so we’ve moved our live tours online.

 

What you’ll experience

UBC Okanagan

If you want to learn more about UBC’s Okanagan campus, join our student ambassadors for an hour-long tour. You’ll get an in-depth overview of the most exciting places on campus and have the chance to ask your questions about student life and learning.

Tours are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

 

UBC Vancouver

To discover UBC’s Vancouver campus, take part in our 75-minute tour. Upper-level students will discuss what they enjoy most about living and learning at UBC Vancouver, and showcase the stunning campus with images and their own stories. The tour ends with a student panel and the chance to have your questions answered.

You can join a tour every weekday, excluding holidays.

 

How to register

To view all upcoming tours and to register, visit the Future Student Portal’s Tours and events page and select the “On campus” tab.

 

Keep exploring

If you are unable to attend one of our live tours or you want to learn more about UBC at your own pace, you can also experience our two campuses by taking a pre-recorded virtual tour.

 

 

All About UBC events are now online

All About UBC events are now online

After the global outbreak of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel to cancel our in-person events. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so we’ve moved many of these events online instead.

If you’re hoping to apply to UBC in the future, we’re hosting a series of online sessions in June just for you.

All prospective students are welcome, but the sessions will be most useful to those in their final two years of high school.

 

What to expect

At these online events, you’ll discover more about learning at UBC. More specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Connect with UBC advisors who will answer all your questions
  • Find out about the application and admissions process
  • Discover UBC’s wide variety of learning options
  • Get expert advice on academic planning

 

How to register

For details on All About UBC events in your area and other ways to connect with us, check out our Prospective Canadian students page.

 

 

UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

UBC Welcomes You events across Canada

UPDATE 3/13/20

UBC Welcomes You events are now cancelled. We would have loved to meet you, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling this event is the right thing to do.

 

We’re coming to your city!

If you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC, we invite you and your family to join us at a UBC Welcomes You event to learn more about life on campus and to see if it’s the right fit for you.

At these events, you’ll discover more about living and learning at UBC. Specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

  • connect with UBC advisors, faculty members, and current students who will answer all your questions;
  • find out how to accept an offer of admission;
  • get expert advice on academic planning;
  • learn about the housing, financial assistance, and student supports available to you.

 

UBC Welcomes You in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan

Our UBC experts are hitting the road next month! They’ll be visiting Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina, and Saskatoon in April to connect with you in person.

For details on UBC Welcomes You events in your area and other ways to connect, check out our Visits in Canada page and click on your province.

Please note that UBC Welcomes You events are only open to students who have received an offer of admission to UBC.

 

 

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Destination UBC events for Aboriginal students

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC events. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 

 

When you’ve been admitted to UBC, why wait until the fall to visit campus? You’re invited to spend a weekend with your soon-to-be classmates at Destination UBC and experience UBC life first-hand. Don’t worry about the cost of coming – we’ll cover all of your travel expenses.

Join us on the campus you’ve been admitted to:

  • Okanagan: in Kelowna, on the traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation
  • Vancouver: on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

You’ll participate in a weekend packed full of activities that will allow you to experience residence life, make new friends, meet current students, and connect with UBC’s Aboriginal community.

 

Why should I attend?

  • Tour the campus and get a feel for university life.
  • Live in UBC residence for the weekend.
  • Explore downtown Vancouver or downtown Kelowna
  • Meet advisors, staff, and current students.
  • Connect with the Aboriginal community and learn about resources and dedicated spaces on campus.

 

Okanagan campus: Indigenous Student Welcome

As part of the Indigenous Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome lunch and dinner, and meet and mingle with current UBC students. Specialized programs and resources will also be provided throughout the weekend.

 

“Destination UBC was a lot of fun because we were able to get a glimpse of what university classes would be like, and were able to participate in fun activities. I was able to make friends at Destination that, for my second year, I’ve now decided to live with. I was also able to get a glimpse of all the things that the Aboriginal Centre does for its students, and quickly felt at home there.”

–Mackenzie Griffin, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies, UBC’s Okanagan campus

 

Vancouver campus: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

As part of the Aboriginal Student Welcome, you’ll enjoy a special welcome feast in the First Nations Longhouse and meet and mingle with current UBC students. We’ve prepared community and campus programs for you to help you settle into residence and learn more about UBC life.

 

I always knew that Vancouver had a big Indigenous culture but I did not know how visible it was at the UBC campus until I attended Destination UBC. I really loved how welcomed I felt and after seeing the campus I felt better about accepting my offer. I started to look forward to leaving home to attend UBC.”

–Cecilia Raweater, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC’s Vancouver campus

 

Am I eligible to attend?

If you identified as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit on your UBC application, and you live and attended high school in Canada, you are eligible for the Indigenous Welcome and Aboriginal Student Welcome.

Eligible students can register now.

 

 

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

Join us for a UBC applicant information event

UPDATE 3/13/20

UBC’s applicant information events are now cancelled. We would have loved to meet you, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling these events is the right thing to do.

 

Now that you’ve applied to UBC, you’re ready for the next steps in your journey to one of the world’s top 40 universities. You and your family are invited to attend one of the applicant information events we are hosting in cities in North America and across the world.

At these events, UBC representatives will discuss course planning, registration, housing, new student orientations, campus activities, and more. You will also have a chance to meet other students from your area who have applied to UBC.

Registration is easy – simply log in to the UBC Future Student Portal to see the events open to you.

Join us for an online information session

Can’t attend an event in person? Get your questions answered in one of our regularly scheduled online information sessions.

 

 

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You events. Instead, if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 

 

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. On our Okanagan campus, we’re inviting you to attend Destination UBC  in May – a weekend-long event for admitted students.  As part of the program, we host a day of social and academic programming called UBC Welcomes You to help you get a feel for your new home come fall. Students who self-identify as Indigenous are also encouraged to head out to Kelowna a day earlier to attend the Indigenous Welcome.

On our Vancouver campus, admitted students are invited to register for UBC Welcomes You, a full-day event in April to help you meet your first friends and get familiar with the campus. If you’re an Indigenous student, you may also attend the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome, a full weekend designed to foster a smooth transition into life at 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 22 – 24: 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.

May 21: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student in Canada, join us on Thursday, May 21 for the Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus before your Destination UBC experience begins.

 

Before I went to Destination UBC I had already accepted an offer to another university and was a week away from picking out classes for it. My mom ended up talking me into going to the event, and I am so grateful because after that weekend I turned down my acceptance to the other university and accepted my offer to UBC Okanagan. I met so many people I could relate to and felt as though I was able to already make UBC my second home.” 

 

– Madison Knodel, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus

 

UBC Welcomes You (Okanagan campus)

May 23: 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 that is part of Destination UBC, 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!

 

UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 26: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half day at UBC Vancouver learning about your new campus and degree, connecting with your new community, and preparing for life as a UBC student. You’ll have the chance to meet with your professors, find out more about your program, and meet your first friends.

 

Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver)

May 29 – 31: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, you may also attend the weekend-long Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (May 29-31) to help you get to know the Aboriginal community.

 

“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, Vancouver campus

 

What if I can’t attend?

If you can’t make it to any of these events, we’ll also be hosting sessions in a city near you soon.

 

Take university life for a test drive with the Future Global Leaders program

Take university life for a test drive with the Future Global Leaders program

UPDATE 3/13/20

The Future Global Leaders program is now cancelled. We would have loved to meet you, but we are aware that, because of the global concerns around COVID-19, there is some anxiety about attending group gatherings at this current time. We hope you will agree that cancelling the program is the right thing to do.

 

Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school

Picturing your life at university can be tough if you haven’t wandered the campus, sat in a lecture hall, or grabbed coffee with some fellow first-years. The UBC Future Global Leaders pre-university summer program gives high school students aged 15 to 18 the chance to immerse themselves in those experiences.

In this two-week program, you’ll take first year-level classes and participate in workshops focused on university prep, as well as enjoy a full calendar of social and cultural activities in and around Vancouver or the Okanagan.

 

 

What will you study?

You’ll experience life at a top-tier university and choose from an array of engaging courses, all taught by UBC professors and instructors. The program offers 40 different choices, including business and economics; earth, environment, and sustainability; engineering and technology; health and life sciences; history, law, and politics; media and fine arts; people, culture, and society; and even English language skill development for university.

You’ll also take part in afternoon workshops and information sessions designed to prepare you for life in university (and get some great tips on your future application to UBC). Expect to meet current students, and get the low down on life at UBC.

Where will you live?

You’ll have the choice of staying in a UBC student residence and truly embracing the student life, or living off campus and testing out the daily commute. No matter where you decide to stay, you’ll be able to network with like-minded students from around the world, and gain a real university experience in beautiful Vancouver or spectacular Kelowna.

 

Future Global Leaders Vancouver 2019
Combine two-week courses at one of both UBC campuses to make your own four- or six-week program. 

 

Future Global Leaders Vancouver 2019
Study and socialize with students from more than 45 countries around the world.

 

Eligibility requirements

To apply for the Future Global Leaders program, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. You’ll also need to have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You’ll need to include your most recent school report card or transcripts in your application.

If you want to participate in academic courses 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 can self-assess your own levels, as you are not required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

If you’re looking to take courses that develop your English language skills for university, we require you to have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B, plus an IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent, or a TOEFL Internet-based score of 60 or equivalent.

UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The Future Global Leaders program will award approximately 20 bursaries in 2020 to Grade 11 high school students in British Columbia. It will cover full tuition for one two-week course of your choice, as well as the fees to stay in a student residence at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, and three meals a day.

To be considered for the bursary, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university college.

Registration is open for the 2020 sessions

Joining the UBC Future Global Leaders program will help you develop critical academic and social skills that will be valuable during the transition from high school to post-secondary life. Register now for the 2020 sessions of UBC Future Global Leaders, and experience one or both of UBC’s beautiful campuses.

  • Session 1: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 11 (Okanagan or Vancouver)
  • Session 2: Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 25 (Vancouver)
  • Session 3: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 8 (Vancouver)