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

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

If you are a student in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, here are a few tips on uploading your documents to UBC. If you attend a school outside these regions, read these document upload tips.

When do I upload my documents?

If you attend a school in Alberta, you can upload your documents between February 19 and March 1.

If you attend a school in Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, your document upload will take place between February 19 and March 8.

If you are completing an IB diploma at a school in these regions, you do not need to upload your documents. We will receive your anticipated IB grades directly from your IB Coordinator.

Which documents do I upload?

If you attend a semester school…

If you attend a semester school (courses are taken from September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for your first-semester Grade 12 courses. If you are studying in Alberta, please include provincial exam results if available.
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a linear school…

If you attend a linear school (courses are taken from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application. If you have any questions, please email grades.canada@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.