Now that you’ve received your offer of admission, you’re ready for Destination UBC! Over the next few months, you’ll be deciding where you want to study after high school, and we know that choice can be tough. Destination UBC is your chance to find out what makes UBC such a vibrant place to live, play, and study, and discover whether it’s the right home for you.
This year, we’re inviting all Indigenous and Black students, as well as all students holding an offer to UBC’s Okanagan campus who live outside of the lower mainland, to join us in person for this fun-filled event. We’ve created an exciting full day of programming for you to experience your new campus, meet your first friends, and learn about what you can expect as a UBC student!
The best way to find out if UBC is right for you is to experience it yourself. You’ll get familiar with some of the most important spaces on campus where you’ll spend lots of your time as a student, and get a feel for the different activities and options available to you if you come to UBC.
Housing, tuition, planning your finances, how to look after your health and wellness – we know you probably have lots of uncertainty about the decisions you’ll need to make in the coming months. As part of Destination UBC, you’ll have the chance to meet your new professors in your faculty, chat to UBC staff and advisors, and ask all your questions.
Start creating your community early. Meet other Okanagan students, learn more about the places and supports available to you, and start building your friendships.
Watch out for an individual email from UBC that will confirm your travel arrangements and accommodation. Some or all of these costs may be reimbursed – please keep checking your emails to find out whether you are eligible.
As well as events and sessions to let you learn about what it’s like to be a UBC Okanagan student, you’ll enjoy programming that lets you explore the Indigenous-specific locations on campus. You’ll experience the Indigenous Centre – your home away from home and your space to connect with your Indigenous peers – and discover more about Indigenous Programs and Services, a resource available to you for academic and personal support.
UBC Vancouver has a number of spaces on campus for Indigenous students. You’ll visit the First Nations Longhouse, Indigenous Student Collegium, and will find out more about services, resources, and spaces for the Indigenous community at UBC. You’ll also connect with current students and your Indigenous student advisors, who can answer all your questions about life and learning at UBC.
Join us at Destination UBC and start building your community. Meet fellow admitted students, staff (including the Black Student Success Coordinator), and connect with current UBC students. You will also learn more about the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program and the clubs, societies, and resources available on campus.
Discover the places, spaces, and resources available for you to thrive at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Learn more about the organizations on campus created by Black students for Black students. You’ll meet and spend time with your new classmates, learn more about the Beyond Tomorrow Scholars Program, and connect with current staff and students.
We’re also hosting two online events for Black students and their parents or guardians. If you have identified as a Black student in your Undergraduate Programs and Admissions profile, you’ll be able to see this event when you log in. If you have not identified as a Black student in your profile, but would like to attend this event, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online: Destination UBC Black Students – Parent Session May 3 5:00 pm PST
Online: Destination UBC Black Students – Q+A Session May 8 5:00 pm PST
This is your day. Meet your new classmates and spend time with each other as you choose what activities and events you want to attend. You’ll take part in a campus tour that will help you learn more about what life is like as a UBC Okanagan student, find your faculty and meet your professors for the first time, and have the opportunity to ask UBC advisors all your questions about life at UBC.
1. Choose the campus that you’ve been accepted to:
UBC Okanagan: May 10- 12, 2024
UBC Vancouver: April 26 – 28, 2024
2. Visit our student experience event page and click on your choice.
3. Watch out from an individual email from UBC that will confirm your travel arrangements and accommodation.
If you have self-identified as Indigenous and/or Black, we will reach out to you directly with more information and registration instructions.
After registering, you will be contacted if you are eligible for travel cost reimbursement.
Destination UBC Peer Leaders are trained, upper-level undergraduate students who will be staying in the residences and will guide you throughout the weekend
Your health and safety are our key priorities. Staff trained in CPR and first aid will be available.
Even before the event, start getting to know your new UBC friends by joining the Destination UBC 2024 Discord, and following @destinationubc on Instagram.
The people you meet online will be the same people you meet on campus in May – your future classmates! Seeing a friendly face when you arrive in September will help make the transition to university life a smooth one.
Your parents don’t need to travel to campus, as we will be providing complete student supervision throughout the weekend. However, we understand that parents may want to explore Kelowna or Vancouver while students are busy at UBC.
Parents must arrange their own accommodation. Destination UBC is an immersive, on-campus, and independent weekend for students. Parents will be invited to some parent-specific programming, but student attendees will experience most weekend activities independently from parents.
If you experience any significant delays, such as missed flights, please text or call Anthony Dodds at 250-469-3526.