Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

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Jump Start at UBC Vancouver will run from August 29 to September 3, 2021. Keep checking back for more information, including finding out when registration will open in the coming months.

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


As countries around the world continue to be affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19, UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to campus. This year, we’re looking forward to delivering a memorable virtual Jump Start experience for you and your classmates!

Get ready for Jump Start

You are eligible to register for Jump Start once you have accepted your admission offer to UBC Vancouver. Check your admissions status in the Student Service Centre.

Due to the positive impact Jump Start can have on a student’s academic success and transition to university, UBC is committed to ensuring Jump Start is accessible to all direct entry students. If the cost associated with Jump Start may prohibit you from participating, please contact us directly at orientations.jumpstart@ubc.ca.

Registration for Jump Start is now closed.

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Jump Start is online

Jump Start’s five-day orientation 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.

You can participate in Jump Start 2020 from anywhere in the world.  Just like many of your courses at UBC, Jump Start will be using Canvas, Zoom, social media, discussion boards, and group chats to connect.

Discover more about our online learning tools.

Why Jump Start?

Make friends

Be ready to hit the ground running on your first day of class. Over the course of the week, you’ll meet other first-year students who are new to UBC just like you.

Meet profs and peers

Spend time with UBC professors and current students before classes start. They’ll introduce you to their research and the academic community, and give you tips to help you successfully transition from high school student to university scholar.

Learn about UBC

Find out about all the UBC services available to you, and discover more about the campus community you’ll be joining when public health authorities determine it’s safe to return.

How Jump Start works



What to expect


Learning Communities

You will be assigned to group based on your Faculty and time zone, which will be led by an upper-year student leader and a Faculty fellow. Together, you’ll participate in the full range of activities during the program. The average size of a Learning Community is 15-30 first-year students.

Student leaders

Your Learning Community will be led by an upper-year student in your Faculty. Student leaders will steer group activities and help build connections between you and other new students, offer personal support, refer you to resources, and welcome you into the UBC community.

Faculty fellows

Each Learning Community is matched with a member of their Faculty. They will provide the unique opportunity to learn about the expectations of the university learning environment, the academic classroom setting, how to interact with faculty members, and offer a closer look into their discipline.



During Jump Start

We’re excited to offer a number of ways for you to introduce yourself and get to know your new friends throughout Jump Start. You’ll experience a variety of small and large group socials, including trivia nights, photo challenges, games, online exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and social media contests.

After Jump Start

The Learning Community group you’re with during Jump Start will continue! Student leaders will keep offering regular group social events as well as one-on-one peer support over the course of first term. When it’s safe to return to campus, there will be an in-person welcome event where you’ll have a chance to meet your new friends in real life.

Additional resources

Self-directed modules and activities

Make sure you’re introduced to the services and resources that will help you start your year well. During Jump Start, you’ll have access to self-directed activities to help you learn about the unceded Musqueam territory on which UBC Vancouver stands, explore health and wellbeing strategies, understand academic integrity, connect with an Academic Advisor, and more. You can also refer back to this information throughout your first term.

Sample schedule


Discover the activities and orientations you’ll take part in during Jump Start.

Please note that this sample schedule is subject to change – stay tuned for the final timetable.



Virtual Jump Start - Sample Schedule

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Hear from past students

The activities were great […] but most importantly, the connections and friends I made will last for a life time and I am very thankful to UBC for implementing this program. Thank you Jump Start!” – Reza H.

It was a great way to meet new people. I consider myself a shy person, and Jump Start made me step out of my comfort zone and experience new things which ultimately made me feel more prepared for university!” – Ali Zaidi

Jump Start gives you the chance to […] get to know other people before classes begin.” – Karsen Black Water

I met a lot of great people in Jump Start whom I am still hanging out with. We mostly have classes together too so we helped each other in transitioning during the first week of class. Best decision I’ve ever made!” – Martina Francisco

For your parents

Jump Start offers programming for your parents or guardians to give them a sense of what your experience at UBC will be like, as well as an awareness of the resources and supports that are available for you to access.

Your parents or guardians can register using our online form to receive email updates and further details about our informational webinars, and learn how to best support you.