Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

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

Get ready for Jump Start



Jump Start is open to all first-year students coming to UBC from high school. Whether you are an international or domestic student, Jump Start is for you.

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

The registration deadline is July 6. Space fills up quickly, so register early!

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Jump Start is online

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. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

What you’ll experience

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 your new home

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.

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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