**Looking for Kick Start? We are excited to announce that Kick Start student orientation has been merged with Jumpstart student orientation into a unique single pre-orientation experience for all new-to-UBCO students.

Sunday, August 27 (evening) - Friday, September 1, 2017

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Jumpstart is the smart and early start to life at UBC's Okanagan campus for undergraduate students who are new to Kelowna.

Jumpstart provides new students the chance to settle in and get to know the campus and community before your academic term begins at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Take advantage of:

  • academic preparation: research, group work and faculty-specific break-out sessions where you’ll meet professors outside of the classroom environment
  • social and cultural activities that build your university community help you succeed throughout university, and foster friendships that will last beyond your studies
  • an introduction to UBC Okanagan's programs and services available for students to enrich your university experience, including support with banking, phone, and health insurance services
  • off-campus trips that allow you to explore Kelowna and the beautiful Okanagan Valley. In previous years, UBCO pre-orientations have visited local attractions, markets, fairs, and parks

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What's included:

  • Housing during the week,*
  • Meals and snacks from local businesses
  • On and off-campus activities, including transportation to all activities throughout the Okanagan Valley
  • Jumpstart has included activities such as:
    • visits to the local mountains and chairlift rides to the peak;
    • hiking and other outdoor activities;
    • food at various locations in the Okanagan;
    • outdoor movie screenings on campus;
    • trips to local attractions;
    • attending the Armstrong IPE Fair and Rodeo.


* Important Note: Housing is ONLY provided if you have applied for and accepted your on-campus housing offer for the academic year. If you do not have on-campus housing, you will need to arrange alternate accommodations as well as any necessary transportation to and from the campus to attend activities.

Deadline to Register:  July 31, 2017


Student Category

Registration Fee

Jumpstart Program


 International Student

  $125 + GST= $131.25 (non-refundable)

 (fees included in tuition)


Canadian/Permanent Resident

  $125 + GST= $131.25 (non-refundable)

 $800.00 + GST= $840.00

(non-refundable after July 31 deadline)


iCharleston Kelowna

 $125 + GST= $131.25 (non-refundable)

 $800.00 + GST= $840.00

(non-refundable after July 31 deadline)




Parent Conference

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Parent Conference – Mon Aug 28, 9am to 12:15pm (times subject to change, locations to be confirmed)

We have planned a morning full of conversation and information for all parents travelling with their students to Jumpstart. Since arrivals weekend is generally an extremely busy weekend for both arriving students and parents, we always like to take some time to ensure parents’ questions are answered on the Monday morning of Jumpstart. While your students are enjoying the student welcome and meeting their student leaders and new classmates, you will be able to meet other parents, UBCO administration, and have a tour of our campus with a campus ambassador!

 Registration for the Parent Conference is Now Open!

What will I learn by attending Parent Conference?

By attending Parent Conference, you will:

  • Receive the most up-to-date information on resources for your student including new initiatives for 2017-18
  • Meet the team: UBC staff who will be available to your students over the course of their academic career
  • Feel more connected to the university as a parent or guardian
  • Receive helpful tips and strategies for supporting your student, from near or afar

What sessions may be offered?

Some of the sessions we will be offering include:

  • What to expect from UBC as your student starts first year
  • Academic expectations, resources, and support for your student
  • Student wellbeing
  • Health insurance (iMed/MSP), immigration documentation, campus supports
  • Financial picture
  • Campus tours



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Meet your 2017 Jumpstart coordinators

2017 Jumpstart Coordinators

Jordy Decker (left), Mouhammad Mbengue (middle), and Rohma Nawaz are excited to announce that the planning for Jumpstart Orientation for 2017 is underway. Jumpstart’s commitment to new to UBC students is to set a benchmark for each individual’s university experience.

You will discover that there is a rhythm within you, and even though we move at different rhythms, it is possible to create a harmony that will capture all the notes and beats that define our identities. Come have fun with us, and welcome to UBC Okanagan—we look forward to meeting you!

—Jordy, Moh, and Rohma

Questions about Jumpstart?

Contact us at jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca

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