You’re smart, organized, and excited to learn (after all, you’re a UBC student now)—so of course you want to get the best start to your university journey. Our orientations are designed specifically to equip new students with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful transition to UBCO.

As countries around the world continue to be affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19, the health and wellbeing of our UBC community remain our first priority.

For September 2021, we are working in close collaboration with public health to make plans and accommodate more on-campus activities, including orientation activities. We understand that many within our community have questions around what that means, and we will provide more details as soon as we are able to. We deeply appreciate your continued patience and diligence as we work through that process.  

In the meantime, you are encouraged to check back to this page for updates, or visit and for general updates as they become available.

Create new student orientation

With an emphasis on forging connections—to people, places, services, and resources—Create is your day-long introduction to all things UBCO. Our flagship orientation program is being presented virtually, and is strongly recommended for all students who are new to UBC Okanagan campus.

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UBC 101

From textbooks to housing, medical insurance to degree planning, our online orientation provides a critical foundation of university and campus knowledge to help you succeed once you begin classes. To access UBC 101, simply visit the self-enrol link on the webpage and log in using your campus-wide login (CWL). Once you are enrolled, you can access UBC 101 anytime by clicking the link to UBC 101 on your Canvas dashboard.

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Enhanced & extended orientations

Jump Start

Scheduled the week before Create, Jump Start is an enhanced week-long virtual orientation for students who are entering their first year at UBC Okanagan directly from high school. Jump Start is designed to introduce you to the university, let you meet your faculty, and help you make your first friends at UBC Okanagan.

Whether you are an international or domestic student, Jump Start will provide you an opportunity to get to know your UBCO community before the academic term begins. Jump Start features a number of academic, social, and cultural activities throughout the week to help you prepare for life at UBCO.

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Aboriginal Student Orientation

Open to all First Nations (status and non-status), Metis, and Inuit students new to UBC’s Okanagan campus, Aboriginal Student Orientation is designed to help familiarize Aboriginal students with UBCO, build a sense of community, and prepare for a successful first term.

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Graduate Student Orientation

Learn information about the College of Graduate Studies, UBC graduate student resources, student and supervisor roles, scholarships and awards, and the opportunity to meet fellow graduate students.

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UBC 501

A self-guided, online graduate student orientation designed to help prepare you for your arrival at UBC Okanagan.


Parent resources

Sending your student to university is a major event. As a parent, guardian, or family member, you should know that UBC’s Okanagan campus has systems and resources in place to promote your student’s academic and social development and ensure their health and safety.

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Additional programs

Welcome Activities

Orientation continues into September with programs and events for new students.

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Winter Orientation

UBC’s Okanagan campus orientation program for all new-to-UBC students beginning in January.

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