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, 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 orientation experience for you and your classmates.

Just like many of your courses at UBC, your UBC orientation programs will be using Canvas and other online learning tools. In this new online learning environment, your participation in orientation is more important than ever!

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 follow this link to self-enrol 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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Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation includes 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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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. Aboriginal Student Orientation will be hosted virtually, bringing the celebration to new students throughout Canada.

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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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