Jump Start

UBC's multi-day enhanced orientation is designed to introduce you to university life, your faculty, and new friends.

August 31 — September 4, 2020

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

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


Registration for Jump Start is now closed. If you would like to inquire about late registration, please contact jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca.

Jump Start 2020 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.

You can participate in Jump Start 2020 from anywhere in the world. Your living situation during Jump Start will mirror your living situation during Winter Term 1. For example, if you are living at home during Term 1, you will participate in Jump Start from your home, wherever that may be.

Just like many of your courses at UBC, Jump Start will be using Canvas and other online learning tools.

sample schedule: virtual jump start 2020

If you have any questions about Jump Start, please contact jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca.

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Make friends

Jump Start will help you connect with campus life, learn about opportunities, and connect with other students. It’s a great way to make friends before classes start through fun social activities and academic workshops.

Learning at UBC

Our academic success workshops are designed to welcome you to your program. You will learn about support resources for a successful transition to university, understand expectations and policies specific to UBC, and connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC.

Get organized

We get it—there are a lot of things to take care of before starting university, like buying textbooks and getting organized. You may also want to explore work and volunteer opportunities and find activities that interest you. By taking care of the essentials early, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters later.


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.


There is a $35 (+5% GST = $36.75) non-refundable registration fee for Jump Start 2020*. 

Registration for Jump Start is now closed. If you would like to inquire about late registration, please contact jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca.

* The 2020 Jump Start registration fee is waived for self-identified Aboriginal students.


What services are available to support students with disabilities or ongoing medical conditions?

UBC provides individual support and programs designed to remove barriers for students with a disability or ongoing medical condition. Learn more.

This includes academic accommodations, exam accommodations, academic concessions, priority access to housing, and transportation and access. If you have any concerns about attending Jump Start, please contact jumpstart.ok@ubc.ca.