Peer Mentor Program

Get into your UBC groove with the help of an upper-year campus expert

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5 Peer Mentor approved tips to manage virtual classes (and still have a life)

If you’re experiencing new challenges or feeling overwhelmed in the online learning environment — you’re not alone!

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All new-to-UBCO students (including transfer and mature students) are automatically paired with an upper-year student in the same academic program.

Peer mentors are seasoned, upper year students who are UBC Okanagan campus experts. Your peer mentor is your first point of connection and is here to answer all your questions and refer you to campus resources.

Your peer mentor will also help you connect with other students and find community by keeping you in the loop about upcoming events and opportunities.

How to connect with your peer mentor

All new students are automatically paired with a peer mentor. Visit your UBC Canvas dashboard to find your peer mentor course module.

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What to expect from your peer mentor

Your peer mentor will be one of the first faces you meet at UBCO. Usually, your peer mentor will be involved in your orientation experience and will introduce you to other students in your faculty.

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Once classes start, your peer mentor is on hand to help with:

  • Questions about events, activities, and support services
  • Tips, tricks, and helpful hints they’ve learned as a student
  • Sharing upcoming events and opportunities for involvement at UBCO
  • Finding the right resource or department whenever you face a challenge, need help, or want to learn about opportunities for growth


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Information for faculty & staff

Peer mentors may request your help to better support their mentees, and may be able to support you in turn with:

Gathering student input
Peer mentors are highly motivated and trained student leaders whose roles allow them to learn from their upper-year peers and their new-to-UBC mentees.

Event and program support
Peer mentors may be available to support you with your special events or programs during the year.

Information sharing and promotion
Peer mentors share accurate and timely information with their mentees every week. We’d like to hear from you if you think new students could benefit from learning about your program, event, or department.

We look forward to working together with you to provide an exceptional experience for the entire campus community.

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Contact us if you think a student you know would benefit from connecting with a peer mentor.