Congratulations - you're about to join a thriving community of students at one of the top 40 universities in the world. We are delighted to be among the first to welcome you to UBC's beautiful Okanagan campus. To ensure you start your year on the right foot, we are pleased to offer a variety of orientation programs to suit your unique student needs, help you learn more about our great campus, and meet lots of friendly and helpful new people.

Not sure where to start? Here's a great place: UBC 101.


Questions about Orientation?

Student Experience Office
University Centre, UNC 329
Tel: 250.807.8632
Email: getinvolved.ubco@ubc.ca

UBC 101: Online Orientation

UBC 101 students in library

When it is: Available 24/7, 365 days per year
Who it’s for: All new-to-UBC students (Note: A CWL username and password are required)
Cost: Free; no registration required

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 arrive on campus. UBC 101 is designed to provide a general introduction for new students to all things UBCO, and will:

  • introduce you to the history, traditions and culture of UBC Okanagan,
  • guide you through your academic transition to university,
  • introduce you to on campus support services, and
  • help you take care of the essentials prior to the start of classes.

Most students complete the online orientation in less than two hours—a small investment of time that will pay off big when you arrive on campus.

To Access UBC 101:

  1. Visit canvas.ubc.ca and log in using your campus-wide login (CWL).
  2. Click the link to "UBC 101" on your dashboard.

All new-to-UBC students are pre-enrolled in UBC 101. If the course is not already visible in your Canvas dashboard, you can follow these steps to self-enrol:

  1. Follow this link to Canvas and log in with your Campus Wide Login (CWL).
  2. Click "enrol in course."

Create New Student Orientation

Create Orientation 

When it is: Tuesday Sept. 3, 2019
Who it’s for: All new-to-UBC students
Cost: Free; registration required

The official introduction to UBCO, Create is our flagship day-long orientation program and is strongly recommended for all students who are new to UBC’s Okanagan campus. Whether you are newly graduated from high school, transferring from another institution, or returning to post-secondary after some time away, Create is the best way to get to know the people, places, activities, and resources available to you at UBC's Okanagan campus. (Bonus: it’s also a ton of fun!)  Note - classes are cancelled on Tuesday Sept 3 so that all new-to-UBC students can attend!

Enhanced and extended orientations

Jumpstart Orientation

Jump Start

When it is: Aug. 26 - Aug. 30, 2019
Who it’s for: New-to-UBC undergraduate students from regions outside the Okanagan
Cost: Varies, see Jump Start website for details; registration required by July 31

Scheduled the week before Create, Jump Start is an enhanced week-long orientation for students who are new to the Okanagan—whether you’re visiting from Ottawa or Oslo—and provides an opportunity to get to know your campus and community before the academic term begins. Jump Start features a number of on- and off- campus academic, social, and cultural activities throughout the week to help you prepare for life at UBCO.


Graduate Student Orientation

When it is: (TBD)
Who it’s for: New-to-UBC graduate students

Our 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 mix and mingle with fellow graduate students.

Aboriginal Student Orientation

When it is: Monday, Sept. 2, 2019
Who it’s for: New-to-UBC Aboriginal students

Open to all First Nation (status and non-status), Métis, and Inuit students new to UBC's Okanagan campus, our Aboriginal Student Orientation is designed to help familiarize Aboriginal students with the campus, build a sense of community, and prepare for a successful start at UBC.

Disability Resource Centre Orientation

When it is: Flexible
Who it’s for: New-to-UBC students interested in learning more about disability resources

The Disability Resource Centre orientation program is designed specifically to support the students who plan to access the Disability Resources Centre at UBC’s Okanagan campus. For more information, please contact Deanna Simmons at deanna.simmons@ubc.ca or 250-807-9203.


Parent Orientations

Parent Conference

Parent Conference

When it is: Mon. Aug 26 and Sun Sep. 1

Who it’s for: Parents/guardians of all new-to-UBC students
Cost: Free; registration is recommended

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. Parent Conference is a fun, informative, and constructive introduction to our campus resources and a great way to explore support strategies for your student's success. Pre-registration is recommended.


Other programs

Other orientations

Welcome Week

When it is: Beginning in September
Who it’s for: New and returning UBC students
Cost: Free

Orientation doesn’t have to stop when the term begins—UBC Okanagan's Welcome Week is designed to introduce our programs and services to new-to-UBC students and welcome back returning students.

Winter Orientation

When it is: January
Who it’s for: All new-to-UBC students arriving in Term 2

UBC's Okanagan campus orientation program for all new-to-UBC students arriving in January 2018.

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