Your UBC orientations

Your UBC orientations

Last updated: May 21, 2021



Your first day at UBC is coming up fast! Once you’ve accepted your offer, you’re ready to start thinking about the orientation options available for you this summer. Together, they’re designed to help you meet your first friends, get familiar with your new campus, and hit the ground running as soon as classes begin in September.

Take a look through the four choices below to find out more about what to expect, and which ones you’re eligible to attend. The orientations are listed in the order that you should complete them.



UBC 101

UBC 101 is a self-guided, online course that takes around two hours to complete. You’ll discover the history and traditions of UBC Okanagan, learn about the academic transition to university, be introduced to on-campus support services, and take care of the essentials before classes start. Throughout the summer, you’ll connect with a current UBC Okanagan student – your peer mentor – who can answer your questions, and you can meet and chat with other new students on UBC 101’s discussion boards.

Who should take part

All students coming to UBC Okanagan

Timeline for completion

Any date between mid-April and September – but because you’ll learn important info about course registration, we recommend completing UBC 101 before June. You can register now.



Academic Essentials

Academic Essentials is an online program that will prepare you for academic success as you transition to university. You’ll refresh and build your academic skills in math, reading, and writing; feel confident about your academic readiness in all three areas; and have access to a library of learning and wellness resources to use in your first year. There are three courses you can choose: Reading and Writing at University, Readiness for University Mathematics, and Live Well to Learn Well. Each course is self-paced and self-directed with new content released weekly. You’ll be guided by course facilitators who are current UBC students from your campus, so you’ll learn from those who know your UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver curricula first-hand.

Who should take part

All incoming first-year students, from both campuses.

Timeline for completion

Academic Essentials runs from July 5 to August 12, 2021. Registration opens soon, so keep checking the webpage.



Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

The five-day program is the university’s academic orientation, and is designed to give you a first look at university life, let you meet your professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends at UBC Vancouver. UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine what a safe return to campus will look like in the fall. This year, you’ll be able to participate in Jump Start virtually or in person.

Jump Start’s fully-virtual option 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.

If you’re planning to be on or near campus in the fall, Jump Start is offering an in-person option for students living in residence or commuting to UBC. This stream will be delivered in a hybrid way, providing a mix of on-campus small-group sessions, and virtual programming.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Vancouver from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Vancouver runs from August 29 to September 3, 2021. Register now for Jump Start.



Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will help you discover 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. Jump Start at UBC Okanagan will also let you choose from one of two streams: virtual-only, or a mix of in-person and online.

Whichever stream you opt for, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and can take part in workshops hosted by UBC Okanagan instructors to show you the campus’s resources and services. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day.

Who should take part

All first-year students coming to UBC Okanagan from high school.

Timeline for completion

Jump Start at UBC Okanagan runs from August 30 to September 3, 2021. Registration will open soon, so keep an eye on the webpage or sign up for Jump Start email updates.



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