Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On September 7, join thousands of new-to-UBC students and hundreds of volunteers for Imagine UBC, your orientation event that celebrates the start of the academic year. For most students, Imagine UBC replaces the first day of classes.

By early September, you’ll receive an email with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule. Most new-to-UBC students will be invited to attend a combination of in-person events and virtual events throughout the day. All UBC students will be invited to the virtual Main Event and the virtual UBC Pep Rally – we can’t wait to see you there!


What to expect

Imagine UBC is an incredible opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Meet student leaders, professors, and the Dean of your faculty
  • Find out about services and resources
  • Learn all the ways to get involved during your time at UBC

Over the course of the day you’ll connect with a small group of other new students from your Faculty, join the entire UBC community for a virtual pep rally, check out hundreds of virtual booths hosted by current students for UBC’s clubs and organizations, and start to find your place at UBC.


No matter who you are and what you are interested in, there is something for you at Imagine UBC.

– Indra Hayre, Arts student


Who can attend

All UBC students – including new, returning, and transfer students – are welcome to attend. Look for an email in early September with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to


Heading to UBC’s Okanagan campus? Check out the details for your Create orientation!




Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

Before you hit the books on your first day at UBC Okanagan, join other new-to-UBC students on campus for Create on September 5! Create is a day-long virtual orientation event designed to welcome new students like you to the close-knit UBC community. If attending in person is not possible, you’ll also be able to join in online.


What to expect

You’ll get to know your online learning community, a small group of other UBC students from your degree or Faculty. Together, you’ll:

  • Meet your fellow students: Join with your Orientation Leader and a small group of fellow first-year students from your Faculty, and take part in social events to have fun and make new friends.
  • Enjoy an official welcome: Hear from UBCO leadership in a welcome ceremony, and have a chance to show your UBC Okanagan school spirit!
  • Join workshops and information sessions: Hear from campus experts about their services and personal experiences to help shape your UBCO journey.
  • Tour the campus: Take a guided tour of campus and locate all the essentials.


Who can attend

All new first-year UBC Okanagan students are encouraged to attend Create.

Second-year and transfer students who have not been to campus before are invited to Re-Create, a new event designed just for you!


How to register

Register for Create or Re-Create online today – the first day of class will be here before you know it.


Are you a student at UBC Vancouver? Check out the details for your orientation, Imagine UBC.



What to do before classes start

What to do before classes start

It’s not long now until you begin your studies at UBC. As a first-year student you’ll meet loads of new people and have tons of new experiences, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. Set yourself up for a stress-free first week by taking care of a few things before classes start.


Get ready for orientation

Surprise! There are no lectures or labs on the first day of class. Instead, you’ll take part in a series of welcome-to-UBC events as part of Create if you’re at UBC Okanagan, or Imagine UBC for UBC Vancouver. Think kick-off ceremonies, school spirit, and discovering your first clubs and societies.


Check out the UBC Life Blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, the UBC Life Blog will be your go-to resource for updates and information on Vancouver campus services and events, health and well-being, money management, and more. UBC Okanagan students should take a look at the Student Life page to discover more about what to expect in your first year.


Update your email address

Double check the email address you have listed on the Student Service Centre to make sure it’s correct, and then keep an eye on your inbox.


Learn about your student health plan

Visit the Studentcare website to learn more about your student health plan – including what’s covered and how to submit claims – or to find out how to opt out if you already have equivalent coverage elsewhere.


Plan your finances

Make sure you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year. Need a hand? There are online resources for both campuses ­– Okanagan and Vancouver – that can help.


Pay your tuition online

Gain peace of mind by paying your tuition online. Check out the payment methods available for your campus – Okanagan or Vancouver – and choose the option that works best for you.



Vancouver students: Find your faculty online

Vancouver students: Find your faculty online

With your fall course schedule taking shape, you’ve no doubt done your fair share of research on your faculty and degree. Come September you’ll be diving into the deep end of university life, so now’s the time to dip your toes in the water and see what students and professors in your faculty are up to.


What to expect

Meet Zeus, an Aussie Collie and the unofficial canine rep for UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. Get familiar with UBC’s clubs and societies like Valie, who hosts a UBC radio show, competes as a synchronized swimmer, and is a member of a German singing group. Study with Amanda, a pioneer in marine conservation, or take part in research that will pave your way to medical school. And that’s just the beginning.


Find your faculty or school

Find your faculty below and spend the summer getting to know your new UBC community on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.

Faculties and schools Where to find them
Faculty of Applied Science UBC Engineering Facebook
UBC Engineering Twitter
UBC Engineering Instagram
Faculty of Applied Science > School of Nursing UBC School of Nursing Facebook
UBC School of Nursing Twitter
Faculty of Arts UBC Arts Facebook
UBC Arts Twitter
UBC Arts Instagram
UBC Arts YouTube
Faculty of Arts > School of Music UBC School of Music Facebook
UBC School of Music Twitter
UBC School of Music Instagram
Faculty of Arts > Vancouver School of Economics Vancouver School of Economics Facebook
Vancouver School of Economics Twitter
Vancouver School of Economics YouTube
Faculty of Dentistry UBC Dentistry Facebook
UBC Dentistry Twitter
UBC Dentistry Instagram
Faculty of Education UBC Education Facebook
UBC Education Twitter
UBC Education YouTube
Faculty of Education > School of Kinesiology UBC School of Kinesiology Facebook
UBC School of Kinesiology Twitter
UBC School of Kinesiology Instagram
Faculty of Forestry UBC Forestry Facebook
UBC Forestry Twitter
UBC Forestry Instagram
UBC Forestry YouTube
Faculty of Land and Food Systems UBC Land and Food Systems Facebook
UBC Land and Food Systems Twitter
UBC Land and Food Systems Instagram
Faculty of Science UBC Science Facebook
UBC Science Twitter
UBC Science Instagram
UBC Science YouTube
UBC Sauder School of Business UBC Sauder School of Business Facebook
UBC Sauder School of Business Twitter
UBC Sauder School of Business Instagram
UBC Vantage College UBC Vantage College Facebook
UBC Vantage College Twitter
UBC Vantage College Instagram


Heading to UBC Okanagan? Find your Okanagan faculty online.



Okanagan students: Find your faculty online

Okanagan students: Find your faculty online

You’ve accepted your UBC offer of admission and mapped out your courses for the fall. The hard work is done, which means you’re ready to relax and look forward to the adventure ahead! Before you switch off for the summer, take a look at what students and professors in your faculty are doing, and start dreaming about your time at UBC.


What to expect

Get to know people like Dylan Ranney, a Fine Arts alumnus who opened a communal arts space for Kelowna artists and musicians after carving his own creative path at UBC. Find out why UBC researchers think Canada’s mountains are bellwethers of change. Take a look at some of your new peers’ artwork with UBC Okanagan’s virtual exhibition. Learn about the learning opportunities you can look forward to outside of the classroom in your upper years of study. And that’s just the beginning.


Find your faculty or school

Find your faculty below and spend the summer getting to know your new UBC community on their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Faculties and schools Where to find them
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies UBC Creative and Critical Studies Facebook
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Twitter
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Instagram
Faculty of Health and Social Development

  • School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • School of Nursing
UBC Health and Social Development Facebook
UBC Health and Social Development Twitter
Faculty of Management UBC Management Facebook
UBC Management Twitter
UBC Management Instagram
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Facebook
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Twitter
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Instagram
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Facebook
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Twitter
Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Instagram
School of Education Okanagan School of Education Facebook
Okanagan School of Education Twitter
Okanagan School of Education Instagram
Okanagan School of Education Pinterest
School of Engineering UBC School of Engineering Facebook


Heading to UBC’s Vancouver campus? Find your Vancouver faculty online.



UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus: A home away from home for commuters

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus: A home away from home for commuters

If you’ll be commuting to campus, you’re part of the majority: more than 75% of students on UBC’s Vancouver campus bike, drive, or take transit to campus. As you begin to think about your first year at UBC, you may be wondering where you’ll be able to warm up your lunch, relax between classes, or meet people.

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus provide all of this and more. Each space has a kitchen, comfy couches, and friendly advisors who are happy to chat and help you settle into life at UBC. There are also lots of activities designed to connect you with new friends, on-campus services, and peer support.



What you’ll find in your collegia

In your first-year collegia, you can expect:

  • Bright, open space with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Kitchen facilities with an oven, microwaves, refrigerators, small appliances, dishes, and cutlery
  • Study spaces with desks, lamps, and shelves
  • Comfortable lounge chairs, sofas, and fireplace
  • End-of-trip facilities including showers and lockers
  • Secure Wifi and plenty of outlets to charge your devices
  • A social area with board games, cards, and a big-screen TV


Vancouver Indigenous Students’ Collegia

The Vancouver Indigenous Students’ Collegia (VISC) is a community for self-identifying Indigenous students of all years, both undergraduate and graduate, to meet one another, connect over their experiences at UBC, and learn from upper-year peer leaders and faculty members.

First-year Indigenous students will have access to both a first-year Collegia community as well as the Vancouver Indigenous Students’ Collegia community.


What students are saying

“I always feel welcome when I visit Collegia, which is almost every day. It is an amazing place just to take a break from a hectic school day or to just visit and socialize.”

– Collegia member, first-year Arts, Vancouver campus

“UBC Collegia was a space where I could catch up with friends during the day and study in the evenings. I got a good head start on getting involved, learning about the resources on campus, and getting myself to delve out of my comfort zone. Overall, I definitely feel more equipped to venture off to second year with the start UBC Collegia provided.”

– Collegia member, first-year Science, Vancouver campus


How to get involved

If you’re a first-year commuter student or a self-identifying Indigenous student on UBC’s Vancouver campus and you’re interested in Collegia, register now to secure your spot. Registration closes on August 31, 2021.



Health insurance at UBC

Health insurance at UBC

Health insurance and coverage are important topics for all new students – whether you’re coming to UBC from another province or territory, or from across the globe. As a UBC student, you must have both basic and extended health insurance coverage over the course of your studies. Here’s a quick look at what steps you need to take (if any).


How do you get basic health insurance?

Basic health insurance will vary from student to student. You may have one or a combination of out-of-province health insurance, the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), or iMED.

BC students

If you’re a resident of BC and currently covered by MSP, no action is required on your part, , but remember to renew your MSP if you are a current international student and you have extended your study permit.

Out-of-province students

If you’re a Canadian student with a health plan in another province or territory, you do not need to switch to BC MSP. You’ll be covered by the health plan in your home province or territory as long as you remain a student. If you choose to switch to MSP, you’ll need to apply.

Canadian students coming from abroad

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada returning to Canada after living abroad, you may already have health coverage in BC or another Canadian province or territory. If you don’t, you’ll need to apply for MSP and make arrangements to join the Global Campus Health Plan or another temporary insurance plan for the three-month period before your MSP coverage takes effect.

International students

Canada has a public healthcare system. Everyone living in BC for longer than six months is required to join MSP, a basic health insurance policy for the province’s residents. If you’re a new-to-UBC international student, you’ll need to apply for MSP as soon as you arrive in BC. During the three-month period before your MSP coverage takes effect, you’ll automatically be enrolled in a temporary health insurance plan called iMED after you register for courses if you are a new UBC student. Your iMED coverage will begin on August 1.

A couple of tips:

  • If you arrive in BC before August, purchase advanced coverage. Make sure you take into account when you can travel based on the Canadian government’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.
  • If you arrive after August, submit a date change formso that your iMED dates match your specific MSP waiting period.
  • If you’re going to be studying online outside of Canada, information about how to postpone your iMED coverage will be on the International Student Advising’s FAQs.
  • If you already have MSP, or you will be covered by another provincial health plan for the waiting period, or you already have required health insurance through a third party organization who is funding your studies, you should opt-out of iMED by the deadline.

Take a look at the health insurance for international students page to learn more about the differences between iMED, MSP and the AMS/GSS Health and Dental plan. If you have questions about healthcare or coverage in Canada, please contact an international student advisor on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.


How do you get extended health insurance?

As a UBC student, you will be automatically enrolled in the extended health and dental plan offered by the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) on the Okanagan campus or the Alma Mater Society/Graduate Student Society (AMS/GSS) on the Vancouver campus when you register for courses. Certain exceptions may apply, so make sure you check your Student Service Centre (SSC) account to confirm that you’ve been enrolled and charged the appropriate fee.

This extended health and dental plan through UBC works alongside your basic health insurance plan. For details on your coverage, or how to opt out if you already have equivalent coverage, please visit the Studentcare website.


If you have a pre-existing medical condition

If you’re being treated for a medical condition, consult your healthcare professional to make sure you’re well enough to take on the challenge of university. If you’re well enough to attend UBC, you’ll need to plan for treatment during your studies.

Find out if the treatment you need is available at UBC or nearby, how much it costs, and whether it will be covered under your basic and/or extended health insurance. The Health and Wellness Centre on the Okanagan campus and Student Health Service on the Vancouver campus offer on-campus medical clinics that are free for all UBC students.

If you have a documented disability

If you have a documented disability and require disability-related accommodation or academic support, please contact an advisor at the Disability Resource Centre on the Okanagan campus or Centre for Accessibility on the Vancouver campus to discuss your eligibility.



Last chance to register for Academic Essentials

Last chance to register for Academic Essentials

Get a head start on your first term at UBC by enrolling in Academic Essentials. These courses are designed to ensure you have a strong grasp of the fundamentals in math, academic reading and writing, and health and wellness at UBC, so you have a solid foundation to build on in September.

Your academic essentials courses begin on July 5, 2021, so there’s not long left to register!


What is Academic Essentials?

Academic Essentials is a series of three not-for-credit courses that will help you hit the ground running before your first day at UBC. Each course includes about three hours a week of instruction, and may include short weekly assignments. You can register for as many courses as you like.

As part of the curriculum, you’ll be able to access a library of online material to study in your own time while also having the opportunity to talk to Course Facilitators. These are current UBC students who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the course content or UBC.


Which courses can you choose?

Academic Essentials: Reading and Writing at University

  • Learn strategies for active listening and critical reading in your UBC classes.
  • Become familiar with the UBC library system and the structures of academic articles.
  • Begin to develop your own writing voice, and explore different areas of research.
  • Interact with Course Facilitators through discussions and short writing exercises.

Academic Essentials: Readiness for University Mathematics

  • Discover the habits you’ll need to be successful in your math classes at UBC.
  • Learn how to approach new problems, and when to ask for help.
  • Practice fundamentals like algebra, functions, graphs, and geometry.
  • Self-assess the prerequisite skills and concepts needed for UBC calculus classes.

Academic Essentials: Live Well to Learn Well

  • Get tips on how to successfully transition from high school to university.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to excel in your time at UBC.
  • Learn about the resources and strategies available to build a sense of community at UBC.
  • Find out how to access academic and wellness resources at UBC.

You can take part in one, two, or all three courses. Each one is tailored to your campus.


When is Academic Essentials?

All Academic Essentials courses run from July 5 to August 12, 2021. Each of the courses are self-directed, with new content released each week.


How much does it cost?

Every course is offered free of cost.


How to register

Click the links below to enrol in the courses of your choice. You can choose from one, two, or all three courses, and you’ll need to register for each individually. You’ll need your campus wide login (CWL) from your UBC application to sign up.

When you register, make sure you select the courses for the campus to which you’ve been admitted (Okanagan or Vancouver).

UBC Okanagan

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University

UBC Vancouver

Live Well to Learn Well

Readiness for University Mathematics

Reading and Writing at University


Hear from past participants:

“The Academic Essentials courses were my first insight into what a university class feels like. They introduced me to the various resources UBC uses to conduct online learning in particular, and it was a very convenient head start that made my transition to university feel more familiar and comfortable.”
Raiaan Khan, first year in Applied Science, Academic Essentials participant