Jump Start


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What is Jump Start?

Jump Start at UBC’s Vancouver campus is a first-year orientation and transition program for new international students. It begins with a two-week immersion program in August and continues to support students throughout their first year at UBC. All international students entering their first year at UBC are expected to register for Jump Start.

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Who is Jump Start for?

Jump Start is designed to meet the unique needs of the following first-year undergraduate students doing their entire degrees at UBC:

International students coming to UBC from abroad
International students already living in Canada
Canadian students who went to high school abroad

To participate in Jump Start, you should be entering your first year in one of the following Faculties or Schools:

Faculty of Arts (including the Bachelor of International Economics)
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Applied Science
Sauder School of Business
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Faculty of Forestry
School of Kinesiology
Vantage One

What is the experience?

Jump Start contains academic, social and logistical components designed to help introduce you to the university, your Faculty and new friends. You will be grouped into a Faculty-specific Learning Community, and will participate in the majority of activities in this group.

Each day offers a mixture of high energy and relaxing events for you to choose from according to your comfort level. Examples of the type of activities you will attend during the two-week immersion program include:

Academic Life
  • Daily conversations with your Learning Community student leaders about the skills and tools you'll need to be successful in your Faculty's unique learning environment
  • Attending daily Learning Community meetings with our esteemed group of Faculty Fellows
  • Getting to know your Faculty Academic Advisor and working with them to ensure you have chosen the right courses for you
  • Participating in large group lectures and small group learning labs where you will start to experience the differences and similarities between UBC and the academic culture you’re coming to UBC from   
  • The opportunity to connect with language resources on campus, should you need additional English language support
  • Explore Vancouver: Getting to know this beautiful city you'll soon be calling home
  • Share IT:  Showcasing your visual, written, and/or multimedia presentations and performances  on the subject of home, love or community through this signature Jump Start event
  • Dance Night: Get your dancing shoes on to learn some Salsa and Rumba moves
  • Richmond Night Market: Visit one of the coolest cultural experiences in the greater Vancouver area, with lots of food vendors and small retailers to check out
  • Open Mic Night: The budding performers amongst you will be invited to showcase your musical and poetic talents
  • Snacks with your Student Leader: Your student leader will host a floor social to learn how to cook tasty, healthy, and simple snacks for living in residence
  • Recreation Day: Engage in some friendly competition, learn about a few new ways to get active, as well as the places on campus that can help you stay active
  • Applying for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Setting up a phone
  • Getting orientated to campus

From September to April there will continue to be events and programs geared to guide you through your first year at UBC. Through your ongoing participating you will continue to make new friends, connect with faculty members, and learn important skills to support your academic success at UBC.