Jump Start

Registration for the 2015 program is now closed.

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.

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:

  • First year International students who are new to Canada
  • First year International students who have spent time studying at a Canadian high school
  • First year Canadian students who went to high school abroad

To participate in Jump Start, you should be entering your first year in either 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 College (you are automatically registered as part of your entrance to UBC Vantage College)

Attending UBC Okanagan?

Learn about which orientations are available to help you settle in.

Key dates

  • Registration deadline: June 30, 2015
  • Payment deadline: July 3, 2015
  • When to arrive at UBC: August 18, 2015 (all students)
  • Two-week immersion program: August 19 - September 2, 2015
  • Imagine UBC: September 8, 2015

Registration is now closed

What students are saying

"Jump Start allowed me to get accustomed to the campus and get socially prepared. I love the idea of starting UBC knowing professors and other students in my classes"

Jump Start participant

Your student leader will help connect you to campus resources and opportunities
"Jump Start brings us closer together so we know we're not alone in our university experience"

Jump Start participant

"Before arriving at UBC, I was anxious about moving to a new place, meeting new friends and being in a different academic setting. I made friends and got to know UBC through Jump Start and now I feel more confident going into my classes."

Jump Start participant

During Jump Start, you will start to explore new ways of thinking.