Jump Start

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

"Jump Start brings us closer together so we know we're not alone in our university experience"

Jump Start participant

"Without Jump Start, I would have been lost in every way. Now, even before school starts, I have friends, how the campus and am already settled into UBC"

Jump Start participant

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 who are new to Canada
  • International students who have spent time studying at a Canadian high school
  • Canadian students who went to high school abroad
  • Students who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit

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 (registration for Jump Start not required if you're part of Vantage College)

Attending UBC Okanagan?

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

The Experience

Your orientation and transition to UBC has two phases: The first is the Jump Start two-week immersion program in August. The second phase continues to support you throughout your first year at UBC.

Key dates

When to arrive at UBC

  • If living in residence during the two-week immersion program: Aug. 12 or 13 
  • If you're commuting to campus during the two-week immersion program: Aug. 13

Two-week immersion program

Aug. 14 -27

Imagine UBC

Sep. 2

Year-long transition program

Sep. 2014 - May 2015

"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

"Jump Start has created a home away from home, a family of friends"

Jump Start participant

"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

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