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.

About 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:

  • 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

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.

Key dates

When to arrive at UBC: August 18, 2015 (all students)

Two-week immersion program: August 19 - September 2, 2015

Imagine UBC: September 8, 2015

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.

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.

Preview life at UBC