Jump Start group

Jump Start

UBC's first-year orientation and transition program for new, international students at the Vancouver campus.

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 11 day 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 Vancouver:

International students coming to UBC from abroad

International students already living in Canada

Canadian students who went to high school abroad

Domestic students in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems and the UBC Sauder School of Business

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) - International students
  • Faculty of Science - International students
  • Faculty of Applied Science - International students
  • Sauder School of Business - International and Domestic students
  • Faculty of Land and Food Systems - International and Domestic students
  • Faculty of Forestry - International students
  • School of Kinesiology - International students
  • Vantage One - International students


If you have questions about whether or not you are eligible to attend, please contact UBC Jump Start by email orientations.jumpstart@ubc.ca.

Key dates

Registration opens:

April 3, 2017

Registration closes:

July 4, 2017

Payment deadline:

July 4, 2017

Arrive at UBC:

August 20, 2017

Jump Start program:

August 20 - 30, 2017

Imagine UBC:

September 5, 2017

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