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
Why should I attend Jump Start?
Transitioning to university can be difficult, especially if you are coming from a different country or culture. Jump Start is designed to make that transition easier and set you up for academic success at UBC. On average, international students who participate in Jump Start are more successful in their academic studies than their peers who don’t.
What are the important dates and deadlines I should know?
You will find all dates and deadlines here.
I'm not sure if I am coming to UBC yet. Should I register now or wait?
Jump Start is big enough to accommodate all first-year international students, as long as they are eligible to enroll in the program. Therefore we recommend that you are certain you will choose UBC before registering for Jump Start.
I'm an international student, but I've been living in Canada for a few years now attending high school. Is it still appropriate for me to register for Jump Start?
Absolutely. Jump Start recognizes the unique needs of international students who have experience living in Canada, and is designed to build on what they already know and translate that into academic success at UBC.
I am a native English speaker. Why should I come to Jump Start?
Students who participate in Jump Start join us from all over the world, including other English-speaking countries such as the UK, Australia and South Africa.
As part of Jump Start, students wanting additional language support are provided with such programming, but those who are native English speakers are offered alternative programming that meet their specific needs. While many of the friends you will make through Jump Start will be international, the skills and insight you will learn as part of the program will set you up to integrate fully into broader campus life, meaning you will be well equipped to build connections with domestic and international students alike once school starts in September.
Transitioning to university can be challenging for any student, especially if they are joining us from another country or culture. We are confident you will find Jump Start incredibly helpful in your transition to university life in Canada, and that it will set you up for success at UBC.
I'm coming to UBC from the U.S. Is Jump Start really necessary?
In previous years, approximately 19% of students who participate in Jump Start are from the U.S. There are some significant differences between the secondary school curriculums in Canada and the U.S., as well as cultural differences between the two countries. We consistently hear from our American participants that Jump Start provides critical support with the transition into the Canadian education system. Conversely, American students who did not attend Jump Start have also told us they wish they had because their peers who did attend were much better prepared to start their studies.
I am a Vantage One student. How do I register and pay for Jump Start?
As a Vantage One student:
- If you are living in on-campus housing, you will not be required to register and the cost of Jump Start will be included in your housing fees.
- If you will not be living in on-campus housing, you will need to register and pay for the program yourself. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
For more information about the Vantage One program please visit vantagecollege.ubc.ca.
Can I come to Jump Start on a visitor visa?
Unfortunately, the Jump Start office is not authorized to advise you on health insurance or immigration-related questions. Please contact UBC’sInternational Student Advisors (ISAs) at email@example.com who will be in the best position to address your concerns.