Last update: August 17, 2016

September is an exciting time of year for the University. Our new undergraduate and graduate students join our community and we welcome back our returning students. All faculty and staff play an important role in welcoming all students and creating a memorable orientation experience for students new to UBC. 

Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 6, over 10,000 new-to-UBC students (first year, transfer, and exchange students) will participate in Imagine UBC, a one-day orientation that marks the beginning of their transition to the UBC community. Returning undergraduate students will prepare for a new academic year through Faculty and departmental events.

Jump Start

On August 18 just over 1600 international students, including approximately 300 Vantage College students, arrived on campus and began their UBC experience. This is the largest cohort of students to participate in the Jump Start program, an orientation program that supports international students academic, social and cultural transition to UBC which begins with a two-week intensive program and continues with programming throughout students first year at the University.

Orientation for graduate students

Between August 31 and September 2, approximately 800 new graduate students will join the UBC community and participate in a variety of orientation activities hosted by International Student Development, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Graduate Student Society (GSS). Many orientation activities continue through September.

Student Residence

On September 3, many of the 10,000 new and continuing undergraduate and graduate students and student families living in one of UBC’s student residences will move into their new homes. 

You can get involved by:

  • Participating in campus and Faculty orientation events
  • Volunteering for orientation activities, outlined below:

Faculty and Staff Volunteer Opportunities

Residence Move-In

Help new students move into their Winter Session residence on August 21 (Jump Start move-in) and September 3. You will be one of the first faces that students and their families see when they arrive on campus. As a volunteer, you will be involved in a range of tasks including greeting, directing traffic and responding to questions. You will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Mandatory training sessions are August 18 or September 2, depending on which day you are volunteering for. If you are volunteering for both move-in days, you only need to attend the first training session.

Register to be a Move-In Volunteer by completing this application form.

Imagine UBC

Help set up faculty welcome event, load students into the Pep Rally or facilitate the Main Event by volunteering to be an Imagine UBC volunteer. 

You will be assigned one shift (unless you specifically request more), lasting approximately two hours. You will receive a free t-shirt to wear during your shift. 

Register to volunteer for Imagine UBC by completing this application form

Student orientations schedules

Students entering their first year will receive an email with a direct link to their unique orientations schedules. They can also find their schedule here

Graduate student orientation

Graduate student orientation schedules can be found at

Share your orientations story

We invite you to join the social conversation about all aspects of UBC Orientations, on your social media platform of choice, using the hashtag #iamubc. To engage specifically with graduate students around orientation, use the hashtag #UBCGO16.

Events and activities in your faculty

Every faculty at UBC has a group responsible for representing their students. See what events are happening in each undergraduate community:

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