Last update: August 3, 2017

August and September are exciting months for the University. New undergraduate and graduate students join our community and we welcome back returning students. All faculty and staff play an important role in creating a memorable orientation experience for UBC students. 

Imagine UBC

On Tuesday, September 5, 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 campus-wide, Faculty, and departmental events.

Jump Start

On August 20, over 1800 international and domestic students arrived on campus and began their UBC experience. This is the largest cohort of students to participate in Jump Start, an orientation program that supports students academic, social, and cultural transition to UBC.

Orientation for graduate students

Beginning August 31, 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 2, 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 20 (Jump Start move-in) and September 2. 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, moving items, and responding to questions. You will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. 

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

Imagine UBC

Help students find their way on campus, and facilitage lunch and welcome events.

You will be assigned one shift (unless you specifically request more) of no more than 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

Student led 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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