Jump Start

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Jump Start
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About Jump Start
About Jump Start
Contacting Jump Start
Email: jumpstart.admin@ubc.ca
Phone: 604-822-5021
Address: International House
1783 West Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z2
Team: Meet the Jump Start Team
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Jump Start is a first-year transition program for all new students, including domestic, international, and Aboriginal students. UBC's multi-day orientation is designed to introduce you to university life, your faculty, and new friends. Jump Start is open to all first-year students coming to UBC from high school. Whether you are an international or domestic student, whether you plan to live on- or off-campus, Jump Start is for you.

The orientation program runs the week prior to the beginning of classes, providing students with a seamless transition to UBC before their first class begins.

Why Participate in Jump Start?

Be ready to hit the ground running on your first day of class. Jump Start will help you connect with campus life, learn about opportunities, and connect with other students.

Make friends

Over the course of the week, you’ll meet other first-year students who are new to UBC just like you. It’s a great way to make friends before classes start through fun social activities and academic workshops. You’ll experience a variety of small and large group socials, including trivia nights, photo challenges, games, online exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and social media contests.

Meet professors and peers

Spend time with UBC professors and current students before classes start. They’ll introduce you to their research and the academic community, and give you tips to help you successfully transition from high school student to university scholar.

Learning at UBC

Our academic success workshops are designed to welcome you to your program. You will be assigned to group based on your Faculty and time zone, which will be led by an upper-year student leader and a Faculty fellow. Together, you’ll participate in the full range of activities during the program. The average size of a Learning Community is 15-30 first-year students. You will learn about support resources for a successful transition to university, understand expectations and policies specific to UBC, and connect with faculty members, staff, and other students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC.

Get prepared for UBC life

Find out about all the UBC services available to you, and discover more about the campus community you’ll be joining. We know there are a lot of things to take care of before starting university, like buying textbooks and getting organized. You may also want to explore work and volunteer opportunities and find activities that interest you. By taking care of the essentials early, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters later. Research has shown that students who participate in Jump Start are not only more likely to complete their UBC careers, but are on average more successful in their academic studies than their peers who don't.


You are eligible to register for Jump Start once you have accepted your admission offer to UBC.

Due to the positive impact Jump Start can have on a student’s academic success and transition to university, UBC is committed to ensuring Jump Start is accessible to all direct entry students. If the cost associated with Jump Start may prohibit you from participating, please contact us directly at [[1]].

Additional Information

For more information about the program, contact the Jump Start team or visit this website for details about the program at UBC Vancouver, and this website for details about the program at UBC Okanagan.