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Orientation for New Graduate Students

In order to support you in your first steps as a graduate student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, we invite you to participate in the various orientation programs that are offered.

The following orientation programs will assist in giving you the tools you need as you begin your graduate journey.

Please note, all orientation programs are organized separately. If you would like to attend one or all of the orientation sessions, you must ensure that you register for each orientation program individually by referring to the registration information below.

Graduate students with on-campus housing who arrive, and intend to move in early due to orientation, are required to contact Student Housing and Hospitality Services in advance of their arrival on campus. If international graduate students do not have housing arrangements, they are asked to contact

College of Graduate Studies: Graduate Student Orientation

The College of Graduate Studies' incoming graduate student orientation will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2018 (Subject to change)

Orientation is open to all graduate students who will be starting their programs in September 2018 and all graduate students who began their programs in January 2018 & May 2018.  

Orientation will include information about the College of Graduate Studies, UBC's student resources, student & supervisor roles, scholarships & awards and much more!  Come on out and mix and mingle with your fellow graduate students!  

Example Orientation Agenda:



8:45 a.m.


9 a.m.

Light Breakfast – Mix & Mingle

9:20 a.m.

Group Fun Activity

9:30 a.m.

Dean’s Welcome & Introduction to the College of Graduate Studies

9:40 a.m.

College of Graduate Studies Staff Introduction and How to Work with Office

9:55 a.m.

Student/Supervisor Roles

10:15 a.m.

Coffee & Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m.

Scholarships & Awards Info Session

11 a.m.

UBCO Resources

12 p.m.

Lunch & Prizes

12:45 p.m.

UBCO Resources Trade Show


*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

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Create New Student Orientation

Create is UBC's Okanagan campus' new student orientation program. It is a day-long series of events aimed at giving the newest members of our campus community information about the people, places, activities, and resources available at UBC's Okanagan campus. Although any new-to-UBCO student is invited to be a part of Create, the College of Graduate Studies’ orientation will be most suited to graduate students.  All students, undergraduate and graduate alike, are welcome to join us for Create’s Showcase event, 1 to 4 p.m., where students can learn about resources, campus partners, and community partners.

Date: TBD

International Programs and Services: International Student Information Session

The International Student Information Session provides information for international students on academic preparation, international student services, and ways to get involved at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Date: TBD

Aboriginal Student Orientation

The Aboriginal Student Orientation is designed to introduce Aboriginal students to their new campus community.

Date: TBD.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week is designed to support students as they transition to our campus and to welcome back our returning students.  Graduate students are welcome to take part in our wide variety of events and start your year – and your UBC degree – off right.  

Departmental Orientations

Dates will vary.

Orientation and information sessions may be organized by your department. For more information, wait to hear form your department or contact your Graduate Program Coordinator. 

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