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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 Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Orientation is open to all graduate students who will be starting their programs in September 2017 and all graduate students who began their programs in January 2017 & May 2017.  

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:



8:15 am


8:30 am

Light Breakfast – Mix & Mingle

9:00 am

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

9:05 am

Student Survival Guide – University Resources

10:30 am

Coffee & Refreshment Break

10:45 am

Student Survival Guide – University Resources

11:45 am

Student/Supervisor Roles

12:30 pm

Lunch & Prizes

1:30 pm

Scholarships and Awards Information Session

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Visitors to campus may park in day pass dispenser lots.  Dispensers are available in lots H and M all day.  Rates are $3-5 for 3 hours and $5-7 for one day.  Dispensers accept coins, Visa and MasterCard.

Please refer to the campus map for more information: 

Grad Jumpstart: International Graduate Student Orientation

Grad Jumpstart provides international graduate students and their families the opportunity to meet current graduate students on campus, to gain knowledge of campus and community services, to orient themselves to the UBC Okanagan campus, to find out how to manage life as an international graduate student in Kelowna, Canada, and at UBC, to enjoy off-campus trips while exploring Kelowna and the beautiful Okanagan Valley, and to socialize with other new-to-ubc students and current graduate students and faculty. Grad Jumpstart is a three-day event that complements the Grad Orientation run by the College of Graduate Studies. 

Dates: TBA

Campus Life: 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. Specific parts of orientation will be designed with your needs as a graduate student in mind. For example, a Campus Tour will focus on campus locations that will be of most interest to you as a graduate student, in addition to all of the other key locations that UBC's Okanagan campus has to offer. All new graduate students are invited to be a part of Create day.

Date: TBA

More information


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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: TBA

Aboriginal Student Orientation

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

Date: TBA

Disability Resource Centre Orientation

The Disability Resource Centre Orientation is designed specifically to support the students who access the DRC.

Date: TBA

Spark Extended Orientation

Spark is UBC's Okanagan campus' extended orientation week, designed to support students as they transition to our campus community and to welcome back returning students.

Spark discovery • Spark connections • Spark success 

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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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