Our New Student Meet & Greet and Resource Fair has now been scheduled for Monday, September 25th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Please register at the link below.

We also continue to update this page with incoming student events, as we work to reschedule the sessions that were originally planned for Orientation Day.

Please refer to UBC 501 to find key information for incoming students.

If you have questions about orientation events, please email gradadmin.ubco@ubc.ca.

schedule of Events

September 19 & 26, 2023

Reading and Presenting for Live Audiences – 2 Part Series l 12:00 pm  – 2:00 pm

As a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow you may be sharing, publishing and promoting your work professionally through presenting research at conferences, reading at book launches or release tours, or even guest lecturing within the academy. This two-part workshop will address reading as a tool for live performance and as a support for professional communication by breaking down and identifying individual vocal characteristics and building the foundations for improving spoken clarity. Session one will focus on live storytelling for creative writing while session two will focus on professional presentation for academic writing and can be attended as a short series or independent, specialized workshops. Both sessions will provide an opportunity to practice and analyze communication techniques, performance for text, and connecting to audience.

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September 22, 2022

International Student Grad and Families Meet and Greet l 4:30 pm  – 6:00 pm

Come and meet other grad student with families here! Bring your partner and/or child/children for a snack and a chance to connect with other families.

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September 25, 2023

Health Insurance Drop-in Sessions (for International Students) l 11:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) is the mandatory and legally required provincial health care coverage from the province of BC. All students who are studying in this province must apply for MSP. The Global Engagement Office encourages you to join them to receive assistance with your MSP application and to find out more about this plan.

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September 25, 2023

New Graduate Student Meet & Greet and Resource Fair l 12:00 pm  – 3:00 pm

Join us for lunch, learn about the many resources and services available, and meet your fellow students. Come and go as your schedule allows. Open to students who started their programs in 2023.

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September 27, 2023

Working with your Supervisor l 2:00 pm  – 3:00 pm

A healthy relationship between yourself and your supervisor is key to your success and well-being as a graduate student. Attend this workshop to learn about practical approaches to building a productive relationship with your supervisor. Students will be given the opportunity to explore strategies for communicating with their supervisor, best practices for clarifying expectations and ways to incorporate work-life balance into both their supervisory relationship and their broader graduate school experience.

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September 29, 2023

Graduate Student Boat Cruise l 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join our Graduate Community Facilitators and the SUO Graduate Student Council for a boat cruise around the Okanagan Lake! You are welcome to bring family members, but not children under the age of 19 due to the cruises’ guidelines. Join us at 4:30 pm or 6:00 pm and make new friends while taking in the beautiful scenery the Okanagan has to offer.

Please dress for the weather – it may be raining or cold, so please ensure you have appropriate clothing to stay warm.

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Register for 6:00 pm

October 16, 2023

Academic and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Studies: How the CSC can support you in working with integrity l 1:30 pm  – 2:30 pm

As a graduate student, academic honesty and scholarly integrity are an important part of joining and contributing to academic conversations in your discipline. Join the Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) as we discuss questions like: What does academic integrity mean in graduate school? How can I get support for learning to paraphrase other authors effectively? What is self-plagiarism and how does it connect to copyright? Where can I get help to design a Research Data Management plan that is effective and ethical? What strategies can I use when searching the literature to keep track of my sources? Please bring your questions about academic and scholarly integrity to this interactive workshop.

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UBC’s Okanagan campus offers two spaces for exclusive use by graduate students. Access to both areas is granted to current graduate students who agree to abide by the terms and conditions mentioned below. Learn more about graduate student spaces.

To gain access to graduate student spaces, please submit the Graduate Student Space Access Request Form below. If you are attending Graduate Student Orientation Day, you will receive your key card to these spaces then. If you are unable to attend, you will receive an email with instructions on where to pick-up your key card.

Graduate Student Space Access Request

Graduate students submit this form to obtain access to spaces on campus including the Graduate Student Collegium (ASC 460) and Graduate Student Commons (COM 310).

  • Required for graduate student submissions.

UBC 501


UBC 501 is a self-guided, online orientation designed to help prepare you for your arrival at UBC Okanagan. UBC 501 is made up of five modules and can be accessed anywhere, anytime with an internet connection. Each module takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The modules cover topics such as graduate student expectations, working with your supervisor, familiarizing yourself with Kelowna and the Okanagan, history and traditions of UBC Okanagan and important on-campus resources to help you along the way.

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