Graduate Orientation plays an important role in helping you start your studies off strong.

Orientation is open to all graduate students who will be starting their programs in September 2021 and all graduate students who began their programs in January 2021 and May 2021.

There are two main components for this year’s orientation; UBC 501 and Graduate Student Orientation Week.

If you have questions about orientation, please email

SAVE THE DATE: Graduate Student Orientation Week

August 30 to September 3, 2021

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and the return of on-campus activities this fall. Recognizing that not all students may be able to attend in person by August 30,  the majority of orientation activities will be online. We are planning for an in-person social activity.

The purpose of Graduate Student Orientation Week is to give you the critical information and skills needed to be successful in grad school while providing opportunities to get to know your peers and the campus at UBCO. Workshops will be held throughout the week, hosted by campus partners including Aboriginal Programs and Services, International Programs and Services, The Centre for Scholarly Communication, UBC Recreation, and many more.

We’re currently working out the event details. Online registration for Orientation Week is currently closed. You will receive an email invitation once registration opens.

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.

Enroll in UBC501