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How to Step Out of Your Social Bubble

October 14, 2016

One of the biggest challenges many international students face when they first arrive is who they want to hang out with. When chatting to other students online, it may have seemed like you had to make a choice between international or domestic students.

How to Make Friends and Get Involved on Campus

August 31, 2016

Making more friends can seem daunting after Jump Start! Even though UBC is a large campus and you’re bound to meet lots of people you’ll get along with, it can definitely mean that you might get lost when trying to find close friendships.

Welcome from Dr. Fox, Principal and Academic Director of UBC Vantage College

August 31, 2016

Hello and welcome, Vantage One students of 2016!

As you begin your journey at UBC, our faculty and staff team are very excited to connect with you. You might be wondering: how do I connect with faculty, staff and my fellow Vantage One peers?

Your Guide to Neighborhoods in Vancouver

August 11, 2016

Vancouver is more than just UBC and downtown - there’s so much to explore! Here is your complete guide to Vancouver neighborhoods to help you get familiar with the various spaces in your new city.

A Day in the Life of a UBC Vantage Student

August 4, 2016

Katrina shows you what a typical day looks like for a UBC Vantage student. Find out what's in store!

Plan For Your Arrival at UBC

August 4, 2016

Arriving at a new country can be adventurous and fun, but it can also be scary. A lot must be done before and even after you arrive. So let’s get started!

The Jump Start Orientation Leader Experience

July 21, 2016

After two weeks long of training, here I was, rolling my suitcase into first year residence again. I’ve had a good time as a Jump Start participant before, and I credit a lot of my friendships I’ve made to those first two weeks of being in Vancouver. I sure hoped that this time around I would be...

The Jump Start Student Experience

July 21, 2016

It's nerve-racking to start a new journey in another country! When I first landed in Canada two years ago, I was nervous yet excited at the same time. Here's my story.

Meet Your Orientation Leaders!

July 7, 2016
We know you're probably excited to start Vantage College this year, but you're not the only one - your fun and friendly Orientation Leaders this year can't wait to meet you! They will be the students to help you settle in and learn all you need to know about UBC and Vancouver. Here's what they want...

3 Resources to Help You Practice Your English

June 16, 2016

Here's how you can start practicing your English before you arrive at UBC, right from your phone!