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As the Principal of UBC Vantage College, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the University of British Columbia (UBC). You will be a part of the 2019-2020 Vantage One program, which will be the sixth cohort of students to complete this unique program and eventually graduate from UBC.  

With over 100 years of history, UBC has a strong reputation of research and teaching excellence. This has consistently placed our university among the best institutions in the world. The Vantage One program draws upon this research and teaching excellence to deliver to you an innovative program unlike anything else. The courses you take will be taught by UBC faculty in a small classroom setting. Your learning experience will integrate first-year degree coursework with intensive English language preparation within a specifically designed curriculum. By the end of the academic year, you will have completed all of your first-year degree courses to allow for a seamless transition into the second year of your Arts, Science or Engineering degree.

We have a strong multi-disciplinary faculty and staff team that are invested in making sure that the Vantage One program supports your transition to a Canadian university experience. Your peers and the UBC community will also be a source of learning for you. During your Vantage College and UBC experience beyond, you will be able to participate in the numerous clubs and events held on both campuses. As a UBC student, you will also have full access to UBC’s excellent facilities during your time here.

Whether you continue your studies at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, you can take comfort knowing that Canadians everywhere are friendly, welcoming and hospitable people. You are welcome here! It’s students like you that are the heartbeat of our program, our institution and our country. When you made the decision to accept your offer to UBC, you also made the decision to reside in one of the most progressive and inspirational places in the world. I hope that you too will find inspiration in your surroundings so that you can have a global impact. UBC Vantage College will be your starting point to grow and develop intellectually, and prepare  you to succeed in the upper years of your degree. The potential is yours.

Thank you for joining us, and I look forward to meeting you in person.