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 2018-2019 Vantage One program, which will be the fourth cohort of students to complete this unique program. This year marks an important milestone for the Vantage One program, as many of our students from the first cohort in 2014 will be graduating and becoming UBC alumni. One day, you too will be graduating from UBC.

With over 100 years of history, UBC has a strong reputation of research excellence. This has consistently placed our university among the best institutions in the world. The Vantage One program draws upon this research excellence to deliver to you an innovative program unlike anything else. Your learning experience will include first-year degree coursework combined with intensive English language preparation. 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 Applied Science, Arts, Management or Science degree.

The courses you take will be taught by UBC tenure-track faculty. 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 North American classroom and student experience. Your peers and the UBC community will also be a source of learning for you. Throughout your Vantage College experience and in your UBC studies beyond the program, you will be able to participate in the numerous clubs and events held on both campuses. In addition to this, 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 your beacon that prepares you to succeed in the upper years of your degree. You are UBC.

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