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Important Dates for Prospective Students



High school information sessions – UBC Okanagan representatives visit schools across Canada from September through to December, and internationally from September through to April. To find out when we are in your area, check out the school visits pages on our youbc website.


Taking the right courses? – This is a good time to make sure that your son or daughter is taking the right prerequisites in high school so that they will be eligible for their program of choice at UBC Okanagan. Do so by reviewing UBC Okanagan's admission requirements.


International students: Planning for next year – Families of international students who are considering applying to UBC Okanagan for the following year should start thinking about scholarships, application requirements, and deadlines. It isn't too early to start preparing!



Tip: Some international award nomination packages are available now. Nomination packages for the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the International Student Humanitarian Award are available in September for prospective international undergraduate students. Ask your son or daughter's counsellor to request one from International Student Recruitment at UBC Okanagan.

October and November


Applications open to UBC – Check application dates on the youbc website.


Tip: The best way to get a feel for a campus is to visit it. Come and explore UBC's Okanagan campus and let us show you around! If you cannot visit the campus, take our virtual tour.



Financial planning for September – Families of Canadian students or permanent residents can start compiling a financial planning to-do list for September. If you are visiting UBC Okanagan, our financial advisors would like to help you navigate topics such as scholarships, bursaries, student loans, financial planning, and creating a spending plan. Visit the Student Financial Assistance & Awards office website for more information.


Nominations for need-based awards for international students are due – UBC Okanagan must receive completed nominations for the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the International Student Humanitarian Award from secondary schools, or from international, community-based, and non-governmental organizations by January 31.


Tip: Remind your son or daughter to send in their application documents. Students outside Canada should send in their application documents, including broader-based admission documents. The documents that UBC requires will depend on where you're applying from and what program(s) you're applying to. You'll get an email that specifies the documents you will need to submit.


Tip: Be aware of supplemental document deadlines. While the actual application deadline is February 28 for most faculties, a few faculties require supplemental documents that are due starting in March all the way through June. Help your son or daughter meet their deadlines by visiting the Academic Calendar.


Tip: Don't let your son or daughter miss the application deadlines for admission to UBC Okanagan. Visit https://you.ubc.ca/ubc/okanagan/required-documents.ezc for information.



Future Student Receptions – If your son or daughter is a prospective student, they should watch for applicant information sessions in their area from February to April. You son or daughter can log in to the youbc website for more details on the various events. Encourage your son or daughter to sign up for an online information session if they are unable to attend a session in person.

March and April


March Break Focus Days – High school students can experience campus life and explore the countless learning opportunities at UBC Okanagan during the March Spring Events. If your son or daughter is able to come to campus, encourage them to attend. This event helps students consider the academic and career options that fit them best. Details and registration are available on the youbc Events & Visits website.


Welcome Sessions – Beginning in April, UBC Okanagan representatives host Welcome Sessions across Canada for applicants and newly admitted students. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about student registration, orientations, and life as a UBC Okanagan student. Details are available on the youbc website.


Tip: It's now time to get your son or daughter's grades to UBC Okanagan. The spring is a busy time for UBC as we prepare and organize each student's records. We ask that students begin submitting their grades to the University in early spring. The sooner we have their grades, the sooner we can make them an offer.


Tip: Your son or daughter can check the status of their application. UBC Okanagan applicants can check their status through the Student Service Centre.

May and June


BC Welcome Sessions – Students across the province are encouraged to attend a Welcome Session on campus. These sessions are designed to welcome them to the University, allow them to meet current students, faculty, and staff, and answer all of their registration and orientation questions. Students must register for these events. Details will be made available in March on the youbc website.


Think about Jump Start – Consider registering to attend Jump Start in August if your son or daughter is from outside Canada and would benefit from a one-week intensive orientation to life at a Canadian university and in Kelowna.


Apply for student loans – Students looking to apply for a student loan are encouraged to apply before June 30 to ensure that their tuition will be deferred for one month, and to ensure that the loan is processed in time for bursary adjudication. US students can find information on Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans. Find out more information on the Student Financial Assistance & Awards website.


Tip: International students must get a study permit. Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must have a study permit to live and study in Canada for more than six months. Have your son or daughter apply as soon as they receive their admission letter. It can take ten weeks or more to process the application. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.


Tip: Your son or daughter should accept their offer of academic admission to UBC Okanagan. For a 1st year student direct from high school to receive their housing guarantee, they must apply for housing by May 1st and accept their academic offer of admission by June 1st.



Tip: Attending a Welcome Session will help your son or daughter with course registration. As course registration begins in early June for new UBC Okanagan students, attending a Welcome Session will help students understand the online registration process.



Students looking for a job on campus starting in September.  Beginning the first week of August on campus jobs will be posted on CareerConnect, our online job source. Visit the Career Services & Co-op Education website to access all employment opportunities.



Winter Session bursary application available August 15 – General bursary applications are completed online at the Student Service Centre. Find out more on the Student Financial Asistance & Awards website.


International Student Orientation – It is important for new international students to attend International Student Orientation in order to better understand study permits, entry visas (Temporary Resident Visas), health insurance, and employment, and to learn about important services and resources that are available for students.

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