Want this list as a handy PDF? Here you go: Graduate Orientation Useful Links & Resources
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Stop at a bin. Look at the signs. Sort your waste.
Finding your Way on Campus
Wayfinding at UBC
Feeling lost? You aren’t alone. This is a great resource to help you find your way around UBC.
UBC Food Services
UBC has over 40 places to eat. Learn about all the great options for food, meal plans, and the hours of each location. Use your UBCcard and save.
Courses, Money & Enrolment
Visit the Student Services Centre (SSC) to access information and resources on academic support, tutoring, advising, health and well-being, career building, and recreation. You can also use the SSC to register for courses, pay for tuition, get your study permit in order, explore your housing and transportation options, order transcripts and diplomas, and apply to graduate.
Find resources and information for award applicants and recipients, search for scholarships, awards, and other funding support in a comprehensive database (searchable by citizenship eligibility, degree level, applicant/award status), and find details on Research and Teaching Assistantships.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
As you navigate your graduate program at UBC, we encourage you to visit grad.ubc.ca/current-students for resources and guidance for thesis submission, doctoral examinations, deadlines, and graduation. This includes the Handbook of Graduate Supervision, Student Responsibilities, Managing your Program, and the Graduate Game Plan — a step-by-step guide to your degree.
With over 10 libraries on campus, you have access to resources to help you plan your research and get through your coursework.
The Library Research Commons provides help with thesis formatting, citation management tools, support for statistical analysis programs, access and tutorials to GIS resources, as well as services on research skills, author’s rights and publishing.
Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication (CWSC) supports a diverse community of writers at UBC, at various levels of proficiency, across many types of writing situations: academic, creative, professional, and technical. In addition to one-on-one consultations, the CWSC delivers writing-focused programming for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members.
Centre for Accessibility
Support programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities. The Centre for Accessibility facilitates disability-related accommodations which help students overcome challenges that may affect their academic success.
Supervision & Advising | grad.ubc.ca/current-students/supervision-advising
Career and Professional Development
At UBC, professional development for graduate students is a key priority to ensure the success of our graduates. It is a shared responsibility of a number of offices and academic units, profiled below. Visit our site for a multi-unit calendar of events and lists of services and resources.
Graduate Pathways to Success
Offers a palette of non-credit workshops, seminars and other activities designed to develop some of the skills and competencies needed to thrive as professionals and to make meaningful contributions to society.
Centre for Student Involvement & Careers
The centre offers a variety of services and resources aimed at assisting graduate students with career guidance and development, including weekly drop-in and advising sessions. Events include employer information sessions, recruitment fairs, and workshops.
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) provides a variety of graduate student programs and support related to teaching, TA training, use of technology in educational programming as well as a certificate program for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching and learning in higher education.
Graduate students may register through UBC’s institutional subscription for this online, on-demand mentoring, tools, and support, including webinars and a 12-week Dissertation Success Curriculum, to help you succeed in the academy. Programming focuses on the following 4 key areas: Strategic Planning, Explosive Productivity, Healthy Relationships and Work-Life-Balance.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Online, on-demand course that covers the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. UBC is a subscribing organization, so students can take this CITI Program course for free.
Health, Wellbeing, and Safety
For a list of online support tools, visit grad.ubc.ca/current-students/health-wellbeing-safety.
At the Wellness Centre, Wellness Peer Educators are trained student volunteers who can answer your questions, talk with you, and recommend resources for everyday concerns related to health, relationships, and workload.
Student Health Service
Visit a doctor, nurse, or other medical professionals on campus at the UBC Hospital.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response (SVPRO)
A safe place for students, faculty and staff who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of where or when it took place.
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)
Free and confidential services for UBC students, staff, faculty, and those connected to the UBC-Vancouver campus community, including crisis and short-term emotional support.
Aboriginal student counselling available at the First Nations House of Learning, 1985 West Mall | 604-822-8940
Offers support in the event of theft, maintains a lost and found database, and provides 24/7 security services to promote a safe environment at UBC.
Safewalk is a free service provided by the AMS and is dedicated to your safety on campus. Safewalk will send a co-ed pair of walkers to accompany you to any location on campus. Safewalk works closely with Campus Security and the RCMP to keep your safety a number one priority. Look for the red Safewalk jackets on campus!
- Call Safewalk at 604-822-5355
- Find a UBC Blue Phone and ask for Safewalk
- Stop by their office in the Nest (1314)
- Safewalk sends a co-ed team to accompany you to your destination
Get Advice and Address Problems
Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
This office works to ensure that “students are treated fairly and can learn, work, and live in a fair, equitable, and respectful environment”.
GSS Advocacy Office
Provides confidential assistance to individual graduate students facing difficulties academically or otherwise.
Equity & Inclusion Office
The Equity & Inclusion Office’s mission is to advance equity and human rights at UBC by promoting diversity, eliminating discrimination, and engaging the community in dialogue and action. Find resources and take workshops that support employment equity, education, leadership, and proactive initiatives while building resiliency and a respectful environment.
International Student Development (ISD in the Life Building)
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
Your department Graduate Advisor + Staff
Contact your graduate advisor or graduate program administrator for department-specific questions or challenges.
Connect and Get Involved
Graduate Student Community
Online discussion board with regular postings to help you get settled into your life as a UBC Vancouver graduate student. Information regarding current career, workshop, and funding opportunities can also be found here.
Graduate Student Society
The GSS provides an independent voice for UBC-V graduate students. They advocate on student-related issues both within the university and at a provincial and federal level. They also advocate for individuals on academic, personal or financial issues; administer a health and dental plan; support and collaborate with other graduate student organizations; and host career and extracurricular events.
AMS Campus Life Resource
Alma Mater Society (AMS) of UBC offers student services and advocacy ranging from tutoring to resource groups.
- Student Clubs With over 350 clubs there are plenty of ways to get involved. Can’t find something you’re interested in? Start a club yourself.
Learn about events happening all around campus.
Provides opportunities to participate in intramural sports and sports clubs. You have access to two gyms, fitness classes, and gear rentals.
Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre
Get involved with internationally-focused issues and get access to a network of organizations.
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum
- Museum of Anthropology
- Pacific Museum of Earth
- Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
- Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre
- Frederic Wood Theatre
- Arts & Culture District
- Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
- Theatre & Film
- UBC School of Music
- Wednesday Noon Hour Concerts (Every Wednesday during the school year, UBC Music hosts a noon hour concert)