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UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

April 6, 2022

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Thursday, April 7: Last day for submission of exam accommodation requests for April examinations
  • Monday, April 11: Last day of classes
  • Thursday, April 14: Term 2 examinations begin
  • Friday, April 15: University closed for Good Friday. Some branches of the Library will be open
  • Monday, April 18: University closed for Easter Monday. Some branches of the Library will be open
  • Friday, April 29: Last day of Term 2 examinations

More important dates and deadlines


UBC Giving Day returns to campus today

Last year’s UBC Giving Day brought together students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the UBC community to raise over $500,000 in 24 hours to support students, research, community projects, and more. This year, UBC Giving Day is showcasing many important causes, seven of which directly impact you here at UBCO!

Take part in the celebration by joining us outside the UNC from 12 to 1 pm for:

  • A photo booth and social media contest
  • Kelownuts (half croissant, half donut), popcorn, and drinks
  • Lawn games 
  • B.A.R.K. therapy dogs
  • A visit from Scorch, the UBC Okanagan Heat mascot along with an interactive demonstration with Heat Men's Rugby
  • And more!

Learn more


April 7: UBC Southern Medical Program Community Admissions information session

The Southern Medical Program is hosting an evening information session for prospective applicants to the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s MD Undergraduate Program. Learn about the admission requirements, application process, and how the program is training the next generation of physicians for our province.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm in Room 257 of the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre.

Presenters include Dr. Shahin Shirzad, Assistant Dean, Admissions, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and current Southern Medical Program students. A Zoom link will be provided for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information, please contact Carri Folk, Student Affairs and Admissions Coordinator, Southern Medical Program at

Register here


April 20 & 25: De-stress campus walks

Alleviate exam stress with some fresh air and physical activity!

Meet the Move U Crew at 4:30 pm at the lower entrance of the gymnasium for a short walk around campus with other students to reduce exam stress. This is a free event and no registration is required. See you there!

Learn more


April 18 to May 9: Golf lessons

Join Recreation at the Okanagan Golf Club on Monday evenings for a 4-week session of golf lessons! Group lessons are a great way to learn all aspects of the game in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The student lesson package costs $79.

If this session doesn’t fit in with your schedule, check out the many other sessions here.

Register or learn more


May 5 to 19: Lawn bowling lessons

Come to the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club to learn how to lawn bowl! Happening Thursdays at 6:30 pm, this event includes a series of two-hour group lessons for only $45. Bring your friends or make new ones while learning a fun activity.

Register or learn more


Looking for off-campus housing next year?

Finding housing can be challenging. UBCO has partnered with Places4Students to provide an online collection of local housing options. Students may use this resource to seek roommates, sublet their rooms, or browse rental properties.

Note: Places4Students is a new resource for the UBCO community. Check back regularly for new listings.

Learn more


Our Academic Advising Assistant is available to support you

Do you have questions about how to use Degree Navigator or the Academic Calendar? Would you like support in navigating your SSC, building a worklist, or reviewing course planning guides? Our Academic Advising Assistant is available to help you. We are pleased to provide both in-person and virtual options, Monday through Friday between 9 am and 4 pm.

Book an appointment


Want to study in France, Australia, Germany, or one of 78 other countries? Find out more with Go Global

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Check out our video series, Go Global 101, and stop by during drop-in hours. The deadline to apply for a Term 2 exchange is May 5!

Go Global 101

Drop-in details


Planning your next steps with Careers

Is anyone else worried about hitting the job market after grad? Lucky for us, UBCO has great career services to help make this process easier. Let’s take advantage while we still can, people!

Let's get started


Apply for the new Student Directed Seminars program

Have you ever wanted to design your own seminar? Do you have a topic in mind that is not currently offered at UBCO? The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has recently launched a Student Directed Seminars program, which provides upper-year undergraduate students with the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers.

Suitable candidates will have a strong academic background and leadership experience to translate well to a classroom environment. Students are encouraged to attend an information session on April 12, April 29, May 6, or May 12. The deadline for applications is May 31.

Learn more


Vancouver Black Library Book Donation Drive

The UBC Okanagan Library is helping to organize a book drive to collect a variety of Black literature to support the Vancouver Black Library (VBL). Spearheaded by UBC student Maya Preyshon, the VBL is a space to sign out books for free and act as a "study space, a chill space, and a safe space" catering to the needs of the Black community. Book donations can be left at the Library Service Desk.

Find out more


Okanagan School of Education launches renewed Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Receive your Teaching English and Additional Languages (TEAL) post-baccalaureate certificate (12-credits) at UBCO! The certificate is designed to prepare students who are new to teaching and includes a practicum component. The certificate is open to students with a minimum of third-year standing. Courses will take place online and on campus.

Learn more


April 8: Unwind (Identity - A Voyage of Discovery)

Unwind is a social event for people who are interested in sharing their stories and/or listening to the stories of others. The theme of Unwind this year is "Identity: A Voyage of Discovery". Topics include adjusting to new cultures (transitioning to Kelowna or moving to a new country), clash of cultures (expectations of who we should be vs. who we want to be; our ethnic culture vs. Canadian culture), and who we are now (how did we get here?).

Learn more and register

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