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What is UBCO Life?
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.

Jan. 19, 2022

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Last day to drop without a W standing through the Student Service Centre: January 21
  • Midterm break: February 21 to 25

More important dates and deadlines


In-person student services

Please be advised that some student services may be temporarily unable to provide in-person service over the coming weeks due to unexpected staffing challenges.

Before visiting one of our student services on campus, check online for the most up-to-date status on in-person delivery. In most cases, units will provide remote or virtual service if in-person service is not possible.

Thank you for your understanding!

Learn more


Cross country skiing at Telemark

UBCO Recreation is excited to offer cross country skiing in partnership with Telemark Nordic Club! All passes and rental payments will be done at the hill when you arrive; however, you need to reserve your spot to participate. Different dates are available throughout the winter. The cost to join is $16 ($5 for a night pass and $11 for rentals).

Reserve your spot


UBCO Heat fall success celebration

After a remarkable run of success this past term, the Department of Athletics and Recreation will celebrate their fall teams on Friday, January 21. Head down to the Furnace (UBCO Gymnasium) to help celebrate as the UBCO Heat basketball teams challenge the UNBC Timberwolves. The action gets underway at 5 pm for the women’s game followed by the men’s game at 7 pm. The celebration will take place during halftime at the men's game.

Some honourable mentions include the softball team (2021 Canadian Collegiate Softball Association National Champions), women’s cross country (Canada West silver medalists), women’s golf (Canada West silver medalists), and other individual all-stars and award winners.


Which faculty will save humanity?

Humans have pushed the world to the brink of extinction. There is only one chance to reverse this: an experimental time machine capable of sending a single person on a one-way trip through time to the first known human civilization.

Join us on January 26 for UBCO’s iconic event: the Life Raft Debate. Professors from different faculties will debate against each other as they fight for the title of time traveller.

Each professor must assert the importance of their discipline to lead the ancient society, fix the mistakes of the past, and lead us to a brighter, more promising future for the human race. You (the audience) will decide who we send, or perhaps that we should send no one at all.

Sign up to receive the Zoom link.

Register now



Volleyball Pride night

Come on out to the Furnace (UBCO Gymnasium) on Friday, January 28 as women’s and men’s volleyball hosts their first Pride Night in association with the Equity and Inclusion Office. Happening as the Heat battles the TRU WolfPack, the action gets underway at 6 pm with the women’s match followed by the men’s match at 8 pm.

This event will feature a raffle for a variety of Heat gear, including pride-themed Heat volleyball shirts. All proceeds going to support Etcetera, a 2SLGBTQIA+ youth group in Kelowna whose mission is to bring queer youth together in an intersectional, dynamic, and supportive space.


Glow Run with Rec

Join UBCO Recreation on Tuesday, February 1 for a Glow Run with Rec to celebrate the kick-off of Move UBC month. Register online and meet us outside the Hangar Fitness Centre at 6 pm for a 3 km run/walk on campus. Each participant will receive glow sticks at the start of the race.

Register now



SilverStar student day

Enjoy a full day of affordable fun at SilverStar Ski Resort! The bus departs the UBCO Gym at 7:45 am and leaves SilverStar at 4 pm to return to campus by 5 pm. Lift tickets cost $55 and bus tickets cost $12. Space is limited so register soon! The deadline to register is January 31.

Register now



Gymnastics lessons with Rec

UBC Recreation has partnered with the Kelowna Gymnastix to offer a gymnastics program for students! This four-week program is offered from 6:15 to 7:45 pm on Fridays starting January 28 until February 18. Join us for lessons and free play in the gym. The cost to participate is $60.

Register now



BC Hacks hackathon

In collaboration with BC Hacks, the Computer Science Course Union is hosting UBCO's annual hackathon from February 5 to 6. It is a great opportunity for students to learn, develop, and network.

BC Hacks has a lot to offer. Whether you want to code with friends, network with peers and employers, win up to $400 in prizes, build your resume, or attend workshops, we have it all!

Computer Science students from all year levels can apply and there is no application fee.

Apply now



Go Global this summer

Wanting to study abroad this summer? The deadline to apply for summer opportunities is January 27! Take a look at our summer partners and stop by (in-person or virtually) during drop-in hours to discuss your options.

Find a summer abroad experience



Involved in your community? Let’s celebrate!

Have you been involved on campus, within your community, or other organizations? UBCO wants to recognize and celebrate graduating students who made it their mission to give back and get involved while they were a student. Sound like you? Click below to learn more.

Learn more



YMind: a group for students focused on easing stress and anxiety

Students lead stressful lives! Join YMind to learn skills to manage anxiety and stress with other students who feel the same way you do. Participation includes snacks, printed resources, and a free three-month membership to the Okanagan Y. Information sessions are scheduled for January 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 7 pm in the Nechako Gathering room.

Register now by contacting or UBCO Counsellor, Tracey, at


Want to improve your Chinese? Your English? Your Hindi? Your Italian? Your...?

The Tandem Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks a language that you want to improve and who wants to improve in a language that you speak. In other words, you help each other. You spend half the time in each language. This program is free, no teaching experience is required, and activities and support are provided by a facilitator.

The program will run from January 24 to April 1 and matched partners meet virtually or in-person once weekly for a total of nine weeks.

Take the chance to meet people from different cultures, improve your language learning outside the classroom, and gain valuable assets for international travel or future employment.

Register now

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