Your first days at UBC

Welcome to UBC, one of the world's top universities and one of Canada's top employers. We're here to support you as you settle into your new role at UBC.

The essentials to get started

Below are some guidelines to help you get oriented to your new role. Your manager or local administrator may offer a more customized plan that will be relevant to you, your role, and your work arrangement.

You can also view these guidelines in PDF

Tour UBC's campuses

Experience what makes UBC unique and learn what’s available to you on our two stunning campuses – all without leaving your home. Explore the Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus by taking a virtual guided tour. 

Your UBC employee orientation course

There’s a lot to learn and discover as you settle into your new role at UBC. The New to UBC Vancouver Orientation Course is a self-directed resource and learning space filled with informative and interactive content curated specifically to support new faculty and staff as you navigate the university community during your first couple of months and beyond. 

Through a series of course modules, you will: 

  • Learn about the resources, services and support available to you as you navigate your career journey at UBC, now and beyond your onboarding.
  • Develop a foundational understanding of how we are shaping the future of research, teaching and work, and how you can contribute to UBC's mission and priorities.
  • Learn about the unique opportunities to explore and get involved in our community, and why we are consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers. 

Faculty and Staff Orientation events offered by the university will expand on the content in this course and provide additional networking and engagement opportunities with the UBC community.

New to UBC Vancouver Orientation Course      New to UBC Okanagan Orientation Course


If you have questions or need help in your first days and weeks at UBC, contact

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