Student Life

Life at UBC Okanagan

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus brings worlds together by combining the resources and reputation of one of the world’s top universities with a young and dynamic campus. Located in Kelowna, British Columbia, students come from across the world to receive a top-ranked education in one of Canada’s fastest-growing regions.

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What to expect

Learn more about what is included in your program fees and what to expect during your Okanagan Global Summer Program experience.

What’s included


Meal card

(Breakfast and lunch included)


Unwind after class with a variety of activities available through the Okanagan Global Summer Program. Rest and recharge or spend time with new friends with a number of activities available on and off campus to suit you.

Unforgettable social program activities included with your program costs include:

  • Movie Night
  • Game Night
  • Ten-Pin Bowling
  • Sports Day
  • Concerts
  • Lake Cruise
  • Orientation/Graduation Dinner

Go on exciting adventures around the community without spending a cent with a variety of exciting weekend activities. These are just a selection of the many activities available:

  • Beaches
  • Farmer’s Market/Mall
  • Knox Mountain
  • Downtown Tour
  • Museum/Gallery Tour
  • Frisbee Golf

Participate in optional, paid activities organized by the Okanagan Global Summer Program team. Optional activities include:

  • Kangaroo Farm
  • Great Train Robbery
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Wine Tour
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Oyama Zip Line


During the Okanagan Global Summer Program, you and your peers will enjoy a safe, comfortable stay in UBC Okanagan’s Nicola residence building, making it easy for you to meet new people, live in a study-oriented atmosphere and be part of all that UBC Okanagan and its surrounding neighbourhood has to offer.

Everything you need during your stay is at your fingertips.

  • Wireless internet 
  • Furnished rooms
  • Shared bathroom and laundry facilities
  • Student lounge on each floor
  • Social programs 
  • Recreational activities
  • Security/escorted safe walks
  • Bike/sporting equipment storage


The program includes a meal card that covers breakfast and lunch. Some dinners may be provided during social program activities, however, most evening meals will be open for you to explore Kelowna’s cuisine options.



Explore the community as you please! Transit passes are provided to every student, included in the program fees, to keep you moving during your stay. With the transit exchange right on campus, you are steps away from adventure at any time.

Life in Kelowna

Kelowna is one of the most scenic and most visited places in Canada—and you will quickly understand why. During your three-week stay, you will have opportunities to explore the serene beaches and picturesque landscapes alongside the incredible local amenities that make Kelowna one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. 

Kelowna Quick Facts

1,949 hours of annual sunshine​

More than 30 regional beaches

Average seasonal temperature of 25°C


One of Canada’s growing tech hubs

Over 200 regional freshwater lakes

Nearby Canada’s top skiing destinations