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.
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
- 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:
- 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
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.
Explore Nature at Knox Mountain
See the view from the top of Knox Mountain, a popular hiking and recreation destination only minutes from downtown.
Take a stroll down the boardwalk
The boardwalk provides a lakeside recreation corridor popular for walking, biking and more. Walk from downtown Kelowna across Tugboat Beach, before continuing to the serene Rotary Marsh Park and Bird Sanctuary.
Explore Kelowna’s thriving downtown core—from resturants and movies to shopping experiences. The downtown is also host to a number of music and artisan market events during the summer months.
viticulture and wineries
Kelowna enjoys a flourishing viticulture scene, with many wineries available only a short drive away. Take in the picturesque scenery while enjoying a glass of Kelowna’s world-renowned wines.
(Students must be older than 19 years of age to take part in winery activities)
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
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