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  • Introduction I am an old business student. I learned that no communication takes place without overheads. My name is Michael McCrae. I run the Professional Development Initiative. You should all have the white brochure. We have two goals: 1. To help you learn well at graduate school and 2. To help you plan for the day when your program ends. Examples are Choosing a Grad Advisor, Business Writing and Project Management. PDI does not run any credit programs. Participation is purely voluntary. PDI is a program for graduate students only
  • You can ask them about the paperwork that allows you to stay in Canada, such as passports, study permits and visas, whether for you or your family members.
  • International Student Advisors at I. House are experts in health insurance for international students, especially the first health insurance you have right now – iMED. You can learn more about that when you meet them tomorrow in a workshop just for you.


  • 1. Introduction to Campus Resources
    • Jenny Phelps
    • Assistant Dean
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies
    • [email_address]
    • 604.822.2934
    Welcome Grad Student Orientation, Sept 1, 2011
  • 2.
    • Campuswide Log-in (CWL) http://www.it.ubc.ca/cwl/homelink.shtml
    • Student Service Centre https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/servlets/SRVSSCFramework
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies www.grad.ubc.ca
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
  • 3. The Graduate Student Society (GSS) http://www.gss.ubc.ca The UBC Graduate Student Society represents and advocates on behalf of all UBC Graduate Students to the University, the Government, and the public. We provide academic, professional, social, and recreational services to our members, and act as stewards of the Thea Koerner House Graduate Student Centre.
  • 4.
    • International House
    • http://students.ubc.ca/international
    • Sessions for International Grad Students – Tomorrow 9am-12noon
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
  • 5. Immigration & Work permits
    • The most important documents:
    • Passport
    • Study permit
    • Entry visa (TRV)
    See International House for...
  • 6. Initial Health Insurance
    • Mandatory for all new international students at UBC
    • - Automatic enrollment
    • - Covers unexpected sickness/injury
    • Card emailed once you register for first class
    • More information: www.david-cummings.com/imed
    See International House for...
  • 7.
    • UBC Rec (Intramurals and Recreational Sports) http://www.rec.ubc.ca/
    • The Birdcoop Fitness Centre http://www.birdcoop.ubc.ca/
    • UBC Aquatic Centre http://www.aquatics.ubc.ca
    • AMS Campus Life Resources http://www.ams.ubc.ca/campus-life/
    • Grad Student Online Forum http://forum.grad.ubc.ca/
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
  • 8.
    • Being Well:
    • BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) http://www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/msp
    • AMS/GSS Insurance Plan http://www.ihaveaplan.ca/
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students Graduate Student Society
  • 9. Student Health Service
    • Location: Main floor UBC Hospital
    • Hours: 8am-4pm Weekdays, except Wednesday, 8am-8pm
    • http://www.students.ubc.ca/health/
    • Online appointment scheduling and results
    • *After Hours Care: UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre open until 10 pm
  • 10. Student Health Service
    • All UBC students are eligible for service
    • All general medical and health concerns
      • primary care and injury management
      • contraceptive and sexual health
      • immunizations for occupations and study
      • chronic disease management
      • dressings and wound care
    • Specialist care in psychiatry, dermatology, orthopaedics
  • 11. Counselling Services
    • Brock Hall, Room 1040
    • 8:00 – 4:30 Weekdays
    • (except Wednesdays, 8:00 – 8:00)
    • www.students.ubc.ca/counselling
    • 604.822.3811
  • 12. Common life-management issues for Graduate Students
    • Managing relocation and transition to graduate program
    • Effectively managing multiple demands
    • Staying connected to family and community
    • Managing relationships, kids, parents
    • Addressing personal & professional identity issues
    • Clarifying career/life planning priorities and decisions
  • 13. Grad Students: Strategies Used to Cope with Stress and to Improve Mental Health Talk with Friends & Family Time off to relax More exercise More regular sleep Break into steps Remind myself of my abilities Improve nutrition Meditate/pray Get professional advice
  • 14.
    • Managing Real Life
    • Money management help http://www.students.ubc.ca/finance/get-started-from-here/
    • Access and Diversity http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/index.cfm
    • Childcare Services http://www.childcare.ubc.ca/
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
  • 15.
    • Moving Forward
    • UBC Libraries http://www.library.ubc.ca/
    • Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology http://ctlt.ubc.ca/
    • Academic English Support Program http://www.cstudies.ubc.ca/aes/index.html
    • Office of the Ombudsperson for Students http://www.ombudsoffice.ubc.ca
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students
  • 16.
    • Moving Forward
    • Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS)
    • A Faculty of Graduate Studies program, to guide you through your graduate journey and help you with professional and personal development, career planning and leadership skills
    • Graduate Pathways to Success Program [email_address]
    Introduction to Campus Resources for Graduate Students