Student Support and Services

In addition to the links below, visit the UBC Student Services website for a list of resources that are open to all graduate and undergraduate students at UBC.

Academic Support Services

Also see: Professional Development.

  • English Language Institute provides professional language support to UBC students who speak English as a second/additional language.
  • Access and Diversity provides leadership on issues of accessibility for people with disabilities at UBC Vancouver, working in partnership with faculties to foster inclusive learning, living and working environments for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offers a Graduate Student Program, support for departmental TA Training Programs, and a Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning.
  • Graduate Student Workshops at Koerner Library: Research in a large research library can be a daunting task. The Koerner Library Research Commons offers a regular series of workshops to help you with all the steps of the research process, from literature review to getting published to measuring your research publication impact
  • UBC Library Research Commons offers workshops and one-on-one consultations for graduate students from all disciplines. Delivered by graduate student peer instructors, subject specialist librarians, and campus collaborators.
  • UBC Learning Commons offers a variety of resources and tools below to help you to succeed with writing papers

Health and Wellbeing support

  • Counselling Services: Speaking with a wellness professional can help clarify concerns or situations and open up new ways of dealing with them. Counselling Services works with you to assess your needs and identify the best type of support for you – from self-help resources to group or individual therapy – to help you have the best university experience possible.
  • Empower Me is a 24/7 mental health service available free of charge to all students who are members of the AMS/GSS Student Health Plan. Empower Me offers counselling in person, by telephone, video-counselling or e-counselling. You can also access crisis support and life coaching services.
  • Student Health Services offers a variety of health care services to help you live well, feel good, and achieve your goals. Our family doctors and registered nurses can help you take care of your physical and mental health so that you’re able to have the best university experience possible.
  • The Wellness Centre is a friendly, welcoming space for you to ask questions, find out about wellness resources or events on campus, learn how to manage stress, and help you feel your best.

Arriving in Vancouver and Settling In

See also: International Students and Finding Friends

Conflict Resolution

  • Equity & Inclusion Office is committed to ensuring that UBC is a community in which human rights are respected and equity and diversity are integral to university life. They offer resources for handling complaints regarding discrimination and harassment.
  • Graduate Student Society (GSS) Advocacy: The GSS Advocates are graduate students who provide confidential assistance to fellow individual graduate students experiencing difficulties with their supervisors, advisors, program, faculty or the University.
  • Office of the Ombudsperson for Students works with UBC community members to ensure students are treated fairly and can learn, work and live in a fair, equitable and respectful environment. Reporting to the President, the office is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students at UBC, jointly funded by the AMS, GSS, and UBC. 

Family Support

Finding Friends and Making Connections

  • Graduate Student Community is an online network of newly admitted and current UBC graduate students to meet, exchange ideas and discuss topics of mutual concern. UBC staff and faculty can access the community as well to engage with students in active discussions.
  • Graduate Student Society advocates for, promotes, and protects the academic, social, intellectual, cultural and recreational interests of its members. They offer many social and recreational opportunities.

Financial Support

  • Enrolment Services Professionals (ESPs) As a student, your finances can be stretched, sometimes at the worst possible times. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, contact your ESP and schedule an appointment to look at your situation and goals and build a financial plan.
  • Graduate Scholarships, Awards, and Funding: Find information about merit-based graduate awards.

Fitness and Recreation

International Students 

  • International Student Development can help you with anything related to life as an international student including academic support, visas, taxes, health insurance, and more.

Professional Development and careers

  • GPS: Graduate Pathways to Success: offers non-credit workshops, seminars, and other activities that cover a wide range of personal and professional development topics to support you throughout your time in graduate school.
  • Centre for Student Involvement and Careers: CSIC offers career resources for graduate students, including specific graduate drop-in advising sessions, events, webinars and many other resources.

Safety and Security


Developing productive relationships with your research supervisor and supervisory committee is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of being a graduate student.

  • Handbook of Graduate Supervision will help you get the most out of the supervisor-graduate student relationship at UBC.  
  • Supervision Advising: Changing circumstances and life events may lead either you or your student to consider ending the working relationship. There are several reasons why a change of supervisors may be the best option for both the graduate student and supervisor. Contact us to discuss your situation.


  • Student Safety Abroad supports safe experiences abroad.
  • UBC Travel is a one-stop shop for planning, booking and paying for University related travel quickly, conveniently and cost-effectively.