Attend orientation: CLIMB

You are probably wondering how to get started at UFV. It might even look like a difficult process, like looking up at a steep mountain trail. That is why we call our orientation program CLIMB — because it gets you up the “mountain” one step at a time. At the end of your CLIMB, you can celebrate with us at The Peak!

CLIMB with us

Date What's happening?
August 6 Preparing for Canada - Online Info Session
August 7 Medical Overview - Online Info Session
August 8 Navigating Student Accounts - Online Info Session
August 9 Housing ft TRAC - Online Info Sessions hosted by STEP Cafe
August 29 | 11 AM - 4 PM The Peak (International Student Orientation) - In-Person | Sign up on the iCent app
September UNWIND with your CLIMB Guides - In-Person | Upcoming dates and times will be announced soon


CLIMB is our orientation program for international students. We designed it for people who come to UFV each year from more than 75 countries around the world  new students just like you. CLIMB includes lots of great information and activities to help you prepare for your new UFV life.

Note: This information is very important. We strongly recommend that you attend the live sessions or watch the recording of all orientation sessions.

Follow UFV CLIMB on Instagram at @climb.ufv.

How to join CLIMB

Get the iCent App

As a new student, you are required to sign up for iCent. You will find all the resources, forms, and checklists you need, in one convenient app. 

  1. Download the iCent app (available at the Apple Store and Google Play Store). If you are unable to download the app, visit the iCent web app
  2. Select "Canada" as your institution country.
  3. Select "University of the Fraser Valley" as your institution name.
  4. Enter your UFV email and the same password you created for myUFV (Visit Set up your UFV accounts page to learn how to set up your myUFV account and created a password yet.)
  5. Complete your profile.

Download iCent (Apple) Download iCent (Android) iCent Web App 

As an incoming international student, we will also invite you to join CLIMB by:

  • Sending you a personal invitation at your UFV email address.
  • Putting a general invitation on our Instagram page, @climb.ufv.

If you have not already done it, set up your UFV accounts now. We send your CLIMB invitation to your UFV email address, and we will continue to use the address for other messages throughout your time at UFV.

How CLIMB works

You will get practical information and opportunities to ask questions. You will also get to meet our CLIMB Guides, who are senior students. They can give you first-hand insights into what it is like to be at UFV.

Our information sessions are all online, and you can attend them from anywhere in the world. Note that all session times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

On the first Tuesday before school starts, we hold an in-person orientation day known as Day ONE where you will get to meet your fellow new students, and our amazing staff and faculty.

Live online information sessions - August 6-8, 2024

CLIMB includes live sessions where we guide you through practical things such as:

  • Preparing for Canada
  • Digital Tools
  • Medical insurance
  • Academic support services
  • Immigration workshops
  • Campus resources
  • How to use student accounts: myClass/Blackboard (our online learning platform), myUFV, and Outlook

How to attend the online sessions 

Sign up ahead of time for live sessions through iCent to ensure you are notified!

Schedule conflict? We record the main sessions that you can review in iCent. You can also watch earlier recorded orientation sessions but some information may not be accurate for your upcoming semester.

How to attend in-person events 

Make sure to register and RSVP for mandatory in-person orientation on August 29, 11 AM - 4 PM. Sign-Up available in iCent. 

When CLIMB starts

Your CLIMB orientation will take place roughly over the last four weeks right before your first semester.

  • Fall semester: CLIMB starts early August
  • Winter semester: CLIMB starts early December
  • Summer semester: CLIMB starts early April


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