All new students are required to attend the UBD Freshers' Week. It is an orientation week filled with introductory briefings on all matters important to your starting your university life as well as other exciting activities. It will be an opportunity to get to know your university and its surrounding, meet with your Faculty and learn the modules that you would need to register for, and how to prepare yourself for the transition into tertiary studies. You will also have the opportunity to explore and get to know the UBD Students' Association and all the clubs and societies under it, and of course, meet and make new friends.

Freshers' Week will take place from Monday, 24th July 2017 to Saturday, 29th July 2017 (except Friday, 28th July 2017).

Pre-Freshers' Week Registration will be held for two days in the week before that, on 21st and 22nd July 2017, to allow for collection of your Freshers' Week pack, payment of fees (if not done via ePayment) and submission of relevant forms.

Important!

  • You must attend ALL the Freshers' Week briefing/ activity sessions as attendance shall be taken and stamped in on your FW Attendance Card.
  • Failure to attend without any justification or prior approval from Student Affairs Section will delay the collection of your UBD Student Card (which you will need for identification and borrowing books at the Library).
  • Graduate students may be excused from attending those marked * in the Freshers' Week timetable
  • If you are unable to attend Freshers' Week, please email student.central@ubd.edu.bn to request for approval. This email (with the approval response) must be printed out and shown to the FW Organizers for collection of verification slip for UBD Student Card Collection.
 

Please come to Chancellor Hall between 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. or 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. either on these two dates to:

Make payments of relevant fees @ Finance Counter & PMUBD Counter

If you have not done so via ePayment, you are welcome to make the payment over the counters at the Chancellor Hall.

Collect Freshers' Week pack @ RFP Collection Counter

This pack will include all the materials and information required for Freshers' Week e.g. Freshers' Week sessions attendance card.

You can only do this if you have paid your registration, acceptance and PMUBD (compulsory for undergraduate only) fees.

Submission of relevant documents @ Submission Counter

  • Bring with you to the Freshers' Registration:
  • A copy of your UBD offer letter
  • A copy of your identification card or passport (with picture)
  • 2 x passport-sized photos (with blue background)
  • Print and complete the UBD Health Declaration Form below, either in English or Malay, and submit during Freshers' Registration:

Malay version | English version

Payment of student insurance @ insurance booths or insurance offices

We will be inviting relevant student insurance service providers to open up booths and allow you to make payments at the insurance provider of your choice.

Note that for Bruneian students, you are required to pay lump sum according to your programme duration, whereas international students have the option to pay for a year first and renew annually.

You may download these for your kind reference:

Freshers' Week August 2017/ 2018 programme
Freshers' Week August 2017/ 2018 floor plan

Make sure you complete these essential tasks for full UBD Freshers' Week experience:

Attend Vice-Chancellor's Address & Oath Taking Ceremony

You and your parents will be invited to attend this official welcoming event, which also acts as the opening ceremony for Freshers' Week, where you will have the Taking your oath as UBD students in front of the Vice-Chancellor

Attend academic-related briefings

You can learn more about the GenNEXT programme, what it entails, how to register for your modules and examination regulations.

Attend safety briefing

We at UBD are very concerned for your safety while you are studying here, but safety is also each individual's responsibility. Learn about it here.

Attend Faculty Orientation

Meet the faculty staff members and your fellow seniors, learn about your programme structure and modules you have to take, and ethics and conduct while studying.

Collect your UBD Student Card

 Your UBD Student Card is vital, it identifies you as a member of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and allow you to borrow books from the UBD Library.

To obtain this, you will need to have make all the necessary payments of fees, submitted the relevant forms, have full attendance of Freshers' Week sessions and obtain the verification slips from Student Affairs Section.

Register for your modules

There will be a briefing on the module registration process on the first day of Freshers Week. Students will begin registering for modules on the second day of Freshers Week and this will be open for three days. This is done online by the student themselves and students are expected to refer to their respective Faculties for advice on module selection.

Know your support services

Attend the talks by Student Affairs Section (SAS), Office of Career, Networking and Training (CoNECT), Admissions Office and Discovery Year Unit for introductions on where to go and who to meet for student welfare, counselling, diverse learning needs, career advice, Brunei Government scholarship and opportunities for Discovery Year matters.

Get to know your Student Representative Council

Get to know your Students Representative Council (MPP) and register with the UBD Students' Association (PMUBD) - they will be your voice throughout your years in UBD. This is compulsory for all undergraduate students (Constitution of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam Students' Association – Article V).

PMUBD Showcase

Meet the representatives from various clubs and student bodies as they showcase to you what they do, and find out how to join the ECAs

Visit the library

Attend the library briefing and take the library tour

Know your way around

Take the campus tour in order to familiarize yourself with important places, faculties and offices within UBD

Begin your studies with prayers @ UBD Mosque

It is always good to start your year of studies with prayers and thanksgiving to the Almighty, and you will have a chance to do this by attending the Sembahyang Zuhur Berjemaah, Membaca Yassin dan Doa Selamat.

To non-Muslims, don't worry, we have things planned for you too during this time.

Find out what you can do for your Discovery Year

Attend the Discovery Year briefing session and see what opportunities are open to you and how to avail them.

Sports Fiesta @ UBD Sports Complex

End the Freshers' Week with a bang and join in the Sports Fiesta fun at UBD Sports Complex!

Some of the sessions may not be applicable to graduate students (such as those marked * in the Freshers Week calendar) but do attend them anyway. They will help you get a picture of how life in UBD is like. But most important would be for you to connect and get acquainted with your faculty, programme leader and supervisor(s) (if you are a research student).

And if you are a Government in-service student, then you should also attend the Government In-Service Briefing session happening the next week.



You will also be required to observe and follow the following:

What to wear

Events

Gender

Attire

Shoes

Vice-Chancellor's Address

Male

Baju melayu, songkok, sinjang (for Muslim)
Smart work clothes (non-Muslim)

Smarts shoes/ comfortable shoes i.e. no slippers, flip flops, sandals

Female

Baju kurung with headscarf (tudung)

All other events except UBD Fun Run, Faculty Orientation and Sukan Ria

Male

Smart work clothes

Smarts shoes/ comfortable shoes i.e. no slippers, flip flops, sandals

Female

Baju kurung with headscarf (tudung)

UBD Fun Run, Faculty Orientation and Sukan Ria

Male

Sports t-shirts and long sports pants

Sports shoes

Female

Loose sports t-shirts, long sports pants (not tight) and headscarf (tudung)

Etiquette for Freshers Week

  • Arrive in UBD as early as possible. Car parking spaces may be limited.
  • Be familiar with the campus and the locations of all the venues. Be punctual for all the events.
  • Attend ALL the Freshers Week sessions, as the information given in each session shall help you in your transition to university life. Refer to the above Freshers Week Programme & Floor Plan.
  • NO SMOKING POLICY on UBD Campus.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure. You may approach any of the members of staff or members of the UBD Students' Association.

UBD Freshers' Guide

Please download the UBD Freshers' Guide in order to familiarise yourself with what will be required for Freshers' Week and for the first few weeks of entering UBD.


Attending after Freshers' Week

You must write officially to the UBD through student.central@ubd.edu.bn to request for permission to attend after Freshers' Week. Approval is only given if a written consent via email is received. Arriving later may mean that you miss out on Freshers' Week activities, academic induction, social sessions and the important tours.


Within 3 weeks after Freshers Week

  • Collect your UBD Student Card
    • To be able to collect this, you must submit the following documents to Student Affairs Section in order to obtain a verification slip:
      • A completed Health Declaration Form (either in Malay or English)
      • A signed Oath Form
      • A copy of payment receipts (registration fee, acceptance fee, PMUBD fees [if applicable] and/or tuition fee and deposit)
      • A copy of student insurance policy cover
      • Completely filled Freshers' Week attendance card.
      Without the above documents, you will not be able to collect the verification slip. You would have to provide justification for this or show proof of prior approval for non-attendance for consideration.
    • Bring the verification slip to ICTC, ICTC 1, UG Floor at University Technology Hub building during office hours and collect your UBD Student Card
  • Activate your GenNEXT Information System (GIS) account and access myUBD (Student Portal)
    Use your registration number and email password as your user ID and password respectively for these two systems.
  • Download the Canvas Learning Management System app to your smartphone and register
    Username: <your registration number>@ubd.edu.bn
    Password: <your registration number> (you may change your password after the first login)

    More information on this system will be explained during Freshers' Week
  • Read the UBD Student Handbook & Student Portal
    verything there is to know about being a UBD student can be found in the UBD Student Handbook (to be updated soon).

    For information regarding student regulations and procedures, you can refer to the Student Portal by logging on to the myUBD link (using your email ID and password, once you have activated it).
  • Attend Government in-service briefing session (if you are one)
    If you are a Government In-service student, you should also attend this briefing session given by the Student Welfare Officer, where she will explain on all relevant matters especially out-of-state leave during studies and relevant loan applications.

    Tentatively, the briefing will be held on Wednesday, 16 August 2017 @ 2.30 p.m. at Inspiring Hall, Student Centre. An email will be sent out to relevant students once details are confirmed.
  • Attend International student orientation
    Familiarisation with new environment and culture as well as making new friends can be quite challenging. Therefore, all new international students are required to attend this welcoming reception. The date, time and venue shall be shared soon.