Canadian Aboriginal Students

UBC has a long history of supporting Aboriginal student academic and personal success through Aboriginal-focused programs and services, including our Aboriginal Admission Policy, priority assignment placement in student housing, scholarships and bursaries, and student services through the First Nations House of Learning.

To access and receive valuable information regarding these programs and services, it is very important that you self-identify as an Aboriginal person of Canada on your application. This helps us help you during your studies at the university.

Admission to UBC

All applicants to UBC, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are required to meet university general admission and program-specific admission requirements. As with all applicants, the University will review your academic history and, depending on your program and year level, your Personal Profile to make an admission decision. Most Aboriginal students are admitted based on meeting the requirements set out by their program of choice.

Aboriginal Admission Policy

If you are not initially admitted, we will take a second look at your application using the Aboriginal Admission Policy. Your application will be sent to your program of choice and to the First Nations House of Learning. They will review your academic history and personal profile to ensure that you are ready for university study. They will submit their recommendations back to Undergraduate Admissions, who will notify you of their decision. 

UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program

If you do not meet university general admission requirements, we encourage you to consider starting your studies at another college or university. You can do one to two years at another institution then transfer to UBC to complete your degree. If you plan carefully, the courses you take will be recognized by UBC and applied to your degree and program requirements. The BC Transfer Guide is a great resource that shows you how your college courses will be recognized by the University.

We highly recommend that you also consider the UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program. Students who complete the program’s requirements will be guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Arts program. In addition, by maintaining high academic standards, you may also be eligible for scholarships and awards at Langara and UBC. This program is an excellent opportunity for you to gain the academic and personal preparation needed for admission to UBC.

For more information regarding transferring and the UBC-Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program, please contact Melody Markle, Aboriginal Student Recruiter-Advisor.

How to apply

1. Choose the programs that interest you

Whatever your passion, UBC likely has a program that will allow you to pursue it. We offer a broad range of internationally recognized programs designed to spark your curiosity by exposing you to some of the brightest minds in the world.

2. Confirm what is required for admission

Review our general admission requirements and program-specific requirements.

3. Apply online

Application to UBC opens in late August and closes on February 3, 2014. There is one UBC online application for both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

When you apply, ensure that you self-identify as an Aboriginal person of Canada. UBC will provide you with important information on Aboriginal programs, scholarships and bursaries, and student services specifically for Aboriginal students.

An application fee is required to submit your application. If financial difficulty keeps you from submitting your application, please contact Celia Reimer to discuss your options.

Be sure to keep important dates in mind. Admissions decisions for many programs are made in March and April.

Go to the Student Service Centre any time to check your current application status.

4. Send the required documents

After you submit your application, you will receive an email that lists the information and documents you need to send in to UBC Undergraduate Admissions.

5. Apply for UBC housing

Living in one of UBC’s student residences supports you academically and socially, giving you opportunities to meet creative, motivated students like yourself.

UBC provides newly admitted Aboriginal students a priority assignment in the University’s single-student and year-round housing. If you are interested in residence living, apply for housing when you complete UBC’s online application.

6. Connect with an advisor

If you are thinking about applying to UBC we would be very happy to meet you in person or by telephone to discuss your options and how to plan for the application process. Melody Markle, UBC’s Aboriginal Student Recruiter-Advisor, is available to help:

Melody Markle
Aboriginal Student Recruiter-Advisor
Tel: 604.827.2133
Toll free: 1.877.272.1422
Email: melody.markle@ubc.ca

If you have already started an application and have questions regarding the application, documents required, or the admission process, UBC’s Admission Advisor overseeing Aboriginal applications, Celia Reimer, would be happy to help.

Celia Reimer
Admission Advisor
Tel: 604.822-2558
Toll free: 1.877.272.1422
Email: celia.reimer@ubc.ca