Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Getting a feel for a campus is an important part in deciding which university you want to attend. However, an in-person visit isn’t always possible. But don’t worry – that’s what the internet is for! We have two great virtual tours for you to explore, of our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

On each tour, our student ambassadors will show you some of highlights of UBC’s Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus. You can pause the tour at any time to check out our 360° panoramas, photos, and videos. You can even share your favourite spots via social media.

If you can make it to campus, you’ll definitely want to register for an in-person campus tour. Taking a tour led my our student ambassadors is a great way to determine if UBC is the right fit for you.

Whether you tour UBC virtually or in person, we hope you have a great experience!

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

Are you a Canadian student (citizens and permanent residents) hoping to attend UBC, but aren’t sure how you’ll finance it? If so, you may want to apply for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award. These awards assist students who are academically qualified and hope to contribute to the UBC community, but would not be able to attend without significant financial assistance.

Renewable and one-time awards

The awards – which can either be a one-time amount or an amount awarded every year for four years – range in value up to $80,000. They are for students on both UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses and are available to both incoming high-school students and post-secondary transfer students transferring to their first undergraduate degree (post-baccalaureate students are unfortunately not eligible).

Apply now for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

The application is available online and is due by December 1, 2017, as well as your application of admission to UBC. The application includes an overview of your financial situation (including information from your parents, if applicable), an essay-style description of your circumstances, and a reference form with questions for a third party who is willing to speak to your accomplishments, character, and, if possible, your financial need.

Good luck with your applications and we’re looking forward to seeing new faces on campus next year!

Don’t miss the Major Entrance Scholarship deadline

Don’t miss the Major Entrance Scholarship deadline

Don’t be late for this is incredible opportunity! Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to be considered for the Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) must complete their UBC application for admission by December 1, 2017 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time). Believe it or not, that’s next week!

Make sure that you’ve budgeted enough time to complete your online application and that you’re well-prepared to write your personal profile.

Overview of the MES program

The MES program offers a one-time award of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $60,000 payable over four years. These scholarships are given to recognize the most outstanding Canadian high school applicants to UBC.

Don’t want to be evaluated for the MES?

If you don’t want to be considered for the MES, then your application to UBC is due on January 15, 2018. But why not get your application out of the way early? That way, you can truly relax over the winter break. Start now by checking out our online application tips.

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that comprises multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills? UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that while award-winning professors help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines, from human pathology, immunology, and biochemistry, to genetics, statistics, and medical microbiology.

 

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which provides you with research experiences in laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a career that fulfills you.

 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, medical laboratory technology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

 

What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

If you want to see the type of student that is a great fit for Medical Laboratory Science, read what alumna Lily Takeuchi has to say about her experience. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage of during her studies, and where her degree can take her.

 

I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna 

 

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To be eligible for admission to this two-year undergraduate degree, you must complete a two-year general program of specific science prerequisites – which could be taken in first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science – or a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma program and specific chemistry prerequisites.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Applying for a Major Entrance Scholarship

Applying for a Major Entrance Scholarship

Major Entrance Scholarship

UBC is looking for the most accomplished and promising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to join our community. If you have begun — but not completed — your UBC application, please do so by December 1, 2017. If you apply by this date, you will be eligible for UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarship (MES), including a one-time award of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $60,000 payable over four years.

All high school and CEGEP applicants will be evaluated for the Major Entrance Scholarship based on their Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of the online application. Learn more about UBC’s Major Entrance Scholarship.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

Each year, International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are offered to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

No separate application is required — admission records and Personal Profiles are reviewed after admission to UBC to determine IMES eligibility and competitiveness. Apply for admission by January 15, 2018 to be considered for the IMES. Learn more about International Major Entrance Scholarships.

Meet a Major Entrance Scholarship recipient

Hear from MES-recipient Logan Graham about the qualities common to MES winners, and how the MES helped him fulfill his academic dreams.

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English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

English-language preparation and UBC’s Conditional Admission Program

Undergraduate students

If you have a strong record of academic achievement but do not yet meet UBC’s English-language requirement, you may be eligible for the Conditional Admission Program (CAP), which offers English-language preparation leading to undergraduate degree programs.

If you are admitted into CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen undergraduate program on the condition that you successfully complete the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute Intensive English Program (IEP), which provides full-time English-language training in either:

  • 8-week accelerated sessions scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • 16-week sessions scheduled to start in January, May, or September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the IEP, you can transition into your degree program.

Graduate students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies may extend conditional offers of admission to highly qualified graduate applicants who do not quite meet the minimum UBC English-language proficiency requirement.

A conditional admission allows you to obtain study permits (if necessary) and begin your English-language studies in the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute (ELI). Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the ELI, you will proceed directly into your graduate degree program.

International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

International students: Join us for our US Thanksgiving event

If you are an international student, please join us for US Thanksgiving at UBC’s Vancouver campus to get a glimpse of what you can look forward to as an undergraduate student.

During this day of activities, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will tell you about what the university has to offer and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Event highlights

  • Campus tour led by current UBC undergraduate students.
  • Lunch with UBC students, staff, and advisors who can answer questions about student life and the programs you are interested in.
  • A student panel with current undergraduate students who can provide you with the “real life” student perspective of UBC.

Date and registration

The events will take place November 24 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Registering is easy: log in to your account, and then click on Sign up for Events.

Optional add-on events

If you’ll be staying in Vancouver for the weekend, there are a number of events taking place on Saturday, November 25, so that you can learn more about UBC’s programs:

UBC Sauder School of Business Fall Preview

Land and Food Systems Fall Preview Day

Interested in visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Friday, November 24, and Saturday, November 25. To register, log in to your account,  and then click on Register for a Campus Tour.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Planning your finances

Planning your finances

If you don’t have a financial plan for your first year of university, now is a good time to think about money management. There are a lot of things to factor in, and you might be surprised to see how quickly it all adds up.

Your costs as a university student

As a university student, you’ll be responsible for paying tuition and student fees. If you’re applying for on-campus housing, you’ll need to include housing fees in your budget. You’re probably going to want to eat, so factor in your meal plan. If you’re going to be living off campus, you’ll need to consider your weekly groceries and rent (and remember that it needs to be paid on time). And let’s not forget all of the miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, entertainment, and your various monthly bills.

It can seem overwhelming, but UBC’s cost calculator can help you get a handle on what your money situation will look like.

Let us help you

If things still don’t make sense, contact your ESP, who will be more than happy to sit down and help you create a realistic budget for the year.