Join us for a campus tour

Join us for a campus tour

Ever wonder what life on campus is like? Are you curious about what a room in residence looks like, or where the best places to eat or study are?  Maybe you just want to come and see if UBC feels like the right place for you.

If so, come and join us for a campus tour! We offer tours every day of the week except Sunday on our Vancouver campus, and three days a week on our Okanagan campus. Family members and friends are welcome to join you.

You’ll be in excellent hands once you arrive; campus tours are led by our friendly Student Ambassadors. These are current students who live the UBC student experience and are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

The only thing you’ll need to bring is a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ll also need to take the weather into account during your visit, so dress appropriately. We’ll have some umbrellas on hand in case you forget yours.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Should I work with an agent to apply to UBC?

Should I work with an agent to apply to UBC?

Have you considered working with an education consultancy, or agent, to apply to university? Assessing and applying to universities overseas can be overwhelming, and an agent can sometimes help simplify the process.

Before engaging with an agent, be sure to know what your options are so that you’re in the best position to obtain accurate and helpful information.

Do I need to work with an agent to apply to UBC?

No, you do not. Students are encouraged to apply directly to UBC following the information provided in our Applying to UBC section. If you are stuck or have a question about the application process, there are several ways you can connect with UBC:

What questions should I ask an agency?

Professional agencies follow standards of good practice, but not every agency is like this. If you work with an agency, you are hiring them to perform a service for you, and you should be free to ask some basic questions before committing:

  • Do you charge service fees to your clients, or do you have commission-based agreements with universities? If you charge service fees, what are they and when do they occur?
  • Are you certified by the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) or other organizations or associations? Which ones? Note that AIRC has one of the strictest certification processes for agencies to become members.
  • Ask the advisor you are working with about their experience. They should be knowledgeable about the institutions they are promoting:
    • How many years have they been advising students about universities abroad?
    • Have they have visited UBC or the institution you are considering, or even your country of choice?
    • Have they taken any training, such as the Canada Course for Education Agents?
  • If an agent claims to have an agreement with UBC or another institution, ask to see a copy of their active agreement (not the certificate of representation on the wall, but the actual agreement).
  • Do you have the qualifications to advise on Canadian visas and study permits?

Important tips

  • When applying to UBC with the help of an agency, you should not have to complete any paper-based forms. The entire UBC admissions process occurs online at you.ubc.ca.
  • Agents are not involved in any of UBC’s scholarships – these are conducted automatically, unless you are nominated by your high school.
  • Please do not allow an agent to complete your UBC application on your behalf. This may jeopardize your application if UBC Admissions determines that your application is not an authentic submission.
  • You – not the agent – are responsible for submitting your application to UBC on time, ensuring you meet the requirements, and completing all the necessary steps to be considered for admission.

What an agent cannot do for you

  • Working with an agency does not increase your chances of admission or of obtaining a scholarship at UBC. All students are assessed on the merit of their grades and overall application.
  • An agent cannot write or assist in writing your Personal Profile or any part of your application.
  • An agent cannot submit false records or documents.
  • Agencies cannot access your UBC records without your consent. You must have completed a Third Party Authorization in order for your agent to have access to your UBC information from your Student Service Centre (SSC) account.
  • An agent cannot submit payments for any UBC-related fees on your behalf.

And remember – we’re here to help. If you’re having difficulty with the application process, need to know more about UBC, or have any further questions about working with an agent, please contact us.

First round offers of admissions to UBC

First round offers of admissions to UBC

UBC will give first round offers of admission to a limited number of highly competitive high school students who follow the Canadian curriculum. These students can expect to hear from UBC as early as late December. Here is what you need to know:

Which session do first round offers of admission apply to?

UBC will offer first round offers of admission for the 2018 Summer Session and 2018 Winter Session.

What must students do to be considered for first round offers of admission?

First round offers of admission will be offered to a small number of students. To be considered, students must:

  • Apply by December 1, 2017
  • Submit all completed final grades in the academic profile section of the UBC online application
  • Have very competitive grades and competitive personal profile scores
  • Meet all the admission requirements

Students will not be refused based on Grade 11-level grades presented in their application. Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission will automatically be evaluated again in March through the regular admissions process.

Students who are not offered a first round offer of admission in late January/mid-February will not be disadvantaged in any way in terms of their chances of getting in to UBC.

When will first round offers of admission decisions be made?

First round offers of admission to UBC will commence in late December and continue until mid-February. Applicants who are not offered a first round offer of admission will be re-evaluated once February–March grades are available. 

What are students’ next steps after receiving a first round offer of admission?

Students who receive a first round offer of admission:

  • All students have to maintain their academic standing in order to keep their offer of admission.
  • Spring 2018: UBC will verify interim grades.
  • July 2018: UBC will verify all final grades.

Ready to be a UBC student? Apply now.

 

International Scholars Awards nomination deadline

International Scholars Awards nomination deadline

UBC’s distinguished community of International Scholars

UBC’s International Scholars are a community of engaged, supportive, and diverse young leaders. The International Scholars Awards include the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award. Each year, the awards are given to recognize exceptional international students entering undergraduate studies at UBC.

The program gives you the opportunity to study with some of the brightest undergraduate students from around the world and belong to a community of scholars who are making a difference at home and abroad.

Deadline for nomination packages: November 15, 2017

Nomination packages must be postmarked by November 15, 2017. Nominees must also complete the UBC online application by December 1, 2017, and meet the UBC English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2018. We strongly encourage you to submit your application for admission to UBC early, prior to the December deadline. This will ensure that you have an admission decision in time for award nomination consideration.

Visit the International Scholars website for complete information about eligibility, getting nominated, and to download the nominations forms.

 

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New Personal Profile tips

New Personal Profile tips

We’ve published new, helpful information for writing your Personal Profile, and we want all UBC applicants to have the benefit that comes with reading these tips. Visit our Personal Profile page to learn more about what to consider before you write your profile, and how UBC evaluates your profile.

If you submitted a 2018 Winter Session UBC online application for undergraduate admission prior to October 4, 2017, and you wish to resubmit your Personal Profile after reviewing the new profile information, please contact the UBC Undergraduate Admissions Office at admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca.

Top 5 UBC online application tips


Before you delve into your UBC application, remove any stress from the equation by watching our quick video brimming with useful tips. For more helpful information, read through our detailed online application tips.

UBC school visits and events around the world

UBC school visits and events around the world

No matter where you live, there are lots of ways to connect with UBC. Our recruiter-advisors are currently travelling the world to help you and your family plan your next steps in your journey to UBC.

If you are a secondary school or college transfer student, come to a UBC event or school visit to learn about admission requirements, academic programs, and get an overview of why outstanding students from around the world choose UBC.

Find an event near you

Create an account or log in to your account, and select “Sign up for Events” to see if we are visiting your school, or if there are upcoming events in your area.

Other ways to connect with UBC

We wish we could visit all prospective students’ cities and communities, but if we’re not visiting your region, there are still plenty of ways to get in touch with UBC. Set up an advising appointment, take a virtual tour of our Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus, or visit us in person for a campus tour. You can also sign up for an online information session.

We look forward to meeting you!

UBC school visits and events across Canada

UBC school visits and events across Canada

Just as you’re settling into the 2017 school year, UBC’s recruiters and advisors are hitting the road to help you plan for 2018!

Our UBC experts are rolling out from coast to coast — across the prairies, around lakes, and over mountains — to visit schools and communities across Canada. Our mission: to help support you and your and family with the next steps in your journey to UBC.

We know that you have questions about everything from admission requirements and academic programs to rez life and extracurricular activities, so please come see us. To find out how UBC is connecting with your community, visit the Canadian school visits and events page and click on your home province. We look forward to meeting you soon.