Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a science-based degree that challenges you academically, provides exciting opportunities to enrich your university experience, and opens the door to a breadth of in-demand careers? UBC’s Faculty of Forestry – ranked top 3 in the world – has five programs that span topics from wood engineering and sustainability to soil science and urban planning.

No matter which Forestry program you study, you’ll be part of a diverse, close-knit community where faculty get to know their students by name, and where you have ample opportunities to dig deeper into your specialization with research, travel, and unique classroom experiences.

 

Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, Forest Sciences is an ideal program for you. You’ll study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms and the ecology of plant and animal communities. This knowledge will help you better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration.

“I like the flexibility in terms of choosing what topic within Forest Sciences that I can focus on. There are suggested specializations, such as hydrology or entomology, but I’m also able to choose a topic that I’m interested in. There is a specialization in International Forestry, where students are required to spend time abroad and learn about forest ecosystems in a global context.”
–Jennifer Hong, 4th year, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines science – biological, physical, and social – and technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management and develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber. You can choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“Forest Resources Management offers an excellent avenue to receiving a bachelor’s degree and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. The demand for trained individuals inside and outside the province is constantly growing.”
–David Hamilton, 4th year, Forestry

Learn more about Forestry

 

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered becoming a conservation scientist? Do you want to play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, such as wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land? In Natural Resources Conservation, the faculty’s most popular degree program, you’ll learn about the maintenance of habitats and the persistence of diverse natural resources, and gain a better understanding of the balance that is needed among environmental, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Program will give you the skills and knowledge to meet the big challenges our world is facing right now. It will help you think holistically about how different disciplines can come together to solve our biggest environmental challenges and achieve a balance between our increasing needs for goods and services and the protection of our ecosystems.”
–Valentina Coy, 3rd year, Natural Resources Conservation

Learn more about Natural Resources Conservation

 

Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing

If you’re an innovative thinker who loves to tackle problems, you’ll enjoy the blend of science, engineering, and business in the Wood Products Processing program. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations while you develop essential transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

“If you are interested in building a successful professional career in an innovative, creative, and sustainable industry, then the Wood Products Processing program will provide you with a strong foundation. The faculty offers a strong co-op program, positive tri-mentoring program, and a range of leadership-building classes.”
–Jonathan Jean-Hwa Chu, 4th year, Wood Products Processing

Learn more about Wood Products Processing

 

Bachelor of Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry program – the first of its kind in Canada, and the faculty’s newest degree – teaches you about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems. You could tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“If you are thinking of going into landscape architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, urban agriculture, or arboriculture, this is a great undergraduate program for you. You can minor in either Urban Green-Space Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning, or take courses from both minor pools.”
–Elliot Bellis, 3rd year, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make money – the average salary is about $3,000 per month – and begin building your professional network. All five Forestry programs offer co-ops so that you can learn about possible careers and jobs in your field of interest. UBC Forestry students have completed co-ops at organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

99% of co-op students reported overall job satisfaction
98% of employers said they would hire their co-op students again

Check out the Forestry co-op Instagram account to see the kinds of experiences UBC students are gaining as they get their hands dirty in labs and forests, and travel as far as Malawi. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

Think studying Forestry could be the choice for you? Take our quick survey to express your interest in joining an online info session about UBC Forestry.

Tips for creating your BCom application video interview


If you’re applying to UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program, your Personal Profile will include a video interview section. You’ll provide on-camera responses to two pre-recorded questions. Watch the above video and read our tips below on how to prepare and put forth a strong video.

Why is the video interview important?

In the BCom program, collaboration, in-class discussion, and public speaking are daily activities. Your ability to communicate clearly by verbally articulating your thoughts and ideas is essential to your success, and in many cases, the success of your team during group work.

If you’re intimidated by the thought of speaking on-camera, don’t worry. The questions will relate to your personal experiences and opinions, and there are no incorrect answers. The video interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase how you can think critically, perform under pressure, and stand out from other applicants.

How to create your video interview

Within your Personal Profile, you’ll be directed to the online video-interview platform. Be sure to carefully read all instructions. Allow yourself ample time to test your recording equipment and try a practice question before recording responses to two pre-recorded interview questions.

You’ll only have one attempt to respond to each question. Once you’ve started to view a question, you won’t be able to pause or replay it. You’ll be given 30 seconds to think about your answer, and then up to 90 seconds to record it.

Tips for creating your video interview

  • Take time to reflect. To prepare, think about your past challenges, achievements, strengths, and beliefs.
  • Create the best recording space possible. Make sure there’s good lighting in front of you; silence all audible alarms and alerts; eliminate loud background noises; and stay free from other distractions.
  • Be confident. Maintain good posture, smile, and present yourself professionally. You’ll find these simple actions will put you in the right mindset to more easily and naturally deliver your responses.
  • Don’t dwell on mistakes. Natural speech isn’t always perfect – the occasional “umm” or mispronounced word is to be expected. If you misspeak during your response, take a moment, breathe, and keep going. Remember, you have only one attempt to answer each question – there are no do-overs.
  • Be authentic. One of the reasons we’ve incorporated the video interview into your application is to be able to get to know you better. Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear; tell us what you want us to know about you.

We look forward to getting to know you better. Good luck!

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.