How to apply

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The following steps are for Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary, and international post-secondary applicants. Mature students and visiting students have different application processes.

1. Choose your degree and campus

Each UBC campus has a distinct range of degree programs. In your application, you will have the opportunity to select a first and second choice. The degrees you choose can be in different faculties and on different campuses. You will be evaluated for your second choice only if you are not admitted to your first choice, or if you contact the Admissions Office requesting that UBC evaluate your second choice.

2. Make sure you meet the requirements

Have you met the English language requirement? Have you met UBC’s general admission requirements (for Canadian students and for international students)? Have you met the requirements for your degree of interest? Have you prepared for UBC’s online application?

3. Begin your application

Apply for admission

Log in to your UBC account to begin preparing your application, including your Personal Profile. The Personal Profile is your chance to tell us what you are most proud of, what is most important to you, and what you have learned from your experiences inside and outside the classroom. We use this information to help identify students who will flourish at UBC and to determine who receives scholarships.

The online application for UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses opens early September and closes on January 15. The application deadline for Summer Session (May to August) is January 15. However, applications will remain open for Visiting, Unclassified, and Access Studies applicants. Admissions decisions for most degrees are made in April or early May.

Go to the Student Service Centre anytime to check your application status.

Apply for housing

Direct-entry applicants:

If you want to live in UBC residence, you must apply through the UBC Student Housing application. To be guaranteed housing in your first year, you must:

  1. Apply for admission to UBC;
  2. Apply to UBC Housing (in the separate application) when you receive an offer of admission (but no later than May 1); and
  3. Accept your offer of admission to UBC by the date indicated in your letter of admission (but no later than June 1).

Non-direct-entry applicants:

If you want to live in UBC residence, you must apply through the UBC Student Housing application. To secure a spot in campus housing, apply as early as possible.

4. Submit your application and pay the fee

Finalize and submit your application and pay the non-refundable fee by credit card, by January 15. Certain degrees may require additional fees. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

▪   Canadian citizens and permanent resident students: $68.00

▪   International students: $114.00

After you submit your application, you will receive an email informing you of your required documents along with information on when you’ll need to send them.

In addition, consult your faculty website because additional deadlines and fees may apply.

Stay in touch

It’s important to keep communication lines open with UBC. We’ll communicate with you through a variety of channels, including email, the Student Service Centre, and this website. We’re even on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also post regular updates on the UBC Admissions Blog.

As email is UBC’s primary method of communication about important dates, deadlines, and documents required, you should regularly check your inbox.