Admission requirements for post-secondary students outside Canada

Required transfer credit

From polytechnic institutes and institutes of technology

You must have completed a two-year diploma from a recognized institute of technology, polytechnic institute, or junior college. Be aware, though, that courses are generally not transferable.

From other institutions

You must present a minimum of one academic year of post-secondary study before applying to the second year of a program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

A minimum of 24 transferable term credits (36 quarter credits) are required. However, you are strongly encouraged to complete at least 30 term credits (45 quarter credits) of study before applying. If you have less than 24 transferable term credits, you will be evaluated on the basis of both final secondary school grades and post-secondary grades.

You will be assessed on all academic courses taken, including failures and repeated courses. You will also be required to meet the competitive grade point average for the program to which you are applying.

Program-specific requirements

If you are currently taking courses at a college, university, polytechnic institute, or institute of technology outside Canada, it’s important to review the general requirements for the degree program that you’re interested in, along with your major or specialization. In many cases, program-specific requirements will not be satisfied by courses from colleges and technical institutes. In such cases, UBC’s Okanagan campus may use your high school academics to meet program-specific requirements.

For more information, please view our program-specific requirements chart.

After you apply

After you submit your application, you will receive an email that lists the documents that you and your post-secondary institution need to submit.

Documents required for college/university transfer

  • Official transcripts sent directly to UBC from your post-secondary institution showing courses completed as well as a list of courses in progress
  • Final secondary school transcripts
  • Final official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended as soon as they become available
  • Course descriptions for the evaluation of transfer credit
  • If required, translation of course descriptions into English

Documents required for polytechnic institute and institute of technology transfer

  • Official transcripts from your institution
  • Final secondary school transcripts
  • If required, translation of course descriptions into English

Required documents must be mailed as soon as possible to UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions office. Please ensure your school sends your official transcript.

For additional assistance, connect with us for advising for prospective students.