International applicants: supporting documents due by March 15

International applicants: supporting documents due by March 15

If you’re an international applicant, the deadline to submit your supporting documents is March 15.

As part of UBC’s admission process, you are required to submit your transcript and/or grade information. Although you have completed an online application, we may still require documents from you to assess your application.

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.

Deadline for submitting evidence of your English-language proficiency: March 15

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on your Student Service Centre to double check whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency – the deadline for this is also March 15. Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

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, 2016. 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 $40,000 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 scholarship totals up to $40,000 CAD, payable at up to $10,000 CAD per year for four years.

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, 2017 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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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 on our Vancouver campus for US Thanksgiving 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

• 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

Events will take place November 25 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. Registering is easy: log in to your account, and then click on My 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 26, so that you can learn more about UBC’s programs:

Specialty Programs Day

Engineering Open House

UBC Sauder School of Business Fall Preview

Land and Food Systems Fall Preview Day

For more information about any of the events, please visit the links above.

Interested in visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26. To register, log in to your account,  and then click on Campus Tours.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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 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: December 1, 2016

Nomination packages must be postmarked by December 1, 2016. Nominees must also complete the UBC online application by December 1, 2016, and meet the UBC English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2017.

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

 

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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 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 My 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!

International students: how to apply for your study permit

International students: how to apply for your study permit

If you’re an international student (not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada), you will need a study permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for the duration of your studies in Canada.

Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a temporary resident visa and/or a medical examination.

When can I apply?

You should apply for a study permit as soon as you are admitted to UBC.  (Some US students may elect to await their arrival in Canada – see below.)  Applications can take up to three months to process, particularly from countries which have additional visa requirements. You should therefore apply as soon as you have all your documentation ready.

What documentation will I need?

To get a permit, you’ll need:

  • your admission letter from UBC;
  • your passport;
  • proof of funds adequate to support you in Canada;
  • completed application forms;
  • two photographs (meeting photo specifications);
  • any additional documents that may be required of you.

How do I apply?

US citizens: application online, by mail, or on arrival

If you’re a US citizen or permanent resident, you have several options for applying for a study permit.

  • Online: use the online application process.
  • By mail: as above, mail your paper application to the Canadian visa office for your country. If you are in the US, apply through the visa office in Los Angeles.
  • On arrival: you can apply on arrival at a major immigration entry point in Canada. Students under 17 years will require custodianship (check “Under 19” on the FYI blog), but if you’re between 17 and 19, the immigration officer will decide whether you need a custodian. Custodianship is generally not required at the port of entry from US students travelling with parents. Be sure to have all your documentation ready. You should also be prepared to spend an hour or two in completing the process.

Extending high school study permits

If you’re currently studying as an international student in high school in Canada, you must apply to extend your permit for university study as soon as you receive a letter of acceptance from UBC. For details, visit the CIC website on extending your stay.

Further information

More guidance on immigration requirements can be found at UBC’s international student website.

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.