International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

If you’re an international student who is already attending high school in Canada on a study permit, this permit does not allow you to study at the university level. You will need to obtain a post-secondary study permit before starting your first term at UBC.

How do I apply?

If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you can apply for an extension/change of conditions. If you’re outside Canada, you must apply for a new study permit.

When do I apply?

You should apply for a post-secondary study permit as soon as you’re admitted to UBC.

What if I still have questions?

More guidance on study permit requirements can be found in UBC’s International Student Guide.

International students: Remember to apply for a study permit

International students: Remember to apply for a study permit

Unless you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you’ll need to obtain a study permit before you start classes at UBC and ensure it remains valid for the duration of your studies. Study permits are issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

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

When do I apply?

You should apply for a study permit as soon as you’re admitted to UBC. Applications can take several months to process, particularly if you’re from a country with additional visa requirements. If you’re a U.S. student, see below.

What documentation will I need?

When you apply for a study permit, IRCC may require you to provide the following:

  • Your letter of admission from UBC
  • Proof of funds adequate to support you for your first year of study in Canada
  • Your passport
  • Photo(s) that meet IRCC specifications
  • Your completed application forms

How do I apply?

  • Online: If you meet certain conditions, you may be able to apply for your permit online.
  • By mail: If you are unable to apply online, you must complete a paper application. Your first step should be to visit the website of the Canadian visa application centre for your country. Check which documents are required, determine if you need a temporary resident visa and/or medical examination, and confirm how to mail your application and pay the application fee.

What if I’m a U.S. student?

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

  • Online: Use the online application process.
  • By mail: Mail your paper application to the Canadian visa application centre for your country. If you are in the United States, apply through the visa application centre in Los Angeles.
  • On arrival: Apply on arrival at a major immigration entry point in Canada. Come with your documentation ready and be prepared to spend an hour or two completing the process. If you’re under 17 years of age, you’ll require custodianship. If you’re between 17 and 19 years of age, the immigration officer will decide whether you need a custodian. Custodianship is generally not required at the port of entry if you’re travelling with your parents.

What if I’m already studying in Canada?

If you’re an international student who is already attending high school in Canada on a study permit, this permit does not allow you to study at the university level. You should apply for an extension/change of conditions as soon as you’re admitted to UBC.

What if I still have questions?

More guidance on study permit requirements can be found in UBC’s International Student Guide.

International applicants: Supporting documents due by March 15

International applicants: Supporting documents due by March 15

Transcript and/or grade information

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

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.

English language competency

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on the Student Service Centre to see whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency. The deadline for submitting evidence is also March 15.

Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, and Saskatchewan: Upload your documents to UBC

If you are a student in Alberta, Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, here are a few tips on uploading your documents to UBC. If you attend a school outside these regions, read these document upload tips.

When do I upload my documents?

If you attend a school in Alberta, you can upload your documents between February 19 and March 1.

If you attend a school in Manitoba, the Maritimes, or Saskatchewan, your document upload will take place between February 19 and March 8.

If you are completing an IB diploma at a school in these regions, you do not need to upload your documents. We will receive your anticipated IB grades directly from your IB Coordinator.

Which documents do I upload?

If you attend a semester school…

If you attend a semester school (courses are taken from September to January, and February to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for your Grade 11 courses and final grades for your first-semester Grade 12 courses. If you are studying in Alberta, please include provincial exam results if available.
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

If you attend a linear school…

If you attend a linear school (courses are taken from September to June), you will need to upload:

  • a transcript/report card including final grades for Grade 11 courses and in-progress (interim) grades for all Grade 12 courses you are currently taking
  • a list of in-progress courses as a separate document (this list can be written by hand as long as it is legible)

If your transcript does not contain any item listed above, you will need to wait until you have this information before you upload your documents.

Document format and size

  • Your documents must be uploaded in PDF, TIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Multiple pages need to be collapsed into a single document. For example: If your transcript exceeds one page, you need to collapse the pages into a single PDF, TIFF, or JPEG and upload it through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Please do not mail in a paper copy of your transcripts/report card. Doing so can slow down the review of your application. If you have any questions, please email grades.canada@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.

 

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

AB, MB, SK, and Maritime Provinces: Tips on uploading your documents to UBC

If you’re a high school applicant from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or the Maritime provinces, you’ll be asked to upload a transcript of your grades and courses to the Student Services Centre (SSC) after you submit your online application. In this post, we’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare your documents before uploading them.

You can find detailed information on how to submit your documents on our website, and you will receive an email from us when it’s time for you to upload your documents, as well as instructions for how to do this.

You will need:

  • Your most recent high school report card.
  • All grades for completed Grade 11 and 12 courses.
  • A list of courses in progress (with or without interim grades).

Document format and size

  • Your transcript or report card must be uploaded in PDFTIFF, or JPEG format, and must not exceed 2 MB.
  • Your list of courses in progress does not have to be an official document (this can be a list that you have typed up yourself).

Please do not also mail in a paper copy of your transcript/report card at this time. Doing so can slow down the review of your application.

If you have any questions, please email admissions.inquiry@ubc.ca. Please include your full name and UBC student number.