Preparing for the Personal Profile

Preparing for the Personal Profile

Many of you have started working on your online application to UBC – fantastic! It’s good to start early so that you have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section of the application.

The Personal Profile asks you four to seven questions about challenges you have overcome, significant achievements in your life, your academic pursuits, and what you have learned from these experiences. The questions are based on the degree to which you have applied, so starting your application will allow you access to your specific questions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two different UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile against four criteria: engagement and accomplishment; leadership; substance; and voice. Read more about how UBC evaluates your profile.

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have separate supplemental applications, portfolios, and auditions. To find out if your degree requires a Personal Profile, start the online application and follow the instructions.

If you have not started working on your application, we encourage you to start as soon as possible to make sure you have everything you need to submit your application on time.

Do you need to record a video interview?

If you are applying to the UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce degree, you will also be asked to provide video responses to pre-recorded interview questions. Read our detailed tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

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!

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.

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.

What are the requirements for admission to UBC?

What are the requirements for admission to UBC?

UBC receives more than 30,000 undergraduate applications from across Canada and from around the world. We receive applications from students applying directly from high school, transferring from post-secondary studies, and following diverse educational curricula. For some applicants, English may be your first language, and for others, English may be your second, third, or fourth language.

So, when you ask, “What are the requirements for admission to UBC?” UBC advisors will always answer your question with questions of their own:

  1. Do you meet UBC’s English language requirement?
  2. Do you meet UBC’s general admission requirements (for Canadian students and for international students) based on the high school or post-secondary institution at which you are studying (or have studied)?
  3. Do you know what you’re interested in studying at UBC? You don’t yet need to know what you want to “major” in or have chosen a program, but knowing the degree you’d like to earn (Bachelor of Arts? Bachelor of Media Studies?) will guide you through the degree-specific requirements that vary according to your academic background.
  4. Does your program require you to prepare a Personal Profile or submit a supplemental application? UBC uses broad-based admissions for all high school applicants and for some transfer applicants. Broad-based admissions means that we evaluate your academic profile and Personal Profile to make an admission decision. Some programs will require a supplemental application, portfolio, or audition.

If you are selecting a first-choice and a second-choice program on your UBC application, you will need to meet the program-/campus-specific requirements for each of your choices. You don’t have to indicate a second choice if you don’t have one or if you don’t meet the requirements for a choice other than your first choice, but it is a good idea to keep your options open. And remember, some degrees and programs are offered on both our Okanagan campus and Vancouver campus, so you can indicate one degree on one campus as your first choice, and the same degree on the other campus as your second choice.

Which UBC admission requirements apply to you?

No matter where you’re from, which degree you want to study, or your proficiency in English, find out which UBC admission requirements apply to you.

If you have questions, contact us (and we’ll have some questions of our own for you!).

 

The UBC online application is now open

The UBC online application is now open

The summer days are dwindling into fall, and it’s time to shift your attention back to academics. If your sights are set on a future at UBC, you’ll want to begin preparing your online application.

The UBC online application for 2018/19 is now open, and the deadline is January 15, 2018. Admission to UBC is not evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis; however, if you’d like to be considered for a Major Entrance Scholarship, you must submit your online application by December 1, 2017.

Before you begin, take some time to read our online application tips and review our four easy steps on how to apply. Plus, read our pointers and watch our video on how to put forth a strong Personal Profile.

There’s lots for you to discover while you decide whether UBC is the right place for you – programs, campus tours, student stories, and much more. Check out the below video to get a peek at what you could be a part of as a student at UBC.

Online application deadline extended

Online application deadline extended

Have you been stressing about completing your UBC online application? We’ve got some good news: we’ve extended the deadline to January 16, 2017, at 5:00 pm (PST).

Completing your application