Scholarships and awards for international students

UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $21 million annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students.

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International Scholars since 2001

Joining UBC’s community of award winners

When you receive an award or scholarship, you join a community of engaged and supportive young leaders who enrich UBC with their diverse perspectives, involvement, and innovation.

While studying at a global top 40 university, and North America’s most international university, you’ll have the chance to grow, connect, research, and innovate.

UBC offers a wide range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom – from co-ops and undergraduate research to clubs and study abroad – to round out your degree and help you contribute to the university’s thriving community.

Merit-based awards

As soon as you receive an offer of admission to UBC, you’ll automatically be considered for these merit-based awards. Consideration is based on your demonstrated academic achievement and your extracurricular involvement.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are awarded to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. Students receive their IMES when they enter their first year at UBC, and the scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

Eligibility

To be considered for the IMES, you must:

  • be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or post-secondary (university or college)
  • be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your IMES eligibility.)
  • demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and intellectual promise, as well as impressive extracurricular and community involvement
  • apply to UBC by January 15

How to apply

If you apply to UBC by January 15, you will be automatically considered for the IMES.

Scholarship status

You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. We’ll start making scholarship decisions in February 2018.

Outstanding International Student Award

The Outstanding International Student (OIS) Award is a one-time, merit-based entrance scholarship awarded to qualified students when they are offered admission to UBC. Students selected for this award show strength academically and display involvement outside of the classroom. 

Eligibility

To be considered for an OIS Award, you must:

  • be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or post-secondary (university or college)
  • be an international student studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your scholarship eligibility.)
  • demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and strong extracurricular involvement
  • apply to UBC by January 15

How to apply

If you apply to UBC by January 15, you will be automatically considered for the OIS Award.

Scholarship status

You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. We’ll start making scholarship decisions in February 2018.

UBC Story: Angela Sunario

Finding your university path

Jakarta, Indonesia | Microbiology and Immunology | Bachelor + Master of Management

Outstanding International Student Award-winner Angela Sunario was drawn to UBC because of its vast opportunities. When she got here, she was quick to get involved, push her limits, and find meaningful work that tied into her studies.

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International Scholars Program

This program brings some of the world’s brightest young undergraduates to UBC. International Scholars earn a globally recognized degree and study with classmates who become part of their vast alumni network.logo

International Leader of Tomorrow Award

The International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, as well as recognized achievement in areas such as performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.

Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award

The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance.

Meet UBC's international scholars

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Carolina Sanchez

Mexico City, Mexico

This International Leader of Tomorrow Award-winning biology student found that making the most of her degree was the best path to success and happiness at UBC. She describes her experiences travelling the world, applying classroom learning to real-life issues through undergraduate research, and getting involved with UBC clubs.

Read more about Carolina >>

Malaika Kapur

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

As an International Leader of Tomorrow Award-winner, Malaika is a shining example of what it looks like to seize opportunities at UBC to give back to your local community. She talks about what drew her to Canada, and how her Tanzania Heart Babies Project improves the lives of children in her home country.

Read more about Malaika >>

Milind Pandit

Dehradun, India

International Leader of Tomorrow Award-winner and University of Cambridge PhD candidate Milind credits the countless opportunities at UBC for his ability to go above and beyond his classroom curriculum. He talks about his research experiences and how UBC prepped him for grad studies at Cambridge.

Read more about Milind >>

UBC alumnus Daniel Mundeva explains how the International Scholars program helped him achieve his goals

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC provides academically talented yet economically disadvantaged young people from Sub-Saharan Africa with access to quality, relevant university education at UBC. This 10-year global initiative is helping educate and develop the next generation of leaders contributing to social and economic progress in their home regions.

UBC Vantage One scholarships and awards

UBC’s Vantage One program is for academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the requirements for direct admission into UBC.

If you are a new UBC Vantage One student, you’re eligible for UBC Vantage One awards. These scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, intellectual promise, and extracurricular or community involvement. Some of the scholarships also consider financial need. UBC Vantage One awards include:

  • International Major Entrance Scholarship for Vantage One
  • Vantage One Entrance Award
  • Vantage One Excellence Award

Timelines, application processes, and eligibility criteria vary for the different UBC Vantage One awards.

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Plan your finances

University is a significant financial investment that will pay returns for the rest of your life.

To get a full picture of what your first year at UBC will cost – including tuition and books, meals and living costs, transportation expenses, and more – enter your details into the UBC cost calculator. You can try as many different calculations as you’d like to help get a breakdown of your first-year costs.

Scholarships and awards for current international students

UBC continues to support international students through a variety of in-program scholarships and awards. Scholarship and award amounts will vary, as will their renewability.