Applying to UBC

As one of the world’s top 40 universities, UBC has competitive admission requirements and attracts elite students from around the globe. Your journey to UBC begins with your online application, and we’re here to provide you with the information, deadlines, and tips to help you put your best foot forward. 

Application process

How to apply

If you’re a Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary, or international post-secondary applicant, you’ll need to choose your degree and campus, and find your admission requirements. Follow these four simple steps to get your UBC application started.

After you’ve applied

You’ve completed your application and now you’re ready to submit your supporting documents, apply for housing, and plan your finances. If you haven’t visited campus, now is a great time to get a taste of university life.

After you’ve been admitted

It’s time to accept your offer and get ready for your future as a university student. There’s a lot of preparation to do – getting study permits, financial planning, finding a place to live – and we’ve mapped it out for you in eight easy steps.

admission requirements

Your admission requirements

Admission to UBC is competitive, and your requirements change depending on your degree and campus of choice. All applicants must meet UBC’s general admission requirements and English Language Admission Standard.

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English language competency

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. Before you’re admitted, you must demonstrate a minimum level of English. There are nine different ways to meet this requirement, such as completing three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada. If you haven’t yet met the requirement, you may be interested in one of our academic English development programs.

UBC Admissions Blog

UBC’s dedicated admissions and financial advisors write about admission requirements, financial matters, the application, events and visits, and everything in between. Plus, they’re here to answer your specific admissions-related questions.

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Tour UBC online with us

Take an online tour with our student ambassadors, and discover if UBC is the right university for you.

UBC’s online application tips

Remove the stress from the application equation by reading our helpful tips and watching our Applying to UBC video series. You’ll find out what makes a strong personal profile, how to be considered for major scholarships, and pick up more useful information that will help you while choosing your program and campus, and submitting your application.



Important dates and deadlines

As a UBC applicant, you have a number of crucial deadlines to meet. Find out when to apply, how you can be considered for scholarships and awards, and learn about many other important dates along the way.

Visiting, unclassified, and Access Studies

Visiting, unclassified, and Access Studies students are part of Non-Degree Studies, which is for students taking UBC courses without pursuing a UBC degree. Non-Degree Studies is an option for you if:

  • You have already completed a degree
  • You are completing an undergraduate degree at another institution
  • You want to take courses through distance education outside of a degree program
  • You want to take a course for professional upgrading
  • You want to take courses for general interest outside of a degree program

Non-Degree Studies on UBC’s Okanagan campus
Non-Degree Studies on UBC’s Vancouver campus

UBC campus transfer

Transfer to the Okanagan campus

Some degrees on UBC’s Vancouver campus are eligible for transfer to the Okanagan campus. You must meet the general transfer requirements and degree-specific transfer requirements, and apply as a campus transfer student.

Transfer to the Vancouver campus

Some degrees on UBC’s Okanagan campus are eligible for transfer to the Vancouver campus. You must meet the general transfer requirements and degree-specific transfer requirements, and apply as a campus transfer student.