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. 

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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Planning for UBC and what we look for

UBC receives thousands of applications every year. Understanding how we evaluate applications can help you choose your high school courses and improve your chances of admission. Our admission process is competitive and comparative.
Plan for UBC What we look for

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

STEPS Forward initiative

STEPS Forward’s BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (BC-IPSE) provides support for students with developmental disabilities to access post-secondary education.

If you are eligible, you may enrol in UBC courses for four years in a specific area of study. You’ll be part of the same classes as UBC students studying for their degrees, but complete modified exams and assignments. At the end of your studies, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion at convocation alongside students earning their Bachelor’s degree in the same field.

During your time at UBC, you’ll enjoy student life in the same clubs and social spaces as other undergraduates, and be supported in individualized ways to make decisions about what you want to explore on campus.

Learn more about STEPS Forward