Apply for a UBC entrance scholarship

Apply for a UBC entrance scholarship

Presidential Scholars Award

UBC is looking for the most accomplished and promising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to join our community. If you have begun – but not completed – your UBC application, please do so by December 1, 2018. If you apply by this date, you will be eligible for UBC’s Presidential Scholars Award (formerly the Major Entrance Scholarship), including a one-time award of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $80,000 payable over four years.

All high school and CEGEP applicants will be evaluated for the Presidential Scholars Award based on the Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of their online application.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

Each year, International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are offered 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 the scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

No separate application is required – admission records and Personal Profiles are reviewed after admission to UBC to determine IMES eligibility and competitiveness. Apply for admission by January 15, 2019 to be considered for the IMES. Learn more about International Major Entrance Scholarships.

Meet a UBC Scholarship recipient

Hear from scholarship-recipient Logan Graham about the qualities common to Presidential Scholars Awards winners, and how the scholarship helped him fulfill his academic dreams.




Early application deadline for post-secondary transfer students

Early application deadline for post-secondary transfer students

If you are a Canadian post-secondary student hoping to transfer to UBC next year, recent changes to the deadline and application process may affect you. Read on to learn more.

New application deadline and process

UBC has introduced a new early application deadline for applicants transferring from a Canadian post-secondary institution. If you apply by December 1, 2018, and submit your interim official post-secondary transcripts (and other required documents) by January 15, 2019, you will be considered for early admission based on your interim transcripts. If there are specific deadlines associated with your degree of choice, you will be notified once you have submitted your application.

What happens if you miss the December 1 deadline?

If you apply between December 2, 2018 and January 15, 2019, you may not receive a final admission decision until you submit final official post-secondary transcripts and other required documents by the May 15, 2019 deadline. You will be evaluated on these final transcripts and will be notified in June whether you have been accepted.

What if you don’t receive a first-round offer of admission?

If your application isn’t accepted based on interim post-secondary grades, there is no need to reapply. Your application will remain in our system and you will be asked to submit final transcripts by May 15, 2019 for an evaluation in June.

Remember, applying early doesn’t increase your chances of gaining admission, but it does mean your application will be evaluated earlier and you’ll receive a decision sooner – between February and mid-April.

Learn more about application deadlines for post-secondary students, or contact us to ask your questions. Good luck!

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2018

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2018

If you are a prospective student currently studying in the United States, please join us for US Thanksgiving at UBC’s Vancouver campus to get a taste of what you can look forward to as an undergraduate student.

During this day of activities, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will tell you about what the university has to offer and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Event highlights

  • Campus tour led by current UBC undergraduate students
  • Lunch with UBC students, staff, and advisors who can answer questions about student life and the programs you are interested in
  • A student panel with current undergraduate students who can provide you with the “real life” student perspective of UBC

Date and registration

The events will take place Friday, November 23 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. If you are interested in registering, please contact us at

Optional add-on events

If you’ll be staying in Vancouver for the weekend, there are a number of events taking place on Saturday, November 24, so you can learn more about UBC’s programs:

Interested in visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24. To register, log in to your account and click on Register for a Campus Tour.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Planning your finances

Planning your finances

If you don’t have a financial plan for your first year of university, now is a good time to start thinking about money management. There are a lot of factors to consider, and you might be surprised at just how quickly your expenses add up.

Costs to consider

As a university student, you’ll be responsible for paying tuition and student fees. If you’re applying for on-campus housing, you’ll also need to include residence fees in your budget and factor in a meal plan on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. If you plan to live off campus in the Okanagan or Vancouver, you’ll want to set aside money for rent, utilities, and groceries. And don’t forget to budget for clothing, entertainment, and your monthly cell phone bill!

Need help?

Use UBC’s online cost calculator and budget-planning worksheet to get a better sense of your financial situation.

If you still have questions, you can always contact Student Services on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. They’ll be more than happy to sit down and help you create a realistic budget for the year.

International Scholars Awards application deadline

International Scholars Awards application deadline

Each year, UBC offers need- and merit-based awards to international students through our International Scholars Program. These students enrich our community with their distinct perspectives, committed involvement, and global initiatives. If you are an international student interested in learning more about becoming an International Scholar, read on!

What awards are available?

Two prestigious awards are offered through UBC’s International Scholars Program: the International Leader of Tomorrow Award and the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award. Each year, the awards are given to recognize exceptional international students entering undergraduate studies at UBC.

The International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement and leadership skills, combined with involvement in student affairs and community service as well as recognized achievement in other areas.

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.

Who can qualify for the awards?

Both awards are need- and merit-based and are specifically for students who would not be able to attend UBC without significant financial assistance. As part of the application, you will be required to complete a full financial declaration in order to determine eligibility. Students can only be nominated for one of the International Scholars Program awards. Once you are nominated, you will not be considered for any other UBC award.

When and how can you apply?

Applications for both awards are now open.

Your award nomination package must be postmarked by December 1, 2018. Nominees must also complete the UBC online application by December 1, 2018, and meet the UBC English Language Admission Standard by January 31, 2019. We strongly encourage you to submit your application for admission to UBC early, prior to the December deadline. This will ensure you have an admission decision in time for award nomination consideration.

Visit the International Scholars website for complete information about eligibility and to download the nomination forms.


Preparing for your Personal Profile

Preparing for your Personal Profile

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

The Personal Profile asks you six or 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 differ based on the degree program you are applying for, so starting your application will give you access to your specific questions.


Does everyone have to submit a Personal 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 process and follow the instructions.

How do we assess your profile?

When we evaluate your application, two trained UBC readers will assess your Personal Profile against four criteria: engagement and accomplishment, leadership, substance, and voice. This is a chance for us to learn more about you and your experiences, beyond academics. We want to hear about your life and accomplishments – what have you learned, and how have these experiences allowed you to grow? We are not looking for a particular experience, and there are no right or wrong answers. Focus on what you want to say about yourself and how you want to say it – not on what you think we want to hear.

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 be asked to provide video responses to interview questions in addition to a Personal Profile. You will be prompted to create your video responses within your application, including detailed instructions on how to include the video interview in the Personal Profile section of your application. Read our detailed tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

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

Good luck! We’re looking forward to learning more about you.


Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Programs spotlight: Earth, environment, and sustainability

Whether you dream of unearthing ancient artifacts at archaeological sites across the world, or your aspirations lie closer to home in the vast forests of the Canadian wilderness, there’s a program for you at UBC. Join a community of like-minded students who are passionately exploring human interaction with the natural world.

Explore your program options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Are you fascinated by Earth’s deep history, and how the nature and properties of Earth’s systems combine to create the planet we see and study today? In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll gain skills in experimentation, data collection, communication, and more as you learn how to apply scientific knowledge to benefit society and the environment.

The student scoop

Meet Jenna, an Earth and Environmental Studies student who has travelled the world conducting research and gaining expertise in watershed management and renewable energy.


Dive into the origins of the world’s great civilizations in the Department of Anthropology on UBC’s Vancouver campus. As a student of Archaeology, you’ll explore the emergence of humankind and the beginning of state societies in regions across the world, including right here in Canada. Along the way, you’ll gain practical skills in current archaeological methods and theory, and the practice of archeological research.

Human Geography

Explore the cultural, physical, and social circumstances that make up our world in the Human Geography program on UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll delve into the relationships between nature and society, place and human identity, and economies and people – studying across disciplines as you research important questions about historical and contemporary events.

The student scoop

Sara Amadi, UBC alumni

Meet Sara, a UBC alumna whose quest to fight climate change started as an undergraduate in UBC’s Global Resource Systems program.

Natural Resources Conservation

Do you dream of protecting the world’s wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land from the effects of climate change and other environmental issues? In the Natural Resources Conservation program on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll take courses in English, math and science – plus wildlife, remote sensing, fisheries management, and more. You’ll participate in hands-on lab and field work in Canada and overseas, preparing for a career focused on shaping the future of our environment and planet.



International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

Are you an international student interested in learning more about UBC, but don’t know where to start? Come join us for an interactive online info session! Our online events will give you the chance to ask questions and soak up crucial information about the application process – from the comfort of your own home.

What to expect

Each of our online info sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with current students, advisors, UBC experts, and professors, who will be on-hand to answer your questions in real-time. You’ll be able to watch a live video presentation and meet other international students who are applying to UBC. Current students will offer candid advice about their application experience, so you know what to expect.

Take a virtual tour

If you can’t make it to an online info session, you can still check out our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses from anywhere in the world. Take a virtual tour led by current UBC students who will walk you through key locations, giving you a feel for daily life at UBC.

Upcoming sessions

We have plenty of online info sessions coming up to help you prepare for your application to UBC. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.