IB, AP, and A-Levels: Course registration and first-year credit

IB, AP, and A-Levels: Course registration and first-year credit

UBC offers International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) credit and A-Level (British-patterned education) credit to new first-year students who are eligible. If you think you’re eligible for first-year credit based on your IB, AP, or A-Level courses and grades, you’ll need to follow these steps.

Step 1: Send us your scores

Arrange for your scores to be sent from the International Baccalaureate, College Board, or your Advanced Level Examination Board to UBC so we can evaluate your eligibility for first-year credit. For more information about which IB, AP, and A-Level courses are eligible for credit, and the minimum scores required, check out our online guide for first-year credit.

If you are waiting for credits to appear on your record, please be patient. You will likely see your credits start to appear on your Student Service Centre account from the final week of July until late August. To view your credits, log in to the Student Service Centre and click “Grades & Records,” followed by “Transfer Credit.”

Please don’t contact us if you don’t see all of your first-year credits applied all at once. We evaluate credits subject by subject, so you might see credit posted on different dates.

Step 2: Register for your new courses

Make sure that you’ve already registered for all your classes. If you have any questions or concerns about what courses you need to register for – for example, whether you should be registering in first- or second-year courses – please contact your faculty or academic advisor at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver for assistance.

Questions?

If you have questions about degree planning and course selection, an academic advisor from your faculty at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver will be happy to help.

Financial planning and student loans

Financial planning and student loans

Going to university is an investment in your future. The cost of tuition, books, residence fees or rent, food, monthly bills, clothing, and entertainment can add up quickly, so having a plan for financing your education is essential. To help you offset your costs, student loans and bursaries are two options you may want to consider.

Student loans

For Canadian citizens or permanent residents

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be eligible for a student loan if you’re studying at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. Student loans offer two big advantages. First, the government will pay the interest on your loan as long as you’re a full-time student at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. Second, you’re not required to begin repaying your loan until six months after you graduate (or you cease to become a full-time student). If you’re a BC student, apply for a loan online through StudentAidBC. If you’re coming from another province or territory, apply through your provincial or territorial lender.

For US citizens or dual US-Canadian citizens

If you’re a US citizen, or a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, you’re eligible to apply for a Direct Loan (Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and/or Direct PLUS Loan). It can take a while for loan applications to be processed, so we recommend applying at least six weeks before the term starts to ensure funding is available in time.

Bursaries

If you’re a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or refugee, and you have unmet financial need even after receiving a student loan, you may be eligible for a UBC bursary from UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. If you’re interested in a bursary, we recommend submitting a student loan application by July 31 to ensure that your student loan is confirmed by the bursary application deadline of September 15.

Questions?

If you have questions about financial planning or financial aid opportunities, UBC can help:

UBC Okanagan: Contact Student Services and Financial Support at sis.ubco@ubc.ca or +1.250.807.9100

UBC Vancouver: Contact your Enrolment Services Advisor.

Register now for Academic Essentials

Register now for Academic Essentials

If you’ve accepted your offer to UBC Vancouver, you can start developing the skills you’ll need to succeed in your first term by taking part in Academic Essentials. These free online courses cover content relevant to your first year, and will help you develop strategies and techniques to successfully transition to university learning – all at your own pace.

Why Academic Essentials?

The Academic Essentials courses are designed to make sure you have a strong grasp of fundamental concepts, and the academic skills and mindset to succeed in a university setting, all so that you can hit the ground running in September.

All of the courses are offered for free and none of them are for credit (so they won’t appear on your transcript). As part of the curriculum, you’ll be able to access a library of online materials to study on your own time. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with your course facilitators, who are all current UBC students and who will be happy to share their own academic experiences with you.

All Academic Essentials courses run from July 4 to August 11, 2022.

What you’ll learn

Academic Essentials courses are self-paced and self-directed, with new content released every week. For each course, you’ll enjoy two-to-three hours of engagement with the material each week, and take part in assignments to help you get the most out of the content. You can register for as many courses as you like. Choose from:

Academic Essentials: Reading and Writing at University

  • Learn strategies for active listening and critical reading for your UBC classes.
  • Become familiar with the UBC library system and the structures of academic articles.
  • Begin to develop your own writing voice, and explore different areas of research.
  • Interact with course facilitators through discussions and short writing exercises.

Academic Essentials: Readiness for University Mathematics

  • Discover the habits and strategies you’ll need to be successful in your math classes at UBC.
  • Learn how to approach and solve new problems, and when to ask for help.
  • Practice fundamentals like algebra, functions, graphs, and geometry.
  • Self-assess the prerequisite skills and concepts needed for UBC calculus classes.

Academic Essentials: Live Well to Learn Well

  • Get tips on how to transition from high school to university.
  • Develop a personalized action plan to excel in your time at UBC.
  • Develop study strategies and self-assessment skills that will ensure success in your studies.
  • Find out how to access academic and wellness resources in an online setting.

How to register

Click the links below to enrol in the courses of your choice. You can choose from one, two, or all three courses, and you’ll need to register for each individually. You’ll need your CWL from your UBC application to sign up.

Register for Reading and Writing at University

Register for Readiness for University Mathematics

Register for Live Well to Learn Well

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver

If you’re entering first year at UBC Vancouver and coming directly from high school, you’ll want to register for Jump Start at UBC Vancouver. This five-day program is designed to give you a first look at university life, let you meet your professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends!

What to expect

You’ll join a learning community of 25–35 students, led by an upper-year UBC student leader and a faculty fellow. Together, you’ll participate in a full range of activities during the program, from discovering the university learning environment and the classroom setting to fun events such as trivia nights, photo challenges, games, exercise, sports and dance tutorials, and art activities.

Residence stream

If you’re planning to live in student housing on campus (known at UBC as “residence”) in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to move in early, get to know campus, and meet new friends in-person. You will enjoy scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace. Move-in for the Jump Start’s residence stream takes place on August 27. The five-day program runs from August 29 to September 2. Students traveling to Canada are expected to arrive in time to complete any applicable Canadian quarantine requirements on or before August 27.

Commuter stream

If you’re planning to live off campus and will be commuting to UBC in your first year, Jump Start gives you the opportunity to practice your route to classes, get to know your new campus and your Collegium, and meet your first friends in person. The five-day program will include scheduled group events with your classmates, as well as sessions and offerings you can take part in at your own pace. Jump Start’s commuter stream begins on August 29 and finishes on September 2.

COVID safety

All Jump Start programming will follow BC Provincial Health Guidelines. Learn more about UBC’s response to COVID-19.

Register now

Registration is now open! Visit the Jump Start Vancouver webpage to complete the registration form, pay the program fee, and save your spot.
Jump Start registration will close on July 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

What students are saying

“I would definitely recommend Jump Start because it helped me become very familiar with the campus and overall environment at UBC. I also had the opportunity to meet professors and that was very helpful with my transition from high school to university as I got to hear about their expectations and how to thrive in their courses.”
– Khadija Daya

“I met a lot of great people in Jump Start whom I am still hanging out with. We mostly have classes together too so we helped each other in transitioning during the first week of class. Best decision I’ve ever made!”
– Martina Francisco

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

Register now for Jump Start at UBC Okanagan

If you’re entering first year at UBC Okanagan and coming directly from high school, Jump Start at UBC Okanagan is for you! This five-day orientation will let you take care of the essentials before your first day, let you meet your UBC Okanagan professors and academic community, and help you make your first friends.

What to expect

You’ll take part in Jump Start’s commuter stream or residence stream, depending on whether you’re living on or off campus in your first term. Each stream is a tailored way to make friends before the first day of term through fun social activities in small groups of around 30. You’ll join us on campus during the day for fun programming, and optionally in the evenings for a variety of social events.

Whichever stream is right for you, you’ll enjoy academic success workshops designed to welcome you to your program, as well as the chance to connect with faculty members, staff, and upper-year students who are available to help you throughout your time at UBC. You’ll find out what it’s like to learn in a university environment, and can take part in sessions hosted by UBC Okanagan instructors to show you the campus’s resources and services. By getting the fundamentals out of the way, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters on your first day.

Jump Start dates

Residence stream

Move-in for the residence stream takes place on August 27 and 28. The five-day program runs from August 29 to September 2. Students traveling to Canada are expected to arrive in time to complete any applicable federal quarantine requirements on or before August 27.

Commuter stream

Jump Start’s commuter stream begins on August 29 and finishes on September 2. Commuter students should plan to arrive in the Okanagan region before Jump Start begins.

Register now

Registration is now open! Visit the Jump Start Okanagan webpage to complete the registration form, pay your fees, and save your spot. Registration will close on July 28 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

What students are saying

“It was a great way to meet new people. I consider myself a shy person, and Jump Start made me step out of my comfort zone and experience new things which ultimately made me feel more prepared for university!”
– Ali Zaidi

“It was a very fun, welcoming, and supportive environment. At no point did I feel lonely or lost, despite just having moved to a different continent. Our orientation leaders were very understanding and helpful, and their advice about university life made the transition less daunting. I am still in touch with them, and I still feel comfortable asking them for help around campus.”
– Sanaa Shaikh

Programs spotlight: Education

Programs spotlight: Education

Do you believe education should put students and the quality of their learning first? Do you enjoy sharing knowledge with others and helping people find and develop their innate talent? Consider one of UBC’s seven Bachelor of Education degrees for an internationally recognized learning experience that will launch your career as an educator in Canada and beyond.

Explore your program options

Elementary, Middle, or Secondary School

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle, or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. Choose between Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents at UBC Okanagan, or Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary at UBC Vancouver. Students in all programs will complete school-based practicums and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practising educators, and community partners, and have the opportunity to participate in place-based learning opportunities.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, the West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP) could be for you. Based in the WKTEP Learning Centre in Nelson, BC, and in the surrounding communities, this 11-month post-degree program offers an opportunity to develop the professional qualities and practices necessary to teach in today’s complex learning environments. With a strong focus on community, collaboration, and innovation, you’ll graduate prepared to teach in an elementary, middle, or secondary school setting.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program

Build upon your Indigenous identity and cultural heritage while learning how to be an effective educator in public, band, and independent schools in BC. In the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), you’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators and complete a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a student at UBC Vancouver, you’ll have access to the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.

International Baccalaureate

Join a community of students focused on international education in Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program. You’ll learn key concepts and transdisciplinary themes through enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration, and thinking about real-world issues. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the educational practices and underpinnings of IB, and will be eligible for the Level 1 IB Educator credential.

 


See a full list of education programs at UBC


 

 

All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission and registered for courses, there are many different ways to pay your tuition, student fees, and residence and meal plan fees. The payment options available will depend on the specific type of fee you’re paying, which campus you’re attending, and where you are in the world.

If you’re a Canadian student or paying from a Canadian account

Here are just a few of the ways you can pay your tuition and fees:

  • Online or telephone banking bill payment from any Canadian financial institution
  • Interac® Online from Canadian accounts at select financial institutions
  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from any Canadian financial institution
  • Payment at any Canadian HSBC branch (you do not have to be an HSBC customer)
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • In person by cheque or debit at the Student Records and Financial Services office at UNC 214 (UBC Okanagan students only)

You also have the option of:

If you’re an international student or paying from an international account

You can pay your fees in a number of ways. Here are a few options:

  • International funds transfer (IFT) with Western Union Business Solutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any Canadian HSBC branch

Did you know?

If you’re an international student, UBC’s international funds transfer option with Western Union Business Solutions lets you pay in your home currency, secure a competitive exchange rate for up to 72 hours, and avoid additional transaction fees – no Canadian bank account required.

Step-by-step instructions

For a full list of payment options and to get step-by-step instructions for your payment method(s) of choice, check out the links below. Please note that tuition fees and residence fees are paid to different departments at UBC.

 UBC Okanagan:

UBC Vancouver:

Questions?

If you have questions about paying fees, we’re here to help!

Ready for UBC 101?

Ready for UBC 101?

Once you’ve been admitted to UBC Okanagan, it’s time to start getting to know your new home. UBC 101 is a series of online modules that will help you learn more about your campus, and take care of the basics before classes start.

What is UBC 101?

From textbooks to housing, medical insurance to degree planning, UBC 101 will set you up with the knowledge to help you succeed when you arrive on campus. This online program will:

  • Introduce you to the history, traditions, and culture of UBC Okanagan.
  • Guide you through your academic transition to university.
  • Introduce you to on-campus support services.
  • Teach you how to register for your first-year courses.

There are two UBC 101 streams:

  • The Indigenous student stream for students who self-identified as Indigenous when they applied to UBC. As an Indigenous student in this stream, your learning will be supported by the Indigenous Programs and Services Office and Indigenous peer mentor team.
  • The general student stream for all other students. In this stream, your learning will be led by an upper-year UBC Okanagan student who can answer your questions and help you take care of the essentials before classes start.

When is UBC 101?

UBC 101 starts in mid-May and runs until mid-August, but it’s a relatively small time commitment with a big pay-off:

  • The Indigenous student stream is self-paced, takes about 2 hours, and can be completed anytime between mid-May and mid-August.
  • The general student stream modules will be released every week between mid-May and mid-August. Completing the modules will take about 1 hour each week.

How to access UBC 101

All new-to-UBC Okanagan students, except Bachelor of Education students, are eligible to take part in UBC 101. You’ll be automatically enrolled in the Indigenous student stream or general student stream in mid-May.

You can access UBC 101 anytime by clicking the link to the orientation on your Canvas dashboard. That’s also where you’ll find any updates or news about the UBC 101 material.