International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

If you’re an international student coming from a Canadian high school, you must apply for a post-secondary study permit before coming to UBC, even if your secondary school study permit has not expired. You can start post-secondary studies on a secondary-level study permit, but your UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver courses won’t count toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit until you have been approved for a post-secondary study permit.


How do I apply?

If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you can apply to extend your study permit online for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

You can apply for a study permit extension while you are in Canada only. If you will not be in Canada in time to apply to extend your study permit, apply for an initial study permit at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver from outside of Canada.


When do I apply?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC. You must apply within 90 days after written confirmation that you’ve completed high school first becomes available, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.


What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions about your study permit requirements, read through our UBC International Student Guide for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. You can also visit UBC’s COVID-19 FAQs for international students at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver to learn about potential impacts to study permit applications, Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility, and travel restrictions.



Get ready for Destination UBC

Get ready for Destination UBC

It’s nearly time for Destination UBC!

Remember: this is your opportunity as an admitted student following the Canadian curriculum to find out what makes our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses such vibrant places to live, play, and study. Destination UBC runs over two weeks, and is here to help you discover whether UBC is the right school for you.


Your first event begins soon

The first kickoff session starts on Saturday (April 24), at 9:00 a.m. PT. In this 30-minute welcome, meet your fellow admitted students for the first time as you celebrate your offers together and learn more about what’s in store for you at Destination UBC. Join in to win prizes, and settle in for the full schedule of events!

Across the two weeks you can take part in info sessions, Faculty sessions, campus tours, and more, and enjoy social events such a dance party curated by one of BC’s top DJs.


Deadline for registration

You can still register for Destination UBC! Check out our step-by-step guide on how to sign up for each event.

Registration will close 24 hours before the start of each session – so there’s still some time to put your name down for the events you want to choose.


What you’ll need for Destination UBC

 There’s nothing you have to prepare for any Destination UBC sessions. All you need is an internet connection, and you’re good to go!

If you’re an Indigenous student who’s registered for events including the beading workshops or paint night, our team will be in touch with you to send out the supplies.



Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Are you looking to challenge yourself academically, or boost yourself towards your academic goals? The UBC Future Global Leaders program is designed for you. For three weeks, learn from top UBC professors as you delve deeper into your academic interests, and discover what teaching is like at the first-year level at a top-tier university. It’s a great way to figure out what your passions are while you’re still in high school, and prepare yourself for success at university and beyond.


What can you study?

You can choose from seven engaging academic courses, all taught by UBC instructors. This year, you’ll take your courses online. You’ll have the chance to meet other students from around the world as you attend your live virtual classes from Monday to Friday.

  • Introduction to Business Foundations: Study the importance of core business functions, including finance, accounting, marketing, and human resource management. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in business, this course is the perfect fit.
  • Business and Social Impact: The business winners of the future will be companies that can use sustainability as an opportunity instead of a barrier. This program is great if you’re interested in business and are committed to making a difference.
  • Digital Media Entrepreneurship: Learn how to identify the needs of your target audience, brainstorm and build your own digital media prototypes, and discover how to pitch and launch your new digital product or service. You’ll enjoy this program if you’re interested in technology development, entrepreneurship, or digital marketing.
  • Introduction to Engineering: If you’re fascinated by engineering, architecture, or applied science, this course is for you. Find out about the engineering profession, and the disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Learn about the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This program is excellent if you’re thinking of majoring in psychology or if you’re interested in the social sciences, applied sciences, or medicine.
  • Biology, History, and the Future of Cancer: Understand how a cell gains an ability to proliferate uncontrollably, invade nearby tissues, and spread throughout the body. You’ll also discover more about the history and social impact of the disease. This course is right for you if you want to learn about biological or medical sciences.
  • Crime and Society: Contemporary Topics: Investigate a range of subjects, including the relationship between public order and violent crime, innovations in drug enforcement, forensic psychiatry, restorative justice, and geographic profiling when hunting serial killers. If you’re interested in criminology, anthology, sociology, mental health, or more, this program is the one for you.


UBC Future Global Leaders also offers two other courses: Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University, which will show you how to create convincing and memorable university applications, and Academic Writing Toolkit for ESL/EAL Learners, where you’ll gain the specialized English language skills to write at a university level, if English is not your first language.


Who can take part?

To register for a UBC Future Global Leaders course, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. We suggest that you have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B or higher, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You don’t need to submit any transcripts to register.

If you want to register for an academic course and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You don’t need to provide your scores, and can self-assess your own levels.


Registration is now open

No application, transcripts, or proof of English is required. Just check your eligibility, and register for the courses you’re interested in!

Course dates:

  • Option one: Monday, July 5 – Sunday, July 25
  • Option two: Monday, July 26 – Sunday, August 15


UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The UBC Future Global Leaders program will award approximately 20 bursaries to Grade 11 high school students in BC. It will cover full tuition for one three-week summer course of your choice.

To be considered for the bursary, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university-college. Indigenous students are especially encouraged to apply. Applications will close on May 28.


Find out more

For more information on UBC Future Global Leaders, join us online for an info session on April 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. You’ll learn about the program and student experiences with our program leaders and staff, and have plenty of time to ask your questions.

After the session, a recording of the event will be available to watch on the UBC Future Global Leaders homepage.



Destination UBC for Okanagan campus students

Destination UBC for Okanagan campus students

If you’re a Canadian student who’s received an offer of admission to UBC Okanagan, you’re invited to take part in Destination UBC: a two-week online experience where you’ll make friends with other UBC Okanagan offer-holders, find out more about your Faculty, and learn all about your new campus!


Sessions for UBC Okanagan students

Destination UBC is designed to help you decide whether UBC is the right place for you, and to discover what makes the Okanagan campus a world-class place to live, play, and study. Across the two weeks, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a number of sessions specific to UBC Okanagan students.


UBC Okanagan social events

As well as the kickoff event and info sessions open to everyone, you can take part in our six UBC Okanagan social events. These are open only to students with offers from the Okanagan campus, and are created so you can meet the students you could be joining on campus in the fall.


UBC Okanagan campus tours

You’ll also have two chances to check out a UBC Okanagan campus tour. During these 75-minute Zoom sessions, you’ll learn more about UBC, see photos from some of our favourite spots around your new campus, and hear from current UBC students about their experiences in class, residence, and beyond.


UBC Okanagan Faculty events

Your Faculty on the Okanagan campus will become your second home, and as part of Destination UBC, you’ll be welcomed by your new professors during your Faculty events. They’ll show you how to register for your courses, and find out more about your first steps. Best of all, you’ll meet other new students in your UBC Okanagan degree program.


Why attend Destination UBC as a UBC Okanagan offer-holder?

UBC Okanagan is a tight-knit community, and across campus you’ll form close relationships with your peers and professors. Destination UBC will let you start building your social network early, and make your very first friends. Plus, by discovering more about the campus and your Faculty, you’ll get a head start on knowing your way around if you choose to make UBC Okanagan your new home in the fall.

During Destination UBC, you’ll discover your new favourite things about the UBC Okanagan campus. Here are a few of ours!


Register for Destination UBC now

Registration for Destination UBC is now open, and will close 24 hours before each session.

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to sign up for each event!



What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

In most cases, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in the Student Service Centre when you accept your offer of admission to UBC. The acceptance deposit counts as your first registration deposit, and is applied to your tuition fees after you register for classes.

There are some exceptions, though. If you’re receiving a major award or sponsorship funding – from UBC or a third party – and that funding is delayed, you can request for your registration deposit to be deferred until when your tuition fees are due, by contacting an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus.

If you’ve self-identified as an Aboriginal person of Canada, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred in an effort to support students who are being funded by third parties, including their band or Nation.


After your deferral has been approved

Don’t worry if you are still prompted to pay a deposit on your registration screen. If you have confirmation that your registration deposit has been deferred, you can safely ignore this default warning.


Who can help me with financial planning?

If you have financial concerns or you’re facing financial challenges, please contact an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. We can help you plan how to finance your studies at UBC.



Should you join Science’s First Year Focus study option?

Should you join Science’s First Year Focus study option?

Now you’ve applied for the Bachelor of Science degree, it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to structure your first-year courses.

There are two ways to shape your degree. The first lets you pick the classes you’re most interested in, and build your own timetable.

The second lets you join a predesigned course schedule for your first year, where you’ll take nearly all of your classes with the same people. For Science students, you can choose between Science One, or First Year Focus.


What is First Year Focus?

First Year Focus will help you build a strong foundation in the computational sciences. As a cohort-based first-year study option, you’ll form friendships, be part of an inclusive community of diverse students, and build the skills you need to explore a wide range of disciplines as you advance to second year at UBC Science.


What to expect

As a First Year Focus student, you’ll take five online computer science, math, data science, and communications courses with the same class of about 200 UBC Science first-year students. You’ll select the remaining courses (usually four or five, either in-person or online) based on your interests and the requirements you’ll need to meet to enter your second year in UBC Science.


Why choose First Year Focus?

Because First Year Focus is limited to a particular group of students, you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time with your cohort, which will help you make friends. You’ll immerse yourself in computational sciences while gaining the flexibility to pursue almost everything UBC Science has to offer as you progress in your degree—from earth sciences to life science or physical sciences. Best of all, First Year Focus makes registering for your courses simpler.

As part of the study option, you’ll begin to build your knowledge in one of the most exciting areas of science. Computational and data sciences have become key to studying complex problems, such as climate change, food scarcity, and pandemics. They’re fundamental skill sets scientists use to develop models and simulations to understand natural systems at all levels. In particular, areas in the life sciences—like bioinformatics, ecology, protein structure, and metabolic modelling—are becoming increasingly important and reliant on computation.


How to apply

First Year Focus is open to any first-year BSc student, but is designed for learners who are passionate about applying computational skills to a range of problems across the sciences.

If you want to take part in First Year Focus, you’ll need to submit your application by April 30, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, but only if there is still space in the program.



Presidential Scholars Awards

Presidential Scholars Awards

Choosing UBC’s Presidential Scholars Award recipients is a highly selective process in which the university aims to recognize students with outstanding academic, leadership, and extracurricular achievements.

This year at UBC Okanagan, around 1,750 eligible applicants were competing for 39 renewable awards of up to $40,000 each. At UBC Vancouver, we’ve read approximately 10,000 applications for our renewable awards ranging in value from $12,000 to $80,000 over four years, and one-time awards ranging in value from $5,000 to $10,000 for first year only.

All applicants who have been selected for a Presidential Scholars Award at UBC Okanagan will be notified by email by April 26, 2021, and by April 27, 2021 at UBC Vancouver. Only those applicants who have received an award will be contacted.

We appreciate the time and energy you’ve put in to meet our deadlines, and applaud all the hard work you’ve put into your academic work and extracurricular pursuits. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!



How can I maintain my offer of admission?

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

Your offer of admission to UBC is based on a combination of your academic profile and your Personal Profile. When we receive your final grades, we’ll still be taking your Personal Profile into account.


Our process and timeline

In May, we’ll review grades for students who received first-round offers and verify that the grade information submitted to UBC was accurate. If we have any concerns with your grades, we’ll reach out to you directly.

In July, we’ll review final grades. If you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we’ll update your offer to reflect that.


What you can do

Many students are looking for a definitive answer to how much their grades can drop before they lose their offer. But we can’t say: “Everyone whose grades decline more than X%, or fall below Y%, will lose their offers.”

Each student’s situation is unique and we review changes in academic standing on a case-by-case basis. We don’t like to withdraw offers, but we must ensure that they’re awarded consistently and fairly, and that you have a solid foundation for success.

Certain grade changes may cause us to look at your application more closely when your final grades are submitted. Our best advice is to keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.