What are the requirements for post-secondary transfer admission to UBC?

What are the requirements for post-secondary transfer admission to UBC?

If you are currently attending a post-secondary institution and you have successfully completed high school, you may apply to UBC as a transfer student.


The deadline to apply as a transfer student depends on the program you wish to transfer into. While the majority of transfer programs have an application deadline of January 15 there are some exceptions:


Each transfer student is unique, so you will have your own way of meeting the requirements. But you can start the application process by asking yourself these questions.


Five questions to ask yourself before applying as a transfer student to UBC


1. Do you meet UBC’s English Language Requirements?

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted and there are nine ways to meet UBC’s English language admission requirement. The deadline to submit documents showing that you meet the English language requirements is February 15.


2. Are you in good academic standing at your current university or college?

The minimum academic standing to be considered for admission to UBC is an admission average of C (60%, where 50% is a passing grade), or a 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale calculated on the most recent 30 credits attempted.

Please note that the number of applicants to UBC exceeds the number of spaces available and meeting this minimum entrance requirement does not guarantee admission, as entry into many degree programs is competitive and some require specific prerequisites. UBC assesses post-secondary applicants on a combination of factors, including grade point average (GPA), required prerequisite courses, and a review of your overall academic history. We may also require you to submit a personal profile, supplemental application, portfolio, or audition. For more information, review What we look for.


3. Have you completed a minimum of 30 transferable university or college credits?

Generally, UBC needs to calculate the total number of transferrable credits completed at the post-secondary level as a part of your admissibility and year placement. Review how UBC calculates your year level based on post-secondary credits completed.

You don’t need to have completed all of these credits when you apply. Your application will be considered on the basis of your interim transcripts, which include final grades for courses completed to December, and any courses in-progress from January to April. You have until the spring to submit your final credits and grades.


4. Do you meet the degree program entry requirements?

Students who meet the minimum credit requirements still need to meet the degree-specfic requirements to transfer into the program they are applying to.


5. What documents do I need to submit? 

To apply as a transfer student, you will need to submit an application form, your transcripts from all your current and previous post-secondary institutions, and your high school transcripts. Some programs may require supplemental materials, such as a personal profile, supplemental application, portfolio, or audition. Check the Applicant Service Centre for details on what documents you need to submit.


Looking for more information? Review the admissions requirements for post-secondary transfer students and refer to the BC Transfer Guide to see how courses transfer to UBC.


Still have questions? Contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.


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