First-year English requirements

First-year English requirements

As a UBC student, you’re expected to have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills in English – regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between three and six credits of first-year English.

Is this the same thing as the English Language Admission Standard?

No, they’re two different things. The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is an admissions requirement that you had to meet before being admitted to UBC. Your faculty’s first-year English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.

What are my first-year English requirements?

To check how many English credits you must complete and which English courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

What is the first-year English course entry requirement?

To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan campus. One way to do this is by writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test, an exam that assists UBC in determining your competency in writing at a university level.

First-year English courses on the Vancouver campus do not have any pre-requisites.

Do I have to write the LPI test?

Review your options for meeting the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan campus. Please note that the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) do not exempt you from the LPI test. If you do need to write the LPI test, you can register online.

Bachelor of Arts students on the Vancouver campus: You do not need to write the LPI test. To review the courses that fulfill your writing requirement, please refer to “Meeting the Faculty of Arts Writing Requirement with English courses” on the For students in the Faculty of Arts page.

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

Teaching Elementary, Middle or Secondary Programs

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. UBC Vancouver offers two pathways, Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary, while at UBC Okanagan students can choose between the Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents programs. 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 (WKTEP)

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, 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 (NITEP)

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

 International Baccalaureate (IB)

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


Financial planning and student loans

Financial planning and student loans

University is an investment – there’s no doubt about it. 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. Student loans and bursaries are two options you may want to consider.

Student loans

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be eligible for a student loan. 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. 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.

If you’re a US citizen, you’re eligible to apply for a direct loan (direct subsidized and/or direct unsubsidized 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 applying for a student loan, you may be eligible for a UBC bursary. If you’re interested in a bursary, we recommend submitting a student loan application by July 15 to ensure that your student loan is confirmed by the bursary application deadline of September 16.

Questions?

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

Okanagan campus

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

Vancouver campus

Contact your Enrolment Services Advisor

Five reasons to register for Jump Start

Five reasons to register for Jump Start

Transitioning to university life can be challenging – especially if you’re moving to a new city, coming from a different country or culture, or both. Jump Start is a week-long orientation program held at the end of August, designed to introduce you to your campus, your faculty, and other first-year students.

It’s the best way to start life at UBC – but don’t take our word for it. We asked students on both UBC campuses about their Jump Start experiences and here’s what they had to say.

1. You’ll get to know your way around UBC.

“Attending the Jump Start program was a fantastic decision. Not only did I meet new people, I became more comfortable with the transition of moving away from home.”

“You’ll know how to move around campus and Vancouver.” [Or Kelowna, if you’re on UBC’s Okanagan campus!]

2. You’ll get answers to your questions from current UBC students.

“The orientation leaders provide the benefit of their experiences and are able to understand your concerns as a first-year student.”

“The student leaders are a meaningful resource and you can discuss anything and everything with them.”

3. You’ll feel more prepared for the start of the school year.

“Jump Start prepared me for the biggest change in my life, giving me the confidence I needed to emotionally succeed in this experience.”

4. You’ll get a taste of just how diverse the UBC community really is.

“You will meet people from all over the world.”

5. You’ll start making friends before classes even begin.

“Jumpstart enabled me to form long-lasting friendships and made me feel like a part of the UBC community.”

“You’ll get to know the people in your program as well as some of your professors.”

Ready to register?

Register for Jump Start on the Okanagan campus by July 31.

Register for Jump Start on the Vancouver campus by July 8.

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

Whether you’re facing a long commute or a taking a quick bus ride to UBC, feeling like part of the university community can be challenging if you don’t have a home base on campus. UBC Collegia are spaces that help commuter students to fully experience life at UBC.


Okanagan campus

Each Collegium on the Okanagan campus has comfortable furniture, dedicated workspaces, and a kitchen to make you feel right at home.

 

There are three different Collegia spaces on the Okanagan campus where you can relax, eat lunch, do schoolwork, or spend time with friends between classes. Each Collegium is staffed by senior students who can answer your questions, refer you to campus resources, and help plan activities and events. 

 

First and Second Year Collegium

Also known as the Junior Collegium, this space is the perfect place for new-to-UBC students to find community on campus. Come here to meet other students from your program – or cross paths with people from completely different faculties.

 

Upper Levels Collegium

Also known as the Senior Collegium, this space is traditionally a quieter spot for students to study, work on group projects, or unwind. Come here to enjoy a peaceful coffee break or get a head start on your assignments.

 

Global Collegium

You don’t need to be an international student to visit the Global Collegium. If you’re interested in discovering new cultures and sharing your own, you’re welcome here – no passport required! Come here to meet UBC students from across Canada and around the world.

 

What students are saying

“Working in a Collegium allowed me to meet so many students and make friends that I may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. It’s a great resource for students to feel like part of a community.”

– Collegia assistant, Biology, Okanagan campus

How to get involved

No registration or membership is required to use the Collegia on the Okanagan campus. If you’re interested, stop by for a visit.

Learn more about UBC Collegia on the Okanagan campus


Vancouver campus

If you’ll be commuting to campus, you’re part of the majority: more than 75% of students on UBC’s Vancouver campus bike, drive, or take transit to campus. As you begin to think about your first year at UBC, you may be wondering where you’ll be able to warm up your lunch, relax between classes, or meet people.

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus provide all of this and more. Each space has a kitchen, comfy couches, and friendly advisors who are happy to chat and help you settle into life at UBC. There are also lots of activities designed to connect you with new friends, on-campus services, faculty members, and peer support.

 

What students are saying

“I always feel welcome when I visit Collegia, which is almost every day. It is an amazing place just to take a break from a hectic school day or to just visit and socialize.”

– Collegia member, first-year Arts, Vancouver campus


“UBC Collegia was a space where I could catch up with friends during the day and study in the evenings. I got a good head start on getting involved, learning about the resources on campus, and getting myself to delve out of my comfort zone. Overall, I definitely feel more equipped to venture off to second year with the start UBC Collegia provided.”

– Collegia member, first-year Science, Vancouver campus

 

How to get involved

If you’re a first-year commuter student on UBC’s Vancouver campus and you’re interested in Collegia, register now to secure your spot.

Never too early for a campus tour

Never too early for a campus tour

Are you heading into your final year of high school in September? Now’s a good time to start thinking about which universities you’d like to apply to for admission in 2020. Visiting campus is the best way to see if you can picture yourself at any university, including UBC.

How we do campus tours at UBC

All of our campus tours are led by our friendly (and knowledgeable!) student ambassadors – actual UBC students who are currently studying at the University and eager to show you around the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. They’ll take you to some of their favourite spots to learn, study, work up a sweat, and relax between classes. Best of all, you’ll get to see it all through the eyes of someone with firsthand experience of UBC life.

Three tips to make the most of your tour

  1. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Your walking tour will last approximately 90 minutes on the Okanagan campus or 2 hours on the Vancouver campus – and you’ll spend much of that time outside.
  2. Bring your family. Choosing a university is a big decision and significant financial commitment. If you fall in love with UBC, you’ll want your family on board too.
  3. Ask questions! During the tour, your student ambassador guide can tell you more about student life, and campus events and activities. After the tour ends, a UBC advisor will be available to answer questions about undergraduate programs, admissions, finances, and scholarships and awards.

Ready to come for a visit?

Sign up for a campus tour online

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

Your payment options include:

  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from any Canadian financial institution
  • Online or telephone banking bill payment from any Canadian financial institution
  • Interac® Online from Canadian accounts at select financial institutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any HSBC branch

Did you know?

If you’re a Canadian student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you also have the option of applying your TD and Aeroplan loyalty points toward your tuition and fees through the HigherEdPoints program.

If you’re an international student

As of May 30, 2018, UBC stopped accepting wire transfers, but several other payment options are still available:

  • 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 HSBC branch
  • US dollar cheques, delivered in person (Vancouver campus only)

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

Get step-by-step instructions and important tips for your payment method(s) of choice.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

If you have questions about international funds transfer, contact Western Union Business Solutions directly at studentinquiries@westernunion.com or toll-free at +1.877.218.8829.

Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.

July 7

July 8

 

July 15

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

July 31

August 1

Note: If you’re participating in Jump Start on either campus, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

August 15

(or 30 days after you receive your offer, whichever is later)

August 24

August 24–25

August 31

September 1

September 2

September 3

September 4

September 15

  • Deadline to submit your general bursary application for Winter Session if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada