Preparing for your Personal Profile

Preparing for your Personal Profile

It’s fantastic that many of you are currently working on your online application to UBC. Starting early means you’ll have time to reflect on your answers to the Personal Profile section: an important part of UBC’s admissions decision.

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 depending on the degree program you are applying for, and you’ll find out what you’ll be asked when you begin your application.

 

Does everyone have to submit a Personal Profile?

Not all applicants are required to submit a Personal Profile, and others will have additional requirements, such as portfolios or 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 look for four qualities in your Personal Profile: engagement and accomplishment, leadership, substance, and voice. This is a chance for us to find out more about you and your experiences beyond academics. We want to hear about your life and achievements – what have you learned, and how have these moments allowed you to grow?

We are not looking for a particular experience, and there are no right or wrong answers. Be authentic, and focus on what you want to say about yourself and how you want to say it, rather than writing 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 your 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 tips and watch a video about creating your video interview.

If you have not started working on your application yet, 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.

 

 

Degree Spotlight: Bachelor of Design

Degree Spotlight: Bachelor of Design

Are you fascinated by the built environment? Do you dream of making your mark on the world? Design impacts society and the environment, and can create cultural change. This cross-disciplinary design degree allows you to imagine the world you want to live in, and learn how to build it.

 

What will you learn?

The new Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism degree is the only undergraduate program in Canada that draws from all three disciplines. Over four years, you’ll explore how design is connected across multiple scales, from the body to the city.

The program is very hands-on. Much of the teaching takes place in the design studio, which you’ll attend three days a week. As well as creating your own independent studio projects, you’ll have the chance to participate in a design+build, where you’ll sketch and test constructions as a team before erecting a final product.

Many of your courses will be maker-focused, including materials study, 3D modelling, and drawing by hand. Alongside those practical skills, you’ll learn about site analysis and structures, as well as the history and theory of design.

You can find out more about the degree by watching this video.

 

Why choose the Bachelor of Design degree at UBC?

  1. It’s one of the best schools in the world. UBC is the number one school in Canada to study the built environment, and places in the top 30 globally.

 

  1. Vancouver acts as a living lab. Known for its compact, sustainable urban design, the city of Vancouver is a rich study environment to examine the interaction between natural and urban landscapes. Your design projects could include transforming an urban park in the downtown core, or reimagining parking garages in the age of autonomous vehicles.

 

  1. You’ll have a lot of career prospects. The degree has a special focus on entrepreneurship and design, and you’ll graduate with skills you can use within and outside the design community.

 

  1. You can study abroad. Urban design differs all over the world, and UBC students have the chance to explore unique built environments across the globe. You’ll be able to combine classroom-based learning with community-based fieldwork, and, if you wish, gain work experience abroad through the Coordinated International Experience (CIE) program.

 

  1. You won’t have to narrow down your options. The Bachelor of Design degree lets you draw from all three disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism without having to specialize in one stream.

 

What can you do after graduating?

The program will prepare you to take a number of routes into the design world. Your degree could be the first step towards graduate studies to become an architect or landscape architect. You can also apply your new skills in spatial design, critical thinking, and digital media tools to pursue a career in many related fields, such as set design, industrial design, game design, lighting design, and urban planning.

 

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 how humans interact with the natural world.

Explore your program options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Are you fascinated by Earth’s deep history and how the planet’s natural systems combine to create our world? In the Earth and Environmental Sciences program at UBC Okanagan, 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.

Archaeology

Dive into the origins of the world’s great civilizations in the Department of Anthropology at UBC Vancouver. 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.

Geography

Discover the cultural, physical, and social circumstances that make up our world in the Geography at UBC Okanagan. You’ll delve into the relationships between nature and society, place and human identity, and economies and people, researching important questions about the natural world with classroom study and site visits.

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.

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

The Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology program at UBC Vancouver is the first in Canada to focus on the bioeconomy – the scientific, economic, and policy issues involved in creating a sustainable future. Among other topics, you’ll explore how to change people’s energy usage, transform forest and plant materials into renewable products, and legislate a reduction of carbon usage.

 


See a full list of earth, environment, and sustainability programs at UBC


 

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 and 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, all 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, and UBC experts, 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

Our online info sessions cover topics that will help you decide whether UBC is the place for you, as well as advice on admission requirements, financial resources, and how best to prepare your application. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.

 

Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Degree spotlight: Bachelor of Management

Are you looking to use your leadership skills to make a difference in the world? Do you want to steer organizations towards doing the right thing?

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Management degree is designed to help you achieve those goals.

What will you learn?

While traditional business schools might direct students to chase profits, UBC Okanagan’s program will teach you how to incorporate social, financial, and environmental sustainability into the way organizations are run.

Your first two years will offer a broad overview of management and business principles, with the option for you to focus on particular areas such as financial accounting, marketing, and management communications if you wish. Your third and fourth years will let you dive more deeply into topics that you care about, while continuing to ensure that you study a wide range of management skills. You’ll finish the program with hands-on experience creating real-life management solutions for one of UBC’s partner organizations.

After graduating, you’ll be ready to work within your community, launch your own business, or empower organizational change.

 

Student Scoop

Zachary Bingley UBC Student Story

After graduating from the Bachelor of Management program, Zachary is giving back to his community by working on a project that helps reduce food insecurity in the Okanagan area.

 

What makes the program unique?

Like other programs at UBC Okanagan, the Bachelor of Management degree is your chance to experience life on a close-knit campus while gaining your education at one of the world’s top 40 universities. Here are five other facts you might not know about the program:

1. Apply your management knowledge to different fields. The Bachelor of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus is designed to let you pursue your interests and learn what sectors you might like to enter after you graduate. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a minor in Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Economics, Sociology, or Psychology.

2. Work within your community. UBC Okanagan has strong ties to local businesses, and you’ll have the chance to make a difference in those organizations. In your third year, you’ll take part in the Live Case Challenge, which asks you to create a sustainable solution to a real-life problem faced by a partnering organization.

3. Gain work experience while you study. Build your career confidence through Co-op Education and explore work experience that challenges and inspires you. Co-op Education provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, test out possible career options, and begin building a professional network – all before graduation. You’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.

4. Build new connections and friendships. You’ll be part of the Management Student Association on the Okanagan campus, which provides optional professional and social experiences for you during your degree, including conferences and competitions throughout the year.

5. Experience brand new facilities. The Faculty of Management is located in a new, $68-million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that incorporates high-tech teaching tools, training resources, and meeting spaces, and is the largest building on campus.

 

Join us for a campus tour!

Join us for a campus tour!

Ever wonder what life on campus is like? Are you curious about what residence looks like, or where the best places to eat or study are? Maybe you’d just like to see if UBC feels like the right place for you.

If so, come and join us for a campus tour! We offer tours every day of the week (except Sunday) on our Vancouver campus, and three days a week on our Okanagan campus. Family members and friends are welcome to join you.

You’ll be in excellent hands once you arrive, as the campus tours are led by our friendly Student Ambassadors. These are current students who live the UBC student experience and are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

The only thing you’ll need to bring is a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ll also need to take the weather into account during your visit, so dress appropriately.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus!

 

Should I work with an agent to apply to UBC?

Should I work with an agent to apply to UBC?

Have you considered working with an education consultancy, or agent, to apply to university? Assessing and applying to universities overseas can be overwhelming, and an agent can sometimes help simplify the process.

Before engaging with an agent, it’s important to know what your options are.

Do I need to work with an agent to apply to UBC?

No, you do not. Students are encouraged to apply directly to UBC following the information provided in our Applying to UBC section. If you are stuck or have a question about the application process, there are several ways you can connect with UBC:

What questions should I ask an agency?

Professional agencies follow standards of good practice, but not every agency is as rigorous. If you work with an agency, you are hiring them to perform a service for you, and you should be free to ask some basic questions before committing:

  • Do you charge service fees to your clients, or do you have commission-based agreements with universities? If you charge service fees, what are they, and when should they be expected?
  • Are you certified by the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) or other organizations or associations? Which ones? (Note that AIRC has one of the strictest certification processes for agencies to become members.)
  • Ask the advisor you are working with about their experience. They should be knowledgeable about the institutions they are promoting:
    • How many years have they been advising students about universities abroad?
    • Have they have visited UBC or the institution you are considering, or even your country of choice?
    • Have they taken any training, such as the Canada Course for Education Agents?
  • If an agent claims to have an agreement with UBC or another institution, ask to see a copy of their active agreement (not the certificate of representation on the wall, but the actual agreement).
  • Do you have the qualifications to advise on Canadian visas and study permits?

Important tips

  • When applying to UBC with the help of an agency, you should not have to complete any paper-based forms. The entire UBC admissions process occurs online at you.ubc.ca.
  • Agents are not involved in any of UBC’s scholarships – these are conducted automatically, unless you are nominated by your high school.
  • Please do not allow an agent to complete your UBC application on your behalf. This may jeopardize your application if UBC Admissions determines that your application is not an authentic submission.
  • You – not the agent – are responsible for submitting your application to UBC on time, and ensuring you meet the requirements. You are also responsible for completing all the other necessary steps to be considered for admission.

What an agent cannot do for you

  • Working with an agency does not increase your chances of admission or of obtaining a scholarship at UBC. All students are assessed on the merit of their grades and overall application.
  • An agent cannot write or assist in writing your Personal Profile or any part of your application.
  • An agent cannot submit false records or documents.
  • Agencies cannot access your UBC records without your consent. You must have completed a Third Party Authorization in order for your agent to have access to your UBC information from your Student Service Centre (SSC) account.
  • An agent cannot submit payments for any UBC-related fees on your behalf.

And remember – we’re here to help. If you’re having difficulty with the application process, need to know more about UBC, or have any further questions about working with an agent, please contact us.

 

Tips for creating your BCom application video interview

 

If you’re applying to UBC Sauder School of Business’s Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) program, your Personal Profile will include a video interview section. You’ll be asked to provide on-camera responses to two pre-recorded questions. We’ve created these tips to help you prepare for, and create, a strong video. Read on for more information!

Why is the video interview important?

In the BCom program, collaboration, in-class discussion, and public speaking are daily activities. Your ability to listen to others and to communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly are essential to your success, and, in many cases, the success of your team during group work.

If you’re intimidated by the thought of speaking on-camera, don’t worry. The questions will relate to your personal experiences and opinions, so there are no wrong answers. In fact, the video interview is a great opportunity for you to showcase how you can think critically, perform under pressure, and stand out from other applicants.

How to create your video interview

Within your Personal Profile, you’ll be directed to a separate online video-interview platform. Be sure to:

  1. Read all instructions thoroughly.
  2. Allow yourself ample time to test your recording equipment.
  3. Try a practice question before recording responses to two set interview questions.

Please keep in mind that you’ll only have one attempt to respond to each question. Once you’ve started to view a question, you won’t be able to pause or replay it. You’ll be given 30 seconds to think about your answer, and up to 90 seconds to record it.

Tips for creating your video interview

  • Take time to reflect. Think about past challenges, achievements, strengths, and beliefs.
  • Create the best recording space possible. Close all other browser windows and programs on your device. Make sure there’s good lighting in front of you. Silence all audible alarms and alerts. Eliminate loud background noises, and make sure you are free from other distractions.
  • Be confident. Maintain good posture, smile, and present yourself professionally. You’ll find these simple actions will put you in the right mindset to deliver a natural response. Do not read from prepared statements or notes.
  • Don’t dwell on mistakes. Natural speech isn’t always perfect – the occasional “umm” or mispronounced word is commonplace and to be expected. If you misspeak during your response, take a moment, breathe, and keep going. Remember, you’ll have just one attempt to answer each question – there are no do-overs.
  • Be authentic. One of the reasons we’ve incorporated the video interview into your application is to get to know you better. Don’t tell us what you think we want to hear; tell us what you want us to know about you.

We look forward to learning more about you. Good luck!