Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Take a virtual tour of UBC’s campuses

Getting a feel for a campus is an important part in deciding which university you want to attend. However, an in-person visit isn’t always possible. But, hey – that’s what the internet is for! We have two great virtual tours for you to explore, of our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.

On each tour, our student ambassadors will show you some of the highlights of each campus. You can pause the tour at any time to check out our 360° panoramas, photos, and videos. You can even share your favourite spots on social media.

If you can make it to campus, you’ll definitely want to register for an in-person campus tour. Taking a tour led by our student ambassadors is a great way to determine if UBC is the right fit for you.

Whether you tour UBC virtually or in person, we hope you have a great experience!

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Whether you’re interested in understanding what makes people tick or working with existing species in places near and far, you can begin your journey at UBC. Immerse yourself in a passionate community of like-minded professors and students who are dedicated to the study of human health, the biodiversity of our planet, and the living organisms we share it with.

Explore your program options

Freshwater Science

Explore the emerging environmental issues facing our society in the Freshwater Science program on UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll delve into key issues like land and water interactions, toxicants in the aquatic environment, and the potential effects of global climate change on aquatic environments and water resources. Along the way, you’ll conduct hands-on field work and independent research in the Okanagan’s great outdoors.

Behavioural Neuroscience

Are you interested in the biological basis of behaviour and its impacts in the real world? As a Behavioural Neuroscience student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll gain expertise in advanced research methods as you dig deep into the behavioural sciences, including sensation and perception, animal learning and cognition, hormones and behaviour, computers and psychology, and more.

The student scoop

Katherine Tourigny, Antarctica, UBC research

Meet Katherine, a Behavioural Neuroscience undergrad and UBC varsity athlete who reached her goal of entering medicine – and traveled to Peru and Antarctica along the way.

Zoology

Dive into the animal kingdom and learn how animals interact in their world. In the Zoology program on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll explore animal behaviours, physiology, and anatomy while gaining practical skills through lab work, field work, and job placements. You’ll develop a foundation that prepares you for a range of careers in conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, forensic biology, toxicology, and more.

The student scoop

Meet Brooke, a Biology alumna who volunteered tracking cheetahs in South Africa before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Nutritional Sciences

Are you fascinated by the impact of nutrition on human and animal health, or how production and distribution systems affect food availability? You’ll study these topics and more in UBC’s Nutritional Sciences program on the Vancouver campus. Learn about human and animal digestive systems, the function of nutrients in health and disease, and nutritional requirements and recommendations as you prepare for a career in the nutrition and health professions.


See a full list of health and life sciences programs at UBC


 

First application deadline extended to December 3

First application deadline extended to December 3

We know many of you will be trying to apply to UBC this weekend to be considered for first-round offers or entrance awards. Good news! The deadline has been extended to December 3, at 11:59 pm PST.

Having technical difficulties?

If you are having trouble submitting your application, there are a couple of things you can do.

First, check your browser settings to make sure pop-ups are enabled and your cache is cleared. Second, contact us using the Ask UBC web form, especially if checking your settings and clearing your cache didn’t solve the problem.

Please do not create any new accounts while you wait – we’ll be able to help you faster if you have just one. Instead, take a break from working on your application, and wait for us to respond to your web form request.

Any technical issues will not affect how UBC evaluates your application.

We look forward to reading your application, and learning more about you.

 

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

Are you a Canadian student (citizens and permanent residents) hoping to attend UBC, but aren’t sure how you’ll finance it? If so, you may want to apply for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award. These awards assist students who are academically qualified and hope to contribute to the UBC community, but would not be able to attend without significant financial assistance.

Renewable and one-time awards

The awards – which can either be a one-time amount or an amount awarded every year for four years – range in value up to $40,000. They are for students on both UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses and are available to both incoming high-school students and post-secondary students transferring to direct-entry programs (programs you can enter directly in your first year of study).

Apply now for a Centennial Scholars Entrance Award

The application for the award is available online and is due by December 1, 2018 (extended to December 3, 2018), which is also the deadline for your application of admission to UBC. The award application includes an overview of your financial situation (including information from your parents, if applicable), an essay-style description of your circumstances, and a reference form with questions for a third party who is willing to speak to your accomplishments, character, and, if possible, your financial need.

Good luck with your applications. We’re looking forward to seeing new faces on campus next year!

 

English-language pathways at UBC

English-language pathways at UBC

If you have achieved outstanding academic results but don’t meet UBC’s English-language requirement, UBC may have a program for you. There are multiple pathways available if you are accepted for study at UBC but require additional support in English-language acquisition.

Conditional Admission Program

The Conditional Admission Program (CAP) offers English-language preparation leading to undergraduate degree programs on the UBC Vancouver campus.

If you are admitted into CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen undergraduate program on the condition you successfully complete the UBC Continuing Studies English Language Institute Intensive English Program, which provides full-time English-language training through either:

  • An 8-week accelerated session scheduled to start in July and finish at the end of August (only open to CAP students)
  • A 16-week session scheduled to start in January, May, or September (open to both CAP and other students)

Once you have successfully completed the IEP, you can transition into your degree program.

The application deadline for CAP is January 15, 2019 for studies beginning in September of 2019.

Vantage One

UBC’s Vantage One program offers 11-month programs for first year international students attending either the UBC Vancouver or Okanagan campus. In these specially-designed pathways, you will receive English language instruction in your first-year degree courses to prepare you for success in the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.

Upon completion of your Vantage One program, you will receive credit for completing the first year of your undergraduate degree, and will progress into your second year of study. The application deadline for Vantage One is January 15, 2019 for studies beginning in September of 2019.

English Foundation Program

The English Foundation Program (EFP) is offered at the Okanagan campus in Kelowna. An innovative and accredited program, it provides university admission to students who meet all of the academic requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Science, Applied Science, Management, Fine Arts, Media Studies, and Human Kinetics, but who do not meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standards.

The EFP combines intensive English language training and academic courses while engaging students in campus life, providing a balanced mix of academics, activities, and experiential and cultural learning on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

UBC applicants are automatically evaluated for the EFP if they meet the university’s admission requirements and have applied to study at UBC Okanagan. The application deadline for the EFP is January 15, 2019 for studies beginning in September of 2019.

 

Don’t miss the Presidential Scholars Award deadline

Don’t miss the Presidential Scholars Award deadline

Don’t be late for this incredible opportunity! Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who want to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award must complete their UBC application for admission by December 1, 2018 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time). Believe it or not, that’s in less than two weeks!

Make sure that you’ve left yourself enough time to complete your online application and that you’re prepared to write your Personal Profile.

What are Presidential Scholars Awards?

Presidential Scholars Awards are one-time awards of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $80,000 payable over four years, offered to outstanding Canadian high school students. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and you are applying to UBC from high school or CEGEP, you will be automatically considered for a Presidential Scholars Award based on the academic profile and Personal Profile sections of your online application.

Not interested in a Presidential Scholars Award?

If you don’t want to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Awards, you have until January 15, 2019 to apply to UBC. But why not get your application out of the way early? That way, you can truly relax over the winter break. Start now by checking out our online application tips.

 

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that encompasses multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills?

UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that, and more. As a student, award-winning faculty will help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines related to human health and disease. It’s a specialized program that combines the theoretical with hands-on lab work, offering small class sizes and a cohort experience.

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines, including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which will provide you with research experiences in pathology and laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a fulfilling career.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, medicine, optometry, medical laboratory technology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

Alumna Lily Takeuchi has shared her experience to give prospective students an idea of what the program is like and if they’ll enjoy it. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage of during her studies, and where her degree is taking her.

“I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To be eligible for admission you must meet the general admission requirements of UBC and all the prerequisite courses – which could be taken in the first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science. Medical Laboratory Technology diploma holders who have completed  the specific chemistry prerequisites noted on our website are also eligible.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Apply for a UBC entrance scholarship

Apply for a UBC entrance scholarship

Presidential Scholars Award

UBC is looking for the most accomplished and promising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to join our community. If you have begun – but not completed – your UBC application, please do so by December 1, 2018. If you apply by this date, you will be eligible for UBC’s Presidential Scholars Award (formerly the Major Entrance Scholarship), including a one-time award of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $80,000 payable over four years.

All high school and CEGEP applicants will be evaluated for the Presidential Scholars Award based on the Academic Profile and Personal Profile sections of their online application.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

Each year, International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are offered to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. Students receive their IMES when they enter their first year at UBC, and the scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study. The number and level of the scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

No separate application is required – admission records and Personal Profiles are reviewed after admission to UBC to determine IMES eligibility and competitiveness. Apply for admission by January 15, 2019 to be considered for the IMES. Learn more about International Major Entrance Scholarships.

Meet a UBC Scholarship recipient

Hear from scholarship-recipient Logan Graham about the qualities common to Presidential Scholars Awards winners, and how the scholarship helped him fulfill his academic dreams.