University or college transfer students

If you are a well-qualified student attending a post-secondary institution, we welcome your application to transfer to UBC. Read more about transfer eligibility, and find your requirements if you are a post-secondary student in Canada or a post-secondary student outside of Canada.

Are you eligible to transfer?

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

  • Second-year applicants must normally have successfully completed 30 credits and satisfied all promotion requirements for advancement to that year
  • Third-year applicants must normally have successfully completed 48–60 credits and satisfied all promotion requirements for advancement to that year.

Applicants who apply with fewer than 24 credits will be evaluated on the basis of final secondary school grades and the partial post-secondary studies completed. If this applies to you, you’ll need to meet all your high school’s curriculum requirements in addition to meeting the GPA for admission with the post-secondary courses you completed. High school requirements differ depending on where you’re coming from.

Unless otherwise indicated by the program you are applying to, academic standing is based on the average of all courses attempted, including failed or repeated courses.

The chart below will help you understand how UBC calculates your admission average based on post-secondary credits completed:

Credits taken How admission is calculated
0 to 6 credits Admission is based on your high school average only
7 to 23 credits Admission is based on your high school average and post-secondary grade point average (GPA) calculated using all transferable credits taken
24 to 30 credits Admission is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated using all transferable credits taken
More than 30 credits Admission is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated using the most recent 30 transferable credits taken

Faculty-specific transfer requirements

Because of enrolment limitations, many degrees require a higher average for admission than stated above. For more information about degree-specific requirements, please contact the UBC faculty or school for a statement of admission requirements for the degree that you are applying to.

At the time of your application, an admissions advisor will review your previous coursework and place you in the appropriate year level. Use the tables below to get an idea of what you’ll need to be admitted to each faculty on each campus.

Okanagan campus faculty-specific requirements

Degree Faculty website
Arts Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Education (Elementary) Faculty of Education
Education (Secondary) Faculty of Education
Engineering (Applied Science) School of Engineering
Fine Arts Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Human Kinetics School of Health and Exercise Science
Management Faculty of Management
Nursing School of Nursing
Science Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Social Work School of Social Work

Vancouver campus faculty-specific requirements

 Degree Faculty website
Acting Department of Theatre and Film
Applied Biology Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Arts Faculty of Arts
Commerce UBC Sauder School of Business
Creative Writing Creative Writing Program
Dental Hygiene Faculty of Dentistry
Engineering Faculty of Applied Science
Environmental Design School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Film Production Department of Theatre and Film
Food, Nutrition and Health Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Forestry Faculty of Forestry
Global Resource Systems Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Kinesiology School of Kinesiology
Medical Laboratory Science Faculty of Medicine
Midwifery Faculty of Medicine
Music School of Music
Nursing School of Nursing
Pharmacy Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
Science Faculty of Science
Social Work School of Social Work
Theatre Design and Production Department of Theatre and Film
Visual Art Department of Art History and Visual Art

Transfer students in Canada

If you’re a student attending a college or university in Canada, we invite you to continue your studies on our Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus. You’ll meet students from across the globe who share your passion for learning, and earn a degree respected in Canada and the world over.

See your admission requirements

Transfer students outside Canada

If you’re a student attending a college or university outside of Canada, we invite you to continue your studies on our Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus. UBC is North America’s most international university and is highly respected both locally and globally.

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