Programs spotlight: People, culture, and society

Programs spotlight: People, culture, and society

Are you fascinated by the forces that shape human history? Do you want to learn more about the evolution of individual communities and peoples? Do you want to explore topics at the intersection of politics, art, culture, literature, music, design, and geography? One of UBC’s people, culture, and society programs could be for you.

Explore your program options 

Indigenous Studies

The Indigenous Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus explores the perspectives, histories, and contemporary issues of Indigenous peoples from around the world. You’ll examine key topics such as Indigenous governance, the justice system, land claims, traditional ecological knowledge, and other critical components of Indigenous heritage. This program will prepare you for a career in government, environmental assessment and resource management, Indigenous leadership, or Aboriginal-focused non-profit or community organizations.

 

The student scoop

Ella Maija Tailfeathers, First Nations Studies, UBC

Meet Elle-Máijá, a First Nations Studies undergrad and groundbreaking filmmaker who discovered her passion for Indigenous representation in media.

 

Environmental Design 

In the Environmental Design program at UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll build a strong foundation in design thinking while studying how design impacts society and the environment. How does the making of space affect cultural change? How can we create alternative constructs that are socially and ecologically sustainable? These are the questions you’ll contemplate as you take courses in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. This program is a preparatory degree for the Master of Architecture or the Master of Landscape Architecture.

 

Gender and Women’s Studies

Gain a deeper understanding of sexuality, femininity, embodiment, and social justice in the Gender and Women’s Studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus. This dynamic and interdisciplinary program focuses on historical and contemporary roles of gender in global cultures. You’ll build theoretical and research skills through courses in the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies.

 

The student scoop

Emmy Chahal, Cultural Studies, UBC Okanagan

Meet Emmy, a Cultural Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies undergraduate who learned to question more, and judge less.

 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Explore the ideas and forces that shape our understanding of society, Canadian public policy, and the world. The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at the UBC Okanagan campus draws from a wide variety of courses – from logic, ethics, and critical thinking to how we make decisions as individual groups. You’ll equip yourself with the foundational skills required to build a career in business, government, law, or commerce, or to pursue graduate studies in any of the fields of philosophy, politics, or economics.


See a full list of people, culture, and society programs at UBC


Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school.

If you’re a high school student aged 15 to 18 and you’re interested in experiencing life at a top-tier university, UBC’s Future Global Leaders program might just be the thing for you. This unique pre-university program offers three streams covering a range of interests, which are all taught by top UBC professors, instructors, and coaches. There’s also a full calendar of social and cultural activities in and around Vancouver, and you have the option of staying in a UBC student residence to get a real sense of what university life is all about.

Choose from the following two-week program streams and get a head start on your university experience.

Focus on academics

Choose from more than 25 different courses taught by UBC professors and instructors through the Academic Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Try out a subject you’re considering for university or college, or explore a completely new interest!

Focus on English language

Work on your English skills with other teens from around the world in the English Language Courses stream of Future Global Leaders. Gain confidence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing while developing your leadership and academic skills – and experience life at one of the world’s best universities while you’re at it.

Focus on athletics

Thinking about playing baseball at the university level? Sign up for the Pre-Varsity Sport stream of the program and find out what it’s like to be a student-athlete at one of North America’s top universities. Train at UBC’s brand new state-of-the-art baseball facilities with some of the best varsity coaches in Canada while learning about the university and college recruitment process.

 

Joining the Future Global Leaders program will help you develop critical academic and social skills that will be valuable during the transition from high school to post-secondary life. You’ll also benefit from networking with like-minded students from around the world, and gain a real university experience in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

The 2018 sessions of Future Global Leaders will take place this July and August. Registration is now open.

The UBC online application closes on Monday

This is the final stretch! You’ve got three more days until the UBC application closes, so put the final touches on your personal profile and make sure to submit before the deadline. As a final reminder, you must submit your application and pay the fee by January 15 at 11:59 pm (PST).

Need some tips?

If you’re still finishing things up, why not review our top online application tips or check out the application tips video below.

If you have already applied

If you’ve already submitted your UBC application, then you’re ahead of the game and you should keep an eye on the Student Service Centre under Admissions > Application Status for any updates or to find out if UBC still needs any documents from you.

Please keep in mind that it may take two to three weeks for documents that you’ve submitted to be uploaded to your application, so don’t worry if you’ve sent in a transcript and you don’t see it in the Student Service Centre yet.

If you have questions

The answers to general questions – like Personal Profile inquiries or how UBC evaluates your application – can be found in our Applying to UBC section. Please contact us by phone or by email, or visit us in person, if you need to get in touch.

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a science-based degree that challenges you academically, provides exciting opportunities to enrich your university experience, and opens the door to a breadth of in-demand careers? UBC’s Faculty of Forestry – ranked top 3 in the world – has five programs that span topics from wood engineering and sustainability to soil science and urban planning.

No matter which Forestry program you study, you’ll be part of a diverse, close-knit community where faculty get to know their students by name, and where you have ample opportunities to dig deeper into your specialization with research, travel, and unique classroom experiences.

 

Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, Forest Sciences is an ideal program for you. You’ll study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms and the ecology of plant and animal communities. This knowledge will help you better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration.

“I like the flexibility in terms of choosing what topic within Forest Sciences that I can focus on. There are suggested specializations, such as hydrology or entomology, but I’m also able to choose a topic that I’m interested in. There is a specialization in International Forestry, where students are required to spend time abroad and learn about forest ecosystems in a global context.”
–Jennifer Hong, 4th year, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines science – biological, physical, and social – and technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management and develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber. You can choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“Forest Resources Management offers an excellent avenue to receiving a bachelor’s degree and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. The demand for trained individuals inside and outside the province is constantly growing.”
–David Hamilton, 4th year, Forestry

Learn more about Forestry

 

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered becoming a conservation scientist? Do you want to play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, such as wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land? In Natural Resources Conservation, the faculty’s most popular degree program, you’ll learn about the maintenance of habitats and the persistence of diverse natural resources, and gain a better understanding of the balance that is needed among environmental, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Program will give you the skills and knowledge to meet the big challenges our world is facing right now. It will help you think holistically about how different disciplines can come together to solve our biggest environmental challenges and achieve a balance between our increasing needs for goods and services and the protection of our ecosystems.”
–Valentina Coy, 3rd year, Natural Resources Conservation

Learn more about Natural Resources Conservation

 

Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing

If you’re an innovative thinker who loves to tackle problems, you’ll enjoy the blend of science, engineering, and business in the Wood Products Processing program. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations while you develop essential transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

“If you are interested in building a successful professional career in an innovative, creative, and sustainable industry, then the Wood Products Processing program will provide you with a strong foundation. The faculty offers a strong co-op program, positive tri-mentoring program, and a range of leadership-building classes.”
–Jonathan Jean-Hwa Chu, 4th year, Wood Products Processing

Learn more about Wood Products Processing

 

Bachelor of Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry program – the first of its kind in Canada, and the faculty’s newest degree – teaches you about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems. You could tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“If you are thinking of going into landscape architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, urban agriculture, or arboriculture, this is a great undergraduate program for you. You can minor in either Urban Green-Space Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning, or take courses from both minor pools.”
–Elliot Bellis, 3rd year, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make money – the average salary is about $3,000 per month – and begin building your professional network. All five Forestry programs offer co-ops so that you can learn about possible careers and jobs in your field of interest. UBC Forestry students have completed co-ops at organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

99% of co-op students reported overall job satisfaction
98% of employers said they would hire their co-op students again

Check out the Forestry co-op Instagram account to see the kinds of experiences UBC students are gaining as they get their hands dirty in labs and forests, and travel as far as Malawi. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

Think studying Forestry could be the choice for you? Take our quick survey to express your interest in joining an online info session about UBC Forestry.

UBC school visits and events around the world

UBC school visits and events around the world

No matter where you live, there are lots of ways to connect with UBC. Our recruiter-advisors are currently travelling the world to help you and your family plan your next steps in your journey to UBC.

If you are a secondary school or college transfer student, come to a UBC event or school visit to learn about admission requirements, academic programs, and get an overview of why outstanding students from around the world choose UBC.

Find an event near you

Create an account or log in to your account, and select “Sign up for Events” to see if we are visiting your school, or if there are upcoming events in your area.

Other ways to connect with UBC

We wish we could visit all prospective students’ cities and communities, but if we’re not visiting your region, there are still plenty of ways to get in touch with UBC. Set up an advising appointment, take a virtual tour of our Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus, or visit us in person for a campus tour. You can also sign up for an online information session.

We look forward to meeting you!

UBC school visits and events across Canada

UBC school visits and events across Canada

Just as you’re settling into the 2017 school year, UBC’s recruiters and advisors are hitting the road to help you plan for 2018!

Our UBC experts are rolling out from coast to coast — across the prairies, around lakes, and over mountains — to visit schools and communities across Canada. Our mission: to help support you and your and family with the next steps in your journey to UBC.

We know that you have questions about everything from admission requirements and academic programs to rez life and extracurricular activities, so please come see us. To find out how UBC is connecting with your community, visit the Canadian school visits and events page and click on your home province. We look forward to meeting you soon.

What to do before you arrive on campus

What to do before you arrive on campus

It’s only a matter of weeks until you’ll step foot on campus as a first-year UBC student. You’ll be greeted with tons of new experiences and you’ll meet loads of new people, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. To ensure a smooth arrival and a stress-free first week, you’ll want to take care of some important things before you get here.

Here are eight easy tasks that you can complete now to make your arrival a breeze.

  1. Get ready for your orientation

On your first day, you’ll forgo normal class for a fun-filled, day-long series of welcome-to-UBC events. On the Vancouver campus, at the Imagine UBC orientation, you will be joined by the entire class of 2021 for a formal welcome, pep rally, lunch, and more. On the Okanagan campus, register for the Create orientation to join all new-to-UBC students for a day of events, including food, prizes, and more.

  1. Find back-to-school events and programs

The UBC student societies – the AMS on the Vancouver campus and the UBCSUO on the Okanagan campus – host events and programs for first-year students like you.

  1. Read the UBCfyi blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, read the UBCfyi blog for campus updates and resources, plus info on events, health and well-being, money management, and more.

  1. Update your email address

Make sure your email address is correct in the Student Service Centre and remember to check your messages regularly.

  1. Learn about your student health plan

Visit the student health insurance website to learn more about your plan and coverage, or to opt out if you already have a health insurance plan.

  1. Sort out your financials

Ensure that you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year, and learn about the financial resources available to you on UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus.

  1. Pay your tuition online

Avoid lineups by paying your tuition online now.

  1. Get access to public transit

UBC students on the Okanagan campus can get a U-PASS sticker that provides unlimited access to BC Transit in Kelowna and the surrounding area. Just bring your student ID card to the Student Union Office (UNC133) to get your sticker.

UBC students on the Vancouver campus can load their U-Pass onto a Compass Card for unlimited transit services within Metro Vancouver. Obtain your Compass Card from the UBC Bookstore – or any SkyTrain Station or TransLink Fare Dealer – and then link it to your U-Pass online at upassbc.translink.ca. Apply online at least 48 hours before you intend to travel, and visit planning.ubc.ca for more information.

 

Watch live coverage of UBC Welcomes You

Watch live coverage of UBC Welcomes You

If you won’t be joining us for UBC Welcomes You on our Vancouver campus, on April 29, you can still experience the day’s events on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat (we’re at youbcsnaps). We’ll be sharing pictures and videos from faculty sessions, campus tours, and more.

If you’ll be attending the event, share your best tweets, pics, and snaps with the hashtag #iamubc and we might repost them on our channels!