Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Our offices at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver will be closed from December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020 for the winter break. We will reopen on January 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. PT. We look forward to connecting with you about your application questions in the new year!

Holiday hours

UBC Vancouver

December 25 to January 1: Closed

Please see the Enrolment Services Advisors website for more information.

UBC Okanagan

December 25 to January 1: Closed

Please see our campus Contact Us page for more information.

 

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a wonderful new year!

 

 

Why we love the Okanagan campus

Why we love the Okanagan campus

With UBC’s application deadline coming up next month – January 15, at 11:59 pm (PST), to be exact – you’re probably excited to select the university experience that will be the best fit for you. So before you apply, make sure you check out UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC.

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world, and UBC Okanagan is a great place to be challenged, to thrive, and to develop into a global citizen. For 8,990 undergraduate students from 97 countries, the campus provides an unparalleled mix of academics, community, and recreation.

 

Explore UBC Okanagan 

Start by checking out the list of programs offered at UBC Okanagan, and read up on what it’s like to live in the Okanagan Valley. Would you rather live in residence or live off campus? Take a look at this video about one student’s move-in day to get a sense of how it might be for you.

The best way to get a feel for the Okanagan campus is to join us for a guided campus tour – our student ambassadors would love to show you around and answer your questions. If you can’t join us in person, be sure to take a virtual tour.

Ready to apply? Coming to UBC’s Okanagan campus could be the best decision you’ve ever made. To learn more about Kelowna and the Okanagan campus, email recruitment.ok@ubc.ca, or call 1.888.807.8521.

 

 

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 three in the world – has six 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, alumna, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines biological, physical, and social sciences with technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management. Among other areas, you’ll 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 – which are both accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“I decided to go into Forest Resources Management at UBC because I love being in the forest. I am extremely passionate about protecting our natural resources and managing them properly. It has given me the opportunity to learn to manage B.C. forests in a sustainable manner. The field schools provide a safe outdoor learning environment that allows students to apply their skills prior to working in the industry.”

–Thomson Kennedy, 4th year, Forest Resources Management

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 broad 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, a 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 – 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 learn how to tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“The Urban Forestry program at UBC was an unforgettable experience that has opened many doors for my career. The program gave me the ability to balance an urban lifestyle while pursuing my passion for the outdoors. I was amazed at how quickly I met friends with similar interests and how quickly professional opportunities emerged through the forestry community. When I was just getting started, I quickly realized that the industry is buzzing and that the skills I was learning were in high demand. The design aspects of the program allowed my ideas to come to life and curated a set of practical skills for producing green sustainable landscapes. My favourite part of the urban forestry program was solving real-life problems by using green design, making cities more liveable. The integrated foundation of traditional forestry, landscape architecture, and design makes the urban forestry program the most competitive degree in the expanding greenspace management industry.”

– Reginald Daniel, Alumnus, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology (BEST)

Want to help lead the world’s shift from fossil fuels to sustainable sources? The BEST program is the faculty’s newest BSc degree and the first in Canada to focus on the growing bioeconomy – the parts of the economy that involve producing renewable biological resources and transforming them into valuable products. You’ll learn how to design and develop innovative products and biofuels from forest and plant materials, as well as guide government policies and land use strategies for a sustainable future.

“Starting this September, the BEST program will enrol its inaugural class, learning the sciences required to address the global challenge of combatting climate change using biobased alternatives.”

-Dr Scott Renneckar, Program Director Forestry Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

Learn more about Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make an average salary of $3,133 per month, and begin building your professional network. All six 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 companies like West Fraser, Interfor, and J.D. Irving, as well as local municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

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 South Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Finland, and Germany. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

 

 

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 of deciding which university you want to attend. An in-person visit might not always be possible – but hey, that’s what the internet is for! We have two great virtual tours for you to explore – one for UBC Okanagan, and one for UBC Vancouver.

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. If you like, you can 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 online or in person, we’re looking forward to showing you around!

 

 

 

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Programs spotlight: Health and life sciences

Whether you’re interested in understanding the intricacies of animal behaviour or uncovering the secrets of the brain, 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

Microbiology

Discover the world too small to see with the naked eye in the Microbiology program at UBC Okanagan. You’ll master techniques that let you observe structures and organisms at the microscopic level, and become an expert on topics such as gene regulation, immune responses, and why certain people are susceptible to particular diseases. A lot of your learning will be hands-on in the lab, and you’ll have the chance to direct your own original research.

 

Food Science

Every wonder why things taste the way they do? The Food Science program at UBC Vancouver lets you apply knowledge from chemistry, biology, and engineering to understand what creates the unique flavours of food. You’ll learn how foods change during processing, how to prevent foodborne illnesses, and how land, food, and community influence each other. UBC’s Food Science program is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists, and is the only Food Science Bachelor of Science offered in British Columbia.

 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dive into the animal kingdom and learn how organisms interact with the world around them. In the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at UBC Okanagan, you’ll explore animal behaviours and adaptations while gaining a deep understanding of biodiversity through lab work, job placements, and field work in British Columbia and overseas. You’ll develop a foundation that prepares you for a range of careers in conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, and more.

 

The student scoop

Meet Brooke, a Biology alumna who tracked cheetahs in South Africa as a volunteer before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

 

Cognitive Systems

Are you fascinated by the human mind? The Cognitive Systems program at UBC Vancouver sits at the intersection of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. Study the tools that allow people to think – such as language – and explore what it means for machines to generate their own knowledge. You’ll learn how to interpret data, design your own cognitive systems, and navigate ethical complexities. Through hands-on research experiences, you’ll work at the outer limits of scientific understanding, and push the boundaries of understanding the mind.

 


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


 

 

English-language pathways at UBC

English-language pathways at UBC

If you’ve achieved outstanding academic results but haven’t met UBC’s English-language requirements, UBC offers a number of programs to help.

There are multiple pathways available if you are accepted to study here but require additional support to improve your English.

 

Conditional Admission Program

The Conditional Admission Program (CAP) offers English-language preparation before you are admitted to your undergraduate degree on the UBC Vancouver campus.

If you are selected for CAP, you will be accepted into your chosen degree program on the condition you successfully complete the UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP). The course 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 EAP, you can transition into your degree program.

The application deadline for CAP is January 15, 2020 for studies beginning in September of 2020.

 

Vantage One

UBC’s Vantage One programs offer an 11-month timetable for first-year international students. In these specially-designed pathways, you will receive English language instruction in your first-year degree courses to prepare you for success during the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.

Upon successful completion of your Vantage One program, you will receive full credit for fulfilling the first year of your undergraduate degree. You will progress into your second year of study on the Vancouver campus if you choose the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, and if you study the Bachelor of Applied Science, your choice of major will determine whether you’ll complete your studies on either the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

The application deadline for Vantage One is January 15, 2020 for studies beginning in September of 2020.

 

English Foundation Program

The English Foundation Program (EFP) is offered at the Okanagan campus in Kelowna. An innovative 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. Its goal is to provide a balanced mix of academics, activities, 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, 2020 for studies beginning in September of 2020.

 

 

 

Improve your English and earn a UBC degree with Vantage One

Improve your English and earn a UBC degree with Vantage One

Do you have an excellent academic record, but don’t quite meet UBC’s English language admission requirement? If you fulfil UBC’s general and degree-specific requirements, there are alternative pathways to help you achieve your UBC degree.

 

What is Vantage One?

UBC’s Vantage One programs are designed for international students who do not yet meet the English language requirement to enter directly into a UBC faculty. Vantage One courses last 11 months, and add English language instruction to your first-year degree courses. You can choose from Arts, Engineering, or Science, and you’ll be taught by award-winning UBC faculty members.

The Arts and Science Vantage One programs take place at UBC Vancouver, while Engineering involves studying at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. When you successfully complete your Vantage One program, you’ll progress into your second year at UBC, where you can study the following degree programs:

 

Why choose Vantage One?

The program is designed specifically for international students. Vantage One is a first-year cohort program, which means you’ll follow a set timetable and take nearly all of your classes with the same people, helping you to make friends from day one. It also includes a one-week orientation, which will assist you with essential needs like health insurance, setting up bank accounts, and learning how to thrive in the classroom at UBC.

There are over 50 highly-trained faculty and staff at Vantage One, who will help you build on your academic performance, English language development, study skills, and readiness for your second year. While you will be completing the same courses as other UBC students, your classes will be tailored to you. They’ll offer options like smaller class sizes, innovative teaching methods, language instruction integrated with coursework, and the ability to connect closely with faculty. Best of all, taking part in a Vantage One program does not add extra time to your degree.

 

What are the requirements?

Vantage One accepts students with a minimum score of 70 on the TOEFL and 5.5 on the IELTS. Certain sub-scores apply for each test, so be sure to review the full English language requirements on the Vantage College website.

 

How do you apply?

  1. Choose your UBC Vantage One program: Arts, Engineering, or Science.
  2. Meet the Vantage One admission requirements.
  3. Apply online and pay the fee.
  4. Submit your required documents.
  5. Stay in touch.

 

 

Is Medical Laboratory Science right for you?

Is Medical Laboratory Science right for you?

Are you looking for a different kind of science degree? Maybe you see yourself in the field of healthcare, research, biotechnology, or running a lab after you graduate?

UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is a gateway to those options and more.

Medical Laboratory Science is the study of the scientific principles and techniques practised in hospital and medical research laboratories. In this specialized degree you’ll develop your understanding of a wide range of disciplines related to human health and disease, and be taught by award-winning faculty.

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc degree 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 and master a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theoretical and practical laboratory techniques needed to design and conduct experiments, and to 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 thinking across different fields, and help steer you toward a unique 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. Many of our former students have 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 more. Our graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

 

Student Scoop

Lily Takeuchi, UBC medical laboratory science

Meet Lily, who built a breadth of career-related skills during the degree and presented her own undergraduate research at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To be eligible for admission you must meet the general admission requirements of UBC and complete all the prerequisite courses – which can 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.