Tour UBC online with us

Tour UBC online with us

In light of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to suspend our in-person campus tours at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so we’ve moved our live tours online.


What you’ll experience

UBC Okanagan

If you want to learn more about UBC’s Okanagan campus, join our student ambassadors for an hour-long tour. You’ll get an in-depth overview of the most exciting places on campus and have the chance to ask your questions about student life and learning.

Tours are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


UBC Vancouver

To discover UBC’s Vancouver campus, take part in our 75-minute tour. Upper-level students will discuss what they enjoy most about living and learning at UBC Vancouver, and showcase the stunning campus with images and their own stories. The tour ends with a student panel and the chance to have your questions answered.

You can join a tour every weekday, excluding holidays.


How to register

To view all upcoming tours and to register, visit the Future Student Portal’s Tours and events page and select the “On campus” tab.


Keep exploring

If you are unable to attend one of our live tours or you want to learn more about UBC at your own pace, you can also experience our two campuses by taking a pre-recorded virtual tour.



International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

International students in Canada: Remember to update your study permit

If you’re an international student coming from a Canadian high school, you must apply for a post-secondary study permit before coming to UBC, even if your secondary school study permit has not expired. You can start post-secondary studies on a secondary-level study permit, but your UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver courses won’t count toward a Post-Graduation Work Permit until you have been approved for a post-secondary study permit.


How do I apply?

If you’re in Canada and your existing permit is still valid, you can apply to extend your study permit online for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver.

You can apply for a study permit extension while you are in Canada only. If you will not be in Canada in time to apply to extend your study permit, apply for an initial study permit at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver from outside of Canada.


When do I apply?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of admission from UBC. You must apply within 90 days after written confirmation that you’ve completed high school first becomes available, or before your study permit expires – whichever comes first.


What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions about your study permit requirements, read through our UBC International Student Guide for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver. You can also visit UBC’s COVID-19 FAQs for international students at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver to learn about potential impacts to study permit applications, PGWP eligibility, and travel restrictions.



Save the date for Jump Start

Save the date for Jump Start

If you’re entering your first year at UBC, you’ll want to register for Jump Start. The multi-day academic orientation program is created for all new-to-UBC students like you.


Why join Jump Start?

Jump Start’s events are designed to introduce you to the university, let you connect with your faculty, and help you make your first friends.

From August 31 to September 4, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Meet other first-year students before classes start.
  • Spend time with senior peers and UBC professors.
  • Learn more about the UBC services available to you.

Discover more about Jump Start for UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver students.


Jump Start is online

As countries around the world continue to be affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19, UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to campus. This year, we’re looking forward to delivering a memorable virtual Jump Start experience for you and your classmates. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information!


First-year UBC Okanagan students

If you’re attending UBC Okanagan, you’re encouraged to complete UBC 101 online before Jump Start begins. In less than two hours, UBC 101 will walk you through everything you need to know before September, including how to register for courses, what to expect from classes, and how to access student support services and other academic essentials during your first year.



All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

All the ways you can pay your UBC fees

Once you’ve accepted your offer of admission and registered for courses, there are many different ways to pay your tuition, student fees, and residence and meal plan fees. The payment options available will depend on the specific type of fee you’re paying, which campus you’re attending, and where you are in the world.

If you’re a Canadian student or paying from a Canadian account

Here are just a few of the ways you can pay your tuition and fees:

  • Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from any Canadian financial institution
  • Online or telephone banking bill payment from any Canadian financial institution
  • Interac® Online from Canadian accounts at select financial institutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any Canadian HSBC branch (you do not have to be an HSBC customer)

Did you know?

If you’re a Canadian student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you also have the option of applying your TD and Aeroplan loyalty points toward your tuition and fees through the HigherEdPoints program.

If you’re an international student or paying from an international account

You can pay your fees in a number of ways. Here are a few options:

  • International funds transfer (IFT) with Western Union Business Solutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Payment at any Canadian HSBC branch

Did you know?

If you’re an international student, UBC’s international funds transfer option with Western Union Business Solutions lets you pay in your home currency, secure a competitive exchange rate for up to 72 hours, and avoid additional transaction fees – no Canadian bank account required.

Step-by-step instructions

For a full list of payment options and to get step-by-step instructions for your payment method(s) of choice, read through the links below. Please note that tuition fees and residence fees are paid to different organizations.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

  • Contact Student Services and Financial Support at ubco@ubc.caor +1.250.807.9100 on the Okanagan campus.
  • Contact an Enrolment Services Advisoron the Vancouver campus.
  • If you do not have an assigned advisor on your campus, you can also reach us through our online form.


New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

New deadline if you’re thinking of deferring your admission

Last updated: May 29, 2020

The vast majority of students who accept their UBC offer will begin their classes in September. A small number apply to defer their entry and start their studies a year later.

If you have a reason to delay the start of your courses, you may be able to postpone your first day at UBC.


Who is eligible

To request a deferral, you must be admitted to the first year of a degree and expect to study full time. You must not be registered in any courses.

You won’t be able to defer your admission if you’ve been accepted to a limited enrolment degree (for example the the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Education, or Bachelor of Commerce). You also can’t defer your admission to attend another post-secondary institution.


Reasons to defer

When you apply to defer your studies, you have to tell us why. Some reasons to apply might be:

  • You are planning to take a gap year.
  • You are required to complete mandatory military service.
  • You will be participating in a Rotary program.

Each deferral application is examined on a case-by-case basis, and not all requests will be granted.


How to apply

After you’ve accepted your offer of admission, you must submit a deferred admission request form before July 15. If we receive your application after this date, we may only consider it if your circumstances have changed beyond your control.



All About UBC events are now online

All About UBC events are now online

After the global outbreak of COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel to cancel our in-person events. We’re still looking forward to meeting you, so we’ve moved many of these events online instead.

If you’re hoping to apply to UBC in the future, we’re hosting a series of online sessions in June just for you.

All prospective students are welcome, but the sessions will be most useful to those in their final two years of high school.


What to expect

At these online events, you’ll discover more about learning at UBC. More specifically, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Connect with UBC advisors who will answer all your questions
  • Find out about the application and admissions process
  • Discover UBC’s wide variety of learning options
  • Get expert advice on academic planning


How to register

For details on All About UBC events in your area and other ways to connect with us, check out our Prospective Canadian students page.



Your September classes and COVID-19

Your September classes and COVID-19

This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: May 28, 2020


In response to the global impact of COVID-19, UBC has made the decision to offer most Winter Session Term One courses online.

The way you take your classes will not be the same for everyone. Depending on the program you’re in and the courses you’ve chosen, some experiences may be fully online, others may include some limited on-campus activities, and some may include a hybrid approach.


What you can expect

Since it became clear that public health concerns may move learning online, the faculty and staff at UBC have been working hard to design digital courses and experiences that will deliver a high quality of instruction. We’ve put a number of supports in place to ensure you have an excellent educational experience, even if your first term is primarily online.

You’ve chosen to come to UBC because it ranks as one of the top 40 universities in the world. No matter what form your instruction will take, you can still look forward to:

  • Learning from world-renowned professors who are experts in their fields;
  • Making strong, lasting friendships with your classmates;
  • Collaborating with peers from all over the globe;
  • Engaging in research that solves real-world problems; and
  • Discovering new interests, skills, and strengths that prepare you for your future.

To find out more about what to expect and how to prepare for your online classes, visit Keep Learning.


Resuming all on-campus classes

When provincial health authorities tell us it’s safe to move all classes back to our campuses, we’ll do so as quickly as possible.

The decision about whether your Winter Session Term Two courses will be online or in-person will be made at a later date. UBC will continue to recognize your health and safety as a top priority when it’s time to make that choice.


Faculty learning plans

UBC Faculties are currently in the process of communicating how your courses will be delivered in the fall. You can learn more about each Faculty’s plans for your degree from the links below. Please note that this is an incomplete list and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

UBC Okanagan

Faculty of Applied Science

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies


UBC Vancouver

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

UBC Sauder School of Business


Find out more

The information on these webpages will continue to be updated, so remember to check back regularly.

  • If you have questions related to housing and your ability to live on campus, visit our Okanagan Housing or Vancouver Housing pages. You can also learn more from our blog post, COVID-19 and UBC housing for September 2020.
  • To learn more about UBC’s response to the COVID-19 situation, or our approach towards student health and safety, visit our Coronavirus response webpage.
  • If you’re an international student and have questions specific to your application for a study permit for Canada, learn more about what you should do for the Okanagan campus or Vancouver campus.
  • To stay up to date on information for admitted students and COVID-19, check the website regularly.



Programs spotlight: Education

Programs spotlight: Education

Do you believe education should put students and the quality of their learning first? Do you enjoy sharing knowledge with others and helping people find and develop their innate talent? Consider one of UBC’s seven Bachelor of Education degrees for an internationally recognized learning experience that will launch your career as an educator in Canada and beyond.

Explore your program options

Teaching Elementary, Middle or Secondary Programs

Gain hands-on experience teaching elementary, middle or secondary school curricula in one of UBC’s education programs. UBC Vancouver offers two pathways, Elementary and Middle Years and Secondary, while at UBC Okanagan students can choose between the Teaching Children and Teaching Adolescents programs. Students in all programs will complete school-based practicums and engage in collaborative learning with instructors, classmates, practising educators, and community partners, and have the opportunity to participate in place-based learning opportunities.

West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP)

If you believe rural and small school settings present exciting educational opportunities for teachers, WKTEP could be for you. Based in the WKTEP Learning Centre in Nelson, BC, and in the surrounding communities, this 11-month post-degree program offers an opportunity to develop the professional qualities and practices necessary to teach in today’s complex learning environments. With a strong focus on community, collaboration, and innovation, you’ll graduate prepared to teach in an elementary, middle, or secondary school setting.

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

Build upon your Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while learning how to be an effective educator in public, band, and independent schools in BC. In NITEP, you’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators and complete a specialization in Indigenous Education. As a student on UBC’s Vancouver campus, you’ll have access to the Xwi7xwa Library, a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.

 International Baccalaureate (IB)

Join a community of students focused on international education in Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program. You’ll learn key concepts and transdisciplinary themes through enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration, and thinking about real-world issues. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in the educational practices and underpinnings of IB, and will be eligible for the Level 1 IB Educator credential.


See a full list of education programs at UBC