Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Our offices on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will be closed from December 24, 2018 to January 2, 2019 for the winter break. We will reopen on January 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. We look forward to connecting with you about your application questions in the new year!

Holiday hours

Vancouver campus

December 24 to January 2: Closed

Please see the Enrolment Services Advisors website for more information.

Okanagan campus

December 24 to January 2: 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 approaching next month – January 15, at 11:59 pm (PST), to be exact – you’re probably excited to find the university experience that is going to be a great fit for you. So before you apply, make sure you check out UBC’s Okanagan campus, in Kelowna, BC.

UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world and the Okanagan campus is a great place to be challenged, to thrive, and to develop into a global citizen. For 8,996 undergraduate students, UBC Okanagan provides an unparalleled mix of academics, community, and recreation.

Explore UBC’s Okanagan campus

Start by exploring the list of programs offered at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and read up on what it’s like to live in the Okanagan Valley. Would you rather live in residence or live off campus? Watch this great 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.

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.