First-year English requirements

First-year English requirements

As a UBC student, you’re expected to have excellent reading, writing, and speaking skills in English – regardless of your first language or citizenship. To ensure you develop those skills, all UBC undergraduate students are required to earn between 3 and 6 credits of first-year English.

Is this the same thing as the English Language Admission Standard?

No, they’re two different things. The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is an admissions requirement that you had to meet before being admitted to UBC. Your faculty’s first-year English requirements are something you need to meet now that you’re a UBC student.

What are my first-year English requirements?

To check how many English credits you must complete and which English courses will fulfill your degree requirements, please refer to the undergraduate degree requirements for your faculty on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus.

What is the first-year English course entry requirement?

To stay enrolled in your first-year English courses, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. One way to do this is by writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test, an exam that assists UBC in determining your competency in writing at a university level.

Do I have to write the LPI test?

Review your options for meeting the first-year English course entry requirement on the Okanagan or Vancouver campus. Please note that the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) do not exempt you from the LPI test. If you do need to write the LPI test, you can register online.

Bachelor of Arts students on the Vancouver campus: You do not need to write the LPI test. To review the courses that fulfill your writing requirement, please refer to “Meeting the Faculty of Arts Writing Requirement with English courses” on the For students in the Faculty of Arts page.

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

UBC Collegia: A home away from home on campus

Whether you’re facing a long commute or a taking a quick bus ride to UBC, feeling like part of the university community can be challenging if you don’t have a home base on campus. UBC Collegia are spaces where commuter students can fully experience life at UBC.


Okanagan campus

Each Collegium on the Okanagan campus has comfortable furniture, dedicated workspaces, and a kitchen to make you feel right at home.

 

There are three different Collegia spaces on the Okanagan campus where you can relax, eat lunch, do schoolwork, or spend time with friends between classes. Each Collegium is staffed by senior students who can answer your questions, refer you to campus resources, and help plan activities and events. 

First and Second Year Collegium

Also known as the Junior Collegium, this space is the perfect place for new-to-UBC students to find community on campus. Come here to meet other students from your program – or cross paths with people from completely different faculties.

Upper Levels Collegium

Also known as the Senior Collegium, this space is traditionally a quieter spot for students to study, work on group projects, or unwind. Come here to enjoy a peaceful coffee break or get a head start on your assignments.

Global Collegium

You don’t need to be an international student to visit the Global Collegium. If you’re interested in discovering new cultures and sharing your own, you’re welcome here – no passport required! Come here to meet UBC students from across Canada and around the world.

What students are saying

“Working in a Collegium allowed me to meet so many students and make friends that I may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. It’s a great resource for students to feel like part of a community.”

– Collegia assistant, Biology, Okanagan campus

How to get involved

No registration or membership is required to use the Collegia on the Okanagan campus. If you’re interested, stop by for a visit.

Learn more about UBC Collegia on the Okanagan campus


Vancouver campus

UBC Collegia spaces on the Vancouver campus offer plenty of space for you to kick back and relax.

 

If you’ll be commuting to campus, you’re part of the majority: more than 75% of students on UBC’s Vancouver campus bike, drive, or take transit to campus. You may be wondering where you’ll be able to warm up your lunch, relax between classes, or meet people.

UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus provide all of this and more. Each space has a kitchen, comfy couches, and friendly advisors who are happy to chat and help you settle into life at UBC. There are also lots of activities designed to connect you with on-campus services, faculty members, and peer support.

What students are saying

“I always feel welcome when I visit Collegia, which is almost every day. It is an amazing place just to take a break from a hectic school day or to just visit and socialize.”

– Collegia member, first-year Arts, Vancouver campus

 

“UBC Collegia was a space where I could catch up with friends during the day and study in the evenings. I got a good head start on getting involved, learning about the resources on campus, and getting myself to delve out of my comfort zone. Overall, I definitely feel more equipped to venture off to second year with the start UBC Collegia provided.”

– Collegia member, first-year Science, Vancouver campus

How to get involved

There’s no cost to join UBC Collegia, but spaces are limited. If you’re a first-year commuter student on UBC’s Vancouver campus and you’re interested in Collegia, let us know.

Express your interest in UBC Collegia on the Vancouver campus

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, 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

Your payment options include:

  • 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)
  • Cash or cheque at any HSBC branch

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

As of May 30, 2018, UBC will no longer accept wire transfers, but several other payment options are still available:

  • International funds transfer (IFT) with Western Union Business Solutions
  • Online credit card payment (a 1.75% convenience fee applies for certain payments)
  • Cash or cheque at any HSBC branch
  • US dollar cheques, delivered in person (Vancouver campus only)

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

Get step-by-step instructions and important tips for your payment method(s) of choice.

Okanagan campus

Vancouver campus

Need help?

If you have questions about paying your tuition or fees:

If you have questions about international funds transfer, contact Western Union Business Solutions directly at studentinquiries@westernunion.com or toll-free at +1.877.218.8829.

Important dates for new students

Important dates for new students

Your high school career is coming to a close and summer’s just around the corner. Before you set your brain to vacation mode, mark these important dates and deadlines in your calendar. That way, you’ll be all set to start classes at UBC when September rolls around.

July 5

July 7

July 14

Note: You only need to write the LPI test once.

July 15

  • Recommended deadline to apply for student loans if you’re also planning to apply for the UBC bursary program

July 31

August 1

Note: If you’re participating in Jump Start on either campus, there’s no need to apply for early arrival.

August 15

(or 30 days after you receive your offer, whichever is later)

August 25

August 25–26

September 1

September 2

September 3

September 4

September 5

September 15

  • Deadline to submit your general bursary application for Winter Session if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

Accepting an offer of admission to UBC

If you’ve received an offer of admission to UBC, congratulations! Getting into UBC is no easy feat, so all of your hard work paid off. The next step is to formally accept your offer and pay your acceptance deposit before the deadline to confirm your spot.

How do I accept my offer?

To accept your offer:

  1. Log in the Student Service Centre.
  2. Click Admissions followed by Accept or Decline My Offer.
  3. Select Yes, I accept this offer.
  4. Pay your acceptance deposit ($500 if you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or $1,000 if you’re an international student). This deposit will be credited to your first term’s tuition.

When’s the deadline to accept an offer?

The deadline for you to accept your offer will depend on when your offer was made and to which degree you’ve been admitted. For example, if you received an offer of admission to the Bachelor of Commerce degree in April, your deadline to accept was May 1. For the majority of degrees, where decisions were made in April and May, your deadline to accept is June 1.

Where do I find my deadline to accept?

You can find the deadline to accept your offer in two places:

  • Your letter of admission (see page 2)
  • Your Student Service Centre account (click Admissions followed by Accept or Decline My Offer)

Be sure to accept your offer on or before the stipulated deadline. Spaces at UBC are in high demand. If you miss the deadline, your offer is likely to be withdrawn and made to another student.

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

Most students are required to pay a non-refundable deposit on the Student Service Centre when they accept their offers of admission to UBC. The acceptance deposit counts as your first registration deposit, and is applied to your tuition fees after you register for classes.

There are some exceptions though. If you’re receiving a major award or sponsorship funding – from UBC or a third party – and that funding is delayed, your registration deposit may be deferred until the rest of your tuition fees are due. If you’ve self-identified as an Aboriginal person of Canada, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred in an effort to support students who are being funded by third parties, including their band or Nation.

Can I apply to have my registration deposit deferred?

There’s no need to apply. If you’re eligible, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred.

How will I know if my deposit has been deferred?

If UBC has deferred your registration deposit it will be noted in one of two places:

  • at the bottom of your letter of admission; or
  • in an email from the Enrolment Services team, which explains why you’ve been granted a deferral and what to expect when you log in to the Student Service Centre.

Don’t worry if you are still prompted to pay a deposit on your registration screen. If you have confirmation that your registration deposit has been deferred, you can safely ignore this default warning.

Who can help me with financial planning?

If you have financial concerns or you’re facing financial challenges, please contact an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. We can help you plan how to finance your studies at UBC.

Choosing your first-year courses

Choosing your first-year courses

As soon as you’ve been admitted to UBC, you can begin thinking about the courses you’ll take in first year. If you familiarize yourself with how to read course descriptions now, you’ll have a head start when it’s time to build your course timetable. Registration for first-year programs on the Okanagan campus and registration for first-year programs on the Vancouver campus both begin in June.

Review your degree requirements

It’s important to be aware of your degree requirements – that is, the courses you must complete to graduate with your chosen degree. Step 6 of your Registration and Orientation Guide lists the basic requirements for each degree, but some degrees may require additional courses.

For a full list of your degree requirements, check out the Academic Calendar and your faculty website:

If you have questions, you can contact Academic Advising on the Okanagan campus or a faculty academic advisor on the Vancouver campus.

Pay close attention to any English requirements

Most undergraduate degrees at UBC also have an English, communication, or writing requirement that applies to all students, regardless of first language or citizenship.

If you are required or choose to take a first-year (ENGL 100-level) course, you must meet the first-year English course entry requirement before you can register. Writing the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test is one way to do that.

To determine if you need to write the LPI test (and by when), check out the requirements for your campus:

Start exploring your options

Most students are able to fit in a few courses beyond their degree requirements – and there’s a wide range to choose from. Taking courses outside your faculty is highly encouraged at UBC, so don’t be shy about choosing electives that take you beyond your degree and help you pursue other interests. Start exploring the Academic Calendar and see what you find!

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

How can I maintain my offer of admission?

First of all, remember that your offer of admission to UBC was based on a combination of your academic profile and your Personal Profile. So when we receive your final grades, we’ll be looking at them alongside your Personal Profile.

Our process and timeline

In May, we’ll review grades for students who received first-round offers and students who self-reported and were admitted in the March-to-April timeframe. That’s when we’ll verify that the grade information submitted to UBC is accurate. If we have any concerns with your grades, we’ll reach out to you directly.

In July, we’ll review final grades. If you meet the conditions on your offer of admission, we’ll update your offer to reflect that.

What you can do

Most students are looking for a definitive answer: “Tell me exactly how much my grades can drop before I lose my offer.” But we can’t say: “Everyone whose grades drop more than X%, or drop below Y%, will lose their offers.”

Each student’s situation is unique and we review changes in academic standing on a case-by-case basis. We don’t like to withdraw offers, but we must ensure that they’re awarded consistently and fairly, and that you have a solid foundation for success.

Certain grade changes may cause us to look at your application more closely when your final grades are submitted. Our best advice is to keep working hard to present your best final grades so we can confirm your offer of admission to UBC.