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 who want to be considered for a Presidential Scholars Award must complete their UBC application for admission by December 1, 2020 (11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time). That’s less than two weeks’ time.

Writing your online application and preparing your Personal Profile is not something you’ll want to rush, so make sure you’ve left enough time to complete both parts.


What are Presidential Scholars Awards?

Presidential Scholars Awards are one-time awards of approximately $5,000, and renewable awards of up to $80,000 which are paid over four years. The Awards are offered to Canadian high school students (including Quebec CEGEP students) who excel academically as well as demonstrating leadership achievements in the arts, community, athletics, or their school.


How do you apply?

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, 2021 to apply to UBC. Don’t let that deadline stop you from applying earlier, though – with your application out of the way, you can truly relax over the winter break.

Start now by checking out our online application tips.



New Jump Start registration deadline for UBC Vancouver

New Jump Start registration deadline for UBC Vancouver

Get ready to take part in Jump Start! The five-day online orientation is created for all new-to-UBC students like you, and lets you discover university life, meet your professors and academic community, and find your first friends.

Join student leaders and faculty fellows who will help you build connections, offer personal support, refer you to resources, and welcome you into the UBC community.


What to look forward to

  • Get to know your fellow first-years. From August 31 to September 4, UBC Vancouver’s Jump Start online program will offer both live and pre-recorded activities to help you introduce yourself and have fun with your new friends.


  • Join Jump Start from wherever you are in the world. You’ll enjoy drop-in trivia nights, photo challenges, games, dance tutorials, and more, as well as taking part in seminars with instructors from your Faculty. Your Jump Start Learning Community will stay connected after your first term begins, with group events and one-on-one support from current students.


  • Take part in activities at convenient times. Your Jump Start Learning Community is synchronized to your time zone. Each day will include two to three hours of scheduled events, plus a number of sessions, socials, and other offerings that you can take part in at your own pace.



 New registration deadline

The registration deadline for Jump Start Vancouver has been extended until July 13, 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT, so make sure you sign up before then!


Register for Jump Start now

To take part in Jump Start, complete the registration form as soon as possible, and pay your fee ($35 plus tax, non-refundable). The registration fee is waived for all self-identified Aboriginal students.

If the cost for Jump Start prohibits you from participating, please let us know by emailing


UBC Okanagan

Heading to UBC Okanagan instead? Learn more about the Jump Start events you can look forward to, as well as your dates and deadlines.



Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Please note:

UBC is continuing to monitor how COVID-19 is evolving in Canada. After you submit your housing application, we will send you your residence offer in mid-June, and you’ll make your first deposit when you accept. We anticipate that our residence offers will proceed as normal, and that you will start your courses in the fall. In the event that the situation changes, we’ll let you know through this blog, the UBC website, and our social media channels.


Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. If you want to live in residence at UBC, you must apply by May 1, 2020.

If you are considering a degree on both campuses, you must complete a separate residence application for each campus.

Am I guaranteed a spot?

Your place in residence is guaranteed if:

  • you are entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP and you submit your residence application for Winter Session housing by the May 1 deadline;
  • you receive and accept UBC’s offer of admission by June 1.

If you have questions about priority access, residence guarantees, or housing beyond first year, visit the UBC Student Housing website.

What’s residence like?

No matter which residence you’re assigned to, you’ll be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university life, enjoy your time as a student, and make lifelong friends. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional and mandatory meal plans on  our Okanagan campus, and enjoy the mandatory first-year residence meal plan on our Vancouver campus.

Move-in day on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Move-in day on UBC’s Vancouver campus

What if residence isn’t for me?

If you’re not planning to live in residence, you can build your own home away from home at the UBC Collegia on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. These welcoming on-campus spaces are great spots to relax between classes, heat up your lunch, and connect with new friends.



Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Maritimes: UBC document upload deadline is March 1

Have you uploaded your documents to the Student Service Centre yet? Document upload will be closing on Sunday, March 1, 2020, so be sure to get your documents in as soon as you have them.

Check out our tips on uploading your documents.

If you are an International Baccalaureate student in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or the Maritimes, we will receive your anticipated IB results directly from your IB coordinators, so you do not need to upload documents to complete your application.

Have questions? Email us at with the subject line “document upload,” and remember to include your full name and UBC student number so we can assist you.

International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

International applicants: Submit your supporting documents

Transcript and/or grade information

As part of UBC’s admission process, you are required to submit your transcript and/or grade information. Although you have completed an online application, we may still require documents from you to assess your application. If you’re an international applicant, the deadline to submit your supporting documents is March 15, 2020.

Learn how to submit your supporting documents.

English language competency

All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Check the status of your application on the Student Service Centre to see whether you need to submit evidence of your English language proficiency. The deadline for meeting the English language requirements and submitting the related documents is February 15, 2020.

Find out how to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard.

Document extension for students in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia

Document extension for students in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia

February 26, 2020 update

UBC continues to monitor the situation. We are aware that English-proficiency tests are still cancelled in some regions. If you have submitted an application of admission to UBC and are worried that you won’t be able to sit an English-proficiency test, please contact us. As well, be sure to check your email for updates from UBC about your required documents. Log in to the Student Service Centre for updates on your application status, upcoming deadlines, and outstanding documents.



Following the recent cases of coronavirus in Asia, some countries and regions have cancelled English proficiency exams in February, including the January 31 IELTS sitting. The decision will affect students taking the IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT tests.

To accommodate these changes, UBC is extending the document submission deadline for undergraduate applicants who live in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia.


What are the new deadlines?

If you live in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Mongolia, you now have until March 31, 2020 to meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) and submit the required documents. The deadline has also been extended to March 31, 2020 for any transcripts we have asked you to send.

The deadlines may be extended again in the future. We’ll connect with you by email if there are any changes, and we will also announce it on the UBC Admissions blog.


What if I don’t live in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Mongolia?

For all other applicants (including those in Taiwan, where testing centres remain open), the deadline remains February 15, 2020 to meet the ELAS requirements, and March 15, 2020 to submit your transcripts.

If these deadlines are extended, we’ll let you know by email.


Where can I find out more information?

If you have any questions about your situation, please contact us.



Reminder: When to upload your documents

Reminder: When to upload your documents

If you don’t have your documents ready to upload at the time that you apply to UBC, don’t worry – you’re not required to yet.

The deadline to complete UBC’s online application is January 15, 2020.

Your supporting documents do not need to be uploaded until after you’ve submitted your application. The deadline to upload those documents will differ depending on whether you’re a Canadian or international student, what province you’re studying in, whether you’re a transfer student, and the curriculum you’re learning.

Most of those deadlines will fall in March 2020, but you should find out your exact date and requirements well ahead of time. After you’ve applied, UBC will send you an email that outlines which documents you are required to submit, and when you’re required to submit them.

For more tips on when and how to upload your documents, keep checking the UBC Admissions Blog.



The UBC online application closes on Wednesday

The UBC online application closes on Wednesday

This is the final stretch! You’ve got six more days until the UBC application closes, so put the finishing 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 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.