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 won’t be possible this year in light of the coronavirus – but hey, that’s what the internet is for!

As well as the student-led live virtual campus tours we offer for both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, we also have two great self-guided virtual tours – one for each campus – for you to explore in your own time.

On these self-guided tours, you can have a look at all the highlights you can look forward to as a student. The tour will walk you through key locations, giving you a feel for what it’s like to live and learn at UBC. You’ll see UBC’s residences, study spots, recreational facilities, lecture halls, academic buildings, and more.

On your journey you’ll be able to take a look at 360° panoramas, photos, and videos, and you can pause at any time to check them out. If you like, you can share your favourite spots on social media.

No matter which tour option you pick, we’re looking forward to showing you around!




Join us for US Thanksgiving 2020

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2020

If you are currently studying at a high school in the United States, we’d love you to join us for our US Thanksgiving event to get a taste of what you can look forward to as a UBC undergraduate student.

During this day of live sessions, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will show you the very best of what the university has to offer, and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our US Thanksgiving events will be virtual this year to ensure that we can still connect with you and answer any questions you have about UBC. You’re invited to attend as many of the live sessions as you’d like!


Event highlights

  • Join us for live virtual campus tours of UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, led by current UBC undergraduate students
  • Meet our UBC advisors who can answer your questions about how to apply to UBC and submit the best application you can.
  • Find out what merit-based and need-based awards are available to US students, and learn how you would apply.
  • Get to know our current undergraduate students and discover their real-life student perspective of UBC.

Date and registration

All sessions will take place Friday, November 27. If you are interested in registering, please log in or create an account on the Future Student Portal and scroll down to upcoming events you might be interested in. If you have any issues with registering, please contact us at vancouver.tours@ubc.ca.

We look forward to connecting with you!


International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

Are you an international student interested in learning more about UBC, but don’t know where to start? Come and join us at one of our interactive online sessions!

Due to COVID-19, we’re presenting all of our events digitally. We understand that the amount of online options can be overwhelming, so our events will give you the chance to ask questions and soak up crucial information about the application process in a relaxed way, all from the safety and comfort of your own home.


Online info sessions

Each of our online info sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with current students, advisors, and UBC experts, who will answer your questions in real time. You’ll be able to watch a live video presentation and meet other international students who are applying to UBC. You’ll also hear from current students who will offer honest advice about their application experience, so you know what to expect.

These sessions cover topics that will help you decide whether UBC is the place for you, as well as advice on admission requirements, financial resources, and how best to prepare your application.

We are also offering on-demand presentations, which you’ll find posted through out the fall at our online info sessions page.


Take a live online virtual tour

Although we’ve suspended our in-person tour of our two beautiful locations, you can still check out our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses from anywhere in the world. Join our friendly student ambassadors for a live virtual campus tour, and get an in-depth overview of what it’s like to live and study at UBC.


How to register

Each of our events will require you to create a Future Student Portal account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so. Then, you’ll need to log in and check the “Off campus” and “Online” tabs on the Tours and Events page to view and register for our latest events.



Online events for Indigenous students

Online events for Indigenous students

Choosing where you want to go to university is a big decision. We understand that you want to apply to the right school, so our knowledgeable and friendly advisors are here to help you decide whether UBC is the right community for you.

As well as the online region-specific events that we’re offering to all students throughout October and November, Indigenous students are also invited to join our Indigenous Recruiter advisors for sessions tailored to you.


Indigenous-specific events

 At our Indigenous-specific events, you and your parents will hear about what it’s like to be a UBC student at one of our two beautiful campuses.

There are three different kinds of events on offer throughout October and November:


Indigenous introduction to UBC

Join our Indigenous Recruitment team for a one-hour introduction to UBC. You’ll discover what it’s like to be an Indigenous student at UBC, learn about your admissions requirements, and find out how to apply. The Indigenous Recruitment team will also provide details on the Indigenous communities and spaces, the resources and services available at our two campuses, and the funding and awards that you can access. Your parents or guardians are also welcome to attend!

To register: email us at indigenous.recruitment@ubc.ca. Let us know your full name and which event you’d like to attend.


Indigenous application workshop

Find out about UBC’s application process for Indigenous students with this hands-on workshop. Our Indigenous Recruiter advisors will walk you through a demonstration of UBC’s online application, and provide tips on applying for UBC’s Indigenous-specific awards. You’ll also learn about the programs and services for Indigenous students found on both campuses. Your parents or guardians are welcome.

To register: email us at indigenous.recruitment@ubc.ca. Let us know your full name and which event you’d like to attend.


Indigenous introduction to UBC for students in the Lower Mainland

UBC is also offering online Indigenous-specific events for students in school districts within the Lower Mainland (Vancouver and surrounding areas). Please email Kristen Davis for more information on the events and how to sign up.


We’re looking forward to meeting you!



Join us for a live virtual campus tour!

Join us for a live virtual campus tour!

Ever wonder what life at UBC is like? Are you curious about your new classes, or how to build your community? Maybe you’d just like to see if UBC feels like the right place for you.

If so, come and join us for a live virtual campus tour! In light of COVID-19, we’re now running our tours for both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver online.

You’ll be in excellent hands as you join our friendly student ambassadors for a 75-minute live virtual tour of your campus of choice, and get an in-depth overview of life at UBC. Our ambassadors are current students who are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you, and they’re looking forward to answering your questions about what it’s like to be a UBC student.


Tour schedules

Tours are scheduled every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday for UBC Okanagan.

For UBC Vancouver, you can join a tour every weekday, excluding holidays.

All tours take place using Zoom.


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 self-guided virtual tour.


We’re looking forward to meeting you online!



Connect with a UBC advisor near you

Connect with a UBC advisor near you

As you settle into your new school year, our UBC advisors are ready to help you plan for 2021, and the next steps in your journey to UBC.

Our advisors can answer all of your questions about the university, including admission requirements, the application process, and what life is like as a UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver student.


Find an event in your area

Given the current global outbreak of COVID-19, we’re holding our region-specific events online. At these events, you’ll get to ask us your questions about UBC, and find out information relevant to where you live and what curriculum you’re studying. Keep checking back to see if more sessions have been added!

All About UBC

Find out about what makes UBC unique in this one-hour session. You’ll get a great introduction to the university by hearing more about the student experience, UBC’s admissions requirements, and how to apply. Feel free to invite your parents and come with your questions!

IB presentation

Learn all about how to apply to UBC with your IB. In this session, you’ll learn all about what it’s like to be a student at UBC, what your requirements are for IB, and the steps you’ll take to apply.

Your degree at UBC

Explore our degree and program options to help you decide whether UBC is the right choice to you. You’ll take part in program-specific breakout sessions which will let you interact with UBC students and faculty from the programs you’re curious about. If you’re not sure what you might like to study, this session will let you learn about a variety of programs and see the opportunities available in each.

Discover UBC’s Okanagan campus

Learn about UBC Okanagan’s tight-knit community and world-class academic experience. In these events, you’ll hear from current students as they share their stories about life at UBC Okanagan, and you’ll meet with UBC advisors who will walk you through the application process.


How to register

To find out if UBC is hosting an event specific to you and your area, log in or create an account on UBC’s Future Student Portal. Based on your profile, we’ll show you a list of all the off-campus events and online events available to you.

To register, simply click the event details button and follow the instructions to reserve a spot. You can find all of the events you’re registered for anytime on the Portal homepage.

Not sure if you already have a Portal account? If you’ve ever attended a UBC event, or been on a campus tour, chances are you already have one. If not – don’t worry! It takes just a few minutes to create an account.


Other ways to connect with UBC

If UBC isn’t running any events specific to your region, there are still plenty of ways to connect:


We’re looking forward to meeting you!



Do you follow us?

Do you follow us?

At UBC, we’re pretty social. In fact, we have dedicated accounts on InstagramFacebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and TikTok for anyone who’s aspiring to be a UBC student, applying to UBC, or getting ready for their first day on campus. Sound like you? Click that “follow” button for answers to your questions, important reminders, and to have a peek at student life.


Get answers to your questions

Have a question about UBC? Head over to Facebook Messenger or Twitter. Our team of advisors is online Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), answering all of your questions about applications, admissions, awards, and more. If you’re in a different time zone, leave us a message and we’ll get back to you when we log in for the day. 


Get important info and reminders

Looking for application tips? Worried about missing a deadline? We’ve got you covered. On our Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook, you’ll find information on how to apply to UBC, reminders about key dates and deadlines, and the inside scoop on events of all kinds – starting with info sessions before you apply, celebratory events, and even orientations.



Get a peek at student life

If you’re curious what life is like at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Instagram and TikTok.



On Instagram, we share our own photos from around campus and re-post our favourite shots. On Instagram Stories and TikTok, we often hand the microphone (and camera) over to current students so you can see UBC life through a fresh set of eyes.




Find us on social media

@youbcpic on Instagram

@youbc on Facebook

@youbc on Twitter

@youbc on TikTok

@youbcsnaps on Snapchat



10 things you never knew about UBC

10 things you never knew about UBC

Did you know UBC has been named the most sustainable university in Canada, or that there’s an outdoor echo chamber in the middle of UBC’s Vancouver campus? UBC’s hallowed halls have produced some of the world’s best thinkers and leaders, as well as some exceptional curiosities, in its 100+ year history. Read on to learn more fun trivia about the university.


1. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum houses Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can get close to the biggest creature that has ever lived on Earth


2. UBC has a quidditch team. Members compete at major events in North America, representing UBC and the city of Vancouver. Past players have also participated on the quidditch world stage as part of Team Canada in the World Cup.


3. UBC’s Vancouver campuses is home to a number of apple trees that are direct descendants of those that inspired Newton to compose his theory of gravity in 1661. The trees are planted near UBC’s TRIUMF lab, which houses the largest particle accelerator cyclotron in the world.


4. UBC alumni include eight Nobel Prize winners, plus three Canadian prime ministers, 71 Rhodes Scholars, and 226 Royal Society of Canada fellows. Our varsity athletes have won a combined total of 58 Olympic medals.


5. All the street signs on both UBC campuses are bilingual. At UBC Okanagan, the signs feature both English and Nsyilxcen, the traditional language spoken by the Okanagan’s original people. At UBC Vancouver, which is built on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people, you’ll navigate by signs in English as well as the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.


6. The buildings on UBC’s Okanagan campus are heated and cooled using energy from the groundwater under the campus. At UBC Vancouver, the pools in the Aquatic Centre are replenished from rainwater that lands on the roof.


7. The Kryptonian language in the Superman movie Man of Steel was developed by Christine Schreyer, an associate professor of anthropology on UBC’s Okanagan campus.


8. UBC’s Vancouver campus is the ninth most popular filming location on earth. It’s served as the setting for many films and TV shows, including The Butterfly Effect, Smallville, three X-Men movies, The X-Files, Legion, Supernatural, 50 Shades of Grey, and more.


9. UBC’s Okanagan campus hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate!) in fall 2016 during the pair’s royal tour of Canada. The couple dedicated a new Aboriginal art installation commemorating UBC’s centennial and the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan campus, and joined 1,500 UBC students in watching an inter-squad volleyball game.


10. The Seed Lending Library on UBC’s Vancouver campus has a mission to conserve precious seed varieties by allowing members of the public to sign out seeds in order to grow, harvest, and pass them on to other gardeners.