Take university life for a test drive with the Future Global Leaders program

Take university life for a test drive with the Future Global Leaders program

Curious about university life? Try it out while you’re still in high school

Picturing your life at university can be tough if you haven’t wandered the campus, sat in a lecture hall, or grabbed coffee with some fellow first-years. The UBC Future Global Leaders pre-university summer program gives high school students aged 15 to 18 the chance to immerse themselves in those experiences.

In this two-week program, you’ll take first year-level classes and participate in workshops focused on university prep, as well as enjoy a full calendar of social and cultural activities in and around Vancouver or the Okanagan.



What will you study?

You’ll experience life at a top-tier university and choose from an array of engaging courses, all taught by UBC professors and instructors. The program offers 40 different choices, including business and economics; earth, environment, and sustainability; engineering and technology; health and life sciences; history, law, and politics; media and fine arts; people, culture, and society; and even English language skill development for university.

You’ll also take part in afternoon workshops and information sessions designed to prepare you for life in university (and get some great tips on your future application to UBC). Expect to meet current students, and get the low down on life at UBC.

Where will you live?

You’ll have the choice of staying in a UBC student residence and truly embracing the student life, or living off campus and testing out the daily commute. No matter where you decide to stay, you’ll be able to network with like-minded students from around the world, and gain a real university experience in beautiful Vancouver or spectacular Kelowna.


Future Global Leaders Vancouver 2019
Combine two-week courses at one of both UBC campuses to make your own four- or six-week program. 


Future Global Leaders Vancouver 2019
Study and socialize with students from more than 45 countries around the world.


Eligibility requirements

To apply for the Future Global Leaders program, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. You’ll also need to have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You’ll need to include your most recent school report card or transcripts in your application.

If you want to participate in academic courses and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You can self-assess your own levels, as you are not required to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

If you’re looking to take courses that develop your English language skills for university, we require you to have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B, plus an IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent, or a TOEFL Internet-based score of 60 or equivalent.

UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The Future Global Leaders program will award approximately 20 bursaries in 2020 to Grade 11 high school students in British Columbia. It will cover full tuition for one two-week course of your choice, as well as the fees to stay in a student residence at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, and three meals a day.

To be considered for the bursary, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university college.

Registration is open for the 2020 sessions

Joining the UBC Future Global Leaders program will help you develop critical academic and social skills that will be valuable during the transition from high school to post-secondary life. Register now for the 2020 sessions of UBC Future Global Leaders, and experience one or both of UBC’s beautiful campuses.

  • Session 1: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 11 (Okanagan or Vancouver)
  • Session 2: Sunday, July 12 – Saturday, July 25 (Vancouver)
  • Session 3: Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 8 (Vancouver)


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 might not always be possible – but hey, that’s what the internet is for! We have two great virtual tours for you to explore – one for UBC Okanagan, and one for UBC Vancouver.

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. If you like, you can 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 online or in person, we’re looking forward to showing you around!




Join us for US Thanksgiving 2019

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2019

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

During this day of activities, 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.

Event highlights

  • Campus tour led by current UBC undergraduate students
  • Lunch with UBC students, staff, and advisors who can answer questions about what it’s like to study here and the programs you are interested in
  • A student panel with current undergraduate students who can offer their real-life student perspective of UBC

Date and registration

The event will take place Friday, November 29 on UBC’s Vancouver campus. 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.

How about visiting UBC’s Okanagan campus?

There will be campus tours and advisors available on Thursday, November 28, Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30 at UBC’s Okanagan campus. To register, log in to your account, look for tours and events, and click on campus.

We look forward to welcoming you!


International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

International students: Ask your questions in an online info session

Are you an international student interested in learning more about UBC, but don’t know where to start? Come and join us for an interactive online info session! Our online events will give you the chance to ask questions and soak up crucial information about the application process, all from the comfort of your own home.

What to expect

Each of our online info sessions are an opportunity for you to connect with current students, advisors, and UBC experts, who will be on-hand to 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. Current students will offer candid advice about their application experience, so you know what to expect.

Take a virtual tour

If you can’t make it to an online info session, you can still check out our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses from anywhere in the world. Take a virtual tour led by current UBC students who will walk you through key locations, giving you a feel for daily life at UBC.

Upcoming sessions

Our online info 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. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.


Join us for a campus tour!

Join us for a campus tour!

Ever wonder what life on campus is like? Are you curious about what residence looks like, or where the best places to eat or study are? Maybe you’d just like to see if UBC feels like the right place for you.

If so, come and join us for a campus tour! We offer tours every day of the week (except Sunday) on our Vancouver campus, and three days a week on our Okanagan campus. Family members and friends are welcome to join you.

You’ll be in excellent hands once you arrive, as the campus tours are led by our friendly Student Ambassadors. These are current students who live the UBC student experience and are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you.

The only thing you’ll need to bring is a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ll also need to take the weather into account during your visit, so dress appropriately.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus!


UBC is travelling across Canada and the world

UBC is travelling across Canada and the world

Just as you’re settling into the 2019 school year, UBC advisors are hitting the road to help you plan for 2020! Their mission? To support you and your family with the next steps in your journey to UBC. They can answer all of your questions about the University, including admission requirements, the application process, and what life is like on our Okanagan and Vancouver and campuses.


Find an event near you

To find out if UBC will be visiting your school or hosting an event in 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 coming to a community near you, there are still plenty of ways to connect:


We look forward to meeting you soon!

Do you follow us?

Do you follow us?

At UBC, we’re pretty social. In fact, we have dedicated accounts on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter 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 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 Stories and Snapchat, 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 orientation.



Get a peek at student life

If you’re curious what life is like on UBC’s Okanagan and Vancouver campuses, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Instagram and Snapchat. On Instagram, we share our own photos from around campus and re-post our favourite shots.



On Snapchat and Instagram Story, 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

@youbcsnaps on Snapchat

@youbcpic on Instagram

@youbc on Facebook

@youbc on Twitter


10 things you maybe never knew about UBC

10 things you maybe never knew about UBC

Did you know UBC’s 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 teamMembers 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. The buildings on UBC’s Okanagan campus are heated and cooled using energy from the groundwater under the campus.


4. There’s an outdoor echo circle next to the Koerner Library on Main Mall on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The circular shape of the structure allows your voice, and only your voice, to echo when standing in the centre of the surrounding benches.


5. 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.


6. The library on UBC’s Okanagan campus offers portable lawn chairs for rent so students can get ahead of their studies and enjoy the outdoors – all at the same time.


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. The 18-storey Tall Wood Building student residence on UBC’s Vancouver campus is among the world’s tallest wood buildings.


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.