Take the first step

The first step to becoming a UBC student is to create an account. From there, you can register for a campus tour, sign up for a UBC event in your area, attend an online info session, and receive important UBC updates.

Campus tours

Tour UBC’s Okanagan or Vancouver campus with one of our student ambassadors. It’s the best way to experience the university and get a taste of what your life on campus could be like.

Virtual tours

Explore UBC’s two campuses from anywhere in the world. Your virtual guide will take you to key locations, including residences, study spots, lecture halls, recreational facilities, and more.

Online regional events

Learn more about our admission requirements, application process, degrees and programs – plus get your questions answered by UBC representatives – during these events.

Online info sessions

Get valuable information about tuition, scholarships, admission requirements, and more – plus ask questions from the comfort of your home – during one of our online info sessions.

Explore your
program options

UBC offers degree programs in every major field, with hundreds of opportunities for specialization and interdisciplinary study. Here are just a few.

Map out
your application

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, you must meet UBC’s general admission requirements, degree-specific requirements, and English Language Admission Standard. Use your high school curriculum, plus your chosen campus and degree, to find a complete list of your requirements.

English Language Admission Standard

English is the language of instruction at UBC. To study here, you must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of English language competency. There are nine different ways to meet the University’s English Language Admission Standard.

How and when to apply

Applying to UBC is a straightforward four-step process, but be sure to give yourself plenty of time. Applications are due by January 15 (or December 1 if you wish to be considered for the University’s entrance scholarships and awards).

How UBC makes admissions decisions

UBC takes a broad view of your academic performance. We consider the breadth, rigour, and relevancy of your course selection, as well as your grades in all academic courses, with a particular focus on subject categories related to your intended area of study.

How to write a strong Personal Profile

Your application to UBC will be evaluated on a combination of your academic achievements and your personal experiences. That’s where the Personal Profile section of the online application comes in.

Do you volunteer in your community? Excel at a sport? Hold a part-time job? Knowing more about you helps us determine whether you will flourish here. Find out how to write a strong Personal Profile so you can put your best foot forward.

Plan your
finances

UBC recognizes and awards academic excellence through scholarships, bursaries, and work-study opportunities. Whether you’re a Canadian or international student, UBC can help develop a financial plan that works for you.

Budgeting for first year

Below is an estimate, in Canadian dollars, of what your first-year costs will be as an undergraduate student at UBC.
Keep in mind that most of the University’s bachelor’s degrees take four years of full-time study to complete.

$5,507+

Domestic tuition

OR
$39,574+

International tuition

+
$15,000+

Living costs

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$3,220+

Other educational costs

Craft your
academic experience

Seize your opportunities

At UBC, you’re encouraged to venture off campus and out into the world. Learn from professionals in your field through co-operative education, contribute to community-based projects with global significance, or experience other cultures on academic exchange. Whatever path you choose, you’ll have the freedom to craft a university experience that’s enriching and uniquely yours.

Leadership and volunteering »

Work programs »

Meet UBC
students and alumni

Taking advantage of opportunities

Alicia Margono | Surabaya, Indonesia | International Relations and Psychology (double major), minor in Creative writing

International Relations and Psychology double major student Alicia Margono was drawn to UBC because of its vast opportunities, so when she got here, she was quick to get involved, push her limits, and find exciting work experiences to complement her studies.

Finding a home

Williams Lake, BC | First Nations and Indigenous Studies, minor in Law and Society

All roads lead to space

São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil | BSc in Physics, minor in Computer Science

Q&A with Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen

Edmonton, AB | Cree | Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance

Success after UBC

Cloverdale, BC | BMgt in Management

Discover
your community

Life on campus

Make new friends at orientation, cheer on the UBC Heat or Thunderbirds, start a satirical magazine, join in a spontaneous snowball fight on campus – or choose all of the above. The experiences you take part in and the people you meet will shape your time at UBC and beyond. Whether you choose to live in residence or off campus, the University offers a wide range of resources, social spaces, and services to help you feel right at home.

Look inside the UBC Viewbook

Find out what's possible at UBC in the 2021 University of British Columbia Undergraduate Viewbook.

Plan your high-school courses

It's never too early to think about what you'll study at UBC. Knowing which degrees you're interested in will help you choose your Grade 11 (junior-year) and Grade 12 (senior-year) courses accordingly. Download our worksheets to help you plan ahead.