UBC is a world-class institution where you can define not only your long-term career, but who you are and the impact you intend on having locally and globally. The resources and people are the perfect mix of empathy and excellence, and you will not regret your decision to come here.
With its two stunning campuses full of modern learning spaces and innovative research facilities, UBC is home to endless opportunities. Maximize your potential, challenge the ordinary, meet peers from around the world, and discover how to make a difference.
UBC shares a meaningful relationship with the Indigenous host nations for our two main campuses. UBC’s Vancouver campus is located on traditional, ancestral, unceded land of the Musqueam people, and its Okanagan campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. For generations, these lands have been a place of teaching and learning for Indigenous peoples – a tradition that continues to this day.
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.
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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.
Join us at an event
Choosing where you want to go to university is a big decision. We understand that you want to pick the right school and campus for you, so our knowledgeable and friendly advisors are here to help you decide whether UBC is the perfect fit. We host many events across the year, including campus tours, student experience events, school visits and more, and we’re looking forward to connecting with you.
Meet your UBC community
UBC’s community goes back over a hundred years, and connects tens of thousands of students and faculty, and hundreds of thousands of alumni. We pride ourselves on being welcoming, inspiring, innovative, and inviting.
UBC is the most international university in North America. On UBC’s Okanagan campus, you’ll join our 10,459 vibrant undergraduate students from 105 different countries. On the Vancouver campus, your community will include 46,322 diverse undergraduate students from 140 countries.
Find out more about who you might meet on campus.
“UBC values the diverse and multicultural backgrounds of each student. Because of this, I never felt left out. It makes me feel like I am an essential piece of a jigsaw, and that the UBC community needs me to make it strong, and to make it UBC.”
“The nature at UBC is unmatched! I am in constant awe that I go to such a beautiful campus. Walking down main mall, I am mesmerized by how green and stunning our campus is. It’s incredible to have beaches on campus. Especially with the ocean being a huge factor in why I chose Vancouver, knowing that I don’t have to leave campus to look out onto the ocean or go to the beach is amazing.”
“I found UBC to be a very inspiring place to be. The campus is incredibly beautiful and calming – even a quick walk around would improve my mood. You are also surrounded by people – both students and faculty – who are passionate about a variety of fields and are doing amazing work in them. Above all, I would say that studying at UBC encouraged a strong sense of curiosity and eagerness for learning.”
“The biggest impact of [the International Scholars] awards is that they have made higher education possible for me, which wasn’t something I ever visualized in my future as a first-generation and low-income student. If you had asked me while I was in my second year of university whether or not I would pursue graduate school, I would have said I don’t think that is something someone like me could do, given the costs of attendance. Hence, these awards are so impactful in changing the realities of students who come from backgrounds in which higher education is not the traditional pathway to success.”
“Being the first in my family to attend higher education, despite the barriers I had to overcome, meant that all the hours I put into my studies and extracurriculars paid off. My parents grew up in families that could barely afford dinner, let alone college educations. Going to university means never having to go through the hardships they endured and making their sacrifices worth it.”
“UBC is filled with many different identities and cultures, and I find it very valuable to interact with people with different perspectives and experiences from my own. Being in such a diverse place has helped me inform my own perspective of the world and I am grateful for all the connections I have made with different types of people to increase my understanding of this ever-changing world.”
Craft your academic experience
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. Collaborate with your professors on your own undergraduate research, or take part in a number of hands-on learning opportunities.
Whatever path you choose, you’ll have the freedom to craft a university experience that’s enriching and uniquely yours.
Leadership and volunteering
Going to university is so much more than just attending classes. It’s your chance to build a new community of friends, experiment with things you’re interested in, and have fun doing it! With so many opportunities – volunteer placements, student government, leadership conferences – you have a lot to choose from. Here are some of the ways you can get involved during your time at UBC.
Getting a university education is a crucial stepping stone on your path to starting a career, and it’s the best time in your life to begin building your network and developing your employable skills. Learn alongside professionals in your field and make important contacts through the Work Study program on the Okanagan campus, or Work Learn on the Vancouver campus.
UBC’s Co-operative Education Program is the largest of its kind in BC, with dedicated co-op support staff on both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses to help you every step of the way. With co-op, you can combine your studies with full-time, paid work experience in a variety of fields.
As a UBC student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research. It’s your chance to work alongside award-winning faculty, boldly testing new theories and developing technologies that have the potential to change the world. Both campuses offer you the chance to collaborate with your professors on research projects that excite you.
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Find out if UBC is right for you
Visiting UBC is the best way to experience campus life and decide if our Okanagan or Vancouver campus is the right place for you.
Map out your application
Ready to join the UBC community? It’s time to apply.
As one of the world’s top 40 universities, UBC has competitive admission requirements and attracts elite students from around the globe. Your journey to UBC begins with your online application, and we’re here to provide you with the information, deadlines, and tips to help you put your best foot forward.
Find out more about your admission requirements and application deadlines to be one step closer to studying at UBC.
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.
Planning your finances
Going to university is an investment in your future. Attending university has costs beyond your tuition fees, and in order to prepare, it’s important to start your financial planning early. You’ll need to think about your student fees and living costs, as well as the financial assistance and awards available to you.
You can get started with planning your finances with our cost estimator.
More so than anything, I knew UBC was for me when I stepped on to campus for the first time for a campus tour, and had that “aha” moment. I had this overwhelming feeling that I had landed at my future home. I truly believe that the feeling I had that day was a sign that UBC was where I was meant to be, and now in my final year, that couldn’t have been more true!
UBC offers so much diversity in every sense of the word. I think our large student body allows everyone to find their community and explore passions they didn’t even know they had. I have taken classes that are so niche, like Environmental Health or Medical Anthropology, and have experienced everything from improv shows to cheese tasting and dance battles on campus.
I was excited that this university is so welcoming to Indigenous peoples, and that it has accepted me.
Look inside the UBC Student Guide
Get the Student Guide
Find out what’s possible at UBC in the 2024 University of British Columbia Undergraduate Student Guide. Click on the interactive PDF version, or request a printed copy to be mailed to your home.
- 2024 UBC Prospective Undergraduate Student Guide
- 3.1 MB PDF
- View or save a copy of the interactive PDF file.
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.
- 2024 Student Guide worksheets
- 60 KB PDF
- View or save a copy of the interactive PDF file.
Download the Indigenous Student Handbook
Browse UBC’s guide for Indigenous students and learn more about building a community on campus, finding resources, and planning your future.
- 2024 UBC Indigenous Student Handbook
- 4 MB PDF
Before you apply
You’ll need to decide what want to study.
UBC has more than 200+ innovative and hands-on programs for you to choose from across its two campuses. Find out which one is right for you.