International Economics

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Gain a deep understanding of how the global economy works, as well as strong technical training that will allow you to go on to a career in business, government, or academia. This rigorous and challenging curriculum is built around core courses from the Vancouver School of Economics and the UBC Sauder School of Business.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Vancouver School of Economics
  • Degree: Bachelor of International Economics
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Bachelor of International Economics (BIE) is a distinct four-year, full-time degree offered by the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC with support from UBC Sauder School of Business. This academically rigorous degree provides strong technical training and a broad curriculum that examines topics such as international trade, international finance, and international development.

Campus features

UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics is consistently ranked number one in Canada and among the best in the world, with an established tradition of research excellence, high-quality graduate and undergraduate education, and community engagement.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time. As an International Economics graduate, you’ll be equipped for a career as a professional or academic economist in the public, non-governmental, or private sectors.

Program graduates

  • Business Analyst, Electronic Arts
  • Research Assistant, Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer
  • Graduate Student in Computational Finance, Carnegie Mellon
  • Consulting Analyst, Willis Towers Watson
  • Senior Consultant, Deloitte
  • Research Assistant, Bank of Canada

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: International Economics

– IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)

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