On-campus University residences provide spaces for over 6,000 students in single student and family housing units. UBC offers priority placement in residence to many first year students coming directly from high school including students with academic or athletic scholarships, Aboriginal students, students with a disability, and students who live outside Vancouver. Students must apply for housing by May 1 and accept UBC’s offer of admission by June 15 to receive priority placement. See the website for details.
The University is located near a largely residential area that offers many opportunities for off-campus housing. The majority of students who live in rental accommodation off-campus commute to the University, which is well served by a reliable public transportation system.
UBC has pioneered innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching of traditional first year courses in arts and science. Arts One is an academically demanding 18 credit program of liberal education equivalent to first year English, history, and philosophy. It is organized in teaching groups, each consisting of a maximum of 120 students and six faculties from various university departments who address themselves to a year's study of themes of basic human concern. Coordinated Arts has a choice of programs for students interested in broad arts streams.
Science One is a 21 credit program spanning two terms. The program is multidisciplinary and integrates the essential material of first year biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics through small classes incorporating lectures, tutorials, and labs. The Coordinated Science Program (CSP) also offers an integrated approach to the scientific disciplines through weekly interdisciplinary workshops. The CSP offers the first year math, chemistry, biology, and physics as separate classes, though the students take this core together and topics are chosen to emphasize the links between the disciplines.
Programs designed to help new students make the transition to UBC include the Faculty of Arts' QuickstARTS Guide; UBC: It's Yours Program, a first year non-credit student experience program; Imagine UBC, a day long event on the first day of classes designed to welcome new students to campus and introduce them to professors and peer mentors; special week long orientation each fall before classes start for all new international and visiting exchange students; and workshops for new first year students on study skills, time management and note taking, and choosing a major. UBC's First Year Coordinator works with faculty, staff, and student groups across campus to coordinate services and activities that contribute to the success of all first year students at UBC. In addition, the arts, science, and applied science faculties offer mentoring programs. The UBC Math Centre offers a non-credit course in the pre-calculus material needed for first year calculus courses. The Writing Centre offers non-credit courses for students who have yet to achieve language proficiency required for first year English courses at UBC.
Career advising is available to all students and some faculties have dedicated career advising programs. Co-operative education programs are offered in the faculties of arts, science, applied science (engineering), commerce, and forestry. These programs allow students to combine academics with full-time, relevant, paid work experience. See our website for more information. UBC also offers one of the largest student exchange programs in Canada. Students can spend a term or a year abroad at one of 150 universities in over 40 different countries. See the website for more information.
Athletics (F/M), Badminton (F/M), Ball Hockey (F/M), Basketball (F/M), Beach Volleyball (F/M), Broomball (F/M), Canoeing (F/M), Cheerleading (F/M), Cross Country Running (F/M), Dragon Boat Racing (F/M), Fencing (F/M), Flag Football (F/M), Football (F/M), Freestyle Skiing (F/M), Gymnastics (F/M), Handball (F/M), Hockey (F/M), Ice Hockey (F/M), Judo (F/M), Kayaking (F/M), Pentathlon (F/M), Sailing (F/M), Snowboarding (F/M), Soccer (F/M), Softball (F/M), Table Tennis (F/M), Taekwondo (F/M), Tennis (F/M), Triathlon (F/M), Ultimate Frisbee (F/M), Volleyball (F/M), Wall Climbing (F/M), Water Polo (F/M)
Alpine Skiing (F/M), Athletics (F/M), Baseball (M), Basketball (F/M), Cross Country Running (F/M), Cross Country Skiing (F/M), Diving (F/M), Field Hockey (F/M), Football (M), Golf (F/M), Ice Hockey (F/M), Nordic Skiing (F/M), Rowing (F/M), Rugby (F/M), Running (F/M), Soccer (F/M), Swimming (F/M), Ultimate Frisbee (F/M), Volleyball (F/M)
UBC's athletics and sport services administer one of Canada's most successful inter-university athletic programs. UBC has won more National Championships than any other Canadian university. UBC's intramural sports and recreation program is the largest in Canada, offering students an opportunity to participate in everything from martial arts to marathons, with popular annual traditions such as Day of the Longboat and Storm the Wall. Facilities include the Winter Sports Centre, the War Memorial Gymnasium, Aquatic Centre, and the new Student Recreation Centre, one of the country's finest university fitness centres.
UBC's Alma Mater Society maintains over 250 student run clubs, which cater to a wide variety of academic and social interests, including ethnic and cultural clubs, student resource groups, athletic clubs, political clubs, academic/departmental clubs, recreational/special interest clubs, and religious clubs.
UBC Library offers students free direct access to the Internet. Most on-campus residences have access to the Internet over phone lines and both first and second year undergraduate residences have Ethernet connection to the Internet.
The UBC campus provides students, faculty, and staff at UBC with one of the largest wireless computer networks in North America, which means a seamless connection to the Web, instant e-mail, and constant access to the growing resources of the UBC network. Wireless access is campus wide at both Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
Facilities include the Asian Centre, Botanical Gardens, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the Herbarium, the Museum of Anthropology, the M.Y. Williams Geological Museum, Norman MacKenzie Centre for the Arts, the North East Pacific Culture Collection, the UBC Fine Arts Gallery, and the Zoological Museum.
The University strives to be accessible to all members of society and provides support for students with special needs through the Disability Resource Centre (DRC), which offers services such as interpreting, captioning, note taking, reading, peer tutoring, book retrieval, equipment provision, and mobility assistance for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.
Other support units include the First Nations House of Learning, which aims to provide a quality post-secondary education determined by the philosophies and values of British Columbia's First People, the Rick Hansen National Fellow Program, the Equity Office, and the Women Students' Office (offering counselling, advocacy, safer campus programs, etc.).
Biomedical Research Centre, The
Brain and Spinal Cord Research Centre
Bramfield Marine Station
Cancer Biology Research Centre, The
Centre for Advanced Technology in Microelectronics
Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
Centre for Applied Conservation Biology
Centre for Applied Ethics
Centre for Biodiversity Research
Centre for Chinese Research
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Centre for Human Settlements
Centre for India and South Asia Research
Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research
Centre for International Business Studies
Centre for Japanese Research
Centre for Korean Research
Centre for Labour and Management Studies
Centre for Management Development
Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, The
Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations
Centre for Research on Economics and Social Policy
Centre for Southeast Asia Research
Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction
Centre for Transportation Studies
Clinical Trials Consortium, The
Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Centre
Forest Sciences Centre
Genetics Graduate Program
Health Care Evaluation Initiative, The
Institute for Child and Family Health Research, The
Institute for Hearing Accessibility Research
Institute for Resources and Environment
Institute of Applied Mathematics
Institute of Asian Research
Institute of Health Promotion Research
Institute of International Relations
Life Skills Motivation Centre
Liu Centre for International Studies
Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC)
Peter Walls Institute for Advanced Studies
Pulp and Paper Centre
Respiratory Disease Centre, The
Sustainable Development Research Institute
TRIUMF - TRI-University Meson Facility
Vancouver Vascular Biology Research Centre, The
Westwater Research Centre
UBC is committed to internationalization and has forged numerous international linkages for research and scholarly endeavours. Through International Student Services and International House, the University provides a full range of reception, advising, and social cultural services to 6,000 international students whose presence contributes to the stimulating intellectual environment of the University. Established student exchange programs with more than 150 partner universities in 40 countries enable UBC students to obtain transfer credit for two terms of course work taken at one of UBC's partner universities. Canadian exchanges with other universities in Canada are also available.
Prospective students are invited to participate in one of our guided campus tours on one of the following days: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. including information session. To register for a campus tour and info session, visit the website.