The University of British Columbia - Vancouver


Requirements for International Students

UBC welcomes applications from well-qualified international applicants at recognized schools, colleges, and universities. Secondary school applicants must have graduated from a university preparatory program at a senior secondary school. Admission average is calculated on final year academic courses/exams unless following the American school system. Applicants following the American school curriculum must submit a SAT result (composite minimum 1,600) or ACT (minimum ~25) plus writing (minimum 10). Applicants must meet both general and specific program requirements. Because UBC receives many more applications than it can approve, admission is competitive.

In general, academic achievement forms the basis of evaluation, and most applicants are also asked to provide additional information about their extracurricular achievements and interests. This information is used in admission and scholarship decisions. English is the language of instruction at UBC. All applicants regardless of first language or citizenship status must demonstrate English language competency prior to admission. There are several ways to meet the standard, including standard English tests (minimum TOEFL test scores are 22 (reading and listening), and 21 (writing and speaking) with an overall score of 90/120). (Pathway programs are available for academically strong candidates who fall short of full English language requirements - see for details.) Generous first year credit is available for students with high achievement in IB, AP, A level, and French Baccalaureate programs. For full details of campuses, programs, admission requirements, tuition fees, and more, visit

Procedure for International Students

Applications should be made online at The deadline for applicants nominated for international awards is December 10, and the final deadline for Winter Session entry is January 31. For enquiry assistance, email UBC's International Student Recruitment Office at, or call (604) 822-8999, or toll free in US and Canada at 1-877-272-1422.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesMay, September
Notes:Winter Session, Term 1: September to December
Winter Session, Term 2: January to April
Summer Session, Term 1: May to June
Summer Session, Term 2: July to August

Students can enter UBC in either Winter Session (September start) or Summer Session (May start. Summer course availability is more limited.)

Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on July 10, 2020

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