The University of British Columbia - Vancouver



The University of British Columbia, founded in 1908 is one of North America’s leading universities, consistently ranked among the top 40 universities in the world. UBC enjoys an international reputation for research and teaching, drawing top faculty and outstanding students from over 150 countries worldwide.

Internationally-recognized degree programs are offered at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. Comprehensive fields of study include: humanities & social sciences, visual & performing arts, business, engineering, life & physical sciences, resources sciences, and more. UBC has two major campuses. The magnificent Vancouver campus is located near the multicultural city of Vancouver on Canada's spectacular Pacific coast, surrounded by forest, mountains, and ocean, and offering program choices in virtually every academic discipline. The Okanagan campus is situated in the lakeside city of Kelowna in British Columbia's scenic interior. Superb new student, teaching, and research resources support a close-knit community of learning where students shape their academic experience through cross-disciplinary options

Areas of Expertise

UBC is a broadly based comprehensive university providing a wide range of undergraduate, post-graduate, and professional programs through 17 faculties and 15 schools at two principal campuses. The University's teaching faculty is regularly recognized with national and international awards, such as Dr. Sally Otto. Professor of Zoology and Director, Centre for Biodiversity Research at UBC's Okanagan campus, awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Foundation Grant (the so-called 'Genius Grant'). Faculty members have also earned memberships of the British Royal Society, and the US Academy of Sciences, together with Killam Research Prizes, Medical Research Council of Canada Scientists awards, and gold medals from the Science Council of British Columbia.

UBC faculty participate in each of the Canadian government's Networks of Centres of Excellence programs and altogether receive more than $550 million annually in research grants and contracts. UBC's library comprises 22 branches and service divisions, including three that serve five teaching and research hospitals. A number of research centres and organizations are located on-campus, including the TRIUMF facility, home to Canada's National Particle Physics Laboratory, and one of the world's largest national accelerator facilities for research in subatomic physics. UBC also possesses the Museum of Anthropology (Canada's largest teaching museum), the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, and many more outstanding facilities for research and learning.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $4,175Highest: $4,700

On-campus University residences provide spaces for over 25,000 students in single, shared, and family housing units. UBC offers priority placement in residence to first year students coming directly from high school. Students must apply for housing by May 1 and accept UBC’s offer of admission by June 1 to receive priority placement. See

Off Campus Housing

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.

Incoming Students

International students at UBC enjoy dedicated orientation and advising support. Outstanding orientation and transition programs include Jump Start for academic preparation and transition, and Imagine UBC on the first day of classes welcomes new students to campus. All first-year students coming from high-school are guaranteed a place in UBC's high-class student housing. Other international support services include orientation programs, academic and personal advising, and social programming. The Simon Lee Global Lounge & Resource Centre (Vancouver campus), and the International Collegium (Okanagan campus) provide hubs for international project work and social connection.

Career Planning

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 competitive programs allow students to combine academics with full-time, relevant, paid work experience. UBC also offers one of the largest student exchange programs in Canada. Students can spend a term or a year abroad at one of 175 universities in 40 different countries. For more information, visit


UBC's athletics and sport services administer one of Canada's most successful inter-university athletic programs. UBC has won over 100 national championships. 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, Tennis Centre, and the Student Recreation Centre.


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.

Information Technology

UBC Library offers students free direct access to the Internet. Most on-campus residences have access to the high speed Internet. Campuses have one of the largest wireless computer networks in North America, which means a seamless connection to the Internet, instant e-mail, and round the clock access to the UBC network.


Among many outstanding facilities at UBC are include the Asian Centre, Botanical Gardens, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, Beaty Museum of Biodiversity, the Nitobe Gardens, the Museum of Anthropology, the Geological Museum, the Belkin Art Gallery, the Old Auditorium Opera stage, and more.

Special Services

Students with Disabilities: The University supports students with special needs through the Access & Diversity centre, 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. Aboriginal Students: UBC is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal student academic success and leadership. The University has a Canadian Aboriginal applicant process to facilitate the participation of Canadian Aboriginal students in undergraduate studies. UBC has a number of awards, programs, and services to support Aboriginal students including a dedicated Aboriginal Recruiter and Advisor, in faculty advisors, and the First Nations House of Learning.

Affiliated Institutions

Research Institutes:
Biomedical Research Centre, The
Biotechnology Laboratory
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
Fisheries Centre
Forest Sciences Centre
Genetics Graduate Program
Green College
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

International Involvement

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 175 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.

Campus Tour

Prospective students are invited to participate in one of our guided campus tours, available on most days except Sundays. For details and to register for a campus tour and info session, or for a Virtual Campus Tour visit

Modified on July 10, 2020

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