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Requirements for Canadian Students

Applicants must meet both general and specific program requirements. Applicants following a Canadian system must meet a minimum grade in English 12, plus additional academic Grade 12 courses.

For full details of general & specific requirements for Canadian systems visit you.ubc.ca. Because UBC receives many more applications than it can approve, admission is competitive. In general, academic achievement forms the basis of evaluation, although 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.

UBC may give provisional offers of early admission if a student's secondary school sends an official transcript showing the student's final grades for all courses completed and interim or predicted senior level courses currently in progress. Conditional offers of admission are subject to satisfactory completion of secondary schools graduation requirements and maintenance of the current program average requirement.

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 you.ubc.ca 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 you.ubc.ca.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Applications for UBC must be submitted online by December 15 for scholarship applicants, and by February 3 for all other applicants.

We strongly encourage you to apply early and submit documentation as soon as they are available. UBC will begin considering admission as soon as necessary documents arrive.

If you are currently attending an Ontario secondary school and are applying to other universities via the Ontario University Application Centre, you will receive an OUAC number. Please include this on the UBC application form to authorize electronic release of your grades to UBC. If you do not have an OUAC number, please ask your school to send your paper transcripts to UBC.

If you are currently attending a secondary school in another Canadian province or territory, have your school send in transcripts in March or April. Final admission decisions for most programs will be made in April/May. For details, visit Canadian High School Admission Requirements at you.ubc.ca.

Procedure for International Students

Applications should be made online at you.ubc.ca. 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 international.applicants@ubc.ca, 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 November 20, 2015

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