The University of British Columbia - Okanagan

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The University of British Columbia has a reputation for excellence that is as spectacular as its two campuses located in the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver. Established in 1908, UBC is now one of the world's top 40 universities, and a North American leader in teaching and research. Its innovative programs and faculty serve as a magnet that attracts some of the brightest students from across Canada and around the world.

The UBC Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, British Columbia, offers you the opportunity to study in a smaller, more intimate setting while still realizing the benefits of receiving a UBC degree recognized around the globe. Our new and expanding campus offers admission guarantees to a variety of programs with generous scholarship and travel incentives for those coming to the Okanagan from schools across Canada.

Situated in the heart of the spectacular Okanagan Valley, UBC Okanagan is surrounded by lush pine forests, arid desert, and mountainous alpine, making it a four season destination for hiking, biking, snow sports, and more. The campus is also within reach of Kelowna, a city of over 100,000 people, that has all the amenities, opportunities, and diversity you'd expect in a big city and small enough to feel manageable.

Areas of Expertise

UBC Okanagan offers a variety of majors, minors, and honours programs in Arts, Science, Engineering, Business (Management), Health Studies, Human Kinetics, Nursing, Social Work, Education, and Visual Arts. Crossdisciplinary thinking is highly valued at UBC Okanagan, which is why we provide a host of interdisciplinary programs and integrated multidisciplinary majors.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:700 bedsLowest: $3,293Highest: $4,892

UBC Okanagan currently houses approximately 700 students in four on-campus residences. We offer fully furnished single rooms, quad units, studios, and shared one bedroom apartments. The single rooms include a meal plan and all units have Internet access.

Off Campus Housing

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Other:100 bedsLowest: $4,118Highest: $4,118

Built in 2005, Spring Valley West is an off-campus apartment building located just a ten minute drive away from campus. Spring Valley West consists of spacious, fully self contained two and three bedroom air conditioned apartments. A wide variety of shops and services are within quick walking distance, as well as a direct express bus route to campus.

Incoming Students

The University hosts Welcome Sessions that enable new students to meet professors and student service professionals, learn about degree and program requirements, course registration, housing options, financial assistance, and on campus activities, including intramurals, clubs, and community service learning.

Career Planning

UBC Okanagan Career and Alumni Services offer a number of career development services and resources for both students and alumni. Co-operative Education programs are offered in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Applied Science (Engineering). Practicum placements are available in the faculties of Nursing, Education, Social Work, and Visual Arts.


UBC Okanagan teams compete in the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA). The campus offers competitive opportunities for both men and women in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. Students also have access to the campus recreation facility, which includes a weight room, gym, and exercise facilities.


Campus Recreation offers a wide range of semi and non-competitive activities for all interest and participation levels.

Information Technology

Residences and teaching buildings wired for high speed Internet access.

Special Services

Aboriginal Students: UBC Okanagan 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 Okanagan has a number of awards, programs, and services to support Aboriginal students, as well as a growing community of Aboriginal staff and faculty on campus. UBC also offers two renewable entrances scholarships specifically for Aboriginal students. The scholarships are valued at $20,000.00 over four years and are available for both secondary school students, and college and university transfer students. Students with Disabilities: UBC Okanagan is dedicated to removing structural and attitudinal barriers to students with disabilities. We work with you individually to enable your academic success.

Affiliated Institutions

UBC Vancouver

International Involvement

UBC is committed to internationalization and has forged numerous international linkages for research and scholarly endeavours. 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. Exchanges with other Canadian universities are also available.

Campus Tour

Prospective students and families are invited to participate in one of our guided campus tours. To register for a campus tour, visit the Web site or call the Welcome Centre at (250) 807-8521.

Modified on August 11, 2021