The University of British Columbia - Vancouver

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The University of British Columbia has a reputation for excellence that is as spectacular as its picturesque setting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded 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.

UBC has a storied history of academic excellence and a reputation for leading edge research. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, post-graduate, and professional programs through 12 faculties and 11 schools on its Vancouver Campus. The UBC library system includes 22 branches and divisions both on and off campus. There are also hundreds of spaces throughout the campus designed to support student learning. Located just 12 kilometres from downtown Vancouver, the expansive campus offers views of nearby beaches and snow capped coastal mountains, as well as endless opportunities to explore the forested trails in the adjoining 763 hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Vancouver is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and students have easy access to its vibrant restaurants, arts, and cultural activities. UBC's Okanagan campus is located in Kelowna, British Columbia. 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 offers hundreds of majors, minors, and honours programs. Cross disciplinary thinking is highly valued at UBC, which is why we provide a host of interdisciplinary first year programs and integrated multidisciplinary majors. You can also combine your studies with full-time, paid work experience in your field through UBC's popular co-op program.

UBC has pioneered innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching of traditional first year courses in arts and science.

Students entering the Faculty of Arts directly from secondary school may choose to apply for Arts One, an academically demanding 18 credit program that focuses on English, history, and philosophy or the Coordinated Arts program where first year students pursue an enriched, cross disciplinary introduction to the humanities and the social sciences.

Students entering the Faculty of Science directly from secondary school may choose to apply to Science One, a multidisciplinary 21 credit program that integrates the essential material of first year biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics or the Coordinated Science program that offers an integrated approach to the scientific disciplines through weekly interdisciplinary workshops.

UBC is the intellectual home of some of the world's leading scholars, artists, writers, and scientists including Dr. Carl Weiman, Nobel laureate, and Dr. William E. Rees, inventor of ecological footprint analysis. A number of industry related research centres and organizations are located on-campus including Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF), one of the world's largest national accelerator facilities for research in subatomic physics. UBC is also home to the Museum of Anthropology, Canada's largest teaching museum.

On Campus Housing

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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

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. The University offers a range of programs designed to help new students make the transition to UBC including orientation and transition.

Career Planning

Co-operative education programs are offered in the faculties of Arts, Science, Applied Science (Engineering), Commerce, Forestry, and Land & Food Systems. These competitive programs allow students to combine academics with full-time, relevant, paid work experience. For comprehensive preparation towards a career, UBC Career Services offers graduated programs and services, that can begin as soon as First year.


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 students will live in one of the world's most culturally diverse cities and study at a university dedicated to educating global citizens. Students come from all across Canada and 150 countries. International points of view and cross cultural learning are encouraged in disciplines as varied as international business, global resource systems, and international relations. 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 and cultural services to more than 2,300 international students. Established student exchange programs with 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. Exchanges with other Canadian universities 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