The University of British Columbia

Founded 1908 | Vancouver, BC

An undergraduate could feel overwhelmed at a school as big as UBC, with its sprawling Point Grey campus and an international reputation for research and graduate programs. It’s a challenge that the university addresses. In an ongoing effort to create more intimate learning, UBC is adding more student-centric learning spaces and engaging neighbouring municipalities as community partners. The smaller Okanagan campus, which has about 12,000 students, was founded in partnership with the Syilx Okanagan Nation and supports Okanagan Indigenous culture and knowledge, while continuing to be a strong research and learning hub.

“UBC is one of the best, most impactful and most sustainable universities in the world,” says president Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “The university’s innovative programs across all fields of study, world-class research and commitment to student success makes it a destination of choice for outstanding students from Canada and around the world.”

UBC boasts a strong record in the number of Rhodes Scholars it has produced and the number of faculty who have received 3M National Teaching Fellowships. A student-led team recently designed and managed the construction of Third Space Commons, a carbon-minimal teaching and learning space and one of the first buildings of its kind in Canada. Both campuses offer a range of cultural and recreational activities, as well as spectacular natural scenery. UBC operates Canada’s largest student housing program, including the 650-bed Exchange Residence that features 71 “nano” (140 square foot) suites. 

Campus Buzz

A new 18-storey residence, Brock Commons North, opened last year and features study rooms, a fitness room, a games room and music rooms.

Standout Programs

• Bachelor and Master of Management:

Students in this dual degree can combine undergraduate study from a range of disciplines with a master of management; opportunities to work on real-world business projects are included.

• Sustainability: This interdisciplinary

program provides students with a nuanced understanding of today’s leading environmental issues through hands-on, community-based learning.

• Nsyilxcn Language Fluency: Students in this immersive bachelor program gain proficiency in the Nsyilxcn language while exploring strategies to promote its conservation and revitalization. The final year includes a community internship.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering:

UBC no longer captures entering grades as a single metric; grades are reviewed relevant to the program.

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 40,043 | Part-time: 18,248

Graduates: Full-time: 11,130 | Part-time: 1,724

International Students: First-year: 31% | Graduate: 42%

Housing Facts

Residence Spaces: 15,677 (6,620 reserved for first-year students)

Residence Costs: Double room with meals: $10,899 to $14,012 | Single

room with meals: $12,138 to $15,871 | Apartment-style: $7,091 to $14,385

Cool Courses

• Health Impacts of Climate Change: Draw on a public health perspective to examine how climate change affects human health, both physically and mentally.

• Shopping, Society and Sustainability: Students examine the effects of consumerism on the environment and learn how to make more informed choices.

Student Life on Campus

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