University of British Columbia – Vancouver Campus
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is the largest university in the province of BC with a student population of over 45,000. UBC's Vancouver campus is also one of the largest and most scenic campuses in Canada. Areas of study include programs like: Architecture, Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Business Administration and Commerce, Dentistry, Education, Family and Nutritional Sciences, Fine Arts, Engineering, Forestry, Journalism, Law, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Social Work and Science.
UBC has additional opportunities available in the Okanagan region of BC. UBC Okanagan's campus offers interdisciplinary and integrated programs in Applied Science, Arts, Business, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Science. Like its Vancouver campus, UBC Okanagan offers a wide range of student services and also includes on-campus housing and recreational facilities.
Facility/Service Highlights: The Vancouver campus offers both single and family student housing and child care services. There is a 1400-seat concert hall on campus, 28 different varsity sports teams, and 250 student-run clubs.
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Admission Requirement page
English Language Requirements
One of the following (minimum scores):
- four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
- A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
- A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
- A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
- CAEL score of 70 overall
- Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
- CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600
- IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
- PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
- An internet based TOEFL or TOEFL iBt Home Edition score of 90 overall with a:
- 22 in reading
- 22 in listening
- 21 in writing
- 21 in speaking
- Duolingo English Test (DET) overall score of 125, where video and writing sample should also demonstrate a strong command of English language (note: DET is accepted only for students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available)
- Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
- Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
- Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus
- If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard.
Verify with the institution directly
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
For details on BC Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here.
For details on Yukon Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here.
For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here
(and select your Province in the drop-down menu).
BC Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool
to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on transfer for college/university students outside of BC, please refer to this page.
As a mature applicant, you must be out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.
For details on Mature Student admission at UBC, please check here
For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here
Other Student (including Special Consideration)
Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.
How to Apply
Visit the Applying to UBC page for more information on UBC’s application process.