The University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia or UBC, established in 1908 and opened in 1915 is a public university in the Canadian state of British Columbia. This can be called a global center for learning, teaching, and research as it nurtures and inspires over 68,000 students worldwide. It is located in two places, one in Vancouver and the other in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Vancouver location has their Robson square which is the extension of their campus, Learning Exchange, and their Center for Digital media. Most of the students, i.e 58,000 students study at this location while 11,000 students study at their Okanagan campus. Students from over 140 countries dream of taking admission here. It was ranked among top 100 public universities in the world by global ranking partners and the QS World University ranked it 47 for 2023. Times Higher Education (THE) ranked it 40 in the overall world universities and 13 in the Impact rankings for 2023. US News and World Reports ranked it 35 among the global universities for 2023. UBC has two regional bases in India and Hong Kong for local connections.

Download University of British Columbia Undergraduate Brochure and Graduate Brochure from here

Programmes At The University of British Columbia

UBC has about 254 undergraduate and 244 postgraduate programs in various fields, such as Business, Education, Science, Health and Medicine, Humanities, and Engineering. They provide clinical education to their Faculty of Medicine students at more than 80 training sites in Columbia.

Courses are delivered in four ways:

  • In-person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Multi-access

Check Complete List of Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Programs At University of British Columbia.

Applied Science (Year 1)Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Applied Science (Years 2 to 5)Master of Computer Science
Applied Science – EngineeringMaster of Data Science
ArtsMaster of Education
Commerce (Year 1)Master of Engineering
Commerce (Years 2 to 4)Master of Fine Arts
Commerce (Sauder School of Business)Master of Health Administration
Computer ScienceMaster of Journalism
Dental HygieneMaster of Laws (LLM)
Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and UrbanismMaster of Library and Information Studies
Environmental DesignMaster of Music
Fine ArtsMaster of Nursing
Forestry – Forest OperationsMaster of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Forestry – Forest ScienceMaster of Science
Forestry – Natural Resources ConservationMaster of Social Work
Forestry – Resources ManagementMaster of Urban Design
Forestry – Wood Products ProcessingDoctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
International EconomicsDoctor of Medicine (MD)
KinesiologyDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Land & Food Systems
Media Studies
Medical Laboratory Science
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Social Work
Urban Forestry
Dentistry (DMD)
Education (11 month) – BEd teacher education
Education – NITEP
Education: Diploma Program
Entry to Practice Doctor of Pharmacy
Medicine (MD)

Fee Structure

Undergraduate Programs

You can find the standard timetable for all their programmes on their official website based on campus and session. Their courses and tuition fee are given in the table below.

Applied Science – Engineering

Here are some of the undergraduate Engineering programs offered by UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

These programs provide students with a strong foundation in fundamental engineering principles and practices, as well as specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen area of study. In addition to classroom instruction, students in the Engineering programs at UBC have opportunities to gain hands-on experience through co-op placements, design projects, and research opportunities.

*domestic students fees, **international students fees for 2023 intakes
Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD40451.05** NA
Canada, CAD54,986.81**NA
Mexico, Peso783310.75**NA
India, INR3342684.39**NA
Brazil, Real208978.20**NA

Computer Science

UBC is well known for its high-quality Computer Science program, which is offered through the Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Science. UBC offers several degree programs in Computer Science, including a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science. The Computer Science program at UBC provides students with a solid foundation in computer science theory and practice, as well as a broad range of specialized courses and research opportunities in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer graphics, databases, human-computer interaction, networking, security, and software engineering. UBC’s Computer Science Co-op Program provides students with valuable work experience in industry or government, helping them to develop their skills and gain practical experience that can enhance their career prospects after graduation.

Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD32435.76**NA
Canada, CAD5,729.10*NA
Mexico, Peso628099.53**NA
India, INR2680339.16**NA
Brazil, Real167569.65**NA

Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism

UBC offers a number of programs related to design in architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Some of the programs offered at UBC in this area include Bachelor of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Design, and PhD in Architecture.

Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD31408.43**NA
Canada, CAD9,232.20*NA
Mexico, Peso608205.78**NA
India, INR2595445.00**NA
Brazil, Real162262.23**NA

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at UBC Sauder School of Business is designed for students who want to pursue careers in management, consulting, or entrepreneurship. The UBC MBA program can be completed in 16-20 months of full-time study. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers core business topics such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management, as well as elective courses that allow students to specialize in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability, and global business. The UBC MBA program offers a co-op program that allows students to gain practical work experience while earning their degree. The co-op program involves three work terms and can be completed in 28 months.

Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD61643.45**NA
Canada, CAD59,817*, 84,312**NA
Mexico, Peso1142317.30**NA
India, INR5072244.59**NA
Brazil, Real322851.89**NA

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program at UBC is a professional graduate degree program designed for students who want to advance their careers in engineering. The program is typically completed in 12 to 24 months of full-time study, or up to five years of part-time study. The MEng program at UBC offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of several areas of engineering, including:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

The program consists of a combination of coursework and a project or thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, which may include technical courses in their area of specialization, as well as courses in project management, communication, and leadership. The project or thesis component of the program allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world engineering problem.

Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD10310.41** to 20105.58NA
Canada, CAD7,018* to 10,614*NA
Mexico, Peso191261.14** to 373027.98NA
India, INR847998.91** to 1654043.45NA
Brazil, Real53989.50** to 105291.01NA

Master of Science

UBC offers a wide range of Master of Science (MSc) programs across various faculties and disciplines. Some of the MSc programs offered by UBC include Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Health Sciences, Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Population and Public Health, Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Zoology. These MSc programs typically require completion of a research thesis, although some programs may offer a non-thesis option. Admission requirements and program details may vary depending on the specific program, and prospective students are encouraged to visit the UBC website for more information.

Country, CurrencyOn-Campus Tuition FeesOnline Tuition Fees
United States, USD6323.11** to 23561.28**NA
Canada, CAD5,094* to 9,954*NA
Mexico, Peso117342.55** to 437672.71**NA
India, INR520013.90** to 1938266.44**NA
Brazil, Real33096.04** to 123393.01**NA

Centre For Digital Media

CDM is a collaboration between UBC, SFU, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and BCIT. It provides a few programs like Master of Digital media, Pre-MDM, IDEA-X, and Teen MDM. Here is the application link. Deadline for January to April session is 25th October and for May to August session is 11th March.

  • You need a minimum 4 year undergraduate degree from a recognized university with minimum B+ grade or 76% or more in 3rd and 4th year courses.
  • Have scored 7.0 in IELTS Academic with minimum 6.5 in each section or minimum 100 in TOEFL and minimum 20 in each section. If you don’t meet English proficiency requirements, you may join Pre-MDM.
Country, CurrencyTuition Fee
United States, USD46654.75**
Canada, CAD38,438.23*, 63,419.76**
Mexico, Peso903441.75**
India, INR3855328.97**
Brazil, Real241027.75**
Additional FeeCAD 15,000 refundable equipment fee

If you’re an undergraduate student and have doubts, you can reach out to the Enrolment Services Advisor and to find your advisor, you need to log into the Student Service Center (SSC) and click on “UBC Contacts”, that appears under “Personal Info”. Remaining students like graduate students and postgraduate students may call on 604 822 9836 or fill their online form.


Student Intakes For 2023


Accept offer and pay depositMay 1, 2023
Housing applicationsMay 1, 2023
Study permitsEarly May 2023
Final transcripts (Canadian)May 15, 2023
Land One and Science OneLate May 2023
Accept offer and pay depositJune 1, 2023
Housing offersEarly June 2023
Course registrationLate June 2023
Final transcripts (US)June 30, 2023
Loan applications (US)June 30, 2023
Jump Start orientationEarly July 2023
Deferred admissionJuly 1, 2023
Loan applications (Canada)July 25, 2023
Out-of-province transcriptsJuly 25, 2023
Out-of-country transcriptsJuly 25, 2023
Early arrival to residenceEarly August 2023
A-Level resultsAugust 20, 2023
Jump Start orientationLate August 2023
Residence move-in dayEarly September 2023
First day of classesEarly September 2023
Tuition paymentEarly September 2023
Application opensEarly October 2023
Scholarships and awardsNov 15, 2023
Scholarships and awards (Canada)Dec 1, 2023
First-round offers of admissionDec 1, 2023
Applications dueJan 15, 2024


Accept your offer!May 1, 2023
Housing applicationsEarly May 2023
Study permitsAs soon as possible
Final transcripts (Canadian applicants)May 15, 2023
Accept your offer!June 1, 2023
Housing offersEarly June 2023
Course registrationLate June 2023
Final transcripts (US applicants)June 30, 2023
Loan applications (US applicants)June 30, 2023
Out-of-province transcripts (Canadian)July 31, 2023
Out-of-country transcripts (non-US)July 31, 2023
Loan applications (Canadian residents)July 31, 2023
Jump Start orientation (Okanagan)Late July 2023
Early arrival to residenceAugust 1, 2023
Deferred admissionAugust 1, 2023
A-Level resultsAugust 20, 2023
Jump StartLate August 2023
Residence move-in dayEarly September 2023
Orientation day (Okanagan campus)Early September 2023
First day of classesEarly September 2023
Tuition paymentEarly September 2023
Application opensEarly October 2023
International Scholars Program (Intl.)Nov 15, 2023
Presidential and Centennial Awards (Can.)Dec 1, 2023
First-round offers of admissionDec 1, 2023
Applications dueJan 15, 2024
Interim transcripts (Canadian applicants)Jan 31, 2023
Grade submissions (Ontario applicants)Jan 31, 2023

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate Programs

The eligibility criteria for undergraduate programs at UBC vary depending on the specific program and the applicant’s academic background. However, here are some general eligibility requirements:

  • Academic qualifications: Applicants must have completed a secondary education equivalent to British Columbia’s Grade 12, which includes at least five academic courses. The specific courses required vary depending on the program, but generally include English, mathematics, and science.
  • Language proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by taking an approved English language test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Minimum grades: Applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for their chosen program. These requirements vary depending on the program, but generally require a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Additional requirements: Some programs may have additional requirements, such as submission of a personal statement, portfolio, or reference letters. Applicants should check the specific requirements for their chosen program on the UBC website.

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applicants must also submit an application by the deadline and pay the application fee. It is important to note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to UBC, as admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s academic achievements, personal qualities, and other factors.

Graduate Programs

The eligibility criteria for graduate programs at UBC may vary depending on the specific program and department. However, there are some general requirements that apply to most graduate programs at UBC:

  • Bachelor’s degree: Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized university or college. The degree should be in a field relevant to the graduate program they are applying for.
  • Minimum GPA: Applicants are usually required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent. However, some programs may require a higher GPA.
  • English language proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting scores from an approved English language proficiency test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Letters of recommendation: Applicants are usually required to submit two to three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references who can attest to their qualifications for graduate study.
  • Statement of purpose: Applicants are usually required to submit a statement of purpose or personal statement outlining their academic background, research interests, and career goals.
  • Standardized tests: Some graduate programs may require applicants to submit scores from standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT.

It’s important to note that these are general requirements and specific graduate programs may have additional requirements or different criteria for admission. Applicants should carefully review the admission requirements for the specific program they are interested in applying to.

How To Apply?

You can register into the course by following the steps given as below. However, Find the detailed procedure on their official website.

  • Once you know the timeline and registration dates, you can begin your registration procedure.
  • Registration deposit is applicable for most certificates and diplomas. However, it has been removed from most UG degree programs for continuing students. It is applicable if you are new to UBC which is non-refundable.
  • Check your degree requirements and make sure to fulfill them. This is available in the Academic Calendar.
  • Work on your worklists which are nothing but draft class timetables candidates need to create before registration to plan courses. Login to course schedule tool and create them.
  • Register for your desired classes quickly. Keep multiple worklists ready in case courses are full.
  • Once registration completes, you may add or drop classes as you wish before course change deadline.

Alumni and Achievements

The University of British Columbia can be called as one of the finest in the world and Canada. Its alumni has over 3,75,999 from over 160 countries. This university has produced some notable personalities worldwide.

  • 8 Nobel laureates – Bertram Brockhouse CC FRSC FRS (Nobel Laureate in Physics)
  • 3 Canadian Prime Ministers – Justin Trudeau PC MP (Canada’s 23rd and current prime minister), John Turner (Canada’s 17th prime minister)
  • 65 Olympic Medals – 19 gold
  • 74 Rhodes Scholars
  • Other popular alumni – Jeff Wall (prominent Canadian artist, and most prominent figure of the Vancouver School)

Rankings & Awards

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a well-regarded institution with numerous rankings and awards to its credit. UBC is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings. In 2022, it was ranked 45th in the world. UBC is ranked 34th in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022. UBC is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world by ARWU. In 2021, it was ranked 35th in the world. UBC is ranked 25th in the world by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities 2022. UBC is consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada by Maclean’s magazine. In the 2021 rankings, it was ranked second among medical-doctoral universities in Canada. UBC has won numerous awards over the years, including the 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the 2016 Innovative University of the Year Award from the World Education Congress, and the 2015 Sustainable Campus Excellence Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


More than CAD 30 million worth of scholarships, awards, and in other forms are provided to the deserving candidates internationally. More than 350 students have received these scholarships since 2001. International Major Entrance Scholarship, UBC Vantage One Scholarship are a few to name.


UBC has a strong reputation for producing highly employable graduates who go on to successful careers in a variety of fields. The university offers a wide range of programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, that prepare students for careers in many different industries. Top recruiters include:

  • Amazon
  • Microsoft
  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young (EY)
  • TD Bank
  • RBC
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Telus

Accommodation & Other Facilities

UBC Vancouver campus is located at the tip of the point Grey Peninsula amidst the forest with sea on one side. More than 400 hectares in size 

UBC Vancouver campus accommodates as many as 13,000 students in their 15 residences. Most of the first year students are guaranteed for winter session residence and are assigned to Orchard Commons, Totem Park, or Place Vanier residences. Students need to purchase their meal plan to live here. Rest of their residences are assigned to their upper year and graduation students. Typical cost for a room and meal plan for the first year is around CAD 12,000 to CAD 14,500 a year. However, based on the room type, the fee may range between CAD 10,300 to CAD 15,000 a year.

You can find more details regarding accommodations for international students here.