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    University of British Columbia (Okanagan): Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The University of British Columbia is a public research university established in 1908. 

    It is located in Canada and has campuses in Okanagan(Kelowna) and Vancouver. Its alumni consist of three Canadian prime ministers, including current prime minister Justin Trudeau, eight Nobel laureates, 65 Olympians, and 208 fellows to the Royal Society of Canada.

    With more than 18% international student population, UBC's Okanagan campus can be a good alternative for students who are planning to study in Canada. The university has about 40+ academic buildings within the Okanagan campus and offers more than 60 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. 

    The Faculty of Applied Sciences, School of Journalism, Faculty of Arts, are known to be a few of the renowned faculties at UBC. 

    Quick Fact: The Kryptonian language in the Superman movie Man of Steel was developed by Christine Schreyer, an associate professor of anthropology at UBC's Okanagan campus.


    As of 2019 Times Higher Education rankings, the University of British Columbia stands at: 

    • #3 in University Impact Ranking
    • #34 in World University Ranking
    • #37 in World Reputation Ranking


    Type of University Public
    Year of Establishment 1908
    Number of International Students  1,790+
    Total Number of Faculty  629
    Student-Faculty Ratio 22:1
    Size of Campus (in hectares) 209
    Financial Aid available Yes
    Number of Residence Halls 9
    Amount Awarded in Research Funding 122.8 Million USD
    Total estimated income and expenditure 115 Million USD
    Official Website
    Helpdesk 1-866-596-0767


    The university’s Okanagan campus offers more than 60 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs to choose from. With an above-average student to faculty ratio of 22:1, UBC comprises of 8 faculties and schools. 

    A few of the most popular courses at the University of British Columbia are: 

    • Health and Medicine
    • Engineering
    • Applied and Pure Sciences
    • Business and Management
    • Computer Science and IT
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    Located in the beautiful Okanagan valley, UBC, Okanagan has a campus size of about 519 acres. The city’s beautiful weather and its stunning beaches make up for a perfect residential environment. 

    The Okanagan campus has an international population of 18+% (both graduates and undergraduates) which includes students from more than 100 countries. 

    • The campus welcomes students from China, India, Bangladesh
    • The Okanagan library consists of 650 seats, 10 study rooms and 127 computer workstations
    • Providing employment to more than 2,300 staff

    Quick Fact: Buildings on UBC’s Okanagan campus are heated and cooled using energy from the groundwater under the campus.


    UBC’s Okanagan campus can accommodate about 17% of the total student population in its on-campus residence halls; Cassiar, Kalamalka, Purcell, Monashee(Lower/Upper cascades), and Valhalla being a few of them. The halls have single furnished rooms and common areas, where like minded people can gather and discuss further extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities. 

    Although first-year undergraduates are given preference, graduate students can also acquire a room at Monashee Place

    • Costs - the cost would vary depending upon the type of room and meal plans, the minimum cost for room and board should be around 4551 USD
    • How to Apply - Interested candidates can head over to the campus’s official housing application portal 

    Admission Process

    Where to Apply: Interested Undergraduate aspirants may apply through the university’s official website

    Whereas, graduates can refer to the graduate school’s application portal.

    When to Apply: Application deadlines for undergraduates and graduates who are seeking to get admission in UBC(Okanagan) are as follows: 

    For Undergraduates - The last date to apply for winter, as well as summer session at UBC, is January 15

    For Graduates - The deadlines for international students would depend upon the session of admission, deadlines for a few other courses (Psychology, Nursing,etc.) could vary, depending on the type of course. 

    The deadlines for January, May, and September sessions are as follows: 

    Session January May September
    Deadline June 1 October 1 January 31

    Application Fee: For Graduates - A nonrefundable application fee of 129 USD is charged.

    For Undergraduates - Undergraduate students are charged with an application fee of 90 USD

    How to Apply: The admission process would vary for undergraduate and graduate students. However, the English language requirements stays the same for both.

    • English language requirements: 
    Test Scores Required
    IELTS 6.5 (with no part<6)
    PTE 65
    TOEFL 90

    Please note - the applicant may also refer to the International curricula that satisfy the English Language Admission Standard.

    • Interested candidates must have a minimum grade of 75% on their English subject from any recognized education board
    • Official Higher Secondary School Certificates. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal/head/counselor 
    • Furthermore, the degree-specific requirements for a few popular programs are as follows: 
      • Applied Science (Engineering): Math, Chemistry, and Physics
      • Management: Math
      • Science: Math, Chemistry, and Physics
      • Complete Personal Profile of the candidate - mention UBC about your achievements and experiences
    • Complete online application


    • A four-year Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree
    • Division I (65%) required or an 8 on a 10-point scale
    • Complete online application

    The University of British Columbia Tuition and Living Expenses

    Undergraduate Tuition and Fee - The tuition and fees for undergraduate students would vary according to the course you opt for. 

    Total expenses (first year) for international students for a few popular Undergraduate programs at UBC are mentioned below in a tabular format: 

    Course Tuition Fees per credit* (USD)
    Engineering 48,778
    Arts 41,244
    Management 41,542
    Media Studies 40,415

    * - subject to increases of up to 5% per annum

    Graduate Tuition and Fee - Similarly, the tuition and fees for graduates would vary according to the course. 

    Course Tuition Fees (USD)
    Master of Engineering 15,228
    Master of Management 32,535
    Master of Education 9,840
    Master of Data Science 33,192

    Moreover, other expenses such as room and board, books and supplies, etc. are mentioned below:

    Item Expense (USD)
    Room and Board 4,551
    Books and Supplies 759
    Medical/Health Insurance 190

    Scholarship/Financial Aids

    Name of the Scholarship Eligibility Award (in USD)
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for International Students Enrolled in a full-time course; GPA using grades of all the courses 376-752
    Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos International Engineering Student Memorial Award Enrolled in the School of Engineering program; Demonstrate a strong academic achievement 7,521
    International Community Achievement Award 75% GPA with no failed courses; Must demonstrate ability in:community service, athletic pursuits or other campus activities 3,671
    International Student Faculty Award Demonstrate strong academic achievement 7,521

    Please note - All the above mentioned scholarships do not require a separate application form except the ‘International Community Achievement Award’ 

    Work While you Study

    Being an international student can be really hard on your pocket, thus UBC Okanagan provides work-study programs in Canada for its students, giving them the opportunity to develop workplace skills and explore potential career paths through experiential learning. The university offers a minimum wage of 11 USD per hour with a restriction to not hold more than one work-study program at a time. 

    The programs hour limits can go from 20hr/week in summers to 12hr/week in winters. Working students must maintain a minimum of 18 credits per year to remain eligible for the work-study program. 

    The University of British Columbia is known to be the global hub for teaching and researching and stands among the top 20 public universities in the world(as of 2018). Furthermore, the UBC is known to award more than 16,000 degrees since 2006.


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    University of British Columbia Overview

    Insitution type
    University of British Columbia
    Student Population
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $30,573 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Fall Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

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    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $30,573 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $37,680 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Program wise accreditation
    Engineering Programs
    Engineers Canada
    Chemistry Programs
    Canadian Society for Chemistry
    Nursing Programs
    Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing


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    College Rating

    Based on 13 Students Rating

    7.4 out of 10
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    6.8 /10

    I chose UBC because of its reputation and ranking. I chose my program because of the faculty.

    Course Curriculum :

    I find my course curriculum very interesting and thoughtful.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    6 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    5.8 /10

    I've always wanted to pursue psychology and I knew that UBC had a great psychology department as well as research opportunities! I liked whatever I had read and heard about the school. Good faculty, campus, location, facilities, opportunities, etc.

    Course Curriculum :

    As of now, I'm quite happy with the curriculum and my professors!

    7 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    7 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7.0 /10

    I chose UBC mostly because of the country. My original target was the US but I realized midway through the process that in the end; the chances of an Indian like me settling down or even living in the US after bachelor's graduation were very slim. My target was to get out of Japan and live somewhere else which why Canada was perfect. It was a win-win situation because UBC is a good university and Canada opens its arms to educated individuals to further reinforce its own economy. I would not have to worry about immigration status because Canada lets people stay and settle down depending on one's merits which is how it should be instead of what the US is doing.

    Course Curriculum :

    I just recently passed my first year so I don't have much industrial exposure but the university does a substantial job providing internship opportunists through the paid co-op program. As for the curriculum, it is comprehensive and industry-driven as it is constructed towards invoking practical abilities in the students which they can use in workplaces. However, I can only confirm this for the engineering department and believe other departments are some of the best in the country but without first-hand experience.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    8.0 /10

    Because it's one of the best business schools in Canada.

    Course Curriculum :

    Few courses have a very hands-on experience that they provide through various simulations, that give the students a feel of the real-life business scenarios.

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    7.3 /10

    This college was perfect for me because of its small size and a better climate than the rest of Canada with great quality of education.

    Course Curriculum :

    I'm right now in my first year so they just taught us the basics that they teach us in senior high School

    10 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC

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    • Bus Station
    • Shopping Mall
    • Pharmacy
    • Airport

    Book Store

    UBCSUO GreenText and More0.04 km
    UBC Bookstore Okanagan0.22 km
    Value Village5.65 km
    MCC Thrift Shop5.92 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Velocity0.87 km
    Vape store5.29 km
    Asher Pawn Shop5.67 km
    Plaza 335.89 km
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    Rutland NDB EX 3741.54 km
    Kelowna International Airport2.20 km
    Select Helicopter Services Ltd2.95 km
    Strategic Aviation2.99 km

    Bus Station

    Southbound Alumni Ave at Transit Way0.21 km
    UBCO Exchange0.24 km
    UBCO Exchange0.27 km
    UBCO Exchange0.29 km
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    Pharmasave Kelowna Airport Village1.43 km
    Remedy'sRx Pharmacy1.68 km
    Save-On-Foods Glenmore Pharmacy4.23 km
    Pharmasave Glenmore Kelowna4.58 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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