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University of British Columbia Admission, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan is a highly reputed university with large enrolments of around 9,00o students each year. The university offers a wide range of courses in over 400+ subject areas. The academic sessions here begin in Summer and Winter seasons. Currently, the admissions for both the sessions- May to August 2020 and September 2020 to April 2021 are open for freshmen applicants.

  • UG applicants can apply online through UBC Admission Portal and PG applicants can apply through Graduate application portal
  • International applicants can submit certified copies of official transcripts
  • Standardized test scores are not mandatory for PG applicants.
  • Some graduate programs are offered for May intake session as well.


Application PortalUBC UG and PG Admissions Portal 
Application Fee (non-refundable)UG: $168.50 CDN 
PG: $168.25 CDN
Mode of Paymentcredit card payment via Visa or Mastercard
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsSummer and Winter seasons
Financial AidGrants, loans, work-study, and Scholarships

UBC Okanagan Admissions Deadline

The admissions for UBC Okanagan Campus opens by Early September for both summer and winter September. International applicants are required to submit their documents by May 31. International applicants are suggested to apply a year prior to admissions year chosen.

Application Submission Requirements:

Students applying for various programs at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) must submit the ones listed below:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • English proficiency test scores.
  • GRE scores (required for applicants to Psychology)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Portfolio (required for applicants to the MFA program)
  • Scholarly writing sample (required by some programs)
  • Statement of Intent/Statement of Purpose

English Language Requirements for International Applicants

International applicants are required to submit proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admissions at UBC Okanagan. The minimum score requirements are mentioned:

Test NameMinimum Score Required
TOEFL (IBT) – overall score90 Reading & Writing: 22
Speaking & Listening: 21
IELTS6.5 (band score of minimum 6.0)
PTE Academic65
Cambridge English Qualifications180
OC EAPLevel 4

Other Ways to Meet the English language Competency

Applicants can also submit the following proofs for fulfilling English language competency requirements:

  • Applicants completing four or more years of continuous, full-time education in English from the Canadian Institute immediately before applying.
  • Applicants completing four or more years of consecutive English education from a country having English as Principle language.
  • 70% in Grade 12 provincial examination portion of British English or its equivalent.
  • A final grade of 4 in AP English language or a final grade of 5 in IB English.
  • Graduate from an accredited university with English as the medium of instruction in a country with English as the principal language.
  • Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school in a country with English as a secondary language.
  • English for Academic Purposes Program at Vancouver campus, or completion of UBC Certificate in the English Language.

Visa Process for International Applicants

  • Students must apply for a study permit from outside Canada before moving to Canada to study. Applications can be made online or on paper through the Visa Application Centre (VAC).
  • Applicants are required to provide the following documents to receive the study permit as a part of the visa process:
    • Copy of valid passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • UCI (if applicable)
    • Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
    • Letter of Acceptance.
    • Evidence of English Language proficiency.
    • Police certificate and medical certificate.
    • Biometrics and fee
  • Complete an online application with an application fee.
  • Applicants are then required to attend the nearest visa application center.
  • Post your documents to the Canadian Embassy once the confirmation is given.

UBC Okanagan Undergraduate Admissions

UBC Okanagan offers over 40 programs with various study areas. The admission requirements and eligibility criteria for undergraduate courses are given below:

How to apply: UBC Application Portal

Application Fees: $168.50 CDN

Academic Requirements:

  • Official Transcripts
    • Copies of transcripts signed by principal, head, or the counselor of the school/college are accepted
  • Notarized copies are not accepted.
  • English Proficiency test scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • High school degree
  • Supplemental application and required grade average.
    • Indian Applicants must have 85% in Grade 12
  • Supporting Documents: Approved financial bank statement, Evidence of sufficient financial funds or sponsor.
  • Some programs may have core subject requirements and additional requirements.

UBC Okanagan Graduate Admissions

UBC Okanagan offers 19 graduate programs to prospective applicants. Each program’s requirements, deadlines and admission procedure differs from the other. Some of the popular programs, admission requirements, and process are mentioned below:

Where to Apply: UBC Graduate Admission Portal

Application Fee: 168.25 CAD

CourseApplication deadlineAcademic RequirementsEnglish Language Proficiency
Computer Science- Master of ScienceJan 31,
Jun 1
B+ average in bachelor degree,
at least 12 credits in third- and fourth-year classes in their intended field of study.
TOEFL (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.5
Master of Data ScienceRollingPersonal statements, academic grades, academic references,
resume, work experience.
IELTS: 6.5
Mathematics- MScJanuary 31,
June 1
B+ average in UG degreeTOEFL (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.5
Medical Physics- MScJanuary 10,
June 1,
October 1 
4-year Honours BSc in physics or a related field, minimum average of B+ (76%)TOEFL (PBT): 600
IELTS: 6.5

Supporting Documents: Personal statement, a current resume/CV, 3 Letter of recommendation, English language proficiency, Research essay, a valid visa, photocopy of passport, evidence of sufficient funds, GRE/GMAT scores (optional).

The admissions office of the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) reviews each application critically. Admissions are offered to students on the basis of their academic excellence, official test scores, supporting documents and an on-time application submission with the required fee. The university reviews around 40,000 applicants and decisions are released from December to April. Applicants must confirm admissions by May 1.

If the application is submitted online, the application status can be checked by logging into the University System. Subsequently, emails are sent through the online system periodically, containing information regarding application status and required documents.

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