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Application forms for University of British Columbia are available on its official website. The university has two academic session – winter and summer. The application process for the current academic year ended in January 2018.

The application process for winter and summer sessions 2019 will commence in early September 2018. Students interested in pursuing undergraduate education at UBC must check the website for updates on the upcoming session.

Dates and Deadlines

January 15Deadline to apply for Summer Session (May to August 2018; Deadline to apply for Winter Session (September 2018 to April 2019).
January 31Canadian post-secondary applicants: Deadline to submit official interim transcript.
February–MayAdmissions decisions making in process
March 15Deadline to submit documents for out of country applicants
April 15–30Scholarship announcements
May 1Deadline to accept UBC’s offer of admission and pay the acceptance deposit; Deadline to apply for housing to be considered for the first-year guarantee.
Early MayInternational applicants: Apply for a study permit soon after accepting the admission offer.
May 15Canadian post-secondary applicants: Submit final transcripts electronically or by mail to UBC’s Admissions Office.
May 31Out-of-country post-secondary applicants (except US applicants): Deadline to submit all required documents; Science One applications: Deadline to apply for the Science One program.
Early JuneHousing offers
Late JuneCourse registration begins for first year students
June 30US applicants: Deadline to submit final transcripts
July 5Deadline to register for Jump Start orientation on the Vancouver campus.
July 31Out-of-province and out-of-country: Deadline to submit final high school transcripts
August 1Deadline to apply for early arrival to residence.
Deferred admissionDeadline to apply for deferred admission.
August 20Applicants from the British-patterned system: Deadline to submit final A-Level results
August 25–31Jump Start orientation for first-year students
September 1Move-in day on the Vancouver campus.
Early SeptemberOnline application opens for Summer Session (May to August 2018)
September 5Deadline to pay first instalment of Winter Session tuition.
September 15Canadian citizens and permanent residents: Deadline for general bursary applications.
December 1Canadian citizens and permanent residents: Deadline to apply to UBC for the Major Entrance Scholarship and UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award; International applicants: Deadline to apply to for the International Leader of Tomorrow Award or the Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award.

For graduate programs, the deadlines varies with programs. Students must go through the list on the official website before applying for the program of their choice.

Undergraduate Program Admission Process

Select degree program and Campus

  • Go through the list of programs; check the availability of the program of your choice
  • The chosen program could be on different campuses or in different faculties
  • Two choices for programs are permitted in the application form
  • Second choice is evaluated only if the student is not admitted for the first choice or if the student requests to be considered for it

Check the requirements

  • Students must satisfy program specific academic requirements
  • International candidates must satisfy country specific academic requirements
  • English language requirement must also be satisfied by students whose first language or language of academic instruction is not English

Fill the application form  

  1. Visit the official website, click on admissions
  2. Click on “Apply to UBC” under undergraduate admissions
  3. Create a UBC profile by providing Name, Email ID, Date Of Birth; Click on Submit
  4. A confirmation link will be sent to the registered Email ID
  5. Click on the link given in the mail and log into the UBC profile
  6. Provide academic and personal information asked in the application form
  7. Complete the Personal Profile
  8. Upload the relevant documents and transcripts
  9. Submit the application form
  10. Pay the application fee: CAD 68 for domestic applicants; CAD 114 for international applicants

Personal Profile

  • Required of all high school students applying to University of Columbia.
  • Consists of questions requiring short essay type answers (50-200 words)
  • Used to evaluate applicant’s academic achievements, personal experiences, challenges overcome in life, etc.

How to Prepare for Personal Profile?

  • Brainstorm for ideas before answering the questions
  • Do not list your achievement; reflect and elaborate what you have learned from you accomplishments
  • Keep your answers crisp and specific
  • While elaborating your answer, keep a consistent personal touch to them
  • Be unique. Do not write what you feel UBC wants to hear. Write what you truly want to.

How is the Personal Profile evaluated?

  • Engagement and Accomplishment – How a candidate balances his responsibilities and ambitions? A candidates personal interests outside of classroom; personal difficulties and experiences that have helped shaped candidates personality
  • Leadership – UBC pays attention to the positions of responsibilities held by a student in his/her schooling period. What those positions or roles have taught the candidate?
  • Substance – Whether the answers written are clichéd or superficial or if they are interesting and well-thought out relevant ones. UBC reviews personal profile with extreme attention and looks for the profile that stands out
  • Voice – Requires answers about “how well a candidate communicate his/her thoughts?” “How genuine your words seem?”

Graduate Admission Process

  • University of British Columbia has different range of graduate programs running at the two campuses - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in Vancouver; College of Graduate Studies at Okanagan
  • Students must go through the list of programs offered at both campuses and select the one they wish to apply for
  • Check the important dates and deadline

How to Apply?

  1. Visit the official website; Click on admission
  2. Select the campus in which the required program falls in
  3. Click on “Apply Online”
  4. For MBA, MM, PharmD, and a number of other programs, students need to apply through separate application system
  5. Fill in the details asked in the application form
  6. Submit the application form
  7. Pay the application fee: CAD 102 for domestic applicants; CAD 165 for international applicants
  8. Applicants must upload official transcripts, GRE Score, Statement of Purpose, Portfolio, etc. as required by the program

Statement of Interest/Purpose

  • Statement of purpose is required for most of the graduate programs at UBC
  • Candidates are required to include the following in their SOP/SOI
    1. Specific area of academic/research interest 
    2. How the former education and personal experiences have prepared the candidate to pursue the graduate program
    3. What a candidate aspires to achieve through the chosen graduate program
    4. Why this particular program at UBC is the best place for the student to pursue his/her interests

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits allows the students to get transferred to a new institution on the basis of previous studies.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A new student get admitted for a UBC degree program
  • A UBC student completes studies at another institution on the basis of letter of permission from the faculty
  • UBC student who has returned from Go Global exchange

Official Transcripts

  • Transcripts are sent from issuing institution
  • Transcripts must be received by Enrolment Services in a sealed envelope along with the name address of the university.

Request transfer credits after admission

After admission, if the students requests transfer credits, they must have submitted their transcripts at the admission office. Eligible candidates are automatically selected by them with no further involvement of the student.

Newly admitted students

Applicants to UBC are asked to submit official transcripts which must be sent directly from all institutions attended in the past. Previous education is assessed so as to know whether the candidate is eligible or not. After admission, the name of the student will appear on Student Service Centre (SSC).

Transfer credit assignment

Course completed out of British Columbia transfer credit system, will be assessed on course by course basis.

Reviewing transfer credit

Transfer credit is granted generally towards study at UBC. Individual faculties and programs may have specific rules and restrictions around transferred credit. It is up to the students’ faculty or program to determine how many credits and which credits specifically can be applied to the requirements of their particular program.

Requesting transfer credit after admission

After admission, if the students requests transfer credits, they must have submitted their transcripts at the admission office. Eligible candidates are automatically selected by them with no further involvement of the student.

Current Students – Courses at a nother institution

Before opting for the courses at another institution, student must receive a letter of permission from the faculty advising office.

After completion of course from another institution, arrange official transcripts and send to:

Enrolment Services, attention "Transfer Credit":

Enrolment Services, ATTN: Transfer Credit

2016 - 1874 East Mall

Vancouver, BC CanadaV6T 1Z1

Arrange Letter of Permission so as to send the Enrolment Services. After receiving the official transcripts and LOP, transfer credits will be added to the UBC record.

Current Global

UBC provides an opportunity for study abroad. All the courses except activities, after successful completion at the credits to student’s UBC academic record.

What to do after applying for University of British Columbia?

  • Check the Application Status
    1. Applicants must stay up-to-date with the status of their application through their Student Service Center profile
    2. Students may be required to send additional documents after applying for the university.
    3. Such documents must be uploaded as and when required via SSC portal
  • Submit additional documents
    1. Test scores like ELAS/English Language test score, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT
    2. Original transcripts
    3. Portfolios
    4. Statement of Purpose
    5. References
  • Plan the finance
    1. Estimate the yearly expenditure
    2. Apply for internal and external scholarships for UBC or for loans, as required
  • Apply for Housing
    1. Students seeking on campus accommodation must apply for the same
    2. Most of the Graduate students are required to live off campus and must make required arrangements

What to do after receiving admission Offer Letter?

  • Accept your offer
    1. If you wish to accept the offer letter, visit your SSC account and pay the acceptance deposit
    2. Acceptance deposit for domestic student is CAD 500 and CAD 1000 for international students
    3. Submit your final scores and transcripts
    4. You can apply for a deferral of one year, if you wish to postpone attending UBC presently
  • Apply for Study Permit
    • International students must apply as early as for the study permit
  • Make the necessary arrangement
    1. Make the financial arrangements; apply for loans, bursaries and/or scholarships
    2. Find necessary accommodations on or off campus
    3. Get your flight tickets
  • Register for course
    1. Select and register for the courses you wish to study for the joining semester
    2. Prepare your timetable and pay the due course fees
  • Get ready for a life at UBC
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