Acknowledging the potential and achievements of its new and continuing students, University of British Columbia offers more than CAD 200 million annually through UBC scholarships, awards, bursaries, loans, and grants. As per the university’s enrollment stats, 1 of every 5 bachelor program students (20% of UBC student headcount) and 1 of every 2 masters program students (53% of UBC student headcount) have benefited from the University of British Columbia scholarships to study in Canada.
In 2018-2019, University of British Columbia full-time students were provided CAD 325.9 million in total student financial support. Chart given below highlights the total funding put towards the University of British Scholarships, Fellowships, and Bursaries over the last five years.
As per UBC scholarships financial assistance reports, all the University of British Columbia scholarships for bachelors, masters, and doctoral students are categorized under three types:
Apart from this, the University of British Columbia also offers work-study programs, which annually contribute up to 2-3% of the total available funds.
Majority of international scholarships are offered to students at the time of their admission to University of British Columbia. Benefits and eligibility criteria for the various University of British Columbia Scholarships vary as per the student’s level of study- bachelors, masters, and doctoral.
International bachelor's scholarships at the University of British Columbia are designed in such a manner that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds will benefit from it. All bachelor scholarships awarded along with the confirmation of admission to chosen UBC bachelor's program.
UBC scholarships for international students pursuing bachelor’s programs are mentioned in the table below. No separate application form is required to apply for these scholarships.
|International Major Entrance Scholarship||16,000 CAD- 20,000 CAD (renewable for up to 3 years)||New student; Academically excellent|
|Outstanding International Student Award||6,000 CAD- 14,000 CAD||New student; No gap year; academic merit|
|International Community Achievement Award||5,000 CAD||Continuing student; Demonstrated significant contribution to UBC community|
|Faculty and School-Specific Scholarships||10,000 CAD||Continuing student; strong academic achievement; engagement in their faculty|
|Vantage One Excellence Award||Tuition + living expenses||Enrolled in a Vantage pathway program|
The University of British Columbia scholarships tabulated above is offered as awards which must be used towards tuition fee payment. However, the university also offers two full-ride scholarships to incoming undergraduate students. Both are hybrid UBC scholarships (offered on the basis of merit and financial need) and are applicable for all bachelor programs:
The application package for Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award must be submitted before December 1.
For Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award, students are asked to submit two essays on the following topic:
Application package for this UBC scholarship must also be submitted before December 1.
Students must note that recipients of these University of British Columbia scholarships are ineligible for the other entrance-based bachelor's scholarships.
University of British Columbia scholarships for international students enrolled in UBC masters and doctoral programs are comparatively less. However, number of scholarships offered at the graduate level is higher.
Also, the majority of the scholarships offered to graduate students are available for both masters and doctoral programs. Some of UBC scholarships designed for international graduate students are given below:
|Graduate Support Initiative (GSI)||Varies||No specific requirement||Recommendation from UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies|
|Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships||5,000 CAD||Demonstrate academic excellence||Admission application|
|International Tuition Awards||3,200 CAD||Academic excellence; Opting for research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.||Admission application|
|Four-year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF)||Tuition+ 18,200 CAD||Academic excellence; Enrolled in a doctoral program||Recommendation by department based on admission application|
In 2019, the CoGS declared that GPA will not be a sole indicator of academic excellence. Therefore, increasing funding opportunities for students making satisfactory progress in their graduate studies.
Apart from these general merit-based scholarships, there are several scholarships offered by graduate departments. Some of the University of British Columbia Scholarships for graduate students are listed below:
|Madhu VARSHNEY MBA Entrance Scholarship||One-half of tuition fee||MBA|
|Earl R. PETERSON Memorial Scholarship in Civil Engineering||7,000 CAD||Engineering|
|Iva Maria LESTER Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Accounting||10,200 CAD||Accounting|
|HOEGG Family MBA Scholarship||25,000 CAD||MBA|
|Malcolm LOWRY Scholarship||4,900 CAD||Creative writing program|
No scholarship application is required for these program-specific UBC scholarships.
University of British Columbia Scholarships is not the sole funding source available for students enrolled in various UBC Doctoral and master's programs. There are other opportunities offered by the university to students.
Aside from this, international students can also opt for various external and government-funded scholarships to pursue higher education in Canada.
With all the University of British Columbia Scholarships and other funding opportunities, international students can easily pursue their chosen bachelor's, masters or doctoral programs.