University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is a non-profit, public, co-ed institution for higher education. Located in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, it was established in 1990. The university also has regional campuses in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Quesnel, and Fort St. John. UNBC is renowned as a small-sized research-intensive university in the region.
Choose UNBC for a better future
According to UniRank, UNBC is ranked 45th (country) and 1378th (worldwide). Some other features to be considered while choosing UNBC are mentioned below:
Ranking and Standings
- According to January 2018 edition of Ranking Web of Universities, UNBC’s Country ranking is 47 while World ranking is 1478.
- UNBC was named the number one Undergraduate University in Canada consecutively in 2015 and 2016, by Maclean's Magazine.
- The university obtained the trademark "Canada's Green University" in 2007.
- Offers 67 undergraduate, 28 postgraduate and 3 doctoral programs.
- Co-op Education is available for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Planning and Natural Resource Management programs integrating 3 work terms of 4 months each in a normal academic curriculum.
- Have exchange opportunities with 16 countries.
- Has around 12000+ alumni.
- 50+ student-led clubs and organizations.
- 1 in 4 students receives a financial award.
|Type of university||Public|
|Operating Budget||75.5 million USD|
|Post Graduate Programs||28|
|Number of Full-time Undergraduate Enrollment||2,946|
|Number of Full-time Postgraduate Enrollment||583|
|Number of Full-time Doctoral Enrollment||63|
|International Students (50 countries)||307|
|Admission Basis||Academic Records|
|Undergraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||10,000-12,500 USD|
|Postgraduate International Students Basic Tuition Fee||2,500-5,000 USD|
Students Intake Statistics (2015/16)
- Total students in academic programs - 3,592
- Students from Northern BC - 68.8%
- Students from Southern BC - 17.1%
- Students from elsewhere - 14.1%
Explore the campus and colleges of UNBC
UNBC’s main campus is at Prince George, British Columbia.
- The Wood Innovation and Design Centre, also in Prince George, is home for the one-year Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program.
- Both undergraduate and postgraduate programs are available at the Fort St. John campus of UNBC, in the areas of Social Work, Business, and Education.
- UNBC has two campuses in the North-west region of British Columbia: Terrace Campus and Prince Rupert Campus. An array of courses including undergraduate, postgraduate as well as university transfer courses are available at both these regional campuses.
- UNBC's South-Central Regional campus is at Quesnel, British Columbia. The programs offered at this campus include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Education, among others.
Choose the best from different academic programs offered
98 programs are offered through the 3 schools of studies: College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences, College of Science and Management, and Graduate School across the university campuses.
- UNBC offers courses in Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate, and Diploma.
- Undergraduate Programs are segregated into General Entry Program and Competitive Entry Program on the basis of entry mode.
|Level of Studies||General Entry Programs||Competitive Entry Programs|
|Undergraduate||Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) Bachelor of Planning (BPL) Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)||Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) (B.A.Sc.) Bachelor of Health Sciences (B.H.Sc) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)|
Apply at University of Northern British Columbia
International student applicants are reviewed on their individual merits and should demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency. Please note that only completed and appropriate eligibility qualifications will be considered for admissions.
- Scores of English language tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL etc.
- Successful completion of CISCE or CBSE exams for undergraduate programs.
- Successful Completion of both 3-years Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree OR a 4-years Bachelor’s degree with a First Class/First Division or 8 GPA on a 10-point scale for postgraduate programs
- Submission of all academic and language test transcripts.
- GRE scores, though not mandatory for all postgraduate courses, however, a valid score will facilitate admission.
How, when and where to apply?
Admission to all UNBC programs opens in the Fall Term. Only the general entry programs offer additional intakes in the winter term.
The table below summarizes the application deadlines for each intake at the university.
|Sessions||Undergraduate Application Deadline||Post Graduate Application Deadline|
There are different application procedures based on the type of courses and applying students. However, the common steps are:
- Explore Programs
- Review Admission Requirement
- Prepare Documentation
- Submit Application
- Track Application Status
- Accept and Confirm your Offer
- Complete Admission Procedure
- Applicants will have to register on the University website first in order to proceed with the admission application.
- A 9-digit ID will be generated along with your Personal Identification Number in the PIN field (8 Alpha-numeric characters) once you register on the UNBC website. These will be your login credentials for completion of application process.
- Housing and Financial Aid Applicants also can apply as per their respective requirement using the above login credential.
Application fee of $76.50 and $153 for undergraduate and postgraduate programs respectively.
What it costs to study in UNBC: Tuition and other Fees
Tuition and other mandatory fees applicable for UNBC international students are tabulated below:
Approximate Costs Per Academic Year (30 credit hours, 10 courses)
|Medical Insurance||$220 per 4-month period|
* Please note that Tuition, fees, and books are subject to change and vary among programs.
Accommodation at UNBC
Cost of Living per Academic Year
|On-campus living expense ($250 damage deposit not included)||$4,720.08|
|On-campus meal plan||$4,732|
|Off-campus living expense (approx.)||$6,520|
The 7-Day Meal plan will cost $2366/semester and will automatically be added to the residence fees.
- International students can apply online for on-campus residence through the university’s login center ‘myUNBC’.
- Students should bear in mind that residence applications are processed in order of date and time received and merely completing an application does not guarantee a room.
- The residences at UNBC are self-contained suites, complete with all amenities.
- Off-campus accommodation can be in Homestays or a room/apartment for rent.
- Students should consider the accommodation neighborhood, living costs, and transit routes before finalizing off-campus housing.
Scholarships and financial grants to help students fund their education
University of Northern British Columbia offers students various options of scholarships, awards, bursaries and financial aids. Students can apply online for the various awards through UNBC student login/
Application Deadlines for Awards
|Early Entrance Scholarships||$2,500 and $5,500||December 15|
|Leadership Awards||$3,000||December 15|
|President’s Silver Anniversary Awards for Excellence in Leadership (renewable at $5,500 for up to three additional consecutive years)||$6,000||December 15|
|General Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards||up to $25,000||March 1|
Work while you study
UNBC offers a co-operative education model for undergraduate students with the advantage of combining classroom learning and relevant hands-on field experience. A typical Co-op work term is of 4-months duration and students. They are required to complete their cop-op program prior to graduating.
- Students can also avail of the opportunity to work part-time with the University itself.
- The UNBC Career Centre in association with UNBC Alumni Association provides assistance to students and alumni alike with part-time as well as fulltime job postings in the local community.
Knowing a few from a wide alumni network
With the university’s 25th Convocation slated to be held this year, UNBC proudly boasts of a strong alumni network of 12000+ graduates holding 13,745 credentials and includes a mix of politicians, entrepreneurs, nurses, teachers, foresters, bankers, and community leaders in every walk of life. A UNBC alumni survey threw up the following statistics:
- More than 50% of survey respondents reported earning at least $60,000 per annum while nearly 16% reported earning more than $100,000 annually.
- Nearly 69% of employed graduates are working in leadership positions.
- 81% UNBC grads are working in fields related to their program of study and 85% are satisfied with their jobs.
- 84% of UNBC grads are employed within 6 months of graduating.
- 93% of alumni are satisfied with their UNBC experience and 80% are recommending the university to others.
Some of the notable alumni of UNBC are:
- James Moore (Member of Parliament and Conservative Cabinet Member)
- Jennifer Coosemans (Miss Chinese Vancouver 2015 & Miss Chinese International 2016)