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.
According to UniRank, UNBC is ranked 45th (country) and 1378th (worldwide). Some other features to be considered while choosing UNBC are mentioned below:
|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|
UNBC’s main campus is at Prince George, British Columbia.
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.
|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)|
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.
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:
Application fee of $76.50 and $153 for undergraduate and postgraduate programs respectively.
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.
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.
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/
|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|
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.
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:
Some of the notable alumni of UNBC are:
|Average Cost of Attendance||$16,200 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||10 : 1|
|University of Northern British Columbia Enrollment||3592|
|Average Graduation Rate||56.5%|
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
|Undergraduate Programs||$16,200 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$3,785 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Residence Room||$4,854 / Year|
|Meal Plan||$5,020 / Year|
|Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Engineering Programs||Engineers Canada|
|Forestry Programs||Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board|
|Nursing Programs||Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing|
|Programs||Canadian Association for Social Work Education|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
RANKED #801 - #1000
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#801 - #1000 [Out of 1001]
22.2-28.2 [Out of 100]
based on 2 students ratings
Canada's number one undergraduate university. However, the fee structure is a little bit low than another university, especially when we talk about international university fees. I applied in last April 2018 and get admission in seven working days through the university transfer program. Apart from its low fee structure, it is located beautifully on the top of the hill and in the middle of the wild life-such an amazing location for the nature-loving person.
Especially, if you are applying from India, you need to have IELTS 7 bands overall to fulfil your English language requirement and minimum 70% marks, if you pass 12th standard from any board. Or otherwise, 65%. If you completed your Canadian degree of 60 credits somewhere else then they do bot require IELTS examination however, they do transfer your college credits( 60) towards the bachelor degree.
I chose UNBC because it was close to where I live, and is ranked the second-highest undergraduate school in Canada. The programs and small class sizes are a bonus too! The location is perfect. It is also Canada's Green University- I appreciate the emphasis on-campus sustainability.
I love my course curriculum! It is varied enough to provide an option and specialization. My one critique is that there seem to be some classes and that are lacking, like sociology. And I would love to see more co-op opportunities.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary