UBC Admissions 2022: Requirements, Fee Details & FAQs ,Vancouver,Canada

  • Vancouver,Canada

The University of British Columbia, commonly known as UBC, has over 80 training sites across British Columbia for clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students. Additionally, with an Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and a Liaison Office in Delhi, the university facilitates partnerships to teaching and research along with promoting alumni engagement.

The institution has produced 8 Nobel Prize Winners, 3 Canadian Prime Ministers, 65 Olympic medalist athletes including 19 gold medalists, 71 Rhodes Scholars, and 273 Royal Society of Canada fellows. Employing 17,971 faculty and staff members, UBC has produced twenty-two 3M National Teaching fellows so far.

With over 350,000 international alumni living across 148 countries, the university has some famous film stars as its Arts graduates — Hannah Simone and Evangeline Lily to name a few. Besides, UBC’s Vancouver campus is a major film-makers’ attraction, where many TV shows and movies have been filmed.

Courses Offered


What all courses are available to international students?


UBC has 85 academic units to offer to its national and international students with 200 diverse bachelors, masters, and doctorate programs.


  • Business and Economics
  • Earth, Environment, and Sustainability
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • History, Law, and Politics
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Math, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Media and Fine Arts
  • People, Culture, and Society


UBC offers more than 180 courses to choose from the undergraduate majors. The 85 course-based master’s programs allow 330 graduate specializations, wherein international students find their dream courses.

Research Facts

UBC offers 250 Research-based programs and amazing awards related to them. The statistics of research projects and budget related to them are as follows:

  • Total funding for 9,941 projects is CAD 672.7 million
  • 1,424 research projects with industry partners
  • 1,243 research contracts and agreements with government and non-profit organizations
  • 222 companies spun off from UBC research

Talking about its research wing alone, the institute operates on a consolidated annual budget of approximately CAD 3 billion.


Eligibility & Documents Required


What are the eligibility requirements?


The international students who belong to non-English speaking countries, such as India, need to undergo a language proficiency test. Students do not necessarily have to take IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE, they can opt for alternative tests* as well.

Undergraduate Eligibility

  • 12th grade in relevant stream with at least 85% aggregate
  • English proficiency score, either of:
    • IELTS: Minimum 6.5 bands overall with a minimum of 6 bands in each section
    • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 65 overall with a minimum of 60 in each section
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 90 overall with a minimum of 22 in each section

Graduate Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s degree with a first class/division with 65% aggregate or a CGPA of 8 on a 10-point scale
  • English proficiency score, either of:
    • IELTS: Minimum 6.5 bands overall with a minimum of 6 bands in each section
    • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 65 overall with a minimum of 60 in each section
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 90 overall with a minimum of 22 in reading and listening as well as 21 in writing and speaking
    • Duolingo English Test: Overall: 125. Video and writing samples should also demonstrate a strong command of the English language. Please note that the university will only accept the Duolingo English Test from students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available.

MBA Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 CGPA equivalent to around 75% aggregate
  • Standardized examination, either of:
    • 550 score in GMAT with at least a 50th percentile in the quantitative and verbal sections of the test
    • GRE with a score of 155 on both the verbal and quantitative sections
  • English proficiency, either of:
    • TOEFL or TOEFL Home Edition: 100, Print: 600, Computer: 250
    • IELTS or IELTS Indicator Academic: 7.0 overall band
    • PTE Academic: Overall 70 with a minimum of 60 in each section
    • Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL): 70 overall band
    • Online Canadian Academic English Language Test^ (CAEL Online): 70 overall band

Doctorate/PhD Eligibility

Eligibility for the doctoral degree program at UBC requires completion of a bachelor's degree and master's degree or Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree. Applicants should have a minimum of with ‘A’ grade in their degree programs. Qualification should be either accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) or designated by an Institution of National Importance, such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Alternative English Tests*:

  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): B
  • UBC Certificate in English Language (CEL): 600
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program)
    • CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing): 4L
    • CELL (Listening): 4L
    • CELTOP (Speaking): 4L

Note: Eligibility may vary with different specializations, hence UBC recommends its applicants to cross-check the exact requirements based on the course requirements.


What all documents are needed for the application?


The international degrees and documents to be submitted at UBC for all the programs must be in PFD format. Check out the list of documents required at the time of application:

Undergraduate Applications

Graduate and MBA Applications

  • Valid passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Academic CV
  • Statement of purpose (depending upon program requirement)
  • MBA essay (if asked)
  • Contact information of two references
  • Proof of professional experience (if any)
  • English proficiency test scores
  • GMAT/GRE score*

*Qualified students may avail GMAT/GRE waivers. Please confirm details from the official website.


Application & Tuition Fees


Is there any application fees? Does the university also provide a fee waiver?


International applicants need to pay a non-refundable fee at the time of application. It varies with courses. Check out the table below to get an idea on application fee:

Program Type

Application Fee*

Bachelor’s Degree

CAD 118.5

Master’s Degree

CAD 168.25


CAD 145.75

Source: University of British Columbia

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Payment Methods

The payment needs to be done online using a MasterCard or Visa Credit Card only. In case of a debit card, only Canadian Debit Card can be used. UBC also accepts Interac/debit payments from the owners of Interac network back account with TD Canada Trust or Royal Bank of Canada.

Fee Waiver

Waiver in application fee is offered to applicants belonging from the world's 50 least developed countries as per the United Nations. India does not fall in this category, so Indian applicants are not eligible to apply for a fee waiver.

Note: Aspirants applying for the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry at UBC’s Vancouver campus are not charged an application fee.


What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?


The fee structure of every course is different, which increases every year. Students may refer to the table below that shows an average of the tuition fee of UBC in the first year for all the programs of 2019 session:

Program Type

Tuition Fee*

Bachelor’s Degree

CAD 38,946

Master’s Degree

CAD 46,920


CAD 52,541

Source: University of British Columbia

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.


Scholarships & Financial Aid


Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?


UBC not only offers merit and need-based scholarships, but also hybrid scholarships. To apply to any of those, students need to fill an application form and submit the required documents.

Being a research organization, UBC invests in young scientists while offering them significantly low tuition cost. Candidates in research programs or PhD programs benefit greatly from the scholarships and awards offered.

These awards are named as:

  • Guaranteed PhD Funding: Minimum guarantee of $18,000, maximum up to $28,000
  • International Tuition Award: Tuition award up to $3,200 for research candidates
  • Graduate Support Initiative: Tuition fee
  • President’s Academic Excellence Initiative PhD Award: $900 per year for international students

UBC offers over CAD 200 million per annum through its scholarships, awards, bursaries, loans, and grants. As per the statistics, around 20% of UBC undergraduate students and around 53% of UBC graduate student enjoy the scholarships offered by the deemed university. About 35-45% MBA students of every batch are eligible to avail the UBC awards and scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Academic excellence
  • Demonstrated commitment to career ambitions
  • Application within deadlines

Majority of international students avail the UBC Scholarships, Fellowships, and Bursaries at the time of admissions. The eligible candidates are recommended to apply for the deserved awards at either the time of admission or within the first year of study. No scholarships can be availed afterwards.

Note: While the deadline to apply for international scholarships is mid of December of every year, some of the applications do not require the formality of an application. It is recommended to check the eligibility requirements and application process thoroughly on the university website.


Admission Process


When do the admissions start?


The University of British Columbia has three application intakes.


For all the three intakes, the application window for international students opens in September* of every year.

UG Application Deadlines

Undergraduate applicants need to submit their applications latest by the mid of February* for most of the courses.

MS Application Deadlines

Graduate applicants need to submit their applications latest by September* of every year for most of the courses. To apply in a specific intake, refer to the deadlines given below:

  • Summer session deadline: May–August*
  • Winter session deadline: September–April*
  • Document deadline: May end*

MBA Application Deadlines

MBA applicants should follow the below-mentioned deadlines in general:

  • MBA first round: Mid-late October*
  • MBA final round: Early April*
  • Document deadline: May end*

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.


What are the steps to the application process?


The application procedure for every program is different. Hence, carefully, read the program-wise steps given below to understand the difference.

Undergraduate Program Application

If you wish to apply to an undergraduate course, please visit ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/apply.xhtml. Register to the official website and follow the exact instructions as given on the page.

Tip: Keep the application material such as scorecards and transcripts ready to save time.

Graduate Program Application

Step 1: Visit evision.as.it.ubc.ca/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ubc_cwl and create a new account to apply.

Step 2: After the login is successful, a Degree Program Selection page opens. You need to choose from the list of courses available in the preferred campus (Vancouver or Okanagan) by clicking on the course link.

Step 3: This step involves choosing the intake of the program you want to study.


The application process begins by asking the details as follows:

  • Use of Information (where you need to select the source of information that got you interested in the particular program at UBC)
  • Introduction of the chosen program
  • Personal and contact details
  • Academic history (12th grade, bachelors, masters, etc.)
  • Test scores (GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL)
  • Funding
  • Experience and interests
  • Additional questions (to give more clarity on the applicant’s profile)
  • References (LORs)
  • Application summary (the summary or snapshot of details filled by the candidates)

Note: The entire application material needs to be submitted before the deadline mentioned on the course page. Any changes can be made only when the application is saved as a draft before submission, no changes can be made once an application is submitted.

Points to remember before beginning the application:

  • Application is about 45-60 minutes long, hence keep an hour aside to complete the online application
  • Keep your personal information ready such as contact details, academic history, test scores, funding information, experience, interests, and contact of references
  • Be ready with scanned copies of your test scores, transcripts, statement of intent, essays, and curriculum vitae
  • You may choose to apply to more than one application at a time
  • If you are unable to complete the application in one go, then you may save the information inserted at any point and come back to add on more
  • If the application is left unattended for an hour (60 minutes), the website would automatically log you out and you would need to log in again

Note: Once registered, please ensure to activate your account within 72 hours through the link sent to your email address, otherwise your account opening request will expire.


What are the steps to MBA application? Does this involve any interview round?


To apply to the MBA program, visit the official page of UBC Sauder School of Business and keep the following documents ready:

  • Transcripts/degrees/diploma/certificates (original and translated)
  • Reference letters (soft copies with recommenders details)
  • GMAT/GRE score
  • English proficiency exam

Tip: The MBA application is quite long, so if you are unable to complete it at once, you may save the details and continue by revisiting the official form the next day.

Steps to MBA application:

Sign up on appform.topapply.com/applicationformmodule/index/sauder and enter the required details to create a new account.


When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?


In most of the programs, the UBC admission committee takes a few weeks to evaluate the applications. To check your application’s status, do the following:

Undergraduate Applicants

After completing the application, students can log in to the Student Service Centre and check:

  • Application status
  • Upcoming deadlines
  • Outstanding documents
  • Course fee

UBC offers admission maximum of its students by May every year. If aspirants do not find their names on the Student Service Centre, the qualified students may have been waitlisted. In this case, aspirants need to wait for some more time. They will be notified by the UBC admission committee as soon as they find a place in any of their chosen programs.

Notice for Undergraduate Applicants: The first admission students (undergraduate students) coming from outside of Canada are guided to do the following after receiving an undergraduate offer:

Graduate Applicants

Log in to the official website and check ‘My Applications’. This section contains all the information of application ranging from candidate’s data to application status.

MBA Applicants

Candidates are provided with the decision within eight weeks of their complete application submissions before the deadline of mid-September*.

*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Note: Application at UBC are not evaluated on a first come first serve basis. It means that March applications would be evaluated just like the January applications. Nevertheless, you need to submit your application before the application deadline under any condition.


Student Diversity & Preferred Profile


How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students


UBC is known to admit as many international students as the students from Canada making it to a 50-50 student body of national and international students. It means that it tries to balance out the number of enrollments for both national and international candidates.

UBC Acceptance Rate

  • 50% of Undergraduate Applications
  • 25% of Graduate Applications

Overall Profile Evaluation

Admission decisions at UBC are based on various factors. Some of them are:

  • Choice of program
  • Academic qualification
  • References
  • Co-curricular achievements
  • Academic scores

Other Major Factors Affecting Admission

The admission process at UBC is competitive and comparative, hence the admission committee looks for the overall profile of candidates. As a result, the previous years have shown that Arts and Social Sciences applicants have a higher chance of enrollment as compared to the aspirants Business Management and STEM courses.

The other factors of an applicant’s profile that play an important role in increasing the chances of admission are as follows:

If the applicants work on strengthening these factor aspects of their candidature, the chances of getting enrolled at UBC would be higher.

Impressive Application

Because the admission committee adopts a holistic approach while shortlisting its applicants, students need to take utmost care to draft the application material. UBC takes the following as seriously as the good grades:

  • References
  • Statement of purpose
  • Project proposals
  • Internships

For further help, learn how to choose the right recommender and study common mistakes to avoid in an SOP.


How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?


UBC reviews more than 40,000 applications every year. The university stands as the fourth-largest facilitator to graduate students among all the international universities of Canada.

UBC Total Students 2019–2020

















Source: University of British Columbia

UBC Facts 2019–2020

  • 66,747 total students on both campuses
  • 18,323 international students from 166 countries
  • 2.65% rise in overall student body over previous year (2018–2019)
  • 1,837 aboriginal students
  • 6,485 unique students in UBC extended learning
  • 10,371 unique enrolments
  • 14,439 degrees granted in 2019

UBC International Students 2019–2020

Given below is a campus-wise breakdown of the student body at UBC for the session 2019–2020:




Total Students



International Student Body



International Head Count



Rise Over 2018–2019



Source: University of British Columbia

Based on this data, it can be gauged that the total number of applications received each year at UBC is increasing. The rise in international students in both the campuses also shows that among the international applicants UBC’s Okanagan campus is more popular than Vancouver.

UBC International Students at Vancouver Campus:

  • 3,600 doctoral students
  • 30% master’s students
  • 6,200 masters students
  • 44% of doctoral students

Considering Indian students, based on the data comparison between 2013-14 and 2017-18, Indian enrolments in undergraduate programs at UBC Vancouver campus increased with 200 students.


Part Time Work While Studying


Can I work while studying here?


International students may be required to apply for a permit to work in Canada. There are certain rules and regulations that students must follow. Check out the conditions under which they need to apply for a work permit:

Working On-Campus

Students enrolled in full-time studies are eligible to work on campus while studying at UBC.

On-Campus Working Hours

Working hours for on-campus is unlimited, given that the students do not let their class/lab attendance and academic performance suffer. Dropping scores and absenteeism would not be entertained in the name of a full-time on-campus job for any reason.

Working Off-Campus

UBC allows its full-time students enrolled in degrees, diplomas, certificates, and exchange programs to work both on and off the campus during their tenure.

Off-Campus Working Hours

Students may work off the campus up to a maximum of 20 hours in a week from September–April, which is the regular academic year at UBC.

Co-op Placement or Internship

Whether on-campus or off-campus, to undergo a co-op placement or internship, students need to apply for a work permit. This permission would be granted only if the intended job is an integral part of the academic program of applicants.

Note: The working hours and guidelines must be adhered to by the international students because authorities may take strict action against the defaulters.


Campuses & Accommodation


How many campuses does the university have?


UBC has two campuses that attract over 65,000 students more than 140 countries each year. The campuses are:

  • Vancouver
  • Okanagan

UBC Student Organizations:

UBC is also known to have outstanding student organizations, wherein students from all over the world come together for networking and fun.

  • AMS (Vancouver)
  • UBCSUO (Okanagan)

These are the two campus-based student organizations, where international students can connect with the other UBC colleagues.


Is on-campus housing available?


Yes, on-campus housing is available on both the campuses of UBC. The university houses more than 11,000 students in 13 residences. It welcomes all the undergraduate students to enjoy the extraordinary experiences of studying in its campus accommodation. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for the same.

UBC wants its students to connect and create make networks while living in a study-oriented atmosphere and feel at home. Apart from the recreational activities, guest speakers, and special interest clubs on the campus, the residents can enjoy beautiful beaches, theatre, restaurants, and the Canadian lifestyle.

Living cost or accommodation fee varies with the type of room and size of the meal plan. Check out the details of expenses on both the campuses:

Source: University of British Columbia

Other Details:

  • How to apply: Apply directly on Student Housing and Hospitality Services
  • Fee details: Payment is to be made for eight months of an academic year, which means two terms
  • Facilities: Residence fee includes the internet expenses but excludes parking fee and optional cable connection as well as telephone landline service

Note: Though the deadline for applying for the Vancouver on-campus accommodation is May of every year, it is recommended to confirm for the same from the university website. Also, the rates of room and meal plan may vary with progressive years.


University Contact Information


Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?


International students may enquire anything related to the admission using the direct contact number of both the campuses. For more details, please visit the official website of UBC.

Website: www.ubc.ca

Campus 1: Okanagan Campus | Telephone: +1 250 807 9447

Campus 2: Vancouver Campus | Telephone: +1 604 822 8999


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