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A message from the University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and countries around the world to two major campuses.
The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.
As a UBC student, you'll be part of a school that is globally recognized for its high academic standards and rich learning environment. UBC’s exceptional record of innovation and sustainability draws expert faculty and inspires the next generation of leaders.
UBC at a Glance:
- Among the Top 40 research universities in the world
- 68 Rhodes Scholars
- 7 Nobel Laureates with UBC connections
- 1st Canadian university to achieve Kyoto Protocol targets
- 180 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
- $550 million research funding
Learning at UBC
Why is UBC such a great place for students to learn, grow, and develop? The answer is simple: UBC combines a solid reputation for academic excellence with a flexible, student-centered learning environment. And our location doesn’t hurt either.
Whether you attend UBC’s Vancouver or Okanagan campus, you’ll be surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty. British Columbia’s vast forests, gleaming waters, and epic peaks offer a stunning backdrop for campus life and promise adventure just beyond the city limits.
The largest campus is 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, a spectacular location that is a 'must-see' for any visitor to the city — where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The campus is home to more than 37,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students.
Our second major campus is in the dynamic southern interior city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. UBC's Okanagan campus, open since 2005, provides an intimate learning community in the spectacular wine-growing region of British Columbia. The campus educates more than 6,500 undergraduate and 450 graduate students.
Canadians are an ethnically and culturally varied group, and students from over 151 countries around the world attend UBC. That makes for a culturally diverse experience. Both campuses have clubs and spaces that help connect students from a variety of backgrounds.
Become a Student of the World
A UBC education is a modern leaning experience that will both challenge and inspire you. You’ll join a diverse group of scholars and students from 151 countries—each with a unique perspective to share. To extend the rewards of your education, choose your own adventure from countless opportunities to learn and volunteer in communities around the world.
At UBC, education is about more than just textbooks, labs, and lectures. As an undergraduate, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to practical, hands-on research and develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges.
Enhancing Your Studies With Hands-On Experience
UBC Co-operative Education:
Combine your studies with paid work experience in your field.
Work with a faculty or industry mentor for new ideas, career development, networking, and support.
Get involved with local schools and non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the community.
Go Global lets you meet degree requirements through international service learning (18 projects in 6 countries), student exchange (175 university partners in 42 countries), or taking courses with a UBC professor abroad in a group study program (12 countries).
Work Study and Work Learn:
This program will help you find well-paid, career-related jobs on campus.
UBC was a pioneer in teaching across disciplines, and today we have more integrated first-year programs than any other Canadian university. We passionately believe that this style of teaching is one of the most effective ways for you to become a critical, independent thinker.
UBC offers 17 faculties, 35 Bachelor degree programs, 212 undergraduate majors and 26 undergraduate interdisciplinary programs.
- Faculty of Applied Science (Engineering)
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Arts/School of Social Work and Family Studies
- Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Forestry
- Faculty of Land and Food Systems
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Management
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Faculty of Science
- Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Sauder School of Business
- Sauder School of Business / Department of Computer Science
- School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
- School of Health and Exercise Sciences
- School of Journalism
- School of Kinesiology
- School of Music
- School of Nursing
- School of Rehabilitation Sciences
- School of Social Work
- UBC Vantage College
UBC Professors, Classroom and Spaces
Who would you like to guide your learning? How about Nobel laureates, leading-edge researchers, and winners of prestigious teaching awards? At UBC, you can learn from them all.
Our professors push the boundaries of knowledge and help you to develop your analytical skills, refine your ideas, and express those ideas in powerful ways.
As any student who has spent long hours researching or studying can tell you, finding space that’s conducive to learning is crucial. As a UBC student, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art classrooms, libraries, facilities, and technologies. You might think that because UBC is a big university, our classes are big. In reality, we have a variety of classes – lectures, labs, seminars, discussion groups and more – in a variety of class sizes.
Your history course might include a lecture with 150 students and a tutorial for groups of 15. Your science course might include labs with 30 students.
Consider what UBC professor and Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman said about class sizes in an April 2007 interview for Maclean’s magazine: “You can have a small class in which there’s very little learning, and you can have a large class in which there’s a great deal of learning.” Our professors work to ensure students are engaged in learning, no matter the size of the class.
Did you know?
- 48% of first and second year level classes have 100 or fewer students
- 44% of third and fourth year classes have 50 or fewer students
Leadership and Volunteering
Ask any current UBC student – one of the smartest things you can do while at UBC is to get involved on campus. In fact, studies show that students who participate in student life tend to do better in their academics as well. Between UBC programs, student government, and the hundreds of student-run clubs available, you’ll be sure to find others on campus with interests similar to your own.
What makes a great leader? How can you be part of the solution to local, international, and environmental challenges? UBC has created leadership programs that give you opportunities to challenge yourself, make a difference, and learn new skills.
You’ll be connected to a global alumni network of 285,000 people in 135 countries. These graduates are scholars, leaders and global citizens that reside throughout the world. Every year, leading professional schools and graduate programs around the world — from Harvard to Oxford — welcome UBC graduates.
Working and Networking
UBC offers career support, workshops, and networking opportunities to help students find employment and develop lifelong career self-management skills. Many programs offer post-graduation placement assistance and internships. Depending on the length of their studies, international graduates are eligible to work in Canada for up to three years after graduation from UBC.