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Deadline: 15 January 2022

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university with campuses near Vancouver and in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1908, it is British Columbia's oldest university. The university ranks among the top three universities in Canada. UBC's academic activity is organised into "faculties" and "schools", including:

  • Engineering and applied science

  • Architecture

  • Nursing

  • Arts: anthropology, linguistics, political science, psychology, social work, etc.

  • Business: accounting, law, finance, marketing, operations and logistics, etc.

  • Dentistry

  • Education

  • Forestry

  • Medicine

  • Science: botany, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, microbiology, etc.


UBC considers your grades in all Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) classes, paying special attention to courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to.

The personal profile is a crucial section in your UBC application. This is your chance to tell them about the things that are important to you, your significant achievements, what you’ve learned from your experiences, and the challenges you’ve overcome. In it, you will describe up to five activities that you have pursued or accomplishments achieved in one or more of the following areas. Please outline the nature of your responsibilities within these activities:

  • Student Club

  • Family/community responsibilities

  • Creative or performing arts

  • Work/employment

  • Athletics

  • Volunteer

  • Service to others

UBC’s trained readers will read and evaluate your personal profile and compare it with the profiles written by other UBC applicants. Your profile will be assessed against four criteria:

  1. Engagement and accomplishment: how you pursue your interests and manage your responsibilities; what you do with your time when you are not in class; what you consider your most significant contributions in your community

  2. Leadership: responsibilities and activities that have benefited those around you and/or contributed to your community in a meaningful way

  3. Substance: evidence of reflection in your answers, with meaning and insight

  4. Voice: the authenticity of the content of your application


  • Standing in at least six academic subject areas (GCSE, AS Levels, A Levels), including English, with at least three academic A Levels or six AS Levels. A subject may not be counted at both A Level and GCSE

  • A minimum grade of C in English Literature or English Language at the GCSE, AS, or A Level

  • Degree specific requirements:

  • Science degrees: Math (A or AS Level), Chemistry (GCSE), Physics (GCSE; may be waived with grades of A in A-Level Math and A-Level Chemistry)

  • Engineering: Math (A Level), Chemistry or Physics (A Level), Chemistry (GCSE), Physics (GCSE); Preference is given to applicants presenting both A Level Chemistry and A Level Physics

  • Commerce & Economics: Mathematics (A or AS Level)

  • English language requirements: a final grade of A or B in A Level English Language, or a standardized test like SATs, Duolingo, and others


International Major Entrance Scholarship

International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are awarded to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. Students receive their IMES when they enter their first year at UBC, and the scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

To be considered for the IMES, you must:

  • Be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school.

  • Be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your IMES eligibility.)

  • Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and intellectual promise, as well as impressive extracurricular and community involvement.

  • Not be nominated for a need-and-merit-based International Scholars award.

Outstanding International Student Award

The Outstanding International Student (OIS) Award is a one-time, merit-based entrance scholarship awarded to qualified students when they are offered admission to UBC. Students selected for this award show strength academically and display involvement outside of the classroom.

To be considered for an OIS Award, you must:

  • Be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or postsecondary (university or college).

  • Be an international student studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your scholarship eligibility.)

  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and strong extracurricular involvement.

  • Not be nominated for a need-and-merit-based International Scholars award.


Application to UBC is fully online. Your application to UBC will only be considered if you meet the admission requirements. That includes the English Language Admission Standard, general admission requirements, and degree-specific requirements.

Each UBC campus has a distinct range of degree programs. When you complete your application, you’ll have the opportunity to select a first and second choice of degree. The degrees you choose can be in different faculties and on different campuses. Think carefully about your choices and make sure you have all the prerequisite courses.


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