2329 West Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7
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Contact Dr. Anna M. Kindler
Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic Affairs
Established in 1908, The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, UBC embraces bold new ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty.
More than 4,000 faculty members serve a student population of 56,382 on campuses in two cities, Vancouver and Kelowna. UBC has two downtown Vancouver locations with executive and continuing studies programs conducted at UBC Robson Square and digital arts programs offered at the Great Northern Way Campus, a collaboration between three other institutions. UBC has an Asia Pacific Office in Hong Kong and plans to open offices in Bangalore and Delhi, India.
On the Vancouver campus, teaching and research are conducted in 14 faculties in a wide range of programs. Many of its physical and life sciences programs, Asian studies and sustainability programs are leaders in their fields. UBC is home to the province’s medical school, with satellite programs in Prince George, Victoria, and Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community that offers a variety of teaching and research opportunities in the spectacular wine-growing region of British Columbia. UBC’s outstanding faculty members have received many national and international research and teaching awards for their contributions, including the 1993 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to the late Michael Smith. Nobel prize-winning physicist Carl Wieman chose UBC to launch The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative to enhance the teaching of science.
UBC advances learning and teaching by expanding opportunities outside the classroom. This includes informal educational settings and enriched learning opportunities – co-op placements, international service learning, and community service learning. More than 3,265 students have participated in community service learning opportunities in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and in Kelowna.
All first, second and third-year undergraduate students on UBC’s Vancouver campus are assigned an Enrolment Services Professional who provides personalized support. UBC also uses broad-based admissions, making UBC the largest Canadian university to include non-academic criteria in its application process.
UBC research is internationally renowned in areas as diverse as genomics, clean energy, materials science, and anthropology. UBC is a leader in translating university-born innovations to society, and making them globally accessible and affordable to developing nations.
UBC is home to the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. The building is a focal point for sustainability research and partnerships, teaching and learning, and operational activities at UBC’s Vancouver campus. This living laboratory harvests and creates more energy than it uses. UBC recently opened the Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility and is the first Canadian university to produce clean heat and electricity from biofuel.
Canadian student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,700
Graduate tuition fees: $4,349
International student fees 2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $21,701 - $22,622
Graduate tuition fees: $7,641
* Source: Statistics Canada. Fees for general programs in arts and humanities.
Note: In addition to tuition fees, universities generally charge fees for goods and services supplied to students. This includes areas such as student associations, sports and health. These additional fees vary widely per university and per student and can run from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Check with the university for details.
2012 rounded Winter Session *
Full-time (undergraduates): 33,670
Full-time (graduates): 8,770
Part-time (undergraduates): 13,030
Part-time (graduates): 1,730
* Source: The University of British Columbia