University of Northern British Columbia

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The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is one of Canada’s best small universities, located in the spectacular landscape of Northern BC. UNBC provides undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore cultures, health, economies, and the environment. Offerings include a full range of programs in the arts and sciences, professional degrees, medicine, and engineering. As one of BC’s research-intensive universities, UNBC also involves students in research and discovery. In addition to fostering and celebrating academic excellence, UNBC is a welcoming place that is friendly and inclusive.

Most UNBC students attend the main campus in Prince George, a city of 81,000 people located in central British Columbia. Its location provides students with easy access to outdoor recreation, including skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. The university also offers classes and research stations throughout northern BC, including Terrace, Fort St. John, and Quesnel.

UNBC is Canada’s Green University and has won numerous awards for its environmental initiatives. As an example of its commitment to the environment and communities, the university has implemented a bioenergy system on the campus that was recognized in 2010 as the best campus sustainability project in North America, tying for first place with Harvard.

As a research-intensive university, UNBC specializes in the environment and natural resources; community development; northern, rural and environmental health; and First Nations and Indigenous studies.

UNBC is also home to several research institutes, including the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute and the Community Development Institute. UNBC hosts the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. The university has two research forests (one the oldest in BC; the other the largest in North America and the only one co-managed with a First Nations community) and the Quesnel River Research Centre. All of these sites provide opportunities for a wide variety of education and research projects across the natural, social, and health sciences.

Student fees

Canadian student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $4,722
Graduate tuition fees: $2,928

International student fees  2012-13 *
Undergraduate tuition fees: $10,624 - $16,528
Graduate tuition fees: $2,928

* 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.

Student enrolment

2012 rounded preliminary fall enrolment *
Full-time (undergraduates): 1,970
Full-time (graduates): 450
Part-time (undergraduates): 980
Part-time (graduates): 150

* Source: University of Northern British Columbia