University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Kelowna
Canada

Language of instruction

English

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo.

The Okanagan campus is located in British Columbia’s “four-season playground”, where students can explore Okanagan Lake’s clear waters and sandy beaches, Skaha Bluffs – a world-famous rock climbing destination, and the many wineries of the Okanagan Valley.

The Vancouver campus is surrounded by forest on 3 sides and ocean on the 4th and is just a 30 minute bus ride to Vancouver’s downtown core.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term 2 January–April
Semester 2 Winter Term 1 September–December

View UBC's academic calendar for the Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus.

Guides and additional information

UBC has online resources to help you get the most out of your exchange:

Campuses

You can choose to study at either of UBC's 2 campuses:

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 15 credits at UBC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
Postgraduate: 9 credits at UBC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.2 to study at UBC.

Study Options
You must choose one admission faculty from the list of faculties below and take the majority of courses within the chosen faculty. Further details are outlined in the Additional Academic Information section below.

Semester Restrictions
UBC only accept applications from Law students once per year, in Winter Term 1. Therefore, law students must apply for exchange in UQ's Semester 2 for study in Winter Term 1 at UBC.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice.

Find courses

Search the UBC course catalogue .

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Art history
Biological sciences
Business administration
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Civil engineering
Computer engineering
Computer science
Economics
Electrical engineering
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
Food science
French
German
History and ancient history
International relations
Italian
Japanese
Law
Linguistics
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Microbiology
Mining engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Regional and town planning
Religion
Russian
Sociology
Software engineering
Spanish
Postgraduate
Architecture and Design
Art history
Biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering
Chemistry and biochemistry
Civil engineering
Computer science
English
English literature
History and ancient history
Linguistics
Materials engineering
Mathematics and statistics
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Sociology

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

UBC has on-campus residential options available to exchange students at both campuses.

Vancouver Campus:

On-campus accommodation at UBC Vancouver is not guaranteed. On-campus accommodation is very competitive, especially during UBC's Winter Term 1 or for Full Year students.

Students admitted to CIE (Engineering), will not have access to on-campus accommodation in Winter Term 1. Students studying in Winter Term 2 will be given priority access to on-campus housing.

Students wanting on-campus accommodation are encouraged to look at UBC's Okanagan Campus (see below).

Okanagan Campus:

All incoming exchange students are given priority access to housing at UBC Okanagan if they apply by the deadline (May 1st for September term and October 1st for January term).

Cost of living

UBC has provided a breakdown of key costs students can expect to encounter while studying at the university.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All UBC exchange students are required to purchase the mandatory health insurance, iMED.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

UBC provide information about various visa options while on exchange.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)