take a virtual tour of ubc’s campuses

take a virtual tour of ubc’s campuses

getting a feel for a campus is an important part of deciding which university you want to attend. an in-person visit won’t be possible this year in light of the coronavirus – but hey, that’s what the internet is for!

as well as the student-led live virtual campus tours we offer for both ubc okanagan and ubc vancouver, we also have two great self-guided virtual tours – one for each campus – for you to explore in your own time.

on these self-guided tours, you can have a look at all the highlights you can look forward to as a student. the tour will walk you through key locations, giving you a feel for what it’s like to live and learn at ubc. you’ll see ubc’s residences, study spots, recreational facilities, lecture halls, academic buildings, and more.

on your journey you’ll be able to take a look at 360° panoramas, photos, and videos, and you can pause at any time to check them out. if you like, you can share your favourite spots on social media.

no matter which tour option you pick, we’re looking forward to showing you around!




happy holidays!

happy holidays!

our offices at both ubc okanagan and ubc vancouver will be closed from december 24, 2020 to january 3, 2021 for the winter break. we will reopen on january 4, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. pt. if we don’t get to your inquiry before we go, please look for a reply after we return on january 4.


holiday hours

ubc vancouver

december 24 to january 3: closed

please see the enrolment services advisors website for more information.

ubc okanagan

december 24 to january 3: closed

please see our campus contact us page for more information.


we look forward to connecting with you about your application questions in the new year!



why choose visual arts at ubc okanagan?

why choose visual arts at ubc okanagan?

do you want to study a broad range of artistic disciplines as part of a tight-knit community? are you creative, curious, and engaged with the world around you? if so, visual arts at ubc okanagan might be the right program for you.


what you will learn

visual arts will let you study in a variety of traditional media, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, analogue photography, and printmaking. you’ll also have the opportunity to work on digital media projects, including video, digital photography, sound art, animation, and the creation of virtual worlds. the degree is designed to prepare you for a career as an artist, so much of your time will be spent doing hands-on studio work.

as well as helping you build a strong foundation in all the fine arts, the program includes courses on art history and the theory of art, which will help you develop your own thoughts and curiosities behind the artistic process. you can also choose classes in creative writing, art history, visual culture, theatre, and media studies.

remember – you don’t have to come to the program with a particular skill level. all you’ll need is a genuine curiosity for the world, and your instructors will teach you how to develop your art.


a destination degree

visual arts at ubc okanagan is unique in its thriving fine arts community. you can learn from and collaborate with students across other programs, including media studies, performance arts, creative writing, art history, and visual culture – something that’s not a possibility at larger campuses or as part of a larger program. the beautiful okanagan, too, is not only home to a significant amount of creatives and galleries, but is a lifestyle-focused region that offers plenty of inspiration. working within this community, you’ll enjoy a self-directed program with the feel of an arts retreat.




what makes the program unique?


  1. gain confidence in your art. in your first two years, you’ll explore every discipline and build your skills as you narrow down your areas of specialty. your third and fourth years will be driven by your own exploration, and as part of that final year, you’ll have your own studio space and dedicated supervisor to help.


  1. build skills in the professional world. as part of your degree you’ll work on community engagement projects and learn skills such as how to manage an arts fundraiser. your work will also be displayed in the community, helping you build an audience for your art.


  1. study in an intimate setting. class sizes for visual arts are deliberately small, meaning it’s not only easy to make friends but to share ideas with your classmates.


  1. learn from real artists. the instructors for the visual arts program are all working artists themselves and have art practices, and can teach you about the industry as well as their disciplines.


  1. join international and domestic students. ubc is the most international university in north america. you’ll make friends from all over the world during your time at ubc okanagan, and be exposed to cultures beyond your own.


after you graduate

graduates from the visual arts program have gone on to careers as practicing artists, designers, artist collective and studio managers, preparators at art galleries, and into further study in degrees such as architecture.



programs spotlight: health and life sciences

programs spotlight: health and life sciences

whether you’re interested in understanding the intricacies of animal behaviour or uncovering the secrets of the brain, you can begin your journey at ubc. immerse yourself in a passionate community of like-minded professors and students who are dedicated to the study of human health, the biodiversity of our planet, and the living organisms we share it with.


explore your program options


discover the world too small to see with the naked eye in the microbiology program at ubc okanagan. you’ll master techniques that let you observe structures and organisms at the microscopic level, and become an expert on topics such as gene regulation, immune responses, and why certain people are susceptible to particular diseases. a lot of your learning will be hands-on in the lab, and you’ll have the chance to direct your own original research.



do you want to study life at every level, from atoms and molecules to cells, organisms, and environments? the biophysics program at ubc vancouver is a cross-disciplinary program that incorporates concepts from physical and mathematical sciences with the study of biological systems. you’ll learn how to look for and analyze patterns, as well as gaining an understanding of the basic concepts and quantitative skills of physics. when you graduate, you’ll be ready for graduate studies in biology or physics, or for a career in fields such as medicine or pharmaceuticals.


ecology and evolutionary biology

dive into the animal kingdom and learn how organisms interact with the world around them. in the ecology and evolutionary biology program at ubc okanagan, you’ll explore animal behaviours and adaptations while gaining a deep understanding of biodiversity through lab work, job placements, and field work in british columbia and overseas. you’ll develop a foundation that prepares you for a range of careers in conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, and more.


the student scoop

meet brooke, a biology alumna who tracked cheetahs in south africa as a volunteer before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.


cognitive systems

are you fascinated by the human mind? the cognitive systems program at ubc vancouver sits at the intersection of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. study the tools that allow people to think – such as language – and explore what it means for machines to generate their own knowledge. you’ll learn how to interpret data, design your own cognitive systems, and navigate ethical complexities. through hands-on research experiences, you’ll work at the outer limits of scientific understanding, and push the boundaries of understanding the mind.


see a full list of health and life sciences programs at ubc



english-language pathways at ubc

english-language pathways at ubc

if you’ve achieved outstanding academic results but haven’t met ubc’s english-language requirements, ubc offers a number of programs to help.

there are multiple pathways available if you are accepted to study here but require additional support to improve your english.


conditional admission program

the conditional admission program (cap) offers english-language preparation before you are admitted to your undergraduate degree at ubc vancouver.

if you are selected for cap, you will be accepted into your chosen degree program on the condition you successfully complete the ubc extended learning english language institute english for academic purposes program (eap). the course provides full-time english-language training through either:

  • an 8-week accelerated session scheduled to start in july and finish at the end of august (only open to cap students)
  • a 16-week session scheduled to start in january, may, or august/september (open to both cap and other students)

once you have successfully completed the eap, you can transition into your degree program.

the application deadline for cap is january 15, 2021 for studies beginning in september of 2021.


vantage one

ubc’s vantage one programs offer an 11-month timetable for first-year international students. in these specially-designed pathways, you will receive english language instruction in your first-year degree courses to prepare you for success during the remainder of your bachelor’s degree.

as part of vantage one, you can study towards the bachelor of artsbachelor of science, or the bachelor of applied science. upon successful completion of your vantage one program, you will receive full first-year course credit towards your undergraduate degree, and progress into your second year of study.

after you complete the first year of the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science, you will continue your studies at ubc vancouver. if you study the bachelor of applied science, your choice of major will determine whether you’ll complete your studies at ubc okanagan or ubc vancouver.

the application deadline for vantage one is january 15, 2021 for studies beginning in september of 2021.


english foundation program

the english foundation program (efp) is offered at ubc okanagan. an innovative accredited program, it provides university admission to students who meet all of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree in arts, science, applied science, management, fine arts, media studies, and human kinetics, but who do not meet ubc’s english language admission standards.

the efp combines intensive english language training and academic courses while engaging students in campus life. its goal is to provide a balanced mix of academics, activities, experiential, and cultural learning on ubc’s okanagan campus.

ubc applicants are automatically evaluated for the efp if they meet the university’s admission requirements and have applied to study at ubc okanagan. the application deadline for the efp is january 15, 2021 for studies beginning in september of 2021.



what can you study in the faculty of land and food systems?

what can you study in the faculty of land and food systems?

whether you dream of helping reduce the demands on our climate systems, or are driven to solve the world’s food sustainability crisis, you’ll find a program for you at ubc. as a member of the faculty of land and food systems – known for being one of ubc’s friendliest faculties – you’ll study alongside other students who are dedicated to using science to meet society’s urgent needs, and passionately exploring how humans interact with the natural world.


explore your program options

bachelor of science in applied biology

applied animal biology

if you want to study or work with animals, ubc vancouver’s applied animal biology program will be a great fit for you. the program gives you a broad background in the fundamentals of animal behavior and physiology as they apply to farm, companion, and other animals. you’ll learn about the role of animals in human society, and examine the ethical, environmental, and other issues that arise from our connection with them. as part of your program, you’ll spend time doing hands-on field work and research on farms, as well as in laboratories, animal shelters, and wildlife rehabilitation centres, preparing you for a career in the field. this program also allows you to complete the necessary prerequisites for veterinary medicine.


the student scoop

Bryna Turk applied animal biology Story

meet bryna, who initially chose applied animal biology to fulfil her goal of becoming a vet, and discovered along the way that she could explore animal welfare, food security and sustainable agriculture, and coordinating events for her community.


sustainable agriculture and environment

in the sustainable agriculture and environment program, you’ll tackle a range of environmental challenges while tailoring your studies to your particular interests – from agricultural production to soil and water resources management to climate change. you’ll learn how to produce food in a way that protects our soils, water, and air; how to manage biodiversity and habitats for the organisms we rely on to help us grow our food; and which agricultural practices are best for urban environments. you’ll have access to a living laboratory for experiential learning at the centre for sustainable food systems, located at the ubc farm on ubc’s vancouver campus. as a graduate of this program, you’ll be primed for a professional career focused on shaping a more sustainable, food-secure future.



bachelor of science in food, nutrition, and health


dietetics is an in-demand profession that’s growing fast across canada and the world. ubc vancouver’s dietetics program – the only dietetics program in bc – will teach you how to improve and promote health through optimized food and nutrition, and to fill a variety of roles in nutrition care, management, or population and public health. you’ll graduate from this professional program as a registered dietitian with a strong understanding of human nutrition and how to manage sustainable food systems.


“my learning experience in lfs as being very collaborative and hands on. we have opportunities in class in which we work in small groups and build connections with community partners to create real change.”

– melanie liu, dietetics


food science

calling all foodies! take your passion for food to the next level in ubc vancouver’s food science program, where you’ll discover the chemistry and microbiology of food, its nutritional and sensory properties, and how it’s engineered and processed. you’ll explore scientific topics such as the concepts and controversies in nutrition and how to prevent food-borne illnesses, and you’ll also gain hands-on experience through food-specific lab courses and community-based learning in sustainability. when you graduate, you’ll be ready for a number of careers in the food industry – an exciting field that’s undergoing rapid change.


the student scoop

peter higgins, purdys, ubc

meet peter higgins, a ubc food science grad who became one of the top chocolate scientists at purdys.


food, nutrition, and health

the food, nutrition, and health program gives you the flexibility to pursue your interests while gaining a deeper knowledge of issues related to food production, food security, and the role of nutrition in disease prevention. you’ll get to choose from a large variety of electives, and you’ll study a curriculum of your own design that will prep you for a career in the food and health sectors. food, nutrition, and health students can apply to dual degrees with bachelor of education or master of management, or one of six minors to complement their program.


“being in the land and food systems faculty has taught me and challenged me to employ systems-thinking when discussing topics that i care deeply for, such as food security, public health and sustainability.”

– rachel ma, food, nutrition, and health


nutritional sciences

in nutritional sciences, you’ll delve into the science of the human digestive system, and discover how our bodies actually metabolize and use nutrients. you’ll also learn more about the function of nutrients in health and disease, and study nutritional requirements and recommendations in depth. as part of the program, you’ll find out about the methods of how we produce and distribute food, and what impact that has on food availability – helping you to solve some real-world challenges.


food and nutritional sciences

the food and nutritional sciences program is a double major which combines the food science and the nutritional sciences programs. as part of the degree, you’ll discover the chemistry and microbiology of food, its nutritional and sensory properties, and how it’s created and processed. you’ll also work on understanding the function of nutrients in health and disease, and people’s nutritional requirements. at the end of the program, you’ll graduate ready for a career in the food and nutrition industries or grad studies in health sciences.


“the hands-on learning experiences available through the lfs program provided me with the opportunity to apply that knowledge, which in turn helped set me up for success in my career.” 

– lauren rappaport, food and nutritional sciences alumni



improve your english and earn a ubc degree with vantage one

improve your english and earn a ubc degree with vantage one

do you have an excellent academic record, but don’t quite meet ubc’s english language admission requirement? if you fulfil ubc’s general and degree-specific requirements, there are alternative pathways to help you achieve your ubc degree.


what is vantage one?

ubc’s vantage one programs are designed for international students who do not yet meet the english language requirement to enter directly into a ubc faculty. vantage one courses last 11 months, and add english-language instruction to your first-year degree courses. you can choose from artsengineering, or science, and you’ll be taught by award-winning ubc faculty members.

the arts and science vantage one programs take place at ubc vancouver, while engineering involves studying at both ubc vancouver and ubc okanagan. when you successfully complete your vantage one program, you’ll progress into your second year at ubc, where you can study the following degree programs:


why choose vantage one?

the program is designed specifically for international students. vantage one is a first-year cohort program, which means you’ll follow a set timetable and take nearly all of your classes with the same people, helping you to make friends from day one. it also includes a one-week orientation, which will assist you with essential needs like health insurance, setting up bank accounts, and learning how to thrive in the classroom at ubc.

there are over 50 highly-trained faculty and staff at vantage one, who will help you build on your academic performance, english language development, study skills, and readiness for your second year. while you will be completing the same courses as other ubc students, your classes will be tailored to you. they offer smaller class sizes, innovative teaching methods, language instruction integrated into your degree coursework, and the ability to connect closely with faculty. best of all, taking part in a vantage one program does not add extra time to your degree.


student scoop

Valeria Moncada 十大网赌网站 Story vantage one

meet valeria, a vantage one student who moved on to her psychology degree with confidence in writing academic papers, close relationships with her professors, and a tight-knit group of friends – all without adding any extra time to her studies.



what are the requirements?

vantage one accepts students with a minimum score of 70 on the toefl and 5.5 on the ielts. certain sub-scores apply for each test, so be sure to review the full english language requirements on the vantage college website.


how do you apply?

  1. choose your ubc vantage one program: artsengineering, or science.
  2. meet the vantage one admission requirements.
  3. apply online and pay the fee.
  4. submit your required documents.
  5. stay in touch.



why choose biomedical engineering at ubc?

why choose biomedical engineering at ubc?

are you interested in how engineering, medicine, life sciences, computer science, and mathematics work together to solve health problems? do you want to help transform people’s lives? biomedical engineering at ubc could be the right program for you.


what is biomedical engineering? 

biomedical engineers work where biology, mathematics, computer science, and chemistry meet to solve the challenges of human health and healthcare. using the engineering principals of design thinking and problem solving, they develop new technologies that enable doctors, therapists, biotech companies, and researchers to improve human health.

biomedical engineering innovations touch every aspect of our lives. regenerative cellular therapies, ultrasound images that give us the first glimpse of our children, time-release drugs that allow us to sleep through the night, lifesaving cardiac stents, high-performance robotic surgery, and devices that improve access and mobility for everyone are just some of the transformational developments to come out of the biomedical engineering field.



what will you learn?

as a biomedical engineering student at ubc, you’ll take specialized courses to help you build a unique foundation in engineering, biology, math, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, design, and the healthcare system. in your third year, you’ll have the chance to customize your degree based on your interests. you can choose from four different streams:

  • biomechanics and biomaterials teaches you about applying classical mechanics, and how to solve biological problems by viewing the body as an engineered structure.
  • cellular and molecular bioengineering lets you apply engineering principles to cellular and molecular biology. you’ll focus on developing cell-based therapeutics in regenerative medicine and drug delivery.
  • biomedical systems and signals helps you learn about the processes that produce and transform signals in biological systems, and the way that these signals are translated by the body.
  • biomedical informatics and systems biology lets you explore genomes and patient healthcare information using math and data systems such as machine learning.

through traditional classroom instruction, hands-on studio time, co-op opportunities, and lab work, you’ll graduate with a deep knowledge of biology, human anatomy, and physiology, and understand how to combine it with engineering design. after finishing your studies, you’ll be ready to work across a range of life science-related jobs, such as designing biomedical devices or pharmaceuticals, or working in fields like medical diagnostics or clinical engineering. these opportunities range from academia to hospitals or working within canada’s world-leading biomedical engineering industry.


the student scoop

Nadine Truter student story

meet nadine, who is learning how to design treatments at a molecular level to help cure patients’ illnesses.


what makes the program unique?

  1. learn in-demand skills. vancouver is home to over 300 life sciences companies – many of which are ranked in the top 100 technology companies in canada. globally, too, there is an increasing call for engineers with biomedical training, with the us department of labour statistics estimating that the number of jobs for biomedical engineers will increase by 27 percent over the next three years.


  1. discover each topic in depth. although ubc’s electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs both offer an introduction to biomedical engineering as a specialization, the biomedical engineering degree provides a much deeper level of knowledge, suitable for entering the industry or academia. when you graduate, you’ll be accredited as a biomedical engineer by the canadian engineering accreditation board (ceab).


  1. prepare for a fulfilling career.many biomedical engineering graduates go on to medical school, research or advanced degrees, or start their own businesses. for those who choose employment, you’ll be ready for a job in biotechnology companies, biomedical device companies, diagnostic companies, e-health companies, hospitals, government research facilities, or in areas outside life sciences. you’ll work on exciting projects like developing cellular therapies, artificial organs, prosthesis, diagnostics, biomedical devices, instruments, and new safety devices.


  1. gain work experience while you study. co-op education provides the opportunity for you to gain paid, full-time experience in a variety of work settings, test out possible career options, and begin building a professional network – all before graduation. you’ll benefit from a variety of support workshops, one-on-one coaching, and work experience relevant to your future career goals.


  1. work on a real-life project. one of the program’s final courses is a real-world design project, which will challenge you to apply the skills you’ve learned to an open-ended problem in biomedical engineering. you’ll work in small teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor or a practicing professional engineer from the industry, and be tasked with designing a new device or technology to solve some of today’s toughest medical problems.