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University of British Columbia

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Last updated March, 2020

Exchange to UBC in Semester One 2022 - Apply from 01 October 2020 to 01 February 2021. Places will be allocated on a first in first served basis.

Academic information

Course information

The University of British Columbia offer hundreds of programmes in two campuses.

Course descriptions are available at:UBC Aerial view

Please note:

  • Commerce students nominated to the Sauder School of Business will be allowed to take a full course load in commerce at UBC and will be given preference when applying to commerce courses on exchange. Places in the Sauder School of Business are limited. Please check with the Exchange Adviser whether you can be nominated to UBC’s School of Business.
  • Law students nominated to the Faculty of Law will be allowed to take a full course load in Law at UBC and will be given preference when applying to Law courses on exchange. Places in the Faculty of Law are limited. Please check with the Exchange Adviser whether you can be nominated to UBC’s Faculty of Law.
  • Students nominated to the other faculties may be able to take up to two courses at either the Sauder School of Business or at the Faculty of Law, but this is not guaranteed. Applications will be assessed by UBC on a case by case basis.

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  • Academic Year: September - April
  • Fall Term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - April
  • UBC Academic Calendar

Course load and minimum unit requirements

  • Minimum Course Load: 9 Credits per semester
  • Maximum Course Load: 15 Credits per semester

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Accommodation and the cost of living


UBC Housing information

UBC is not able to guarantee on-campus housing to exchange students. The greatest effect will be on single-semester students in Term 1 (September to December). Spaces in on-campus housing will be allocated using a lottery system. Support will be given to those students who are not offered spaces in on-campus housing as they search for accommodations off-campus.

Estimated cost of living

2020-2021 estimated expenses per semester: CDN $10,000 – 12,000/term

Student Visa and insurance

Student Visas and insurance information 

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Exchange experiences

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The University, city and region

The University

The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is UBC Campusconsistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.

Vancouver is the largest campus. It boasts some of the city's best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts , the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research , and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

The second campus is in the dynamic Southern Interior city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. UBC Okanagan, open since 2005, provides an intimate learning community in the spectacular wine-growing region of British Columbia.

Learn more about UBC

The city of Vancouver and region

Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with over half a million residents and one of the mildest climates in Canada. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, whether just relaxing in a park or bike riding around the seawall, there is always something to do in Vancouver.

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Further information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email