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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Overview


UBC
Photo courtesy of University of British Colombia

Quick Facts

  • Situated on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of the largest universities in Canada and the oldest in the province. 
 
  • UBC is a global center of research and learning with state-of-the-art facilities, offering a wide range of professional programs.
 
  • The Vancouver campus educates more than 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, representing 140 different countries.
 
  • *** The priority applicaton deadline for ALL students wishing to go to UBC during the next upcoming year is February 1 (Academic Year, Fall and Spring semester applicants).***  Students can apply after this date for the spring semester, but course options will be very limited. If you are interested in studying in Vancouver, please make an appointment with the International Coordinator as soon as possible.

Location



Photos courtesy of UBC

Location Details

The clean, sophisticated city of Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada, located at the southwestern corner of the province of British Columbia. Situated between the North Shore and coastal mountains and the edge of the Pacific ocean, Vancouver is one of North America's most beautiful cities, and was recently ranked as "the world's most desirable place to live" in a survey of 140 cities performed by the Economist magazine's Intelligence Unit. Vancouver's natural surroundings offer limitless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking and mountain biking in the spring and summer, and skiing at nearby Whistler-Blackcomb resort in winter. The City of Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa for semester-long programs.*  If you plan to study in Canada for the academic year, a Study Permit will be required (semester students may also apply for a Study Permit, and should do so if they hope to work while in Canada or think they may wish to extend their stay to the full academic year). Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

University of British Columbia offers instruction in the following fields: Agricultural Sciences (except Landscape Architecture), Applied Sciences (except Mechanical Engineering), Architecture, Arts (except film studies), Commerce and Business Administration, Education, Forestry, Music, and the Sciences.

Admission into the following programs is very limited:

  • Applied Science (including Engineering)
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Creative Writing
  • Education
  • Graduate studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Environmental Design
  • Law
  • Music
  • Science
The following programs are not available to exchange students:
  • Medicine and Health Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Nursing)
  • Dentistry
  • Journalism
  • Film (some courses available)
  • Theatre (some courses available)
  • Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • Business Administration
For more information on academics, please visit the UBC website.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Term One = US Fall Semester
  • Term Two = US Spring Semester
  • Course = US major
100: First-year
200: Second-year
300: Third-year
400: Fourth-year (final year of undergraduate degree)
500+: Graduate-level courses


Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click Here to view how credits and grades at University of British Columbia will convert to ASU credits and grades.










Photos courtesy of UBC

Housing

UBC Vanier Place
Photo courtesy of UBC

Program Housing

Students may choose from university residences or apartments, all close to UBC. Students have access to university cafeterias. Vancouver's location next to both the ocean and the mountains provides a wonderful base for excursions. Meals are not included in housing costs. Read more about student accommodation herePlease note, on-campus housing is very limited for international students, if interested, apply early! Students who plan to live off-campus can consult this page and the Go Global Housing Information Packet for more information. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.
 

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 08/01/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 04/29/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.