Placeholder image for English

English, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada | Kelowna, Canada
The English program from University of British Columbia offers majors in English Literature, English Language, and a combined program in Language and Literature. You'll study the history and structure of English, rhetoric and discourse, literary studies, and much more.
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised


As an English major at University of British Columbia, you’ll study literature written in English from around the world – from the earliest medieval riddles to contemporary slam poetry. You’ll also have the opportunity to study the English language: its roots, its patterns, and its uses in politics and social media. If you’re an English major or honours student, you’ll encounter the past and present of imaginative literature and understand how our language makes meaning. You’ll learn to read intelligently, to write lucidly, to imagine and to understand cultures, to work in teams, to ask good questions, and to learn independently.

Experiential learning and research

As an English student, you can choose to take your learning in any number of directions:

  • Seminars: Attend student-centred seminars with opportunities for independent research.
  • Student-directed seminars: Take the seminar experience one step further and design your own course!
  • Honours thesis: Write an undergraduate thesis, working one-on-one with a professor.
  • Community engagement courses: Gain real-world experience with experiential learning opportunities in First Nations communities, literary collectives, local high schools, and more.
  • Book history courses: Learn how to use a printing press in a book history course.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literature and Criticism
  • Approaches to Literature
  • Challenging Language Myths
  • Reading and Writing about Literature
  • Literature in English to the 18th Century
  • Literature in the United States

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test

General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9516 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38051 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs

  • Kelowna, Canada

    1296 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs
  • Vancouver, Canada

    1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?