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University of British Columbia

4.2 out of 5 (92 ratings / 76 reviews) Vancouver, Canada
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

Bachelor's programmes

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As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.


  • UBC consistently ranks as one of the world’s top research universities.
  • Globally connected, we attract the highest calibre research faculty and students and approximately $600 million in research funding each year.


As one of the top-ranking universities in the world, there is an important job to do: we are making the world a better place. It means UBC has a remarkable range of career opportunities: it’s not your typical day-to-day. With this kind of range, our people need to be unique too. It’s not a cookie-cutter environment, where ordinary cuts it. It takes people with vision, with a spark, with perseverance and with passion.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help.

Housing services

  • On campus housing:
The Department of Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Student Housing Vancouver provides accommodation for more than 8,000 students, faculty and staff in the eight residence complexes that circle the Vancouver campus.
  • Off-campus housing.
  • Emergency housing.
Emergency housing assistance is available for students who are experiencing significant difficulties and are unable to locate temporary housing, stay with family or friends, or have another issue making it difficult to source appropriate housing (short or long term).
  • Student family housing.

Library services

With more than six million volumes, the Library is a vital support for research, learning and teaching excellence at UBC. Learn more about our collections, stay up to date with Library news and meet our team.

ICT services

All UBC students, faculty, and staff have access to the password-protected ubcsecure network.

Medical services

All students are automatically enrolled in the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan when registering for classes (except exchange students paying tuition at their home university). Extended health insurance covers up to 80% of the cost of prescription medicine, dental care, vision care, and travel insurance.

Student Life

Campus life

UBC’s two main campuses are situated in Vancouver and Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square is a vibrant learning centre in the heart of downtown; the UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; and UBC’s Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus is located in Mount Pleasant. UBC also provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at more than 80 training sites across British Columbia. In addition, UBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office in New Delhi, India, facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement.

Sports facilities

Jump, dive, run, or leap into Varsity sports at UBC and join a rich tradition of athletic dedication that has been core to UBC’s spirit since the university opened its doors. The UBC Thunderbirds and the Okanagan’s Heat Varsity programs offer a wide range of sports to participate in or attend at any of the seven Varsity facilities on the Vancouver campus or three on the Okanagan campus including the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness centre.

Student clubs

At UBC, we have both undergraduate student societies and student associations. These are communities run by students working to connect others to their faculty.


The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME) to provide credits to physicians.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars


Welcome to the beautiful UBC
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love campus life at UBC, it is simply amazing how big and nice the campus is! UBC offers a lot of opportunities for research as well. What I liked as a student at UBC was the opportunities you got to work on campus with your profs

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

During the last three and a half years of my academic period, I have completed all the modules and with the participation in extracurricular activities such as; solo and group dance program at the national level, I could perform in academic as well which gives me a good experience in my university life.

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