What are the requirements to study in university of British Columbia?

The requirements to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada vary depending on whether you are a Canadian high school student, an international high school student, a university or college transfer student, or a mature student.

English language competency

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC, so all prospective students must demonstrate English language competency prior to admission. There are nine different ways to meet this requirement, including the following:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum overall band score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum overall score of 90 on the internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum score of 22 in each section
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic): Minimum overall score of 65, with a minimum score of 59 in each section
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): Minimum overall score of 70, with a minimum score of 60 in the speaking sub-test
  • Completion of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at UBC

Academic requirements

The specific academic requirements for admission to UBC vary depending on the faculty or school to which you are applying. However, all applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

Application process

To apply to UBC, you will need to submit the following:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all high schools and post-secondary institutions you have attended
  • English language proficiency scores (if required)
  • Supplemental materials (e.g., personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume)


Application deadlines vary depending on the program to which you are applying. However, most undergraduate programs have deadlines in December and February.