Study Abroad Program Overview
One of Canada's most renowned universities, the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides a consistently strong undergraduate education. UBC is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. The university has two campuses, with the Vancouver campus being located at Point Grey, a twenty-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
In addition to an extensive selection of courses offered at twelve faculties and two academic colleges,
UBC offers all the usual campus amenities, sports facilities, and cultural learning opportunities. Among the more unique features are UBC's world-renowned Museum of Anthropology, where students and community members learn about the cultures of indigenous peoples from around the world; UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, which sponsors avant-garde theatre and opera productions as well as concerts and recitals in a variety of musical genres; and the 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park adjacent to the UBC campus, which invites exploration. UBC campus photos
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Language study is available but not required.
Fall: Approx. 18 weeks.
Year: Approx. 34 weeks.
Early September to mid-December
Early September through April
You may choose to live in university-managed housing or seek an apartment near the campus. (You will need to arrange and pay for your semester housing; it is not included in the UCEAP program fees).
Spaces in university housing are available, but limited. If you wish to live in one of the residence halls, you should apply online as soon as you have been nominated to UBC by the UCEAP Systemwide Office (which occurs after your campus selects you for participation in the program).
UBC provides safe and supportive environments in their residence halls. Options include:
- Totem Park and Place Vanier (mostly first-year students), offering shared and single rooms and a flexible, tiered meal plan;
- Marine Drive 5, Ritsumeikan-UBC House, Walter Gage, and Fairview Crescent for returning and graduate students. These halls include fully furnished kitchens, living areas and bedrooms. Depending on the residence hall, students can choose from a studio or up to a six-bedroom suite. (You will need to bring your own bedding and towels).
Most residence halls are single-gender, however a few co-ed houses are available as well.
Each hall has laundry facilities (operated on a card system), parking and bicycle storage, outdoor facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and access to Pacific Spirit Regional Park with over 20 miles of multipurpose trails.
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on EAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad.
Local staff can provide information about cultural and social events and will arrange some activities and excursions for the EAP group. Nearby mountains offer skiing for eight months of the year.
With a valid study permit, you may work up to 20 hours per week on campus, although most students work 10 to 15 hours per week. If you wish to work, you will also need a social insurance number. These are similar to U.S. social security numbers. The Go Global Office at UBC can provide additional information.
While at UBC you will have access to additional support from the staff of the Go Global Office on the Vancouver campus, including our UCEAP Liaison Officer, Ms. Katherine Beaumont.
You are attending the same classes as regular University of British Columbia (UBC) students and become fully integrated into the academic and social life. Most academic disciplines are available.
During the fall, qualified biology majors have the opportunity to take upper-division marine science courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC), a unique research and teaching facility on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Courses include field trips to the beaches of many local islands, forests, lakes, bogs, and rivers. They may also include unique opportunities such as snorkeling and driving small outboard boats.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- University of British Columbia Course Schedule
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UCEAP students. Many more courses are available and not all courses may still be offered.
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre - Note that this program is only available during the Fall semester. For the purpose of registering for courses at BMSC, you are considered a UBC student, i.e. a student at a WCUMSS member university.)
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 24 quarter/16 semester UC units per semester; four courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Independent study and on-campus internships for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made on site after arrival. Predeparture preparation may be required.
Off-campus internships are not possible on this program.
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Canada's top universities the second largest in the country, with an enrollment of approximately 44,000 students. The university has 12 faculties (colleges) with over 100 academic departments and 10 schools, including research institutes and centers. The attractive campus is located about seven miles from downtown Vancouver on a peninsula bordered by ocean, islands, and forested mountains.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at partner institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
The Bamfield Marine Sciences program is available through UCEAP only for the fall term. You must be a marine biology major to apply.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: