Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Get a head start at university with the UBC Future Global Leaders program

Are you looking to challenge yourself academically, or boost yourself towards your academic goals? The UBC Future Global Leaders program is designed for you. For 10 weeks, learn from top UBC professors as you delve deeper into your academic interests, and discover what teaching is like at the first-year level at a top-tier university. It’s a great way to figure out what your passions are while you’re still in high school, and prepare yourself for success at university and beyond.


What can you study?

You can choose from seven engaging academic courses, all taught by UBC instructors. This year, you’ll take your courses online. You’ll have the chance to meet other students from around the world as you attend your live virtual classes from Monday to Friday.

  • Introduction to Business Foundations: Study the importance of core business functions, including finance, accounting, marketing, and human resource management. If you’re interested in pursuing a degree in business, this course is the perfect fit.
  • Introduction to Engineering: If you’re fascinated by engineering, architecture, or applied science, this course is for you. Find out about the engineering profession, and the disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering.
  • Introduction to Psychology: Learn about the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. This program is excellent if you’re thinking of majoring in psychology or if you’re interested in the social sciences, applied sciences, or medicine.
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Discover the major areas of philosophy, and learn to reflect upon how philosophy is applied to contemporary questions. If you’re hoping to major in arts, this course is a great introduction to developing key critical thinking skills.
  • Introduction to Game Development with Unity: Learn the basics of Unity, the world’s most popular game engine. You’ll make your own video game prototypes and bring your creative ideas to life.
  • Introduction to Python for Machine Learning: Machine learning is one of the newest and most exciting fields in computer science, used to uncover different aspects of large data sets and predict trends. Choose this course if you’re interested in computer science, science, engineering, or the future of technology, or if you’d like to learn basic coding.


UBC Future Global Leaders also offers one non-academic course: Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University. This course which will show you how to create convincing and memorable university applications, and will maximize your chance of getting into your top-choice institution. It has no live classes, so you can go entirely at your own pace.


Who can take part?

To register for a UBC Future Global Leaders course, you must be 15 to 18 years old and have completed Grade 10 or equivalent. We suggest that you have a grade point average of 78% or letter grade B or higher, or a minimum IB final grade of 5. You don’t need to submit any transcripts to register.

If you want to register for an academic course and English is not your first language, we recommend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or equivalent, or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based score of 80 or equivalent. You don’t need to provide your scores, and can self-assess your own levels.


Registration is now open

No application, transcripts, or proof of English is required. Just check your eligibility, and register for the courses you’re interested in!

The courses run from January 29 to April 2, 2022, with your 10 live virtual classes scheduled on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT.


UBC President Bursary Program for high school students in British Columbia

The UBC Future Global Leaders program will award a number of bursaries to Grade 11 high school students in BC. It will cover full tuition for one 10-week winter course of your choice.

To be considered for a bursary:

  • You must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 11 English (or equivalent). If you are entering Grade 11, you must have an overall average of 80% or higher, and 80% or higher in Grade 10 English (or equivalent).
  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must live in a lower income household, and your parent(s) or caregiver(s) must not have attended a university or university-college.

Applications for bursaries are now open, and will be accepted until January 21, 2022.



Join us for US Thanksgiving 2021

Join us for US Thanksgiving 2021

If you are currently studying at a high school in the United States, we’d love you to join us for our US Thanksgiving event to get a taste of what you can look forward to as a UBC undergraduate student.

During this day of live sessions, current UBC students, staff, and advisors will show you the very best of what the university has to offer, and why UBC is consistently ranked among the top 40 research universities in the world.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our US Thanksgiving event will be virtual this year to ensure that we can still connect with you and answer any questions you have about UBC. You’re invited to attend as many of the live sessions as you’d like!


Event highlights

  • Join us for live virtual campus tours of UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, led by current UBC undergraduate students
  • Meet our UBC advisors who can answer your questions about how to apply to UBC and submit the best application you can.
  • Find out what merit-based and need-based awards are available to US students, and learn how you would apply.
  • Get to know our current undergraduate students and discover their real-life student perspective of UBC.

Date and registration

All sessions will take place Friday, November 26.

To register, visit our tours and events page, and click on Student Experience Events to find our US Thanksgiving Event.

If you have any issues with registering, please contact us at

We look forward to connecting with you!



International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

International students: Join us online to learn about UBC

Are you an international student interested in learning more about UBC, but don’t know where to start? Come and join us at one of our interactive online sessions!

Due to COVID-19, we’re presenting all of our events digitally. We understand that the amount of online options can be overwhelming, so our events will give you the chance to ask questions and soak up crucial information about the application process in a relaxed way, all from the safety and comfort of your own home.


UBC Virtual Open House

Join us online for UBC’s Virtual Open House. During this multi-day event, you’ll enjoy a series of live video presentations as well as on-demand content you can watch at your own pace, and you can ask your questions to UBC advisors using live chat.

As part of the event, you’ll discover how to apply to UBC and what the admission requirements are, learn more about our undergraduate programs, find out about the learning opportunities available, and get a head start on your financial planning. You’ll leave the event prepared to submit a successful application to UBC.

Your UBC Virtual Open House will take place on November 4, 2021 and November 5, 2021.


Other student experience events

Each of our student experience events are the perfect opportunity for you to connect with advisors, current students, and UBC experts who will answer your questions in real time. You’ll be able to watch live video presentations and on-demand videos while meeting other international students who are applying to UBC. You’ll also hear from current students who will offer honest advice about their application experience, so you know what to expect.

These events will cover topics that will help you decide whether UBC is the place for you, as well as advice on admission requirements, financial resources, and how best to prepare your application.


Take a live online virtual tour

Although we’ve suspended our in-person tour of our two beautiful locations, you can still check out our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses from anywhere in the world. Join our friendly student ambassadors for a live virtual campus tour, and get an in-depth overview of what it’s like to live and study at UBC.


How to register

  1. Visit our tours and events page
  2. Click create account or log in using the buttons in the top right hand corner.
  3. Based on your profile, we’ll show you a list of all the events available to you – just click the category you’d like to browse.
  4. To register, simply click the event card and follow the instructions to reserve your spot.

After you’ve created your account, you can find all of the events you’re registered for any time on the Your account page.



Join us for a live virtual campus tour!

Join us for a live virtual campus tour!

Are you wondering what life at UBC is like? Are you curious about your new classes, or how to build your community? Maybe you’d just like to see if UBC feels like the right place for you?

If so, come and join us for a live virtual campus tour! In light of COVID-19, we’re now running our tours for both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver online.

You’ll be in excellent hands as you join our friendly student ambassadors, who provide an in-depth look at UBC. Tours of the Okanagan campus last for 75 minutes, and the Vancouver campus tours run for 90 minutes. Both finish with a Q&A panel where you can ask your questions. Our ambassadors are current students who are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you, and help you discover what it’s like to be a UBC student!


Tour schedules

Tours are scheduled at both UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver on various days throughout the week. Take a look at our campus tours page to see the most up-to-date schedule.

All tours take place using Zoom.


Additional tours for Indigenous students

Indigenous students (First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit) and their guests can also take part in a live virtual Indigenous campus tour of UBC Vancouver. From the comfort of your own home, you can meet an Indigenous student ambassador who will highlight their favourite locations on campus, show you our Indigenous-specific spaces, and help you navigate programs and resources for Indigenous students. After the tour, an Indigenous student advisor will be available to answer your questions.

We do not currently offer Indigenous-specific virtual campus tours of UBC Okanagan, but you are welcome to join one of the live virtual campus tours for all students. If you would like to connect with an Indigenous advisor following the tour, please email with the date and time of the tour you registered for.


How to register

To view all upcoming campus tours and to register, visit our Tours and events page and select the campus tours tab.

If you are an Indigenous person of Canada and you’d like to request a virtual Indigenous campus tour of UBC Vancouver, send us an email.


Keep exploring

If you are unable to attend one of our live virtual campus tours or you want to learn more about UBC at your own pace, you can also experience our two campuses by taking a self-guided virtual tour.


We’re looking forward to meeting you online!



Connect with a UBC advisor near you

Connect with a UBC advisor near you

As you settle into your new school year, our UBC advisors are ready to help you plan for 2022, and the next steps in your journey to UBC.

Our advisors can answer all of your questions about the university, including admission requirements, the application process, and what life is like as a UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver student.


Find an event in your area

Given the global outbreak of COVID-19, we’re currently holding our events online. You can take part in information sessions, fairs, student experience events, and student meetings – all from the comfort of your own home.

At these events, you’ll get to ask us your questions about UBC, and find out information relevant to where you live and what curriculum you’re studying.

Keep checking back to see if more sessions have been added!


How to register

To find out if UBC is hosting an event specific to you and your area, visit our tours and events page. Based on your profile, we’ll show you a list of all the events available to you – just click the category you’d like to browse.

To register, simply click the event card and follow the instructions to reserve your spot.

After you’ve created your account, you can find all of the events you’re registered for any time on the your account page.


Other ways to connect with UBC

If UBC isn’t running any events specific to your region, there are still plenty of ways to connect:


We’re looking forward to meeting you!



Do you follow us?

Do you follow us?

At UBC, we’re pretty social. In fact, we have dedicated accounts on InstagramFacebookSnapchatTwitter, and TikTok for anyone who’s aspiring to be a UBC student, applying to UBC, or getting ready for their first day on campus. Sound like you? Click that “follow” button for answers to your questions, important reminders, and to have a peek at student life.


Get answers to your questions

Have a question about UBC? Head over to InstagramFacebook, or Twitter. Our team of advisors is online Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), answering all of your questions about applications, admissions, awards, and more. If you’re in a different time zone, leave us a message and we’ll get back to you when we log in for the day. 


Get important info and reminders

Looking for application tips? Worried about missing a deadline? We’ve got you covered. On our Instagram, Twitterand Facebook, you’ll find information on how to apply to UBC, reminders about key dates and deadlines, and the inside scoop on events of all kinds – starting with info sessions before you apply, celebratory events, and even orientations.



Get a peek at student life

If you’re curious what life is like at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, you’ll find what you’re looking for on Instagram and TikTok.



On Instagram, we share our own photos from around campus and re-post our favourite shots. On Instagram Stories and TikTok, we often hand the microphone (and camera) over to current students so you can see UBC life through a fresh set of eyes.



Happy first day of summer classes UBC! Where should we study? ? #ubc #ubco #study #fyp #campus #university #kelowna

♬ Eenie Meenie – Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber



Find us on social media

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@youbc on Facebook

@youbc on Twitter

@youbc on TikTok

@youbcsnaps on Snapchat



10 things you never knew about UBC

10 things you never knew about UBC

Did you know UBC has been named the most sustainable university in Canada, or that there’s an outdoor echo chamber in the middle of UBC’s Vancouver campus? UBC’s hallowed halls have produced some of the world’s best thinkers and leaders, as well as some exceptional curiosities, in its 100+ year history. Read on to learn more fun trivia about the university.


1. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum houses Canada’s largest blue whale skeleton. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can get close to the biggest creature that has ever lived on Earth


2. UBC has a quidditch team. Members compete at major events in North America, representing UBC and the city of Vancouver. Past players have also participated on the quidditch world stage as part of Team Canada in the World Cup.


3. UBC’s Vancouver campuses is home to a number of apple trees that are direct descendants of those that inspired Newton to compose his theory of gravity in 1661. The trees are planted near UBC’s TRIUMF lab, which houses the largest particle accelerator cyclotron in the world.


4. UBC alumni include eight Nobel Prize winners, plus three Canadian prime ministers, 71 Rhodes Scholars, and 226 Royal Society of Canada fellows. Our varsity athletes have won a combined total of 58 Olympic medals.


5. All the street signs on both UBC campuses are bilingual. At UBC Okanagan, the signs feature both English and Nsyilxcen, the traditional language spoken by the Okanagan’s original people. At UBC Vancouver, which is built on the unceded territory of the Musqueam people, you’ll navigate by signs in English as well as the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.


6. The buildings on UBC’s Okanagan campus are heated and cooled using energy from the groundwater under the campus. At UBC Vancouver, the pools in the Aquatic Centre are replenished from rainwater that lands on the roof.


7. The Kryptonian language in the Superman movie Man of Steel was developed by Christine Schreyer, an associate professor of anthropology on UBC’s Okanagan campus.


8. UBC’s Vancouver campus is the ninth most popular filming location on earth. It’s served as the setting for many films and TV shows, including The Butterfly Effect, Smallville, three X-Men movies, The X-Files, Legion, Supernatural, 50 Shades of Grey, and more.


9. UBC’s Okanagan campus hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate!) in fall 2016 during the pair’s royal tour of Canada. The couple dedicated a new Aboriginal art installation commemorating UBC’s centennial and the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan campus, and joined 1,500 UBC students in watching an inter-squad volleyball game.


10. The Seed Lending Library on UBC’s Vancouver campus has a mission to conserve precious seed varieties by allowing members of the public to sign out seeds in order to grow, harvest, and pass them on to other gardeners.



Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On September 7, join thousands of new-to-UBC students and hundreds of volunteers for Imagine UBC, your orientation event that celebrates the start of the academic year. For most students, Imagine UBC replaces the first day of classes.

By early September, you’ll receive an email with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule. Most new-to-UBC students will be invited to attend a combination of in-person events and virtual events throughout the day. All UBC students will be invited to the virtual Main Event and the virtual UBC Pep Rally – we can’t wait to see you there!


What to expect

Imagine UBC is an incredible opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Meet student leaders, professors, and the Dean of your faculty
  • Find out about services and resources
  • Learn all the ways to get involved during your time at UBC

Over the course of the day you’ll connect with a small group of other new students from your Faculty, join the entire UBC community for a virtual pep rally, check out hundreds of virtual booths hosted by current students for UBC’s clubs and organizations, and start to find your place at UBC.


No matter who you are and what you are interested in, there is something for you at Imagine UBC.

– Indra Hayre, Arts student


Who can attend

All UBC students – including new, returning, and transfer students – are welcome to attend. Look for an email in early September with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to


Heading to UBC’s Okanagan campus? Check out the details for your Create orientation!