UBC’s Vancouver campus

Coastal campus in a cosmopolitan city

At UBC’s Vancouver campus, you can get a top-tier education while living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This research-intensive campus is an incubator for bright ideas and a jumping-off point for adventure, both inside and outside the classroom.

Global top 40 university

Students and faculty from across the globe come to UBC’s Vancouver campus for its outstanding research, world-renowned programs, and picturesque setting.

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UBC Astronomy student Robin Newhouse

Enhance your education

Astronomy student Robin Newhouse complemented his studies with undergraduate research, a co-op at TRIUMF, involvement in the UBC Astronomy Club, and eight months researching in Germany.

“Through UBC Science Co-op I’ve gotten to do a lot of amazing research positions, in Vancouver and around the world. I recently returned from eights months in Berlin, Germany, working at the Max Planck Institute.”

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Cutting-edge degree programs

UBC has a wide range of flexible and innovative degree programs.

Media Studies

Equip yourself with artistic, technical, and analytics skills to gain understanding of new media and the impact of technological innovation on our interactions and in our society. Media Studies combines coursework from several areas, including computer science, creative writing, digital humanities, history, and visual arts.

Urban Forestry

Study sustainability planning, forest sciences, climate change, and more. Learn about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems.

UBC and Sciences Po Dual Degree

The UBC and Sciences Po four-year, dual-degree program gives you the chance to earn two bachelor’s degrees and the opportunity to study in both Canada and France. In this extraordinary academic opportunity you’ll learn through global experience and informed reflection on international comparisons. 

Arts One

This cohort program takes an innovative approach to the study of the humanities and focuses on English, History, and Philosophy. Instead of attending several separate lectures, you’ll attend one weekly lecture taught by a dynamic team of instructors from a variety of academic disciplines.

Explore our campus

See the state-of-the-art research facilities, inspiring student spaces, and important cultural venues that give the Vancouver campus its spirit.

Move-in day at UBC's Vancouver campus

Living on campus

Watch the video to see one student’s first day at UBC as she says goodbye to her family and settles into student life.

Explore the many different residence buildings on UBC’s Vancouver campus to see where you could live and learn as a university student.

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The Vancouver lifestyle

Campus is just 20 minutes from Vancouver’s bustling downtown core, where you’ll find food trucks, art galleries, shopping, and more.

parks and green spaces
local ski hills
galleries and museums

What you can do in Vancouver

With the ocean, mountains, forest, and city all at your finger tips, adventure of all kinds awaits.

Student life on campus

Students on UBC’s Vancouver campus are part of a lively community that includes clubs, special student-run events, and sports and recreation.

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Making the most of a degree

Mexico City, Mexico | Biology (honours in Ecology)

Third-year biology honours student Carolina Sanchez talks about how her education extends beyond the classroom – including reducing plastic water bottle use as a member of the campus's sustainability club, volunteering at a vegan student-run café, and more.

"Consider the great variety of activities that you can get involved in outside of academics at UBC."

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Getting involved

Community and careers

Completing a co-operative education position is a great way to make connections in the local community. Vancouver is home to offices of global heavyweights such as Lululemon and Microsoft; has companies spanning sectors from forestry and engineering to public relations and banking; and has a thriving startup scene that is always searching for talented new employees.

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You could gain hands-on, immersive experience by taking part in community service, volunteering on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, or working with children in a local elementary school. UBC’s Centre for Community Engaged Learning gives you the tools to gain a deeper understanding of your academic discipline while engaging in complex, community-based issues.

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