1) Program Admission Requirements
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts program for BC High School Graduates:
1. Minimum Requirements:
If you graduated from a Canadian high school, UBC recommends that you have at least six (6) Grade 12 academic and non-academic courses. Approved equivalent of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and Post-Secondary courses may be used. If you are graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary.
2. Academic Assessment Guideline for Admission:
Overall (all programs)
For any degree applicant, your grades in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses will be assessed.
Your lowest grade will be excluded – as long as the course is not a degree-specific requirement or relevant to your intended area of study at UBC.
Core / Program-Specific
UBC will look at your grades from all of the academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses that fall under subject categories related to the degree you applied to at UBC. If you present a course at both Grade 11 and Grade 12 levels, only the higher level will be focused on.
Program-specific (Bachelor of Arts)
Minimum Academic Requirements
- English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
Academic Assessment Guidelines
Grades presented in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses will be looked at.
Grades presented in all relevant academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses that fall under these subject categories* will be looked at:
- Language Arts
- Mathematics & Computation
- Second Languages
- Social Studies
- Visual and Performing Arts
Note: There is not a minimum number of courses required for admission, but you are encouraged to challenge yourself with a substantial number of courses that are relevant to your intended area of study.
- Non-academic courses include subjects classified as Applied Design, Skills and Technologies, Career Education, Physical and Health Education or Faith-based.
- A language other than English at the Grade 12 level is recommended for all students planning to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Students without an additional Grade 12 language must take a language as part of their university studies.
The following presents categories of courses (by subject area) where course grades may be used in the overall or core academic assessments. Courses in the subject categories below are presented as examples. This is not a comprehensive list of all the courses that may be considered in a particular subject category.
Language Arts category (Includes courses that focus on Language and Literacy)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): English; English First Peoples; English/French Literature; Creative Writing
Mathematics & Computational category (Includes courses that focus on numeracy, numerical methods, and symbolic computation)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): Mathematics; Pre-Calculus; Calculus; Computer Science; Statistics.
Visual and Performing Arts category (Includes courses focused upon artistic expression)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): Drama; Music; Media Arts.
Sciences category (Includes courses that help us better understand our natural world)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; Physics; Geology.
Second Language category (Includes all second language courses, excluding Introductory Language 11 courses)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): French; Spanish; Japanese; all indigenous languages of Canada.
Social Studies category (Includes courses that focus on individuals, human society and culture)
Examples of subject areas include (but not limited to): Comparative World Religion; Contemporary Indigenous Studies; Economics; Ethics; Geography; History; Law Studies; Media Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Social Justice
- Information for applicants following Canadian Secondary School Curriculum can be found here.
1. UBC's Admission's web page offers outstanding information for navigating the admissions process. It includes easy-to-follow advice for potential students in all admission categories.
2. Students may pursue a Major or Honours within the Bachelor of Arts degree. You are encouraged to declare your Major at the end of your first-year study.
Click here for information about the Major.
2) Institution Admission Requirements
Applicants also have to satisfy UBCO's institution admission requirements as listed below.
English Language Requirements
One of the following (minimum scores):
- four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
- four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
- A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or the equivalent
- A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
- A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
- CAEL score of 70 overall
- Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
- CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600
- IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
- PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
- An internet based TOEFL score of 90 overallwith a:
- 22 in reading
- 22 in listening
- 21 in writing
- 21 in speaking
- Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
- Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
- Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus
- If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard.
Verify with the institution directly
General Admission Requirements (All Students)
All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC, you will have met this standard. It's also possible to meet this English language requirement in several other ways. For complete details check the English Language Admission Requirement page
BC Secondary School (or equivalent)
For details on BC Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here.
For details on Yukon Secondary School Graduation Admission, please check here
For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here
(and select your Province in the drop-down menu)
BC Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool
to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page
Out-of-Province Transfer Student
To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC transfer credit search tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.
For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.
As a mature applicant, you must be out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.
For details on Mature Student admission at UBC, please check here
For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here
Other Student (including Special Consideration)
Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here.
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.