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Indigenous Studies: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major

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Applications are submitted externally through the UBCO website.

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location
    Kelowna BC
  • Campuses


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    City of Kelowna
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6450 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1700 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

This program may be of special interest to Aboriginal students.

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UBCO's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 for September entry. Early application is recommended.

Application Fee: $70.50

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

Grade 12:

  1. 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.  


Admission Advice

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 can pursue a Major in Indigenous Studies within the Bachelor of Arts degree. You are encouraged to declare the Major at the end of your first-year study in the Bachelor of Arts program. 

See Academic Calendar for more information on the Major program. 


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):

  • Three consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • Four consecutive years of full time education in English in a country other than English where English is the primary language 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 English A (higher or standard level)
  • A CAE score of a B
  • A CAEL score of 70 with a speaking subtest score of 6
  • A CPE score of a C
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
  • A MELAB score of 85
  • Completion of level 4 in Okanagan College English for Academic Purposes, with a grade of 70% or higher in each course
  • A PTE score of 65 with a 60 in Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
  • An internet based TOEFL score of 90 with a:
    • 22 in reading
    • 22 in listening
    • 21 in writing
    • 21 in speaking
  • A paper based TOEFL score of 55 in Reading, Listening and Writing and a 4.0 TWE score
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
  • Four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction in a country where the primary language is not English
  • 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 of the English language requirement

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General Admission Requirements (All Students)

All students must meet UBC's English Language Admission Standard. If you have completed three years of full-time education in English in Canada, 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 Competency web page

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

For details on BC Secondary School Graduation Admission check here.

For details on Yukon Secondary School Graduation Admission check here.


For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces check here.

BC Transfer Student

For details on transfer for BC & Yukon students check here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For details on transfer for college students outside of BC check here.

For details on transfer for university students outside of BC check here.


Mature Student

For details on Mature Student admission check here.

International Student

For details on International Student admission check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here


How to Apply

To apply to UBC check here.

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