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Applications are submitted externally through the UBCO website.

  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
  • Location
  • Campuses


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    City of Kelowna
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $19,550 Year One
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1700 Year One
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree

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

Application Deadline Advice

The Online Application is made available from early June to September 15 (confirm exact dates each year).

All applicants must use the Online Application System (OAS) to apply.

Application Fee: $113 - BC Residents

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. Completed 90 appropriate credits from the subject areas of English, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. The specific course requirements are detailed on the Faculty of Medicine website.

2. At least a 75% average for BC applicants and a 85% average for out-of-province applicants are required, on all university-level courses attempted.

2. Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and request that your results be released to UBC 


  • submit an essay and proof of ancestry if you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
  • submit a list of extracurricular activities
  • submit a report of non-academic experiences and rural interest statement
  • submit a resume (employment history)
  • submit three references, when required
  • Rural/remote Suitability Evaluation (if applicable)
  • participate in an interview (if granted, which follows the Multiple Mini-Interview format where each applicant rotates through 10 different stations)

Admission Advice

1. No particular degree program is considered ideal as preparation for the study and practice of medicine. A variety of pre-medical academic backgrounds is considered desirable.

2. Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program.

3. Admission is extremely competitive. There are far more applicants than available spaces in the program.

4.You must apply using the online application available on the Faculty of Medicine website.

5. Preference is given to residents of BC. However, a small number of out-of-province applicants are accepted each year.

6. The Faculty of Medicine’s distributed education model provides 288 annual medical school seats based at four regional medical programs:

  • 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (SMP); based at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna
  • 32 students in the Island Medical Program (IMP); based at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island
  • 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (NMP); based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George
  • 192 students in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP); based at UBC Vancouver’s Point Grey campus


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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