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Linguistics: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major or Honours

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Applications are submitted externally through the UBCV website.

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Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location
    Point Grey Campus - Vancouver BC
  • Campuses


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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $6450 per year
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2120 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree

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

Application Deadline Advice

Applications must be submitted by January 15 for September entry. Early application is recommended. Confirm dates with UBC.

Application Fee: $70.50

1) Program Admission Requirements

Admission for BC High School Graduates into the Bachelor of Arts (Faculty of Arts):


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

Grade 11:

  1. English 11 or English 11 First Peoples
  2. Language 11 or waiver
  3. Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12
  4. One Science 11 (chosen from: Applied Physics 11 and 12, Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Environmental Sciences 11, Life Sciences 11, or Physics 11)

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.

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, Minor or Honours within the Bachelor of Arts degree. While coursework usually starts in the first-year, the Major can be declared at the end of first-year study at UBC (after completing 27 credits). Admission to the Honours program requires an application and department approval.

More information about the program Major can be found at this website.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UBCV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Four 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 60
  • A CPE score of a C
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6
  • A MELAB score of 85 with 3 in the speaking test
  • 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 a country where English is the principal language
  • 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 four 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 webpage

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Admissions details for BC & Yukon high school students can be found on the BC High School Requirements page and the Yukon High School Requirements page.



Admission details for all high school students in Canada can be found on the Canadian High School web-page

BC Transfer Student

Canadian post-secondary students wishing to transfer to UBC should read the eligibility criteria for transfer students and visit the  Post-secondary studies web page.

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

Visit the Mature students web page for admissions information.

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.

Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.


How to Apply

To apply to UBC please visit the My Application web page 

Also visit University of British Columbia's web site.

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