1) Program Admission Requirements
Admission for BC High School Graduates to 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 required or relevant to your intended area of study at UBC.
Core / Program-Specific
UBC will look at your grades in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses relevant to the degree you applied to at UBC. If you present a course at both Grade 11 and Grade 12 levels, emphasis is placed upon the mark obtained in the more senior level course.
Minimum Academic Requirements
- English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 or equivalent
- English Language Arts 11 or English First Peoples 11 or equivalent
- Language 11 or waiver (includes all second language courses but excludes introductory Grade 11 language courses)
- Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12
- one Science 11 (choose from: Physics 11, Life Sciences 11, Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Sciences 11, or Environmental Sciences 11)
Academic Assessment Guidelines
- Grades presented in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses will be looked at.
- Minimum final grade of 70% in Grade 11 or Grade 12 English (or their equivalents), including provincial examination, if required for course completion and/or graduation.
- At least an overall admission average of 70% (on a 50% pass scale) or equivalent. Note: Due to the number of applications received, a higher academic achievement is often required.
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 and 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.
Choose courses from the list of subject categories that are relevant to your intended degree of study. See below for the kinds of courses that fall into each subject category:
- Language Arts: Courses focused on language and literacy
- Mathematics and Computation: Courses focused on numeracy, numerical methods, and symbolic computation
- Science: Courses that help us better understand our natural world
- Second Languages: All second-language courses, except Introductory Language 11 courses
- Social Studies: Courses focused on individuals, human society, and culture
- Visual and Performing Arts: Courses focused on artistic expression
- 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 in a Cognitive Systems stream within the Bachelor of Arts degree. While coursework usually starts in the first-year, the Major can be declared when you have a second-year standing (after completing 27 credits), including all admission prerequisites. Meeting minimum requirement does not guarantee admission to this Major.
3. You can choose to specialize in one of the following streams in the Faculty of Art's Cognitive Systems major:
- Cognition and the Brain
- Mind, Language, and Computation.
Check Academic Calendar and Department website for more information about this program Major.
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 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 transfer for college/university students outside of BC, 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.