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University of British Columbia

Founded in 1915, the University of British Columbia is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. It has two major campuses located in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
Find out more at UBC's website

Number of places available: 1 full year place and 1 full year place for Law

  • University of British Columbia website
  • Exchanges website
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  • Important Visa Information: Students applying for Canadian study permits will be required to travel to London to complete a bio metrics register. The High Commission in London has advised that the minimum time for turn around of visa's is two months. For more information click here.


UBC has two stunning campuses: one in Vancouver and a second in Kelowna called the Okanagan Campus. Both campuses offer excellent student opportunities for students, with the latter having scenic lake vistas, vineyards and a dry, mild climate. If you wish to study in Okanagan, please specify UBC-O on your application form, otherwise it will be assumed that you are applying to Vancouver. The Durham application process does not discriminate between choosing one campus or the other and you should not choose both as two out of your three application choices.


Term dates:
  •  September to December then January to April
Application deadlines (once allocated a Global Opportunities place by Durham):
  • Fall and full year: 1 April
  • Spring semester: 15 September 

Programme Information

Exchange students should take 15 credits per semester. Information on courses available to exchange students can be found on the course registration page.

Academic Restrictions

Exchange students are not able to take courses from the following faculties or schools. 

  • School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • School of Journalism
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UBC Vantage College

Please check the faculty-specific restrictions for more information.


Language Requirements

The language of instruction at UBC is English. If you are a non native English speaker, you may be required to provide evidence of language ability.


Supporting Documents Required

  • Current Academic Transcript
  • ID Photo
  • Proposed Course list



Panoramic view of UBC's museum of anthropology at evening

UBC Student Support

UBC have a great range of support available including medical assistance, academic support, everyday advice, mental health support.

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On-campus housing is available but spaces are very limited. Students are not guaranteed to be allocated on campus accommodation. Students should seriously consider the possibility that they will need to live off campus. Please visit UBC's Living Off Campus webpages for more information. 


Other Information

  • Estimated costs of a year at UBC (Vancouver) are $6900-14,500 per term.
  • Students are required to purchase iMED health insurance for international students. This is compulsory and costs around $237 for a full year.


Summer Opportunities

UBC offers a number of fee paying Summer Opportunities. Please see the UBC Vancouver Summer Program webpages for more information.

More Summer School opportunities at our partner universities (internal weblink).


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With two campuses, deciding between UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan can be tricky. Why not read about the experience of a UBC student who has studied at both?

Discover more about UBC's two campuses

GO Full Year Study: Step by Step

How does it work?

Find out details of how full-year GO study works

Where can I go?

Find out about Durham's partner universities

How to apply

Find out the application process

Preparing to go

What students must do pre-departure

Currently Abroad

Help and resources for students abroad

Returning Students

Find out what to do on your return