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University of British Columbia EXC
Vancouver, Canada (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Sem 1 (Canada only),
Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
70%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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Exchange Semester/Year
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University of British Columbia (UBC)
Location: Vancouver
Year Established: 1908
Student Population: 59,700 (12,000 international students)

The University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as UBC, is a public Canadian research university and a global centre for teaching that is consistently ranked in the top 50 universities in the world.
UBC prides itself on “embracing innovation and challenging the status quo.” Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculties to defy convention and explore new ways of learning. If offers degrees and diplomas in more than 300 fields of study. It has two main campuses, in Vancouver and in the Okanagan Valley. The student body includes 12,000 young people from 139 countries and the University has a liaison office in New Delhi, India. Most students are enrolled in the five main faculties: Arts, Science, Medicine, Applied Science and the Sauder School of Business.
Unique Characteristics
Aside from its unique approach to teaching and learning, UBC’S alumni list features two Canadian Prime Ministers, 69 Rhodes Scholars, 65 Olympic medalists and seven Nobel Prize Winners. It is considered the Canadian equivalent of an American Ivy League university. Its mascot is the Thunderbird.
UBC’s spectacular location adds to its appeal, located 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver and nestled between snow-capped mountains and crystal blue waters. It is overflowing with hip and diverse districts and is considered amongst the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences







Exercise and Sport Science

Law (70% min ave)

Restrictions: Consult detailed information course restrictions for exchange students on the host university website
Exclusions: UG ArchitectureAudiology and Speech Sciences, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate Economics, Film
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Term 1: September - December
Term 2: January - April

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


15 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
The university uses letter grades from A+ through F, corresponding to percentile ranges

For more information, see here

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University's calendar
An international student
 orientation is held before the start of semester

Support Services 
International Student Development provides assistance to exchange students

Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of Canada in Australia

Student Experiences

Patricia Woo
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Semester 1, 2018

Host City Highlights
Vancouver is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains, beaches, and forests. The best things to see and do include the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon, bike riding around Stanley Park, the Sea to Sky Gondola and other hikes in Squamish, skiing and snowshoeing in Grouse and Cypress Mountains, hiking to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, checking out the bars on Granville Island, Kitsilano and Downtown, the beaches (Jericho, English Bay, Spanish Banks), checking out a Vancouver Canucks ice hockey game, as well as heaps of skiing/hiking a few hours north of Vancouver in Whistler and the many BC provincial parks!
Uni Life
The university culture at UBC was amazing! They had bars and nightclubs on campus and health and fitness was really encouraged, with a swimming pool that was free for UBC students, an ice skating/hockey rink, as well as gyms and a rock climbing wall. There was even a beach on campus! There were lots of clubs and societies, and there was always something on whether it was a camping trip, an ice hockey game, or a music festival. The uni was also really big on recreation and there are a lot of initiatives to get involved in. They have an annual rec event called Storm the Wall similar to a triathlon where all team members have to either swim, sprint, bike or run and then get over a 12 foot wall. There were also a lot of really great food options on campus.
Architecture as a degree is probably different to others but I had around 19 contact hours per week, and 30 students in my studio class where we each had our own allocated desk and locker. The frequency of assessments was quite similar to home if you do the equivalent weight of credits. They had studio 3 times a week where we only have it once per week. Other units of study consisted of lectures/seminars and tutorials.
The city has a wide variety of food from different cultures. A national dish is poutine which is a must try. There is a lot of great Japanese food as well. Tacofino was definitely one of my favourites - definitely have to try their tacos/nachos!
I lived with five other roommates on a campus residence called Walter Gage, which I recommend as it was easy to meet people and make the most out of campus. We had a single room each in the flat and a shared kitchen and bathroom. It was a bit cramped at times with 6 people but had all the essentials and great views of the campus and surrounding ocean and mountains. It was one of the exchange residences, the other being Fairview Crescent. The best area to live off campus would be Kitsilano and surrounds as it is only a short bus ride away from the uni.
Money Matters 
My weekly expenditure was around 200-300 dollars, but this excludes accomodation and any trips. Phone plans are also way more expensive than in Australia.
Getting Around 
The city uses buses, trains and ferries. Vancouver is laid out in a grid and numbered street pattern so its easy to navigate and buses come very frequently along the main routes, around 5-15 mins apart. There are three train lines as the city is small compared to Sydney, and trains come every few minutes. Transport is cheap for students as you pay $40 per month on the U-Pass (which is like the Opal Concession) for unlimited transport use.
The best time to go is in January during our first semester, as you just get the end of the rainy season in Vancouver and the days start getting longer and sunnier heading towards summer which is so beautiful in Canada. July/August would be a good time to go for the second semester as you still get to experience the summer and it would be easier to travel then as well as there are less road closures due to snow/avalanches (but this applies to more remote places), etc. I travelled to Tofino and Victoria in Vancouver Island, Whistler, Toronto/Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary, and Banff, Jasper, and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. I travelled by air as well as by car and coaches.
Top Tips
Make the most of campus events and facilities, join the exchange club as they do a lot of trips! Vancouver is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery so get out there and go and explore what it has to offer.

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