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The University of British Columbia
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Tuition: $4,890  Students: 58,284
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2329 West Mall
Vancouver, BC      V6T 1Z4
604 822 2211

The University of British Columbia


The University of British Columbia (UBC) was created by legislation in 1908. It had only three faculties in the 1920's: Applied Science, Arts, and Agriculture, and there were only 386 female students and 576 male students that were on campus. However, this is different in the present time. In 2003 alone, there was an estimated 40,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students that studied in the university. ... continued below

About The University of British Columbia

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

There are two campuses in UBC: Vancouver Campus and Kelowna Campus. Vancouver Campus is in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and it has breathtaking vistas everywhere you go. It has some of the best recreation facilities around, including the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Museum of Antropology, UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The Kelowna Campus is in the Okanagan Valley. It gives a more intimate educational and personal experience for students, and it is in the regional area of British Columbia. Students who plan to live inside the campus can find it very rewarding. For first year students, they can live in Place Vanier or in Totem Park. These two residences offer single room services, and even has rooms for disabled students, single-sex buildings, and co-ed living. First year students have the added benefit of guaranteed slots in these rooms, and they can select meal plans that suit their tastes and dietary preferences. Aside from the practical aspects of living, UBC Housing helps the students develop their academic and social lives through the various activities that they organize regularly.

Student Services and Student Life

The university respects the diverse experiences of its students, and they understand that ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, race, and disabilities can give rise to special needs and concerns that should be given importance to. This is addressed through the various support services that UBC gives, including Career and Alumni Services, Advising for Prospective Students, Counselling Services, Orientation Programs, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Services for Aboriginal Students. There are also other areas of interest that may be of particular interest to some students, such as the Academic Support, Women's Centre, Speakeasy, Colour Connected, and Career & Alumni Services.

There are many other facilities that are available inside the campus. The Student Union Building has many clubs, restaurants, cafes, nightclub, pubs, shops and theatres to choose from. There are also art galleries that houses students' works. The Ladha Science Student Centre is a levy for Science undergraduate programs, Dean of Science and VP students. TRIUMF particle laboratory offers people guided tours, while the UBC Farm' 24 hectare research farm in the South Campus is the only operating farmland inside Vancouver city. From June til October, everyone can go to their Saturday Farm Markets which sell organic eggs and produce to the community. The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island is a place for biologists, and other scientists to research about marine wildlife. The Peter Wall Institute for Advance Studies in a research institute for students.

Recreation activities are available to students all year round. UBC has one of the largest intramural sports in any Canadian university. Some of the options include participating in special events (Storm Wall, Day of the Longboat) or tournaments, taking alternative fitness options, such as Pilates and Martial Arts, or playing your preferred sport. There are also fitness facilities for the sports-minded student. Among these are the Student Recreation Centre, Playing Fields for Soccer, Field Hockey, Rugby and others, The War Memorial Gym, The Coast Club Tennis Centre, The UBC Varsity Rowing Program, The Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre, University Golf Club, and the Aquatic Centre. UBC also takes pride in its sporting excellence. Its student athletes all belong under the name, UBC Thunderbirds, and around 107 student athletes were named Academic All-Canadians for doing well in their studies and in their sport. Among the sports categories that are included in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport are: Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Field Hockey, Soccer, Football, Rugby, and Ice Hockey.

Academic Programs

BA (Major in Religion, Literature and the Arts) Degree

BA (Major or Honours in Myth/Literature in Greece, Rome & the Near East) Degree

BA (Major/Honours in Archaeology & History of Greece, Rome & Near East) Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) Degree Programs

Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Degree

Bachelor of Arts (History Related - Major or Honours) Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Romance Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Anthropology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Art History) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Asian Area Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Asian Language and Culture) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Canadian Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Cognitive Systems) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Computer Science) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Computer Science) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Creative Writing) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Cultural Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Drama) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Film Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in First Nations Languages and Linguistics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in First Nations Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in French) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Geography) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in History) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Indigenous Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in International Relations) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in International Relations) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Latin American Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Philosophy) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Sociology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Spanish) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Spanish) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Visual Art) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Women's and Gender Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Anthropology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Art History) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Classical Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Classics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in English) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in English) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in French) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Geography) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in German) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Linguistics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Mathematics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Mathematics) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Music) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Near Eastern Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Philosophy) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Political Science) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Religious Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Sociology) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Speech Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Major or Honours in Theatre) Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Bachelor of Business in Real Estate Degree

Bachelor of Commerce Degree

Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene Degree

Bachelor of Education (Elementary Option) Degree

Bachelor of Education (Middle Years Option) Degree

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Option) Degree

Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Creative Writing) Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Film Production) Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major or Honours in Visual Art) Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre (Acting) Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production Degree

Bachelor of Human Kinetics Degree

Bachelor of Management Degree

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science Degree

Bachelor of Midwifery Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Composition) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in General Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Guitar) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Harpsichord) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Music Scholarship) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Opera) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Orchestral Instrument) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Organ) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Piano) Degree

Bachelor of Music (Major in Voice) Degree

Bachelor of Music General Studies: Elementary Education Stream Degree

Bachelor of Music General Studies: Secondary Education Stream Degree

Bachelor of Science (Biology Related Major/Honours) Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Natural Resources Conservation Degree

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Wood Products Processing Degree

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry Related Major/Honors) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science Related Major/Honours) Degrees

Bachelor of Science (Forestry) Forest Science Major Degree

Bachelor of Science (General Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Geography Related Major and Honours) Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (Honours in Biotechnology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honours in Geological Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honours in Geophysics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honours in Physiology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Astronomy) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Biochemistry) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Cognitive Systems) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Earth and Ocean Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Economics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Freshwater Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematical Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major in Physics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Atmospheric Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Biochemistry) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Biology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Chemistry) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Computer Science) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Environmental Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Integrated Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Mathematics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Microbiology and Immunology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Microbiology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Pharmacology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Psychology) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major or Honours in Statistics) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Major/Honours in Earth and Environmental Sciences) Degree

Bachelor of Science (Math Related Majors/Honours) Degrees

Bachelor of Science (Physics Related Major/Honours) Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Agroecology Degree

Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Degree

Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Bachelor of Social Work Degree

BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Dietetics Major) Degree

BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Food Market Analysis Major) Degree

BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Food Science Major) Degree

BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Food, Nutrition and Health Major) Degree

BSc in Food, Nutrition and Health (Nutritional Sciences Major) Degree

BSF (Major in Forest Operations) Degree

BSF (Major in Forest Resources Management) Degree

Certificate in Theatre Design and Technology

Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree

Doctor of Medicine Degree

Elementary Teacher Education Program (ETEP)

General Science Degree Program

General Studies Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree

Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Rankings

The University of British Columbia belongs to the elite top three Canadian universities. It ranked 35th internationally and second in the 2008 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Canada. Newsweek Magazine placed it 2nd in Canada and 33rd in the world colleges in 2006.

Notable Accomplishments

No university in Canada has ever won more national championships in the last decade than UBC. Their strongest sporting championships are in swimming, golf, soccer, basketball, and field hockey. Some of the most notable successes include: Major League Baseball drafts, 214 participants at the Olympics, World-Record swimmer, Brian Johns, and medal winners in Olympic Games and other international competitions.

Vancouver Information

Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport, located on the mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The current population of the city of Vancouver is roughly 600,000. Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world. According to a 2007 report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Vancouver tied with Vienna as having the third highest quality of living in the world, after Zurich and Geneva.

Vancouver is a growing hotbed for arts and culture. Featuring Prominent theatre companies, such as the Arts Club Theatre Company on Granville Island, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, and Bard on the Beach. Smaller companies include Touchstone Theatre, Studio 58, Carousel Theatre, and the United Players of Vancouver. Theatre Under the Stars produces shows in the summer at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. In addition, Vancouver holds an annual Fringe Festival and International Film Festival.

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