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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo.



  • The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo.
  • Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.


As one of the world’s leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.The University of British Columbia is consistently ranking among the 40 best globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world.


UBC consistently ranks as one of the worlds top research universities.Globally connected, we attract the highest calibre research faculty and students and more than $500 million in research funding each year.In partnership with universities, industries, government and communities worldwide, our research discoveries are hugely influential.Thanks to researchers at our two campuses and affiliated teaching hospitals, UBC ideas, innovations and discoveries are advancing knowledge and improving lives around the world.


As one of the top-ranking universities in the world, there is an important job to do: we are making the world a better place. It means UBC has a remarkable range of career opportunities: it’s not your typical day-to-day. With this kind of range, our people need to be unique too. It’s not a cookie-cutter environment, where ordinary cuts it. It takes people with vision, with a spark, with perseverance and with passion.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • Academic advising
  • Enrolment Services Professionals
  • Peer-Assisted Study Sessions
  • Distance and online learning support
  • Academic accommodations
  • Earlier support to get back on track
  • Office of the Ombudsperson for Students
  • GSS Advocacy Office
  • AMS Advocacy Office
  • AMS Ombuds Office

Housing services

  • On campus housing:
The Department of Student Housing and Hospitality Services, Student Housing Vancouver provides accommodation for more than 8,000 students, faculty and staff in the eight residence complexes that circle the Vancouver campus.
  • Off-campus housing.
  • Emergency housing.
Emergency housing assistance is available for students who are experiencing significant difficulties and are unable to locate temporary housing, stay with family or friends, or have another issue making it difficult to source appropriate housing (short or long term).
  • Student family housing.

Library services

With more than six million volumes, the Library is a vital support for research, learning and teaching excellence at UBC. Learn more about our collections, stay up to date with Library news and meet our team.

ICT services

All UBC students, faculty, and staff have access to the password-protected ubcsecure network.

Medical services

Health care services available to UBC students:

  • Individual care
  • Including all services normally provided by your family doctor.
  • Referral to Student Health Service Psychiatry
  • Information for physicians and psychiatrists on making a referral.
  • Documenting an illness for academic concession.

Student Life

Campus life

As one of the world’s top research universities, for more than a century the University of British Columbia has created positive change here and abroad. Today, centered on our two major campuses — the Vancouver Campus and the Okanagan Campus — they attract, nurture and proactively transform more than 58,000 students from Canada and 140 countries.

Sports facilities

Student life at UBC is created by enthusiasm, curiosity, and a willingness to discover. In other words, it is yours to create. The Vancouver and Okanagan campuses provide a diverse range of cultural, recreational and social activities for students at UBC. With so many choices, students can learn new skills or sports; discover talents they never knew they had and make friendships that will create memories for a lifetime.

Student clubs

  • A Dream for Life
  • Africa Awareness Initiative
  • Universities Allied for Essential Medicines UBC
  • Bangladesh Students’ Association (BSA-UBC)
  • Caribbean African Association
  • Common Energy UBC
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Friends of MSF (Doctors without Borders)
  • Go Global Student Leadership Program
  • Hope for Happiness
  • UBC Intercultural Alliance.


The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME) to provide credits to physicians.

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