Inside the University of British Columbia

Inside the University of British Columbia

Do you dream of studying in Canada at a leading national and international educational institution? So the University of British Columbia can be a great option. Know more about it now!


The University of British Columbia has two main campuses: one in Vancouver, one of Canada’s main urban centers; and another in Kelowna, a city of just under 150,000. The distance between these two cities is just under 390 kilometers.

The Vancouver campus , known as Point Gray, is located 30 minutes from the city center, housing approximately 44,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. The Okanagan campus, as the unit in the city of Kelowa is known, serves about 10,000 students.

Still in Vancouver, UBC has other units that are not within the main campus:

  • UBC Robson Square: a center for learning and conferences in the city center with courses in the areas of Media, Digital Technology, Communication, Languages ​​and Arts.
  • Center for Digital Media: a multidisciplinary graduate institute offering a master’s program in Digital Media. It is an initiative of UBC together with three other higher education institutes in the city: Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art and Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
  • Medicine: four university campuses and 11 clinical campuses, in addition to 17 regional affiliated centers and 65 community education centers spread across the province of British Columbia.


The University of British Columbia was founded in 1908, but only received its current name in 1915. In 1920 it had only three faculties: Arts, Applied Sciences and Agriculture. At that time there were only 576 male students and 386 female students; and 64 academic staff (only 6 women). Classes on the current Point Gray campus only started in 1925, still in makeshift buildings.

Several public figures known worldwide have passed through the classrooms of the university, among them the current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who took an undergraduate course in the field of Education. Other names are former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who studied Political Science; and actress Evangeline Lilly, who took the International Relations course.

UBC Faculty of Law

Internal organization

UBC’s internal organization is divided into colleges and schools that are internally divided into several other departments. In all, there are thirteen units on the Vancouver campus and nine on the Kelowa campus. Check out:


  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Sauder Business School
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Education University
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Graduate School
  • Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Peter Allard Law School
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Creative Studies
  • Education University
  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Health and Social Development
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Graduate School

In addition, UBC has a partnership with some universities around the world and allows its students to spend up to 1 year studying abroad. Some of the partner institutions are the University of Warwick, University College London (UCL), the University of California at Berkeley, the National University of Seoul and the University of Constance in Germany.

Irving K. Barber Library


According to QS World University Rankings 2021, the University of British Columbia is Canada’s third best, behind only the University of Toronto and McGill University.

Internationally, UBC ranks 45th among the best universities in the world, between two Australian institutions: the University of New South Wales (44th) and the University of Queensland (46th).

The best evaluated areas of the university are the following: Librarianship and Information Science; Sport Science; Geography; Education; Mining engineering; Environmental Studies; Psychology; Agriculture; Anatomy and Physiology; Marine and Earth Sciences; Literature and English; Geology; Pharmacy and Pharmacology; Linguistics; Social Sciences; Economy; Mathematics; Arts and Humanities; Dentistry and Geophysics.

Check the complete list of undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the institution here.


UBC offers several scholarship programs available to its students. At graduation, the main one is the International Leader of Tomorrow, which is aimed at students with a leadership profile and excellent academic performance.


In all, the University of British Columbia has 5531 professors on the Vancouver campus and 526 on the Okanagan campus. The total number of students is almost 70 thousand in both campuses (among undergraduate and graduate students). Of these, about 17,000 are foreigners.

In financial terms, the institution has an annual budget of over 2 billion Canadian dollars!

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