GradProspect, February 2024

Welcome to February's issue of GradProspect, the newsletter for prospective students of UBC’s graduate programs. This month, we share the latest on study permits for international students, get some application advice and motivation from Professor Rashid Sumaila, celebrate Black History Month and much more!

Study permit updates

You may have read that Canada has made temporary changes to its International Student Program (ISP) for the next two years, affecting study permit issuance. Here are the key points for international graduate students:

The new cap on study permits does not apply to Master's and Doctoral degree applicants.

Applicants for these degrees will not require an attestation letter.

Additionally, the cost-of-living financial requirement for study permit applicants has been increased, reflecting changes in living costs. This new threshold will be updated annually. This change applies to new study permit applications received on or after January 1, 2024.

Read more and stay informed by checking our study permit updates page and reviewing UBC's International Student Guide. Our International Students page is also full of useful information for international students applying to UBC. 

Faculty advice 

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. In this video, he provides advice and encouragement on applying to grad school. He covers a variety of topics including:

  • Practical tips on reflecting on your motivations, telling your story and writing a statement of interest.
  • What makes him stop and really consider an applicant?
  • Encouragement on reaching out to prospective supervisors.
  • Advice on succeeding once you get to grad school.

Upcoming info sessions

See the full list of upcoming info sessions including program and departmental sessions on our info sessions page

Applying to grad school at UBC  
February 16 at 10 AM (Zoom and LinkedIn)

Start your journey to graduate studies at UBC with confidence! Join us for an informative session where we will demystify the intricacies of the application process and equip you with the tools to enhance your application. Register


Black History Month at UBC

February is Black History Month. While we should celebrate Black history and excellence every day, this is an opportunity for a focused, intentional and elevated reflection and recognition of Black history and achievement – and the many historical and contemporary contributions of Black Canadians, Black British Columbians and Black students, faculty and staff at UBC.

See the events happening at UBC to celebrate Black History Month, including the online virtual museum

Learn about BC's Black history with Professor Handel Kashope Wright and understand why BC's Black community is unique in Canada.

Read stories of Black graduate students at UBC, and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Read about Black Student Space on campus


Latest graduate community news

This month we learn about conducting research with Indigenous Peoples and Lands in a good way. See how a new smart textile technology developed at UBC has been used in a groundbreaking “smart glove” and hear about a study conducted in part by graduate student Dunigan Folk which shows that some activities we thought made people happy lack evidence to prove they actually do boost mood levels. Read more


Blog —  Eating out on a budget in Vancouver 

There are lots of great restaurants in Vancouver's bustling culinary scene. In this blog one of our current grad students give us recommendations on the best places to eat without breaking the bank.  Read the blog


Ask an ambassador — Moving up to the graduate level

If you are thinking about applying to graduate school, you're very likely thinking about how it might differ from your undergraduate experience. We caught up with some of our Graduate Student Ambassadors to hear about some of the differences they've observed.



Applications are still open for a September 2024 start

Many of our graduate programs are still accepting applications to start in September 2024. Check application deadlines by program in the Application Deadlines section of our Application & Admission page.

Research projects, programs, and supervisors recruiting students 

Visit our research projects page to review open research projects and faculty recruiting students. Below is a selection of projects and programs actively recruiting.