"I chose UBC to study at the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Institute because I was interested in their interdisciplinary approach with extensive expertise in intersectional feminist research. "
Congratulations on being accepted to UBC! The community of scholars that you are joining is one of the world’s finest, committed to discovering and sharing knowledge, and to tackling the challenges that face our world. We are fortunate to enjoy this exceptional scholarly environment in one of the most beautiful and livable cities anywhere.
I encourage you to fully engage with the university community - be inspired and learn from the amazing people here, including those outside your area of expertise, and get involved in the many activities UBC has to offer. I also invite you to explore the Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) section of this website for tools and resources to help you make the most of your time as a UBC graduate student.
On behalf of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the more than 2,000 outstanding faculty and 10,000 graduate students at UBC I would like to extend my best wishes for a truly fulfilling graduate education experience.
Dr. Susan Porter, Dean and Vice-Provost
You can download your official letter of admission from the “My Applications” portal in the UBC Graduate Application system.
If you are an international student and have not done so already, you should immediately apply for a Study Permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Detailed information about the process is provided by UBC's International Student Advising office.
Your admission letter can be used to apply for a study permit online.
If you believe that you will not receive the Study Permit in time for your stated program start date, please contact your graduate program to discuss the possibility of changing your start date.
The UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services' application process is entirely separate from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies admissions process. The number of applicants for all housing properties exceeds the number of vacancies available for new applicants so it is important to apply as early as possible if you wish to live on campus.
A limited number of rooms in winter session residence will be set aside for newly admitted graduate students from outside the city who are also new to UBC. In order to have the best chance of securing on-campus housing, these students should select BOTH Winter Session and Year-Round Housing on their housing application. You will pay only one application fee ($50) if you select both at the same time.
You will be asked to accept your offer of admission online through the "My Applications" portal. Some programs will provide an offer expiry on the letter. Please ensure that you accept your offer before the expiry deadline. Offer acceptance is a condition that has to be met before you are able to register at UBC.
Your offer letter may specify conditions to submit official documents. Please check your “My Applications” portal for a list of specific documents you are required to submit. Eligibility to register will be granted as soon as we receive your official transcripts (including those currently in progress). Any subsequent documents detailing outstanding completions or degree conferral must be received within 16 weeks of the start of term.
As a newly admitted graduate student you may use your CWL account to log in to our online community to meet other newly admitted or current UBC students, find valuable tips, e.g. about housing or life in Vancouver, and make friends.
UBC offers online webinars that cover topics such as banking and cell phones in Canada, neighborhoods, accommodation and life in Vancouver and so on. You can view upcoming sessions in the schedule on the Orientation website.
Before you register, please email your graduate program directly and consult with your supervisor or graduate advisor on course choice. Contact information for programs can be found in the Graduate Degree Program listing. Course offerings and outlines can be found online, and you can also register online. Registration for a September intake typically opens up in mid-June. To be eligible to register for courses, you must have accepted the offer of admission and meet the official documentation requirements (if applicable).
Please remember that you must register every term throughout the duration of your graduate degree program.
The UBC Card is your official UBC ID and library card. It provides other benefits as well:
You can obtain your card once you have enrolled in at least one course and after the carding system opens up in mid July.
Annual tuition fees are divided into three installments, due in September, January and May. Amounts vary by program, and will include Student Activity Fees and Extended Health Insurance Fees. Check your fee amounts and due dates and pay fees online at the Student Services Centre.
An annual university-wide competition for several major awards (Affiliated Fellowships, NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) is held soon after the beginning of the fall term. These awards are highly competitive, and preparing a successful application takes time. You are therefore encouraged to begin working on your applications in July or August. For information on award opportunities visit our Scholarships, Awards & Funding page.
International students who hold a graduate student appointment, or wish to apply for on-campus or off-campus employment, are advised to consult International Student Advising.
It's your responsibility to keep UBC informed of any change of mailing or email address so that professors and faculty members know where to contact you. You can change your personal information online at the Student Services Centre website. Please login with your Campus-Wide Login to access your personal record.
You must apply for the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage as soon as you arrive in BC. There is a required waiting period consisting of the remainder of the month of arrival plus two months.
Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents: If you are coming from another province you should make arrangements with your current provincial plan to ensure continued coverage during the waiting period.
International students will be automatically enrolled in iMED, a basic insurance plan that covers the remainder of the month of arrival plus two months. For a September start, any international student arriving before August 1 or after August 31 will have to apply for a change of the coverage dates. Similarly, any international student starting their program in January needs to change coverage dates if arriving before December 1 or after December 31.
All newly admitted graduate students are encouraged to attend Orientation which is jointly offered by The Graduate Student Society, International Student Development and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Orientations take place 2-3 times per year (January, May, August/September). The largest Orientation event happens every year just prior to the Labour Day weekend and is a week full of activities and events welcoming you to UBC and Vancouver.
For details, visit our Orientation website.
The Graduate Game Plan guides students through the primary stages of their graduate education. It provides advice for students on strategies for attaining academic and career success.