International Students

UBC is an internationally renowned and respected institution consistently ranked among the top universities in the world.  It is located in the sophisticated city of Vancouver, which, with its temperate climate and access to gorgeous natural vistas of mountains, beaches and forests, is rated the best place to live in Canada.

Aurora and DaveInternational students are encouraged to apply to UBC; they currently make up 20 per cent of the total student body.  If a student graduated from an institution in which English is not the primary language of instruction, applicants must complete ONE of the following internationally recognized English proficiency language tests and obtain the minimum score:

  • TOEFL score of 615 on the paper-based test, 260 on the computer-based test, or 104 on the internet-based test
  • IELTS overall score of 7.5 with no subsection score lower than 6.5.

The TOEFL Institution Code for University of British Columbia (UBC) is 0965.

The TOEFL Department Code for the Graduate School of Journalism is 018.

For additional information on the the English proficiency requirements for graduate admission at UBC, please refer to the information on the UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies English Proficiency Requirements web page.

Through our International House and International Student Centre, students can meet others of the same nationality or who speak the same first language.  We have many clubs and athletic facilities to meet all of your social and physical health needs. For information on the international student life at UBC, please refer to the International Student Guide.

Please refer to the UBC International Studies COVID-19 FAQ webpage for daily updates on all international student-related issues, including updates from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policies on travel, study and post-graduation permits, and insurance.


Student visas and work permits, as well as work permits for spouses, are available if you apply early.  Immigration policies and requirements are continuously updated.  We strongly encourage international students to refer to the following resources for the most current information and for international student advising support:


Housing should be investigated before you arrive.  Space is limited in UBC’s on-campus residences so you must apply early; see the UBC Housing website at the Department of Housing and Conferences for more information. There are also resources for finding a place to live off campus. Many of these are listed in the off-campus housing section of the International Student Handbook.