Public research university with campuses in Kelowna and close to Vancouver is known as the University of British Columbia. It is the oldest university in British Columbia, having been founded in 1908. With a $759 million yearly research budget, UBC supports approximately 8,000 projects each year.
UBC’s International Scholars Program offers four categories of prestigious need-and-merit-based awards to international students:
The Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award honours outstanding incoming international undergraduate students who exhibit remarkable academic success and leadership qualities that inspire and uplift others through teamwork, empathy, and active listening.
The Donald A. Wehrung foreign Student Award honours excellent undergraduate foreign students from underdeveloped or war-torn regions who have excelled academically despite difficult circumstances and who would not be able to attend college without substantial financial aid.
International Impact Award is offered to exceptional students who have demonstrated leadership as well as commitment to and solutions for sustainability and climate change, natural resource conservation and management, social justice, equity and inclusion, or societal health and wellness. Priority is given to first generation learners and those from diverse lived backgrounds.
Vantage One Excellence Award is offered by UBC Vantage College for academically outstanding international students who do not yet meet the English Language Admission Standard for direct admission to UBC .
University of British Columbia in Canada
Level/Field of study:
Undergraduate degrees offered by UBC except the following: UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Nursing degree, Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor + Master of Management degree, dual degrees, joint degrees between UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver, and joint degrees with other post-secondary institutions.
Number of Awards:
Approximately 50 distributed across 4 awards
The value of the UBC International Scholars Program is proportional to your financial need. Financial need is determined by totalling tuition, fees, and living costs, and subtracting the financial contribution you and your family can make each year. A standard needs assessment is based on the financial information provided by you and your family.
Your award may be renewed for up to three additional years of undergraduate study or to degree completion – whichever comes first – provided you achieve satisfactory academic standing in your faculty, continue to demonstrate financial need, and maintain your Canadian study permit (student visa).
To be considered for the International Scholars Program:
• You must be an international student who will be studying in Canada on a Canadian study permit.
• You must be entering UBC from a recognized secondary school, or transferring from your first year at a post-secondary college or other university.
• You must have graduated from high school no earlier than the month of June two years prior to the academic year you are applying to. For example, applicants for 2024 Winter session must have graduated from high school no earlier than November 2022.
• You must be applying for your first undergraduate degree.
• You must demonstrate superior academic achievement (achieve all As or equivalent standard).
• You must demonstrate a level of financial need that would otherwise prevent you from pursuing a UBC degree.
• You must meet UBC’s admission requirements, including general and degree-specific requirements and the English Language Admission Standard.
Applicants will be considered for the Vantage One Excellence Award if:
• All previous eligibility criteria apply, except you must not yet meet UBC’s English Language Admission Standard for direct admission to UBC.
• You must meet the UBC Vantage College admission requirements, including the English requirements for Vantage College.
• You must be coming directly from high school
• You must be beginning your undergraduate studies at UBC in the UBC Vantage One Program.
To apply for the International Scholars program, you must be nominated by your school or non-profit, and submit a reference from an academic referee. Confirm that your school or non-profit is able to nominate you, and inform your nominator and academic referee that you’d like to apply for the International Scholars Program. You won’t select which award you wish to receive when you submit your application – UBC will automatically consider you for the awards that you are eligible for.
Apply for the International Scholars Program by submitting the application by 15 November and submit your admissions application to UBC by 1 December. You must meet the UBC English Language Admission Requirement by 31 January.
It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
University of British Columbia
Deadline: 15 Nov/1 Dec (annual)
Study in: Canada
Course starts 2024
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