UBC's award-winning faculty actively engages in groundbreaking research and integrates research-based learning into the undergraduate curriculum. UBC has 132 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada - the second largest contingent among Canadian universities. UBC also boasts the highest percentage of full-time faculty with PhDs of any university in Canada (98.4%). Some people think they have a different point of view. And they do. It's not hard when the towering mountains and the pristine shores of the Pacific surround you.
But it's not just their West Coast location that makes them different. They're also on the leading edge in more than 100 disciplines specializing in health, education, engineering, the arts and social sciences. Research conducted there isn't just limited to the campus either. From countless medical and hi-tech breakthroughs to their research into schoolyard bullying, they lead the way in applying theoretical knowledge in communities just like yours.
Located on Canada's West Coast, Vancouver is the country's third largest city (1.8 million). Renowned for its natural beauty, Vancouver includes more than 190 parks, and is consistently rated in the top three of the world's most livable cities. Vancouver is also a safer city in which to live and work than most North American cities of its size. An international business and cultural center, Vancouver has a growing high-tech industry, and is a popular location for Hollywood film productions. The city of Vancouver is enriched by the diverse cultures and backgrounds of its people. While English is the primary language, Vancouver residents speak more than 70 languages. Warmed by Pacific currents, Vancouver's climate is milder than other regions of Canada. The temperature ranges from the mid-20s Celsius (mid-70s Fahrenheit) in summer to 0 to 5 Celsius (32 - 41 Fahrenheit) in winter. Rain is common in the fall and early spring.
Comprehensive. Please visit the UBC website for information on choosing courses.
At least 2 years completed at UVA
Semester 1: early September - late December
Semester 2: early January - late April/May
UBC accepts exchange student applications once a year. Thus, the UVA application deadline for both spring and fall semester exchange at UBC is March 1st of the preceding academic year.
Students interested in studying at UBC during the fall and/or spring semester must submit their application to the UVA International Studies Office by March 1. Please contact the education abroad advisor for this program if you would like to apply for spring.
*Summer sessions are NOT part of the UVA-UBC Exchange Program. Students interested in summer session/s should apply directly to UBC, and complete a UVA summer study abroad online application.
The majority of visiting exchange students at UBC chooses to live in one of the furnished student residences on campus.
Please visit the UBC website for complete information.
UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.
For an estimate of expenses please visit the UBC website.
- UVA Tuition and Fees
- Host institution Room and Board
- International Airfare
- CISI insurance
- Books and Supplies
- Local Transportation
- Passport and Visa
- Personal Expenses
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will provide students accepted to this exchange with the appropriate documents required to apply for a visa, for those who do not hold a US Passport. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.