UBC launches new international college

July 10, 2013

The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, has launched a new college for first-year international students, with a first cohort of 300 students expected in September 2014, before growing to a capacity of 1,000 students.

The CK Choi Building at the University of British Columbia

Designed for recent high school graduates in countries with school systems significantly different to Canada’s, UBC Vantage College will provide a 12-month programme of English language and academic study, before successful students advance onto the second year of a UBC degree course.

Through one stream in arts (Global Citizenship) and two streams in science (Computational Sciences or Physical Sciences), International Program students will complete a minimum of 24 credits of coursework over the year, with a wide range of Bachelor degree specialisations available for subsequent study.

Students admitted to UBC Vantage College will need to meet the same academic requirements as other undergraduate students, although English proficiency requirements will be lower.

UBC Vantage College students will live on-campus in student residences together with students from other undergraduate programmes, and will have full access to all the UBC campus facilities. A purpose-built academic and housing infrastructure for UBC Vantage College is planned to open in 2016, when the college is expected to be hosting 1,000 students.

“International students bring the world to UBC and this benefits all of our students,” said UBC President Stephen Toope. “This new initiative will reach out to outstanding students from countries like Vietnam, Russia, Brazil and Indonesia – students who bring different perspectives and experiences to campus. This diversity is one of the reasons why so many BC and Canadian students choose UBC.”

The International Program at UBC Vantage College recently received final approval by the UBC Board of Governors and is now accepting applications for the September 2014 academic year, with a deadline of January 31.
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