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UVA Exchange: University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2019-2020 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Off-campus, Student's responsibility, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Accounting, African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Commerce, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, History, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Middle Eastern Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Polish, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:
British Columbia Lead Photo

UVA Exchange
University of British Columbia


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.

Location IconLocation

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.

British Columbia Campus British Columbia Campus

Courses IconAcademics

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.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

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.

Cost IconCost

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.

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Accessibility IconAccessibility

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 IconPassport 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 Info IconHealth 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.