Multiple Scholarships and awards for international students at University of British Columbia Canada

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Canada recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $20 million annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students.

Joining UBC’s community of award winners

When you receive an award or scholarship, you join a community of engaged and supportive young leaders who enrich UBC with their diverse perspectives, involvement, and innovation.

While studying at a global top 40 university, and North America’s most international university, you’ll have the chance to grow, connect, research, and innovate.

UBC offers a wide range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom – from co-ops and undergraduate research to clubsand study abroad – to round out your degree and help you contribute to the university’s thriving community.

Merit-based awards

As soon as you receive an offer of admission to UBC, you’ll automatically be considered for these merit-based awards. Consideration is based on your demonstrated academic achievement and your extracurricular involvement.

International Major Entrance Scholarship

International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are awarded to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. Students receive their IMES when they enter their first year at UBC, and the scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.

Eligibility

To be considered for the IMES, you must:

  • Be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or post-secondary (university or college).
  • Be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your IMES eligibility.)
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and intellectual promise, as well as impressive extracurricular and community involvement.
  • Not be nominated for a need-and-merit-based International Scholarsaward.
  • Apply to UBC by January 15.

How to apply

If you apply to UBC by January 15, you will be automatically considered for the IMES.

Scholarship status

You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. We’ll start making scholarship decisions in February 2019.

Outstanding International Student Award

The Outstanding International Student (OIS) Award is a one-time, merit-based entrance scholarship awarded to qualified students when they are offered admission to UBC. Students selected for this award show strength academically and display involvement outside of the classroom. 

Eligibility

To be considered for an OIS Award, you must:

  • Be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or post-secondary (university or college).
  • Be an international student studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your scholarship eligibility.)
  • Demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and strong extracurricular involvement.
  • Not be nominated for a need-and-merit-based International Scholarsaward.
  • Apply to UBC by January 15.

How to apply

If you apply to UBC by January 15, you will be automatically considered for the OIS Award.

Scholarship status

You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. We’ll start making scholarship decisions in February 2019.

UBC Story: Angela Sunario

Finding your university path

Jakarta, Indonesia | Microbiology and Immunology | Bachelor + Master of Management

Outstanding International Student Award-winner Angela Sunario was drawn to UBC because of its vast opportunities. When she got here, she was quick to get involved, push her limits, and find meaningful work that tied into her studies.

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International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program brings some of the world’s brightest young undergraduates to UBC. International Scholars earn a globally recognized degree and study with classmates who become part of their vast alumni network.logo

International Leader of Tomorrow Award

The International Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, as well as recognized achievement in areas such as performing arts, sports, debating or creative writing, or external academic competitions and examinations.

Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award

The Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance.

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