University of British Columbia: Vancouver Campus

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The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver Campus, is located in Vancouver, southwest in Canada: Vancouver is the biggest city in the western part of the country. The university is known for its beautiful campus area and high academic standard. The main campus (there is also a campus in Okanagan) is on an island about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The university has over 45.000 students in total, and 5000 of them are international students.

UBC Vancouver

About the agreement
Bilateral agreement, meaning that all NMBU students – both at Bachelor’s and Master’s level - can apply. UBC does not offer courses in engineering; however, IMT students are welcome to apply for other types of courses.

Tuition fees
Students who travel through the agreement are exempt from paying tuition fees.

Number of study places
Currently NMBU has not been awarded exchange spots for the academic year 2020/2021.

Selection of applicants
Upon applying, applicants should have achieved a minimum average grade of C. Furthermore, applicants are ranged according to their grade scores.

Who can apply
All applicants must have completed either 120 study points or completed a bachelor degree before the exchange takes place.

Language requirements (English)
TOEFL: a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), or
IELTS: a minimum score of 6.5.

More precise information about English requirements at UBC can be found here and here.

Credits equivalent to a full-time study
Bachelor’s level: 15 credits per semester.
Master’s level: 12 credits per semester.
NOTE: 15 credits per semester will involve a heavier workload.

Courses previously taken by NMBU students

GEOG412 Water Management: Theory, Policy and Practice
SOCI360A Sociology and Natural Resources
FRST201 Forest Ecology

ECON102 Principles of Macroeconomics
FRST210 Forest Plant Biology II F
RST211 Forest Classification and Silvics

ECON301 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
ECON302 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
STAT251 Elementary Statistics CPSC110 Computation, Programs and Programming
EOSC112 The Earth: Ocean and Atmostphere

CONS200 Foundations of Conservation
ENDS221 Sustainability by Design
GEOB103 Our Changing Environment; Water and Landscapes E
NDS440 Environment and Urban Form

LARC542 Aesthetics and Sustainability

CHEM205 Physical Chemistry
CHEM302 Atmospheric Environmental Chemistry
ECON102 Principles of Macroeconomics
PHYS170 Mechanics I

Semester timing
Semester 1: early September – mid December.
Semester 2: early January – end April.

UBC cannot offer a student housing guarantee. In addition, it can be very difficult to secure on-campus accommodation in the autumn semester, especially if a student only will be at UBC for one semester. 
In any case, it is recommended to see UBC’s accommodation pages.

Visa and residence permit
Norwegian citizens, for studies of under six months duration: A permit for studying in Canada should not be necessary, provided that a valid Norwegian passport is shown together with a Student Exchange Letter or Acceptance Letter.

All nationalities (including Norwegians), for studies of over six months duration: Please visit Immigration Canada’s website to obtain information on the necessary visa application.  
The Canadian Embassy in the United Kingdom processes most of the visas for non-Norwegians.  According to new regulations, some nationalities will need to travel to the Canadian Embassy in the UK to submit biometric data for the processing of a student visa.

NOTE: Exchange students have to register for mandatory health insurance with UBC. In addition, they will have to buy a "universal transportation pass" (U-pass) for public transport in Vancouver.


University of British Columbia i hsten /in the autumn
University of British Columbia in the autumn.  Photo: Wikipedia

Published 5. January 2009 - 12:00 - Updated 4. March 2019 - 10:35