How to Apply

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We invite you to apply to UBC to be part of an incredible community of problem-solvers and innovators. Even as undergraduates, our students are making a difference in the world – through their involvement in student engineering design teams, contributions as co-op students and innovative capstone projects

We'd love for you to join us. Here are the steps involved in applying to UBC to study engineering as an undergraduate student.



Step 1: Find out if you meet our admission requirements

If you want to study engineering at UBC, you will be applying to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) degree. The admission criteria vary and depend on factors that include: 

Find out if you meet our admission requirements by:

What to do if you don’t meet our admissions requirements

If you don’t meet our admission requirements and you would still like to study engineering at UBC, you can pursue a few options. Depending on your circumstances, these could include:

Next steps if you meet our admission requirements

If you think you meet our admission requirements, great! Check out the steps below to learn what’s involved in applying to UBC. Learn more by reading Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the application process.



Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the application process 

UBC has a centralized application process. That means that no matter what Faculty you are applying to, you will submit your application to UBC Admissions. 

You can find all the information you need to know about applying to UBC on the UBC Undergraduate Programs and Admissions application instructions page.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about the application process:

  • You can start the application before the deadline. Simply save your application while it is in process and return to it later.
  • You will be asked to submit transcripts and other documents after you submit your application, so you do not need to have final grades for your current courses.
  • As part of your application, you will be asked to:
    • Answer a series of questions about yourself and list your top two choices for what degree you want to study and where you want to study (UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan). If you definitely want to pursue engineering, you should indicate Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering) for both options and then either UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan as your first choice (with the other campus being your second choice).
    • Submit a personal profile, which requires short essay responses. 
    • Share the names of two references.
    • Pay a non-refundable application fee
  • After you have submitted your application, UBC will email you to let you know how and when to submit your documents. Be sure to do this before your specific deadlines . These required documents vary depending on where you are applying from and other factors. The required documents could include
    • High school transcripts
    • International Baccalaureate results
    • Advanced Placement exam results
    • Proof of English language competency
    • Post-secondary transcripts      

These details are explained step by step on the UBC Undergraduate Programs and Admissions application instructions. 

Learn more about UBC Engineering

You likely have some questions about UBC Engineering. A great way to learn more is to sign up for our annual open houses  or one of our many events. These events cover a wide range of topics, from learning more about what engineering is all about to insider admissions tips!

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Step 3: Keep track of deadlines and submit your application

The online application portal for UBC for the Winter Session (September to April) opens in early October. Remember that you can start your application and save it while it is still in process. Just make sure you submit before the deadline!

Application deadlines

The deadline to apply for September entry is January 15. However, you need to apply earlier if you want to be considered for scholarships and awards or for first-round offers of admission.

You can find all the important dates on admissions deadlines at Dates and deadlines

Here are some of the key deadlines for undergraduate admissions:

  • Early October: Online applications open.
  • November 15: Deadline to submit an award application for international applicants who want to be considered for the UBC International Scholars Program awards.
  • December 1: Deadline for international applicants who submitted an award application for the UBC International Scholars Program awards. 
  • December 1: Deadline for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to be considered for the Presidential Scholars Awards and UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Awards.
  • December 1: Deadline for high school students studying a Canadian curriculum who want to be considered for a first-round offer of admission.
  • December 1: Deadline for Canadian post-secondary applicants who want to be considered on the basis of interim transcripts.
  • January 15: Deadline to apply.

Document deadlines

After you’ve submitted your application, UBC Admissions will email you to let you know which documents you are required to submit and when. The documents required will vary depending on your level of studies, location and program. 



Step 4: Learn about tuition and scholarships 

Your tuition fees will depend on whether you are a Canadian student or international applicant, as well as how many courses you are taking:

Want to learn about scholarship and funding opportunities? Learn more about: 

Remember that you will need to submit your application ahead of the January 15, deadline for admission to the upcoming  school year if you want to be considered for certain scholarships.

As a student, you can also earn while you learn by:

A UBC Engineering degree is an investment in your future. Unlike other professional degrees, you can start working in your field immediately after you finish your undergraduate education without having to complete additional post-secondary studies. Find out why engineering might be the most versatile undergraduate degree and how UBC Engineering sets you up for success.

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