UBC Applied Science Professional Programs

International Students

UBC welcomes international students. With one in four UBC graduate students coming from outside Canada, our campus is a diverse and exciting place to study.

We offer a range of support services for international students, and UBC advisors can help you with everything from visas to health insurance and more.

Application process

As an international applicant, you can apply online through the same admissions process as Canadian residents or permanent residents of Canada. However, there are a few additional requirements that you must meet and documents you must provide.

Language requirements

If you are an international applicant and your undergraduate degree is from a university where a language other than English was the official language of instruction, you must take and pass one of the following English language proficiency exams:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
    • A minimum score of 90 (internet-based exam), with minimum component scores of 22 [in reading, listening] and minimum component score of 21 [in writing, speaking];
    • Minimum score 55 each for reading, listening, and writing (in the paper-based test), with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no other component score less than 6.0 of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 81
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English – Academic): minimum overall score of 59
  • CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program): minimum scores of 4L/4L/4L
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): minimum overall score of 60

English language proficiency tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Students must submit their official test results directly to UBC via the instructions on the Application Checklist in order for your application to be complete.

Additional documentation requirements

As an international student, you will need:

  • A valid passport. Please make sure that your passport is valid for the entire length of your studies in Canada. If your passport expires while you’re in Canada, all of your immigration documents, your health-care coverage and your Social Insurance Number will expire at the same time.
  • A study permit: You require a study permit for the duration of the year-long program. Learn more about study permits.
  • A temporary resident visa (TRV), depending on your country of origin. For example, you will require a TRV if you are a citizen of China or India. Please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada to see if you require a TRV.
  • Documentation for your family if they are coming to Canada with you.


UBC’s International Student Guide is an excellent place to get started. It describes documentation requirements, health insurance, taxes, and travelling and staying in Canada after you graduate. The site also includes information on academic support, money and banking, health, safety, and information about resources available for your family, if they are accompanying you.

You will also want to look at UBC’s Guide to Graduate Studies for International Students.