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.
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, you need a TRV. 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.