NOTE: Regardless of the standard SDSU application deadlines, the University of British Columbia (UBC) exchange application cycle and timeline for consideration will be CLOSED after the UBC campus confirms that they can not longer consider new nominees. The term 2 (spring term) nomination cycle for UBC is very early. Typically SDSU must send in a nomination of selected students by August 25th and then the nominated students will need to complete specific UBC steps by no later than Sep 15th to be eligible for placement. We have asked them if they can extend the nomination period to September 1st for our campus.
The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada's leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.
UBC opened in 1915, surrounded by snow capped mountains, ocean, and forests. It has a reputation of excellence in teaching and research. 212,000 alumni spread around the world.
One of the current SDSU Study Abroad team members is an alumna of an exchange program at the University of British Columbia. Feel free to reach out an talk to her. Learn more about her here: Inemesit Williams
Exchange students may apply for placement at the main Vancouver Campus or the Okanagan campus
SDSU Student Experience @ UBC - Vancouver Campus:
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Business is NOT available as a study option. Students are currently only able to study under the Faculty of Arts.
See department and programs HERE
Click for: Academic Restrictions or Limitations by Department.
This campus also offers an excellent and unique opportunity to be part of the American Indian Studies First Nations Studies Exchange Program, which is available to all SDSU students and would require enrollment in at least two classes from a list of SDSU approved American Indian Studies topics. These classes may be able to count towards a minor, GEs or may be applicable to certain majors, such as Anthropology, Political Science, History, etc. They provide key insight in to cultures of the first inhabitants of North America.
For a preview of classes, please ask to review a list sample class or speak with your academic advisor.
For the description of many of the classes, visit the UCB catalogue (see note below).
NOTE: English in Canada is more similar to British style in spelling and some vocabulary. A list of all majors (called "Courses" in Canada) with descriptions of classes is available HERE
Take advantage of some courses that are not offered at SDSU to help strengthen future career goals or enhance your academic career. Not only are there unique course options in the various departments, but also many languages available that are not taught at SDSU.
Class are taught in English. You may also study foreign languages at this campus. Many are available.
You can refer to the program fact sheet, website, and academic calendars for instruction dates. See their website
as well. Your formal acceptance letter from the host campus will provide further details on your official start and end dates. Your expected arrival date will be prior to the start of classes and includes a mandatory orientation period.
You are expected to participate in the host campus final examination period as per their regular schedule. If your exam dates overlap with the start of the next SDSU term, you must coordinate with host campus staff and faculty for any potential allowance to take the exam a bit earlier.
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
A list of all majors (called "Courses" in Canada) with descriptions of classes is available HERE
Housing and Meals
See details via the UBC exchange site - Tips for Housing:
As a study abroad participant at SDSU, you will be automatically enrolled and billed for the California State University (CSU) -mandated Foreign Travel Insurance Program (FTIP) plan via the SDSU Risk Management office and SDSU Student Account Services. This enrollment is is part of the CSU campus risk management for all foreign travel for students, staff, and faculty who are part of the CSU System. The emergency travel assistance plan is used for study abroad to help address worldwide emergency situations and assistance at the host location and any alternate travel destinations while abroad.
You may NOT use any existing domestic plans or alternate plans to show proof of coverage to host campus or to SDSU. All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term, as required by the California State University system. The insurance charge will typically appear on your SDSU student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more details regarding insurance as they are confirmed as participants.
SFU also automatically enrolls participants in a mandatory Canadian health insurance policy as a requirement to participate in their exchange program, regardless of whether SDSU also requires insurance. Both the FTIP emergency travel assistance and the Canadian Health plan are required for participation in this program.
Please refer to the program's country BC Embassy
website to view visa information. For more information about entry/exit requirements and other details for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State
Nominated Students - Selected by SDSU for Consideration for UBC Exchange:
If you are nominated as a candidate your next steps will be to follow the request of the host campus and complete their checklist of items to be confirmed for placement.
UBC Application document checklist
The SDSU International Student Center must submit all nominated students’ application documents in scanned format as ONE documents. Please submit all documents to the International Student Center and our team will take all of the documents outlined under the Application Document Checklist above and upload one complete PDF file per student
to our online UBC Workspace 2.0 portal. UBC will not accept hard copies of application documents.