University of British Columbia

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. And for some students, this includes schools beyond the U.S., too! As such, we are highlighting an international college this week in our School Spotlight series.

School Spotlight: University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Less than a three-hour drive from Seattle, WA you’ll find a top research university that’s known for its innovative spirit, entrepreneurial ideas, and sense of discovery. The University of British Columbia attracts more than 44,500 undergraduates to its main campus in Vancouver, Canada, where approximately one-quarter of students are international. Students have access to a broad range of majors spanning 27 distinct bachelor degrees, including a Bachelor of Commerce (UBC’s version of a business degree), a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Midwifery! The University’s Faculty of Arts is the most popular of all undergraduate divisions, and offers majors including film studies, international relations, and linguistics. Students who are eager to earn hands-on experience will appreciate UBC’s robust co-op program. By alternating on-campus learning with paid internships, UBC students can apply their knowledge directly to experiences in the field. Looking for even more ways to engage in the real world? UBC’s study abroad programs provide students with incredible opportunities to travel the globe, whether as part of a semester or summer abroad. Students can even participate in an archaeological dig in Sicily, study science & sustainability in Iceland, or learn about theatre & performance in Greece through one of UBC’s shorter global seminars. Fun fact: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earned his Bachelor of Education degree from UBC!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.