Welcome to UBC
The University of British Columbia (UBC) opened its doors in 1915, driven by a West Coast spirit of embracing innovation and challenging the status quo. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest and most respected universities in Canada with more than 59,000 students spread across two campuses.
A world-class university
UBC consistently ranks among the top 40 research universities in the world.* Every year, leading academics and top students from around the world come here to exchange ideas and gain global perspective in a welcoming environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Among UBC faculty and alumni, you will find a number of Rhodes Scholars, Nobel Laureates and two Canadian Prime Ministers.
* Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings, Taiwan Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, and Webometrics Ranking of World Universities
A sustainability pioneer
UBC serves as a living laboratory for social, economic and environmental sustainability. The University is home to the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, one of the most sustainable buildings in North America, and a respected network of globally connected sustainability experts who are continually pioneering new ideas on campus.
A city within a city
As a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs candidate, you will study at UBC’s Vancouver campus on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nations. Located on the Pacific Ocean, this “city within a city” is more than 400 hectares in size, with places to live, eat and shop and forest trails to explore. From here, you are just a short car, bus or bike ride away from Vancouver’s downtown core.