UBC & Vancouver

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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.

Discover the world of UBC:

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 student, 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.

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Welcome to Vancouver

A cosmopolitan centre surrounded by nature, Vancouver was named one of the “most liveable in the world” seven years in a row by The Economist. A mild climate allows Vancouverites to enjoy the great outdoors year round, from hiking and cycling to snowshoeing and skiing. The city’s thriving arts and culture scene includes the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, and countless museums and galleries.

A sustainability leader

The birthplace of Greenpeace, Vancouver has earned global attention for its efforts to design a healthy urban environment that is vibrant and sustainable. Residents enjoy an extensive public transit network that includes buses, sea buses and SkyTrain, the longest fully automated light metro system in North America. Currently, the municipal government is taking steps to tackle remaining environmental challenges and transform Vancouver into the greenest city in the world by 2020.

An Asia Pacific gateway

Internationally recognized as North America’s Asia Pacific gateway, Vancouver enjoys close cultural and economic ties with many countries in the region. Nearly half of Metro Vancouver residents have an Asian heritage—more than any other city outside Asia. Similarly, British Columbia is responsible for nearly 30 percent of Canada’s total exports to Asia—more than any other province.

A diverse community

Home to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations for tens of thousands of years, Vancouver now welcomes people from around the globe regardless of ethnicity, religion, ability or sexual orientation. Today, you will find more than 179 languages spoken on the streets of Vancouver—more than any other city in Canada. This rich diversity is celebrated during seasonal festivals and events and reflected year round in vibrant communities like Chinatown and Little Italy.