International Students

At UBC, international students make up approximately 25 percent of the graduate student body. We value this diversity and take steps to encourage and support international applications to our graduate programs, including the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA).

Students from around the world describe UBC’s amazing international community and what it’s like to live in Canada:

Admission and application

All MPPGA applicants must meet the same rigorous admission standards. If you have a degree from a university outside Canada for which English is not the language of instruction, you will also need to demonstrate English language competency. Any of the following test scores, achieved within the past 24 months, is sufficient:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper version) or 100 (online version) with no component scores below 22
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0 with no component scores below 7.0
  • MELAB: minimum overall score of 81

Learn more about admissions

Learn more about the application process

Awards and funding

The MPPGA program values diversity and is interested in attracting a multinational mix of qualified candidates. To help make that possible, UBC, the Government of Canada and other partners offer a number of awards and scholarships specifically for international students.

Learn more about awards and funding

Search the Government of Canada’s international scholarship database

Study permits

Unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need a valid post-secondary study permit to attend the MPPGA program. Study permits can take up to four months to process, so it’s essential to apply as soon as you accept your UBC offer.

Learn more about study permits


UBC has dedicated resources to help you transition to life as a graduate student in Canada. Find answers to your questions about immigration, employment, health insurance, your first days on campus and more.

View our International Student Guide

Visit our website for international graduate students