Program Overview


UBC Vantage College offers specially-designed pathway programs for international students, which support the transition from high school to second-year university. The Vantage One programs are intended for academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the requirements for direct entry programs at UBC.

These 11-month programs combine first-year coursework with additional academic mentorship and English language resources, so each student is prepared to successfully progress into the second year of their chosen UBC degree.

Vantage One offers two programs of study in Engineering, and Science, enhanced by Academic English classes, passionate professors and student service specialists to maximize the Vantage One experience. The next intake for Vantage One students will begin in September 2024.

We also have a digital version of our Admission Brochure available to access.

Vantage One Transferable Credits 

Science Engineering
Total Credits Offered in Vantage One 39–41 44
Transferable Credits 29–31 34
Total Contact Hours/Week* 20–22 26

* Average for Term 1/Term 2 (Sept–Apr), Term 3: to be determined.

  • Jump Start

    When you first arrive at UBC, your Vantage One program will begin with an orientation alongside other first year students. You will take care of essential needs like health insurance and setting up banking, learn what to expect and how to thrive in the classroom at UBC. Jump Start is a one week immersion program in August and continues to support students throughout their first year at UBC.

  • Academic Preparation

    Through the 11-month program, all UBC Vantage College students will complete full first year university credits to gain entry to the second year of their degree program. While you will be completing the same courses as other UBC students, your classes will be tailored to you and allow for additional academic preparation through options such as smaller class sizes, alternative teaching methods, language instruction integrated with coursework, and increased faculty interaction.

  • Program Enrichment

    Your experience at UBC Vantage College is shaped by your needs and interests. In addition to regular scheduled classes, you will also have access to academic advising and academic English tutoring. These options are designed to give you every opportunity to succeed. Upon completion, you will be fully prepared and confident in your ability to enter the second year of your degree.

Dual campus experience

All students complete Term 1 and Term 2 at UBC Vancouver. In Term 3 (May to July), the UBC campus you attend will be determined by your program of study (see below).
Once you finish your Vantage One program and progress into second year, you may complete your degree studies at UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan, depending on your field of study and academic results.

Wondering how you can progress from Vantage One to Year 2 of your UBC degree? Learn more here.