PRINCIPAL'S WELCOME

The University of British Columbia has been educating some of the brightest students from around the world for nearly one hundred years. Starting in August 2014, the Vantage One program at UBC Vantage College, an innovative, integrated program for first-year international students, began creating new learning environments and transformational opportunities for its students. Welcome to UBC Vantage College: your starting point.

Your learning experience in the Vantage One program will be unlike any other, combining academic coursework with intensive English language preparation. Through a highly integrated and customizable program, you will have everything you need to complete your first year at UBC and transition directly into the second year of an Arts, Science, Applied Science or Management degree program. You will take UBC courses taught by UBC tenure-track faculty. Our faculty and staff are passionate about creating a program that fully supports you in the transition to a North American classroom and student experience. You will learn not only from your professors, but also your peers and the university community. You will do this while living on our beautiful campus and taking advantage of all the perks of being a UBC student — including access to hundreds of students clubs and an unlimited transit pass. From the start, you will be a part of UBC’s community of students from 151 countries around the world.

Beyond campus, you will take in everything that Vancouver has to offer. Ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, you will find a city full of diverse neighbourhoods and natural beauty. Vancouverites love the immersive cultural experiences that the city provides and the active lifestyle that its mild weather affords. That love also extends to learning; Canadians are among the most educated people on the globe and we highly value the quality educational opportunities available at our universities.

After graduation, doors will be open to you around the globe, as your UBC degree is recognized worldwide. Whether you plan to pursue graduate studies or job opportunities, you will be in the company of over 280,000 UBC graduates living in 140 countries around the world.

UBC Vantage College is your place to thrive intellectually, to contribute to debate and discovery, and to make the transition to university student. You are UBC.

Joanne Fox Principal, UBC Vantage College