The People’s University
Founded in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) opened its doors in 1915 to a handful of entrepreneurial faculty and students who had a vision for a provincial university. Since then, UBC has evolved into a leading research university now ranked as one of the top 20 public universities in the world with more than 62,000 students at its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
Known for its unparalleled beauty, UBC’s Vancouver campus is not only a destination for students, faculty, and staff but for visitors from around the world. The campus is home to renowned museums, art galleries, gardens, and myriad performing arts spaces that create a vibrant cultural scene year-round. The bustling cosmopolitan city of Vancouver offers memorable experiences for anyone who visits, lives, studies or works at UBC’s Vancouver campus.
A stunning counterpart to its Vancouver location, UBC’s Okanagan campus is set in the beautiful interior of B.C. and provides a one-of-a-kind setting for a dynamic academic community.
Students from 140 countries study at UBC to contribute and enrich its diverse, multicultural learning environment.
From Concept to Connection
UBC’s commitment to student success has made it a leader in applying learning research to improve teaching practice. For scholars, UBC offers a collaborative place to study where a high degree of intercultural understanding between students with varied backgrounds, religions, and cultures is welcomed and encouraged. In and out the classroom, UBC sparks learning and fosters curiosity about the world so ideas get connected to resources and people that make a difference.
Globally connected, UBC consistently attracts the highest caliber research faculty and students. With recognized excellence in areas such as genomics, oceans and fisheries, digital technologies, energy, and the environment, UBC is a major Canadian research hub. The impacts of research at UBC range from transforming the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS to revolutionizing advanced materials.
With an estimated value of $11 billion in sales of products incorporating UBC discoveries, $600 million in research funding per year, UBC is advancing cutting-edge research to solve society's most urgent challenges.