University of Connecticut

Education Abroad


University of British Columbia, Canada (Exchange)

This program has early fall and spring application deadlines!

The Program

If you enjoy vibrant, multicultural, urban environments set amidst spectacular scenery that includes the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains, then Vancouver should be your study abroad destination!  Situated on a gorgeous peninsula  jutting into the sea, Vancouver is truly a global city with connections to the whole of the Pacific Rim.  As an exchange student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), you will have the opportunity to study for a semester or for an entire academic year at one of Canada’s leading research universities, take courses in your major or minor, and at the same time, experience the rich cultural mix of Vancouver and explore Canada’s breathtaking west coast.

UBC, a member of Universitas 21, enrolls 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world on two campuses.  The stunning main campus is surrounded by forest on three sides and ocean on the fourth, and is just a 30 minute bus ride to Vancouver’s downtown. The campus has been located on this site for most of its 100-year history; a location that is the traditional territory of the Musquem people. The campus also has two additional sites, one in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Robson Square, and another at Great Northern Way.

The Academics

You will earn a full semester of UConn credit while studying at UBC. Most undergraduate courses include three hours of class time per week in the following formats: lectures, tutorials, labs, seminars and problem based learning (pbl) classes.  A wide variety of courses are available to you in Business, Engineering, Social Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, and the Visual Arts. Admission into the following programs is limited: Applied Science, Architecture, Commerce, Creative Writing, Education, Human Kinetics, Landscape Architecture, Law, and Music. Click here for more information about courses and course selection at UBC.

The Experience

Most visiting exchange students at UBC choose to live in one of the furnished student residences on campus. You will be given priority for a room in selected on-campus residences provided that you complete the housing application and submit the $50 CAD non-refundable application fee by the exchange application deadline. If you are studying at UBC for two terms, it is not possible to live in a residence for only one of those two terms. UBC places great emphasis on student integration on campus, and therefore, incoming exchange students are placed in a variety of residences.  Click here for more information about housing.

Get involved in one of the many organizations, clubs and sports teams at UBC while you are living on campus.  The city center is a short bus ride away with its many restaurants, museums, all-glass skyscrapers, stores, historic sites, parks, and nightclubs. Take time to explore Vancouver’s many diverse neighborhoods and waterfront, go skiing or hiking in the nearby mountains, and kayaking or sailing on the coastline of British Columbia.

Consider applying for a Killam Fellowship.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking on “More Information and To Apply.”

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study