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UMD Exchange: University of British Columbia (Canada)

Vancouver, Canada
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University of British Columbia

Host Institution
The University of British Columbia is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Located 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver campus is a spectacular location that is a ‘must-see’ for any visitor to the city — where snow-capped mountains meet ocean and breathtaking vistas greet you around every corner. The campus is home to more than 39,000 undergraduate and nearly 10,000 graduate students.

Host City
Vancouver has been named one of the world's "Most Liveable Cities" and provides an ideal backdrop for your exchange semester. Vancouver offers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city's ocean-side location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown.

Universitas 21
The University of Nottingham and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website: 

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
Canada does not require students with U.S. citizenship to apply for a visa. Students who plan to study at UBC for more than 6 months (two semester applicants) must apply for a Study Permit. The UBC website provides detailed instructions on how to apply for a Study Permit.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

The University of British Columbia offers a wide variety of coursework. Exchange students register for 12-15 credits (4-5 courses) per semester.

Class in the following departments are not open to exchange students: Audiology and Speech Sciences, Dentistry, Journalism, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Rehabilitation Sciences. Most courses in Theatre and Film are not open to exchange students.

Many departments at UBC have restrictions on specific courses: Applied Science, Architecture, Arts, Commerce, Creative Writing, Education, Kinesiology, Landscape Architecture/Environmental Design, Law, Music, and Science. Please view full restrictions on the UBC Exchange website.
All credit you earn on this program will count at transfer credit on your UMD transcript.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

University of British Columbia Credit UMD Credit
1 credit 1 credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on February 9, 2017.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit. The minimum passing grade at UBC is a C- or 55.

FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.


On-campus accommodation is available but space in on-campus housing is in high demand and not guaranteed. Students may apply to on-campus housing before they are fully admitted and it is recommended that you do so. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for on-campus housing. You can learn more about housing on the UBC Student Housing website.

Exchange students are not required to live on-campus and may choose to find off-campus accommodation. Students who live off campus are strongly advised to arrive two weeks before the start of classes to find a place to live. UBC provides a website with off-campus housing options.

UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017