New to Arts

With leading-edge teaching and research, UBC Arts provides rich opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students — allowing you to craft your own specialized course of study and incorporate experiential learning and research into your degree.

Not only will you graduate with disciplinary knowledge, you’ll be well positioned with expertise and skills to pursue a wide variety of career options.

Undergraduate students

With over 14,000 undergraduate students representing more than 120 countries, UBC Arts offers diverse interdisciplinary programs and attracts passionate students driven to build expertise across theory, research, and practice.

Indigenous students

UBC has a large and vibrant community of Indigenous students, faculty members, and staff — all making valuable contributions to UBC’s learning environment. UBC Arts offers dedicated support for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through Aboriginal Student Affairs.

International students

As a UBC Arts student, you will be part of a diverse community that is home to some of the brightest minds from over 120 countries around the world, including over 5,000 international students.

If your English language proficiency does not yet meet the requirements for direct entry into UBC Arts, the UBC Conditional Admission Program offers specially-designed pathway programs for international students that support the transition from high school to your first year at UBC.

Graduate students

Ranked among the world’s top universities, UBC is a leader in research and scholarship at the graduate and postgraduate level.

UBC Arts combines the strengths of the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts to serve as an interdisciplinary hub for research, learning, and innovation to equip students with knowledge and expertise to meet and address complex global challenges.

Transfer students

Internal transfer 

If you are currently studying at UBC and wish to transfer into an Arts program, you can apply through the Applicant Service Centre. The deadline to apply is May 15.

External transfer 

UBC Arts welcomes qualified students currently attending another post-secondary institution, either within Canada or internationally.

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