The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of the leading universities in Canada. Each year, it awards a number of scholarships to students from African countries, to pursue their undergraduate education. UBC recognizes the academic achievement of outstanding students from around the world by devoting more than $30 million annually to awards, scholarships, and other forms of financial support for international undergraduate students. To date, more than 368 international students have been awarded. These scholarships are:
1. Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award
This award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, and recognized achievement in other key areas.
2. Donald A. Wehrung International Student Award
This award recognizes outstanding international undergraduate students from impoverished or war-torn areas who have achieved academic excellence under difficult circumstances, and who would be unable to attend university without financial assistance.
3. Vantage One Excellence Award
This award is offered by UBC Vantage College for academically outstanding international students who do not yet meet the English language admission standard. The awards range in value up to the full cost of a student's academic program and living expenses.
4. International Major Entrance Scholarship
International Major Entrance Scholarships (IMES) are awarded to exceptional international students entering undergraduate programs at UBC. Students receive their IMES when they enter their first year at UBC, and the scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study. The number and level of these scholarships awarded each year vary, depending on available funding.
5. Outstanding International Student Award
The Outstanding International Student (OIS) Award is a one-time, merit-based entrance scholarship awarded to qualified students when they are offered admission to UBC. Students selected for this award show strength academically and display involvement outside of the classroom.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
UBC’s International Scholars have the potential to make a difference in the world. They are high academic achievers, they have demonstrated exceptional extracurricular activities, and they are dedicated to giving back to their communities. UBC’s International Scholars are part of the International Scholars Program, which offers the chance to:
Earn a globally recognized degree at a top university
A UBC degree opens doors and connects you to a vast alumni network across the globe.
Study with the brightest students in the world
You’ll join a community of engaged and supportive young leaders and study among the best and the brightest. You and your fellow Scholars will enrich UBC and the global community with your diverse perspectives, committed involvement, and innovative initiatives.
Take advantage of unique learning opportunities
You’ll have access to numerous opportunities inside and outside the classroom that will enrich your university experience.
Study-abroad exchange programs can take you to emerging countries where you’ll address local challenges in health, agriculture, social infrastructure, education, and sustainable development.
Community-based experiential learning projects can help you apply your academic interests to the needs and issues of the local or global community.
Annual retreats will help you connect with your community while you plan for the year ahead and develop your leadership skills.
An annual workshop series will provide leadership, community development, career preparation, and networking opportunities throughout your degree.
Receptions and celebratory events are hosted throughout each year to recognize your achievements and connect you to the Scholars community on campus.
Access dedicated advising and support
You’ll be supported by a network of staff from across UBC’s faculties and services who will encourage your academic, personal, and career development. A dedicated advisor will be your first point of contact for support throughout your time at UBC.
To be considered for the IMES, you must:
Be new to UBC, entering directly from secondary school or post-secondary (university or college).
Be an international student who will be studying at UBC on a Canadian study permit (student visa). (Changes to your citizenship status will affect your IMES eligibility.)
Demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and intellectual promise, as well as impressive extracurricular and community involvement.
Not be nominated for a need-and-merit-based International Scholars award.
Apply to UBC by January 15, 2021.
You will be considered for this scholarship shortly after you receive an offer of admission to UBC. Scholarship decisions are made between mid-March to the end of April each year.