Sometimes it just takes one connection to effect positive change in the world. From mind-expanding student exchange, creative on-campus programs for international students, strategic global partnerships and proactive regional offices building goodwill abroad, our teams nurture global citizenship, convene collaborators and promote cross-cultural understanding.
“Going global” is about seeing the world through another lens and culture. For both UBC and international students, Go Global programs broaden perspectives, build critical thinking skills and forge long-lasting relationships across countries and continents. These global educational experiences include exchange, research and study abroad, virtual global seminars, conferences and research. Go Global also oversees the Student Safety Abroad Registry.
Together, we can change the world – and partnerships pave the way. With 300+ partnerships spanning 50+ countries, we value collaboration that’s equitable, impactful and based on strong connections between people. UBC’s partnership agreements with universities, research institutions, governments, corporations, community groups and NGOs contribute to life-saving research, learning break-throughs and solutions-focused work crossing professions, fields and subject matter. Our office serves UBC faculty, staff and global partners in both creating and maintaining productive faculty- and student-driven relationships.
A four-week immersive academic and social experience, the Vancouver Summer Program is for international post-secondary students, providing an opportunity to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties, learn about Canadian culture and make connections with students from around the world.
For academically outstanding international students who do not yet meet the English language admission requirements for direct Faculty entry in UBC, Vantage College fills the gap. Students live in residence on the leafy Vancouver campus for year 1, taking academic and language coursework taught by award-winning faculty members. They also get individual mentor support and guidance. Then in year 2, students continue on to pursue their UBC undergraduate degree.
Modeled on England’s Oxford-Cambridge collegiate system, St. John’s creates community and belonging for graduate students, scholars and postdoctoral fellows visiting from some 40 countries around the world to teach, learn and study at UBC. Situated on the scenic Vancouver campus, St. John’s serves as a centre for conversation, communal meals, research-sharing and lively discussion spanning global and local issues.
The International Student Initiative (ISI) plays an integral role in achieving the university’s internationalization strategies and goals. ISI supports recruitment of international undergraduate students from a diversity of countries and school systems; developing and managing an international student financial support program; and working collaboratively with faculty and student service units across UBC to ensure programs and services support international student success. Visit: you.ubc.ca.
Personal connections strengthen deep, long-lasting alliances. That’s the philosophy behind UBC’s international offices. Our two regional bases in Hong Kong and India make local connections and elevate partnerships for research, learning and capacity development. These overseas representatives also engage alumni, donors and prospective students, while promoting global UBC programs, services and events.
Asia Pacific Regional Office
Room 1202, 12/F Lee Garden Six
111 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Rebecca Chiang, Office Manager
Tel: 852 2111 4401
India Liaison Office
Unit 121, Square One
Plot c2, District Centre, Saket
New Delhi - 110017 India
Faisal Beg, Director
Tel: 91 1146 061905
UBC’s Development and Alumni Engagement (DAE) office upholds the university’s vision and values by engaging with alumni and friends – and by connecting donors to projects and causes that allow them to translate their passions into meaningful action. This support directly impacts UBC, its faculty and students, and has helped UBC become one of the world’s top 40 universities. DAE shares your interest in making UBC the best it can be, so that together we can build a better world. Visit: https://give.ubc.ca/ and https://www.alumni.ubc.ca/.
The university created the Hong Kong Foundation for UBC Limited to develop public awareness of UBC in Hong Kong, and to encourage financial support for the university and its programs. Visit: https://ubcf.org.hk/.