University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

UBC - Okanagan Campus (Photo: Cyprien Lomas)

University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)

The University of British Columbia, established in 1908, educates a student population of 50,000 on major campuses in two cities and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.

The largest is 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, a spectacular campus 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 Vancouver campus boasts some of the city’s best attractions and recreation facilities, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts , the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research , and endless opportunities to explore forested trails in the adjoining 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Our second major campus is in the dynamic Southern Interior city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan opened in September 2005 as a distinctive, small university campus. We call it an intimate learning community — where students interact with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world.

UBC Okanagan is earning a reputation as an important, respected centre of learning and research, enhancing knowledge creation and innovation in the Okanagan. UBC Okanagan also offers a campus life rich with opportunities to build cultural and social connections, to learn, grow and express yourself. The students who choose UBC Okanagan make the difference.

With a goal of serving the post-secondary education needs of 7,500 students, UBC Okanagan is growing to serve the needs of our region, increasing access to the internationally recognized UBC degree. As our student numbers increase and the campus master plan becomes reality, UBC Okanagan will continue to feature small class sizes, experiential learning, community involvement, and direct access to research activity.

Campus Life

There is plenty to do at UBC. On any given day or evening you can:

Our bike – and pedestrian – friendly campus is also ideal for a leisurely ride with the kids, and restaurants ranging from cafeterias to fine dining offer lunch or dinner to suit any budget.

Or, if you’re looking for something more education-oriented, our Continuing Studies unit offers a range of lectures and courses to meet your interests.

Concerts at the Chan Centre feature today’s top international musicians in the concert hall and tomorrow’s stars in our student concert, opera or theatre productions.

Arts and Culture

Amid breathtaking surroundings of mountains, sea and forest you will find cultural attractions at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia such as:

The UBC School of Music offers many performances throughout the year by acclaimed student ensembles such as:

  • wind symphony
  • orchestra
  • choirs
  • opera.

The Department of Theatre and Film present plays and film screenings to round out the cultural hub located on the Northern side of campus.

Lifelong Learning

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is located at the heart of the UBC campus. This 250,000-square-foot facility, which supports learning and research for the 21st century, is built around the core of the historic Main Library.

By providing enhanced access to information, knowledge and innovative teaching, the Learning Centre provides an opportunity for future generations to be at the forefront of learning.

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is a focal point of education for all. It serves students and teachers at UBC. It also supports lifelong learning for people throughout the province and beyond, helping them to build a better British Columbia through the sharing of history, knowledge and experience.

With the support of Irving K. Barber and the provincial government, UBC has transformed its 1925 Main Library. Now, it is a gateway to UBC Library’s extensive resources and services, and a learning hub that connects the University to the community.

This visionary learning and research support facility features innovative classrooms, spaces for solo and group learning, relaxing social areas, the exceptional Chung Collection, Ike’s Café, readings and related events, and much more. Come visit the Learning Centre today!

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