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About Vancouver

Vancouver

 

Nestled between the Coast Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, the city of Vancouver has consistently been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Located in British Columbia, Canada, the city has a mild climate and beautiful scenery and offers fantastic things to see and do year-round.

Local attractions

  • Stanley Park
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Science World
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Vancouver Art Gallery

Outdoor activities

  • Sail BC
  • Cycling in Vancouver
  • Vancouver Parks & Recreation
  • UBC Sailing, Kayaking & Windsurfing
  • Vancouver Ultimate League
  • Ski/hike locally at Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain.

Climate

Vancouver (and Victoria) are the only major cities in Canada with an average low that remains above freezing during its coldest month. Other Canadian cities, such as Toronto (-7.9°C), Montréal (-14.9°C), Calgary (-15.7°C) and Edmonton (-17°C) have a different perspective on winter – and a far more personal relationship with snowbanks.

Things to do

Less than an hour from campus are three ski resorts: Cypress Mountain (1,432 m), Grouse Mountain (1,249 m), and Mount Seymour (1,265 m) – each of which is the height of Mont Tremblant, Québec (875 m) and Blue Mountain, Ontario (452 m) combined! Whistler Blackcomb is only a 2.5-hour drive north of Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Vancouver is more than just excellent skiing and a mild climate. It is also synonymous with beaches and a wide variety of ocean-going and other water activities including boating, kayaking and scuba diving. Proximity to both ocean and mountains makes the lower mainland of British Columbia one of the world’s centers for outdoor activities and truly embodies the concept of the Great Outdoors, all with the comforts of urban life. It’s not just about surviving graduate school, it’s about living it and we don’t feel that there’s a better combination than UBC and Vancouver.

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Top Universities and colleges in Vancouver

  1. University of British Columbia
  2. Simon Fraser University
  3. Capilano University
  4. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  5. Langara College

University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

https://www.ubc.ca/

Courses Offered

  • Business and economics
  • Earth, environment, and sustainability
  • Education
  • Engineering and technology
  • Health and life sciences
  • History, law, and politic
  • Languages and linguistics
  • Math, chemistry, and physics
  • Media and fine arts
  • People, culture, and society
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development
  • Interprofessional Continuing Education
  • Master’s in Business Administration
  • Master of Community and Regional Planning
  • Master of Engineering Leadership
  • Master of Health Leadership and Policy
  • Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Executive Education
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Real Estate Division
  • Sales and Marketing Management

Scholarships

  • Lotus Light Charity Society Scholarship
  • James Pon Memorial Award
  • 3M National Student Fellowship
  • Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship
  • Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) Scholarships
  • The Howard Legacy Youth Fund
  • AFABC Youth Bursary
  • Indspire Bursaries & Scholarships
  • Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Scholarships & Bursaries
  • Janice Lee Blue Wave Bursary
  • Jack Davis Scholarship
  • BCEIA Student Scholarships Program
  • Katherine Lemke Heinrichs Scholarship
  • Vancouver Story Slam Scholarship
  • The Expert Institute Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship
  • Corporate Finance Institute Annual Scholarship
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) Dick Shaw Memorial Scholarship
  • Element Fitness Annual Content writing scholarship
  • Foster Children Bursary
  • Natural Medical Aesthetics Scholarship
  • The Barry Sullivan, Q.C. Memorial Bursary
  • Forktip Women’s Innovation Scholarship
  • Yconic awards
  • Scholarships Canada
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Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

https://www.sfu.ca/

Courses Offered

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Beedie School of Business
  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • Graduate Certificates
  • Accelerated Master’s Degrees

Scholarships

  • KEY Big Data Scholarships
  • Awards Timeline
  • Bursaries and Loans
  • FAQs/GA3
  • Undergraduate Student Research Awards
  • Entrance Scholarships
  • Graduate Fellowships
  • SFU Private Awards
  • Ebco/Eppich Scholarships
  • Departmental Awards
  • President’s PhD Scholarship
  • Travel and Research Awards
  • Dissertation Awards
  • China Scholarship Council
  • Connect Canada Internships
  • Government of Canada International Scholarships
  • IODE War Memorial Scholarship
  • Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships
  • Rhodes Scholarship in Canada
  • Schwarzman Scholars
  • Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
  • WorksafeBC Research Training Award

Fee Structure

Capilano University

Capilano University

www.capilanou.ca

Courses Offered

  • Arts & Sciences.
  • Business & Professional Studies
  • Education, Health & Human Development
  • Fine & Applied Arts
  • Global & Community Studies

Scholarships

  • Athletic Entrance Awards
  • Capilano Excellence Scholarships (CAPX)
  • Capilano University Graduate Program Entrance Awards
  • International Students Entrance Awards
  • The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society
  • Early Childhood Educators of BC bursary
  • Indspire – Indigenous education, Canada’s future
  • Youth in and from government care

Fee Structure

 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

http://www.kpu.ca/

Courses Offered

  • Faculty of Trades
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Wilson School of Design
  • Faculty of Health
  • Faculty Science and Horticulture
  • School of Business
  • Faculty of Trades & Technology
  • School of Business

Scholarships

  • KPU Bursary Program
  • KPU Major Entrance Scholarships & Awards
  • KPU General Awards
  • KPU Graduation Awards
  • KPU Horticulture Awards
  • Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship
  • Contribution to Campus Life Award: Value $1,000 (25 awards)
  • Giving Back Citizenship Award: Value $1,000 (10 awards)
  • Future Alumni Award: Value $1,000 (1 award) 
  • Eagle Spirit Award: Value $500 (5 awards)

Fee Structure

Langara College

Langara College

https://langara.ca/

Courses Offered

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Science & Technology
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Health

Scholarships

  • AbbVie IBD Scholarship 
  • Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Scholarship 
  • BC Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards
  • BC Aboriginal Student Awards  
  • BMO Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
  • Ellen Bell YMCA Memorial Scholarship
  • Fine Arts Bursary (FAB) Award
  • Fix Your Walk Scholarship
  • HIVRNATestGuide’s Scholarship
  • HSBC National Transformation Project Bursary
  • Janice Lee Blue Wave Youth Bursary
  • Job Applications Working Parent College Scholarship Program
  • Kwi Am Choi Scholarship (for solo artists)
  • LGM Continuous Learning Bursary
  • Looking Glass Scholarship
  • Lorne Fraser Educational Bursary
  • Mattinson Scholarship Program
  • Paleo Scholarship 
  • Post Care (Youth in Care)
  • Sara Gaulin Memorial Scholarship 
  • The Shih Tzu Expert Scholarship

Fee Structure

Cost of Living

Rental costs in Vancouver typically range between $800-$1200/month depending on where in the city you choose to live. The beauty of Vancouver as a city is in its urban neighborhoods, each of which has its own character. Our students live all over the city – from the convenience of on-campus apartments to nearby Kitsilano and the eclectic buzz of Commercial Drive – finding their own niche wherever they feel most at home.

Vancouver has an excellent public transit system and your UBC student fees cover monthly transit passes. The 99 B-line connects UBC with Commercial Drive (at the opposite end of the city) with a steady stream of buses throughout the day, especially during peak hours.

Although the actual costs of living vary considerably between individuals, living costs typically range from $17,000-$21,000 per year, the largest variable being the cost of housing. The table below breaks down estimated costs for major living expenses based on a typical graduate student sharing an apartment. This analysis was based on the data provided by the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  For a personalized cost of living, calculation visits their website: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/tuition-fees-cost-living/co. (For Ph.D. students “tuition” should be deselected)

Housing $ 10500
Groceries $ 3900
Clothing/Personal Items $ 1500
Entertainment $ 1000
Student Fees (incl. UPass) $ 923
Medical & Health $ 682
 
TOTAL $ 18505

This table provides a reasonable idea of how much you should expect to spend on an annual basis to live in Vancouver while pursuing graduate studies at UBC. Our stipend exceeds these costs (although the details do depend on the specifics of your situation) and allow for some additional disposable income.

 

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