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Posted November 30th, 2008 - 5:03 pm by from Oslo, Norway (Permalink)
Hi I'm looking at doing one year of exchange studies and I was wondering how UBC is? What other Universities is it in the area? (I will probably study economics or science)


Posted November 30th, 2008 - 6:38 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Anton,

UBC is generally a very good school for science. It's a great location too, surrounded by forest and walking distance from Wreck Beach. Probably the main complaint that most people have is that classes are often very large.

Other options in the area are Simon Fraser University (SFU), which is also a good school. It's smaller than UBC and located in Burnaby, one of the suburbs just outside of Vancouver. University of Victoria is also an option, but all the way over on Vancouver Island and separated from Vancouver by a one hour ferry ride. Still a good school, just further from Vancouver.

If the choice was mine I'd choose UBC. It's definitely one of the top few schools in Canada. If you really want to focus on your studies then other schools might be stronger in certain programs, but for a good school in a great location UBC is your best bet.

But I'm a bit biased, I've been at UBC for 7 years now!



Posted November 30th, 2008 - 7:53 pm by from Birmingham, England (Permalink)
Hi Anton

I'm nearing the end of my semester at UBC as an exchange student. Further to Eric's comments I would definitely recommend UBC as an exchange destination for a great, all-round exchange experience. It's been great for me to come from a very small UK university to spend time studying at a major North American instituition. As one example I've been able to attend guest lectures from world famous Professors in Psychology (my field of study) while at UBC. I would not have that opportunity back home!

Of course I have no idea what you're used to and whether you even care about something like the above but I only have very positive experiences of my time at UBC.


Posted November 30th, 2008 - 8:45 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
UBC is probably your best option for universities IN Vancouver.

And in relation to sciences regarding what Andrew mentioned, they have famous lecturers speaking at UBC too in the sciences. But Sciences are huge at UBC, so it depends on what kind of sciences you're interested in. Nevertheless, it's a great university to be at.

Posted November 30th, 2008 - 9:14 pm by from Oslo, Norway (Permalink)
Thanks for all the quick replies, I would never have thought that.
I will be contacting the my international study adviser on Monday to see what she can help me with. Just a quick question to Andrew, who helped you with your connections at UBC? I have been looking at ISEP, but they dont do any Uni in Vancouver.


Posted December 1st, 2008 - 8:27 am by from Birmingham, England (Permalink)
Hey Anton

It was my home university who arranged my exchange trip with UBC. My uni sends two students to UBC each year and I was the lucky guy this time around (ok, ok, not just lucky. I had to pay some rather large bribes too.) So I didn't really have to arrange anything myself.

Not sure if that helps you any but feel free to ask anything else or send me a message if you'd prefer.