This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Online program for high school students ages 15–18.
Maximize your chances of getting into the Canadian university of your choice in this dynamic, interactive and entertaining course. Learn how to write university applications that catch the attention of admissions committees, and gain advanced communication skills you can use in university and beyond.
Over three weeks, learn step-by-step how to write memorable and convincing university undergraduate applications for Canadian universities.
Week 1 Examine the parts that make up an application and consider application timelines. Explore the things you can do now while still in high school to enhance your chance of university acceptance. Find out what admissions committees look for in prospective students, and learn advanced communication strategies to help you create applications that stand out.
Week 2 Research programs that interest you and explore the factors that influence your decisions about where to apply. Learn how to build a powerful vocabulary of skills and accomplishments. Gain strategies to deal with the complex process of organizing your ideas and communicating them effectively in personal statements.
Week 3 Continue developing your skills in communicating about yourself. Analyze a personal statement example, and practise proofreading and polishing strategies. You also complete a personal statement writing assignment and receive detailed feedback from your instructor.
What to expect in your course
You complete this course and assignments, exercises and quizzes at your own pace. There’s no need to be online at specific times – login anytime from anywhere. Expect to spend about 8–10 hours per week reading online, listening to podcasts, completing assignments, exercises and quizzes, and participating in discussion boards.
Using UBC’s easy-to-use online learning app Canvas, you can:
- interact with classmates from around the world in discussion forums
- participate in frequent quizzes and skills building exercises
- communicate one-on-one online with your instructor on a discussion board
- build friendships in the online student café discussion board.
During the course, you complete two or more short university application writing assignments and receive detailed feedback from your team of instructors (please note assignments are assessed, but are not assigned a grade). Although you can do assignments, exercises and quizzes at your own pace, you must complete each module before moving on to the next. All assignments must be handed in on or before the last Saturday of the course to receive instructor feedback, unless you receive prior approval from your instructor. Course materials are available for two weeks after the final Sunday of the course, after which you won’t be able to login to the course. You’ll need access to a computer and reliable internet connection.
You self-assess your English proficiency level, and are not required to provide proof. We recommend students have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.
You complete this course at your own pace, meaning you can log on at any time, from anywhere you are. There are no virtual classes or scheduled class times.
During the course, you can expect to spend about 8–10 hours per week reading, listening to podcasts, completing assignments, exercises and quizzes, and participating in discussion boards.
We use Canvas, an intuitive and easy-to-use web-based learning application. You will receive instructions to access this application two business days before your first class.
UBC Extended Learning suggests that you have the following technology and expertise in order to keep up with the program and complete assignments online:
- access to a computer using Windows or Mac OS
- a reliable internet connection. a computer operating system that meets the following minimum specifications:
- Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
- Mac OS X 10.4
You can also use your IOS or Android mobile device by downloading the Canvas App in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
After you register, you are directed to create an account. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.