Your Guide to Getting into a Canadian University

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.

Assignments and Feedback

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 graded.

Although you can do assignments, exercises and quizzes at your own pace, you must complete each weekly 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.

English proficiency

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.

Technology Requirements

To take this course, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old and using Windows or Mac OS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection.

You can also use your Apple or Android mobile device. The small screen, however, doesn’t offer the best viewing experience, and it might be difficult to see the live lectures, course materials and other students.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported. There are no online classes, and you complete the assignments, exercises and quizzes at your own pace. You’ll receive regular emails from your instructional team, and you can contact them online at any time (please allow 24–48 hours for a reply). 

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.

This course is hosted on Canvas, a learning management system, which allows you to:

  • complete quizzes and skills-building exercises
  • communicate one-on-one with your instructor on an online discussion board
  • interact with students in discussion forums
  • meet other students in the online student café discussion board.

Expect to spend about 8–10 hours per week reading online, completing assignments, exercises and quizzes, listening to short podcasts, and participating in online discussions.

To Register

After you add the course to your cart, you’re asked to complete your registration by creating a new account or logging in. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering for the first time on behalf of your student, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

Three days before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Available Sessions

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Jul 25, 2022-Aug 14, 2022 | Online | $500.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported
Code: SO100S22P
Jul 25, 2022-Aug 14, 2022


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$500.00 $25.00 $525.00