About Vancouver and UBC

About Vancouver

With a population of just over two million people, Vancouver is British Columbia's largest and Canada's third largest city. Vancouver is considered a safe city with clean streets and many pleasant residential neighbourhoods.

Vancouver is bordered by ocean and rivers on three sides and is located at the foot of the beautiful Cascade Mountain Range, giving it a spectacular natural setting. Pristine beaches and one of the largest urban parks in North America provide excellent opportunities to walk, rollerblade, or cycle along the sea. At nearby mountains, visitors can hike or mountain bike all year round.

Vancouver is a diverse city and is home to many different nationalities of people. During the students' stay, they are likely to meet many members of their own cultural and religious groups, and can enjoy many of the foods to which they are accustomed. Parks and public beaches surround the city's harbour, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities year round. Attractions include: Granville Island Market, Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, and shopping along South Granville Street, in Chinatown, on Robson Street, and in Gastown.

About the University of British Columbia

Founded in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) has developed a reputation for innovation and excellence in both teaching and research, and has become a leader in higher education in Canada. UBC consistently ranks among the top 40 universities in the world.

UBC educates a student population of over 50,000 learners on major campuses in two cities, one of which is Vancouver. UBC's Vancouver campus, where the Experience University Life at UBC program takes place, is situated between the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Spirit Regional Park, one of the most spectacular natural settings in North America.

Along with its breathtaking vistas of the ocean, forest and mountains, UBC boasts some of the city's best attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden, and forested trails in the adjoining Pacific Spirit Regional Park.