International Graduate Studies Preparation Program (IGSPP)


With the risk COVID-19 poses to students, staff and instructors, we have cancelled the September 2020 and January 2021 International Graduate Studies Preparation Program.

You may be interested in the Pre-Graduate School Online Program. This new part-time program is for upper-year undergraduate students and recent graduates wanting to apply to a Canadian master’s program.

Do you aspire to study in a master’s program at a Canadian or American university? Learn how to succeed and thrive in North American master’s programs in the International Graduate Studies Preparation Program (IGSPP).

Guided by our experienced instructors, find your ideal academic path, and develop the advanced academic skills needed to improve your chances of gaining admission to graduate school.

Gain the know-how to succeed and thrive as a graduate student in a new culture through structured activities, courses and seminars, workshops and community explorations. And get an edge in competitive graduate school admissions with a first-hand understanding of North American university applications, and academic expectations and standards.

This program will not only be beneficial for the preparation of graduate school, but also guide you in your life. Both the program and staff are fantastic, and it's also a good chance to have an experience learning at UBC, one of the world's most famous universities. You will meet amazing people, and have meaningful experiences here.

Mengying (Cathy) Cao
IGSPP Graduate
Program Post-IGSPP: UBC Sauder School of Business, Master of Management

In this guided program, acquire the essential academic and social-cultural skills to succeed and thrive in North American graduate studies, all in a safe, supportive environment at a top-tier university.

IGSPP is designed for university graduates with a minimum English language level of IELTS 6.0/TOEFL 82 or equivalent. Students who do not meet the English language requirement for direct entry into IGSPP are encouraged to enroll in the combined IGSPP plus English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.

Program highlights:

  • Full-time, 14 weeks
  • Begins with an orientation to the program, UBC and Vancouver, and a personalized assessment
  • Includes 24 hours per week of structured activities in small groups of students under the guidance of instructors
  • Attend instructor-led classes that model group work common in graduate programs
  • Be introduced to an optional self-directed online course and work in a seminar related to your academic discipline with a UBC scholar
  • Participate in on-campus networking events and social activities
  • Optional: Study alongside UBC graduate students in an online UBC Experimental Medicine graduate course offered by the UBC Faculty of Medicine
  • Optional: Combine IGSPP with the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program offered by the UBC English Language Institute

Download the 2020 -21 International Graduate Studies Preparation Program Information flyer in Chinese and English.

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