Develop the essential skills you need to pursue graduate study in a Canadian or American university. Establish an academic plan, and research graduate programs best suited to your individual interests and background. Gain critical thinking and communication skills to help you succeed in any academic or professional program.
- Next intake begins September 2017
- Cohort-based, full-time, 14-week program
- Includes private classes with other international students under the guidance of an instructor that models the group work involved in graduate studies
- One online course in your specific academic discipline (e.g., accounting, engineering, science, etc.)
- Identify academic goals and establish an academic plan
- After this program, you can expect to have skills needed to gain admission to and thrive as a student in advanced degree programs.
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The International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP) Academic Stream offers you the opportunity to:
- identify academic goals and establish an academic plan
- investigate the graduate programs best suited to your academic interests, including matching skills, interests, and academic background to appropriate programs
- develop critical thinking, teamwork, and networking skills
- strengthen research and writing skills for academic and professional purposes
- build communication skills to effectively convey academic goals
- handle the complex process of applying to graduate school
- gain confidence to study, work, and communicate in English in academic, professional, and social environments.
IGSPP also develops your critical thinking skills to better demonstrate your abilities and passion for your chosen disciplines during interviews and in written correspondence with post-secondary institutions.
Learn how the typical requirements of admission (applications, transcripts, references, language, and other admission test scores, etc.) vary from university to university, and gain a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in effectively communicating application information, such as personal statements of interest, in an academic program.
Past IGSPP students have had opportunities to meet with professors, program staff, and graduate students from UBC and other institutions such as Simon Fraser University, Memorial University, and the University of Queensland. Students have used these opportunities to learn more about programs of interest as well as programs they may not have previously considered.
Although there is no guarantee that graduates from IGSPP will be admitted to UBC or any other post-secondary institution, some recent program graduates have been accepted into McGill University, University of San Francisco, University of Toronto, and other prestigious institutions.
IGSPP is also not a degree program, nor is it a direct path to graduate study at UBC or any other university. For more information about admission to graduate programs at UBC, view UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP) Academic Stream is a full-time, 14-week program. Small groups of students spend approximately 24 hours each week in private, structured activities in the classroom and in the community.
The International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP) Academic Stream curriculum includes the following components:
Begin the program with a concentrated overview of the objectives, outcomes and expectations of the curriculum. Get an introduction to the University of British Columbia campus and Vancouver. Learn how to adjust to living and studying in a new cultural context, understand Canadian-style family life and navigate the Vancouver public transit system. You will be assessed on your communication abilities, cultural competence, and academic and career plans. This program component is designed to get to know each student individually and to clearly outline the skills required to gain admission to graduate school.
Academic Planning Course
Set your academic goals, plan your academic path and conduct investigations assigned by your instructors and in areas of your own interest. Examples of research topics may include background knowledge about graduate schools to which you are interested in applying, research interests of potential academic supervisors, securing grant money to support graduate study plans, etc. While building general research skills, this program component also offers an opportunity to practise academic responsibilities and ethical considerations used widely in Canada or the US.
Academic Skills Course
Acquire training to develop verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. These and other critical thinking skills are developed in sample university seminars, debates and student-led seminars to help you develop familiarity with the Canadian or American academic style. Topics such as academic ethics and responsibilities are also examined. Classes include activities such as: discussion; lecture; presentation; case study; introduction of theory; debate; problem-based learning; and general data gathering and reporting.
Academic Culture Course
Acquire an orientation to life in Vancouver and learn the expectations and cultural differences of classroom work in Canadian or American universities. Build communication skills, knowledge of local culture and confidence in communicating effectively in English in professional, academic and community settings.
Academic Argumentation Course
Work on developing greater clarity, forcefulness and appropriateness in the ways in which you express yourself in academic assignments. Persuasive writing is a major focus of the course: articulating a thesis, organizing points in support of that thesis, developing those points, and addressing the audience appropriately. Research proposal development is also emphasized. The mechanics of writing (e.g., grammar, sentence structure, sentence variety, accurate proofreading and effective revision) is also covered as needed.
You will be assigned to a qualified academic mentor who is either studying, or has completed studies, in a field similar to the one you wish to pursue. The sessions reflect the typical relationship between a professor and a student in order to develop your organizational skills and give you guidance on how to achieve your academic goals. Receive one-on-one personalized experience in planning your academic future.
Graduate seminars are one of the clearest differences between undergraduate and graduate level study as they are usually small, private sessions with a scholar and other graduate students actively discussing readings and engaging with all types of ideas. They are one of the best ways for graduate students to demonstrate their scholarship and an essential way to develop knowledge in an academic field during graduate school. IGSPP students develop their skills by taking part in academic seminars with a small group of their peers while examining topics in culture, research, communication, etc.
Online Course Work
The amount of coursework done online in graduate-level programs is increasing. Students need to become familiar with its benefits and conventions.
With the help of an academic guide who is a specialist in their academic discipline, students choose one non-credit course. The following are examples of courses students might choose based on their interests.
|Student's Interest||Suggested Courses|
Business and Economics
Field studies in IGSPP are designed for academic exploration beyond the classroom. Reach into the wider community - under the guidance of your instructors - to broaden your knowledge of the multicultural elements of Canada. Gain an understanding of the institutions and businesses that sustain communities and their economies.
Working individually and in teams, pursue your academic interests and report your findings to your peers and instructors. Each project team receives mentorship from instructors and colleagues, as well as training in presentation skills.
IGSPP includes opportunities to take part in the cultural life of Canada through music, art, dance, sports, and general leisure. Some activities are a mandatory part of the program and others are optional.
English Language Training (if required)
If you do not meet the IGSPP English language requirements, you may be offered entry to the program on the condition that you improve your English fluency at the UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute (at an additional cost).
Program Start Dates
International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP) Academic Stream requires 14-16 weeks of full-time study each term.
UBC Extended Learning reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, program, and program policies without notice, and to reschedule and change parts of the program due to insufficient registration or other reasons.
|Fall 2017||Sep 11-Dec 15, 2017|
|Winter 2018||Jan 8-Apr 13, 2018|
|Summer 2018||May 7-Aug 10, 2018|
Fees are listed in Canadian dollars (CAD) and include all elements of the IGSPP curriculum (as described under the Curriculum section, above), as well as:
- some instructional materials
- student assessments
- access to UBC facilities, including over 10 libraries
- reference letters in support of graduate admission when requested
- presentation of award of completion to all graduating students
- wireless internet access
- UBC student identification.
If your program start date is in 2017 and your expected programs of study include 2018 terms, you will be subject to 2018 pricing for those terms. Exact fees will be determined after reviewing your individual program application.
Fees do not include accommodation, airfare, local transportation, medical insurance, optional socio-cultural activities, textbooks, and other personal expenses.
2018 Fees and Due Dates (International and Canadian Students)
|Application Fee||Due with application||$200 CAD|
|Program Deposit||Due upon acceptance into the program||$7,000 CAD|
|Balance of Tuition||Due 30 days before the program start date||$8,200 CAD|
|Total Tuition||$15,200 CAD|
*Includes $600 deposit for English language training (where applicable).
View Admission Requirements for full details on language and education requirements.
We have created an International Graduate Study Preparation Program (IGSPP) pre-departure handbook to provide you with important information and advice on how you can prepare for IGSPP, and about living and studying in Canada. We strongly recommend that you read it carefully before leaving your home country.
We strongly recommend that you download and review the program details and expectations outlined in the IGSPP Academic Stream program handbook.
View How to Apply for full details on the application process.
View Apply: IGSPP to apply to the program.
View Policies for a list of full admission, withdrawal and cancellation policies.
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions in Frequently Asked Questions.
UBC Extended Learning is pleased to offer eligible IGSPP graduates the opportunity to apply for an Academic Performance Award or Academic Achievement Scholarship. View Awards and Scholarships for more details.