Next program date: July 2020
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Graduate school preparation for upper-level undergraduate students
You’re close to completing or have just completed your undergraduate program. Now you have your sights set on a North American master’s program. How do you ensure you succeed in getting into the program you want – and excelling once you’re there?
Transitioning from an undergraduate to graduate program can be full of unexpected surprises. Often, the school or program a student chose isn’t what they expected. Academic expectations and cultures can be different. Sometimes, it’s a struggle just to finish.
Prepare for graduate school success in the three-week Pre-Graduate School Summer Program. Come away with strategies, insights and your own personalized plan that provides you a step-by-step roadmap to choosing, applying to and succeeding in a master’s program in Canada or the US. Enter graduate school with the confidence knowing that you have the skills and foresight you need to succeed.
- Designed for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students, and recent graduates
- Full-time, three weeks
- Graduate preparation courses taught by experienced senior instructors
- Workshops led by graduate advisors, supervisors and faculty
- Social events and conversations with current UBC graduate students
- Live on campus or commute daily
- Optional weekend activities in and around Vancouver
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In the Pre-Graduate School Summer Program:
- learn strategies for succeeding in the competitive and complex graduate school admission process
- come away with individualized strategies for enhancing your chance of acceptance into the graduate programs of your choice
- receive a detailed personal evaluation of your readiness and preparedness for graduate study
- follow a guided exploration that will help you choose a master’s program that matches your career goals
- gain deep insights into graduate study and academic culture in both Canada and the United States
- benefit from classroom experiences with UBC professors and instructors in your academic areas of interest
- get a taste of campus life at a top-tier university
- make lifelong friends and enjoy memorable intercultural experiences in one of the most beautiful campuses and cities in Canada.
Who it’s for
The Pre-Graduate School Summer Program is designed for upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates who plan to enrol in a master’s program at a university in Canada or the United States after completing their undergraduate studies.
The Pre-Graduate School Summer Program consists of three major components.
Monday – Friday, 9am–12noon
Monday – Friday, 1:30–3pm
|Student Life and Networking
|Graduate school preparation classes taught by senior instructors.||Learn application strategies, interview techniques, academic expectations and more. Conducted by UBC graduate advisors, supervisors and faculty.||Great opportunities to socialize and talk one-on-one with current UBC graduate students. Learn about life as a graduate student.|
View a Sample Schedule from 2019
Download a sample schedule to see what three weeks at the Pre-Graduate School Summer Program looks like.
Note: Schedule subject to change.
Self-guided tours of Vancouver
You have many opportunities to explore the city on your own on the weekends. You’re provided maps, transportation advice, a pre-paid transit pass and recommended self-guided tour itineraries that help you get the most out of your time in Vancouver. Ask our graduate students about fun excursions and activities available for students on a budget.
Stay on campus in a UBC student residence
You can choose to stay in a UBC residence or commute daily to campus. Students who choose to live on campus stay in a furnished single or double room with shared single-gender washrooms and co-ed floor lounges. Breakfast is included for students living on campus.
Monday – Friday, 9am–12noon
At the foundation of the Pre-Graduate School Summer Program is the core course. Led by our experienced instructors, this course is designed to give you a detailed, personalized plan that will provide you with a clear path to success at a graduate school in Canada or the United States.
Learn how to:
- research graduate schools and programs
- assess which schools and programs are best for you
- navigate the application process
- put together a strong graduate school application
- develop the skills critical for success at graduate school.
Monday - Friday, 1:30–3pm
Get a detailed and insightful understanding of the culture, administration and expectations of different faculties and graduate programs. Workshop presenters include graduate advisors, supervisors, professors and senior graduate students.
In the workshops:
- gain a realistic understanding of what is expected at the graduate level in the field you are interested in pursuing
- learn about the academic cultures of different specializations and the expectations of university faculty and supervisors
- discover opportunities for funding, teaching and research
- find out how to develop positive relationships with supervisors and professors.
Student Life and Networking
A critical step in getting prepared for graduate school is understanding what it’s like to be a graduate student. Join your classmates at relaxed evening social events, such as pizza nights, for conversations with UBC graduate students. Gain valuable insights, hear candid advice and get perspectives on life as a graduate student and, importantly, how it will differ from undergraduate studies.
Our instructors and facilitators are professionals with extensive experience in adult education for international students. They have helped hundreds of international students find and enter the program of their choice.
Next program date: July 2020
2020 Program Fees
Canadian Students (including landed immigrants)
Residence Option: CAD$3,950 for one three-week course, including accommodation in a UBC campus residence (single or double occupancy), daily breakfast on campus, workshops, on-campus group-led activities, and a two-zone bus pass. Local medical insurance is provided for Canadian students travelling from overseas.
Commuter Option: CAD$2,950 for one three-week course, including afternoon workshops, on-campus group-led activities, and a two-zone bus pass. Local medical insurance is provided for Canadian students travelling from overseas.
Residence Option: CAD$4,725 for one three-week course, including accommodation in a UBC campus residence (single or double occupancy), daily breakfast on campus, workshops, on-campus group-led activities and a two-zone bus pass. Local medical insurance is provided for international students.
Commuter Option: CAD$3,725 for one three-week course, including afternoon workshops, on-campus group-led activities and a two-zone bus pass. Local medical insurance is provided for international students.
All fees are in Canadian dollars (CAD) and subject to change.
Fees do not include airfare, travel insurance, transportation from and to the airport, spending money and visa or immigration documentation fees.
Note: Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to graduate programs at UBC or any other post-secondary institution. Admission to graduate programs is controlled by that institution’s policies and admission standards.
You must be an upper-level undergraduate student (third or fourth year), or recent university graduate to apply to this program.
All classes, workshops and activities are conducted in English. To benefit fully from this program, you should have at least an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 or equivalent, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-based test score of 65, or equivalent. You self-assess your English proficiency levels and are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency.
View Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions you might have about the program, admissions, registration, fees, program and travel
An optional English language program, English for the Global Citizen, can be taken at UBC’s English Language Institute before the program at an additional cost.
- For cancellations on or before May 15, 2020, we will refund the balance of the program fees, minus the non-refundable deposit of CAD$500.
- For cancellations received after May 15, 2020, no refunds will be issued, unless you are an international student whose study permit/visa has been denied.
- If your study permit/temporary visitor visa (TRV) is denied, you must provide a scanned copy of the original communication from the Canadian embassy, consulate or high commission to UBC Extended Learning in order to support your claim. If this occurs, we will issue a full refund.
- UBC Extended Learning reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, we will issue a full refund.