INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
The Department of Psychology welcomes students from many countries and the University provides additional services specifically designed for those coming to Canada to pursue their graduate study.
Minimum academic requirements for students from universities outside of Canada can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants with degrees from universities in which the primary language of instruction was other than English must submit evidence of proficiency in english using one of the tests approved by the Faculty of Graduate studies.
It is important that you explore funding opportunities in your home country. International students in our Department are eligible for university fellowships as well as research and teaching assistantships. More information can be found in the section on Financial Support.
WORKING IN CANADA
To enter Canada, a "Student Permit" (Visa) is required. These may be obtained from the nearest Canadian Consular or Immigration Office and may take 8 to 10 weeks for processing; for students applying from the People's Republic of China, it may take 3 to 6 months.
To apply for your Student Permit, you will require the following: a UBC letter of acceptance; a valid passport; evidence of adequate funds for your tuition, maintenance of yourself and, if married, of your spouse and your children, plus travel funds to and from Canada.
If you are appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant or a Graduate Research Assistant, your Study Permit must indicate that you may accept on campus employment. Upon arrival you apply for a Social Insurance Number. Copies of both documents must be given to the Department's Graduate Secretary. Spouses of graduate students may now also obtain work permits.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND LINKS
All registered students are required to demonstrate that they have the financial resources to support their graduate study and have approved hospital and medical insurance.
Be sure to read through other parts of our website and investigate the links provided. In addition, the Pre-Arrival Guide is an excellent source of information and links specifically for international students. Also visit the International House website for information on their support services and social activities.