Information for International Applicants

The University of Northern British Columbia welcomes applications for admission from qualified applicants from other countries. Most international applicants must apply for full-time status to fulfill Study Permit/VISA requirements.


Document Requirements

UNBC is unable to do an informal assessment on your documents. In order to do an official assessment you must first apply to a graduate program, pay the application fee and submit all required documents. 

You are required to make arrangements to have official transcripts sent to UNBC from each post-secondary institution attended for arrival by the application deadline. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to UNBC. If this is not possible, students must have their mark sheets and transcripts attested by the Controller of Examinations or Registrar's Office from the issuing institution. Once attested, the information should be placed in an officially sealed envelope by the issuing institution and returned to you to forward to UNBC.  Opened transcripts will not be accepted, nor will notarized versions of mark sheets and transcripts.

All documents submitted to the Office of the Registrar must be in the original language in which they were produced. Documents not produced in the English language must be accompanied by a notarized translation into English.  The original language document should be submitted directly from the institution or in an official sealed envelope.  Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University of Northern British Columbia and will not subsequently be released.

 PLEASE NOTE:   UNBC does not evaluate academic records from the following institutions:

Spiru Haret University (Romania)

Proof of Degree

As part of the application process you will be asked to upload a copy of your degree certificate/parchment(s). The certificate/parchment is the document you receive from the post-secondary institution once you have met your degree requirements and attend a Graduation Ceremony where your degree is conferred or awarded upon you. The certificate/parchment normally has the following information on it: your legal name, the type of degree, the date it was conferred, and is signed by special dignitaries such as the University Chancellor, President, and/or University Registrar.


Study Permits/VISAs

When completing the application for the question regarding "Date of Entry", if you do not have a current Study Permit/VISA, please enter your anticipated date of entry (or leave this area blank). If you already have a Work Permit/VISA and are applying from within Canada, please specify the date that you entered Canada.

Please ensure you apply to an appropriate entry semester which will give you adequate time to obtain your Study Permit/VISA.


Citizenship/Immigration Status

When completing the application, if you have submitted an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada to be a Canadian citizen or a Permanent Resident but it has not been approved yet, please enter the country of which you are currently a citizen. Then under the "Citizenship Status" area of the application you should enter "Study Permit".

Admission Requirements by Country

Please review the following information for detailed admission requirements for individual countries.

If your country is not listed in the table, please contact graduate-admissions@unbc.ca in order to request admission requirements for your country.


English Language Requirements

Information on UNBC's English language requirements can be found below.