Having the opportunity to study on exchange at the University of British Columbia was one of the greatest experiences both academically and personally. I am currently completing a duel degree in Science and Education but was able to put aside my education studies and focus on science whilst attending UBC which made things much easier especially for enrolling. While at UBC I studied 5 subjects in the biology and mathematics departments and found the lectures to be very interesting and quite similar to those at UQ. However, the work load can be a bit larger than what you are used to at UQ and the marking can also be much harsher so be prepared for lower marks. But overall I found enrolling in subjects very easy and the courses allowed me to learn many things I would otherwise not have known particularly about Canada.

I found that UBC offers so many great experiences for their students, there are many student run clubs and societies that you can join and you can also sign up for a sport and join a team. I am a lover of science fiction so I was able to join the UBC science fiction society and I met so many great people and made a lot of friends because of our shared interests. I was also able to join a volleyball team and play games every week which was also a great way to meet people.

Vancouver is also very close to many travel destinations and there are lots of things to see and do within the city itself. Stanley Park is a great place to explore, especially if you love the outdoors, as well as the aquarium. There are many great shops in downtown as well as in the historical Gastown.

While at UBC I stayed on-campus at Fairview and also found that most of the other exchange students also stayed in Fairview so I was able to meet many people from all over the world. The other residence that exchange students usually stay at is Gage, however, everyone I talked to highly recommends Fairview and agrees that it is much better for accommodation and also a bit cheaper.

My 5 top tips:

  • It is very easy to get involved at UBC and I would suggest either joining a club/society or a sports team.
  • Get a bunch of your friends or other exchange students together and do “Day of the Long Boat”. It’s a really fun day out and you will have a blast.
  • Make sure you go to Seattle for a weekend if you have the time. It’s a beautiful place to see and visit.
  • Make sure you explore Stanley Park and get amongst the nature that surrounds Vancouver.
  • There are a lot of great places to eat on campus that aren’t too expensive, I would suggest going to the Red Burrito at the Village close to Fairview for the greatest burrito you will ever eat in your life!

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