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University of Northern British Columbia

General guidelines for study levels in Canada

First year courses are often adapted to those newly admitted to the university. Therefore, it may be more valuable to choose higher-level courses if you choose to study courses in your main field. For more information, please visit the university's website.

About University of Northern British Columbia

Available places: 2 semester places for autumn 2024 and 2 semester places for spring 2025. 

Established: 1990
Number of students:
The main campus is located in Prince George and there are four regional campuses.
Student life:
The university has approximately one professor per every ten students which means UNBC has one of the smallest class sizes throughout the west of Canada. In 2018, the university was awarded a second place in Macleans Ranking Top Primarily Undergraduate - a category focusing on the student's experiences in the class room.

The university has over 60 student clubs, offering everything from theatre and chess to outdoors activities.

About Prince George

With its 80 000 citizens, Prince George is the largest city in the province Northern British Columbia. The city offers many activities, for example: festivals, theatre, concerts and sports events. Rocky Mountains are located just outside Prince George, enabling a wide range of outdoors activities, such as hiking, cycling and climbing.

Information from Northern British Columbia

Closed programmes:
Fine Arts
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Competitive and Professional Entry Programs

Restricted programmes:
Education –Limited to EDU 101 and EDU 201
Social Work–Limited to 4th year elective course list

Incoming exchange students need an undergraduate diploma in order to apply for graduate courses. Course selection for graduate courses is limited. 

Highlighted courses for exchange students: 
Any environmental programmes 

Full time studies (corresponding to 30 hp):
Undergraduate level: 15 credits
Graduate level: 12 credits

Course types:
Term course: 3 credits
Full year course: 6 credits

Course levels:
100: Preparatory level
200: Junior level
300-499: Senior level
500: Honors level

Academic year:
Autumn term: September–December
Winter term: January–April


Student can apply for UNBC Residence (On-Campus). Applications are normally processed in order of date and time received. Completing an application does not guarantee a room. UNBC Residence offers four different learning living communities: All Female Community, Green Community, Mature Student Community and Academic Intensive Community. These communities are available upon request and are delegated on a first come, first serve basis. Priority to live on the Mature Student Floor is given to students over the age of 25 while students who prefer 23 hours of quiet, 7 days a week, to focus on their studies may prefer the Academic Intensive Floor. The Green Community is ideal for students who are looking to learn more about sustainable practices.


Inbound exchange

Course information

Student grants and loans for studies outside of Sweden

You may be entitled to student grants and loans from CSN when studying abroad.

As the cost of living and accommodation may be higher abroad, you can apply for an extra loan known as an additional loan for studies abroad.

You can also apply for an additional loan to cover additional costs, i.e. travel and insurance costs. 

Latest update: 2023-10-14