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UBC's procedures, policies, and general admission requirements are specified in Admissions. Enrolment in the Program is limited; attainment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

B.C. Secondary School Applicants (or equivalent)

To apply to the Program, apply to UBC via youbc Vancouver and indicate the B.I.E. program as your first or second choice.

Applicants must satisfy University admission requirements and B.I.E. admission requirements. The average used in admission considerations for the B.I.E. will be calculated using grades from English 12 (or equivalent) and one of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or their equivalent and two other approved Grade 12 courses.

The Program has a Broad-Based Admission policy that incorporates a number of factors including: international perspectives, performance in specific high school courses, the overall academic rigor of the program, evidence of relevant learning and achievements both in and out of school, and other indicators of suitability for the Bachelor of International Economics. The B.I.E. Program emphasizes international aspects of economics and will admit an internationally diverse cohort of students, with enrolment balanced between domestic and international students.

Math Requirement: Admitted applicants must take either MATH 104, 184 or another first-year calculus course in the first year of the B.I.E. and so must have established eligibility to take one of: MATH 100, 102, 104, 120, 180, or 184. For details on requirements see the Mathematics Department website.

Applicants who have already completed 6 credits of first-year-level calculus are exempt from these requirements. While not a factor in the admissions decision, many students find that taking a secondary school calculus course helps them succeed in our first year math course; it is strongly recommended.

College/University Transfer Students (including UBC students transferring from other programs)

Admission into the second year of the program is very limited. Students who have completed 27 transferable credits at a recognized post-secondary institution are eligible to be considered for admission to second year of the B.I.E. program. Students must have completed the following UBC courses (or their equivalents):

  • One of WRDS 150, ENGL 100, Arts One or ASTU 100 (CAP) with a minimum grade of 60%. ENGL 112 may be substituted in the calculation of the admission average for students transferring from other faculties but admitted transfer students should note that they must subsequently complete a Writing Component course.
  • ECON 101 and 102
  • MATH 104 (or 184) and 105
  • 11-15 credits of electives

Applicants are not admitted into the third and fourth years of the Program.

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