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UBC’s International Scholars: Vantage One Excellence Award

UBC’s Vantage One program is for academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the requirements for direct admission into UBC. These awards are offered to undergraduate students entering the UBC Vantage One Program and are based on academic merit.

The awards range in value up to the full cost of a student’s academic program and living expenses. The value of each award is dependent on the recipient’s financial need.

The awards will be renewed for up to three additional years or to degree completion, whichever is less, provided the recipient maintains their status as an international student in Canada. Award winners will have their awards reviewed annually to assess and update academic progress and financial need.

The award is made on the recommendation of UBC Vantage College in consultation with the UBC International Student Initiative.


To be considered for the Vantage One Excellence Award:

  • You must be an international student who will be studying in Canada on a Canadian study permit.

  • You must be graduating or have recently graduated from a recognized senior secondary school.

  • You must be beginning your undergraduate studies at UBC in the UBC Vantage One Program.

  • You must meet UBC’s admission requirements, including general and degree-specific requirements and the English Language Admission Standard.

  • You must demonstrate superior academic achievement.

Please note: If you are nominated for a Vantage One Excellence Award, you will not be considered for merit-based awards, including International Major Entrance Scholarships and Outstanding International Student Awards.


  • January 5: Submit your award application and complete the online application for admission to UBC. Although you can specify two-degree choices in your application, only your first-choice degree will be considered for the purposes of this award.

  • Late April: Nominees will be informed if they have received an award.

Apply to the Vantage One Excellence Award.


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