Studying Commerce at UBC on exchange


Go Global has a limited number of spaces for students wishing to study commerce at UBC. Students from universities with commerce-specific exchange agreements can check with their universities for information on available exchange spaces at UBC.

Undergraduate program structure

  • Year one
    Consists of calculus, micro- and macroeconomics, English, and electives.
  • Year two
    Consists of a pre-set group of second-year commerce and elective courses.
  • Year three
    Consists of a pre-set group of third-year commerce courses, option (or major) courses, and electives.
  • Year four
    Students further their commerce and option studies and complete additional electives

Areas of study 

  • Accounting
  • Commerce and Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business Management
  • Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Business Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation and Logistics

General Information

Exchange students are expected to have completed most of the equivalent to the courses listed below.

Subject UBC course number
Differential Calculus Math 104
Microeconomics (Introductory) Econ 101
Macroeconomics (Introductory) Econ 102
Introductory Quantitative Decision Making Comm 290
Introductory Business Statistics Comm 291
Introductory Financial Accounting Comm 293
Introductory Managerial Accounting Comm 294
Managerial Economics(Intermediate Economics) Comm 295
Introduction to Finance Comm 298

It is recommended that students have also completed the following topics:

Subject UBC course number
Management & Organizational Behaviour Comm 292
Introduction to Management Information Systems Comm 391
Introduction to Marketing Comm 296

Course enrolment

  • Students on exchange from partner universities that have a commerce-specific exchange agreement with the Sauder School of Business are allowed a maximum of 12 credits of COMM/COHR courses per term. Additional credits may be considered if space is available.
  • Students on exchange with the Sauder School of Business from other UBC partner schools may be limited to 6 credits of COMM/COHR per term. Additional credits may be considered if space is available.
  • Students not on exchange with the Sauder School of Business may request to take commerce courses but enrolment is limited and is not guaranteed.
  • Enrolment in second-year courses (200-level) is limited.
  • Many courses have additional prerequisites that must be met prior to course enrolment. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that these prerequisites are met.
  • The following are commerce courses for non-commerce majors: COMM 100, 329, 398, 458, 465, 473, and 493.
    • Many commerce courses are in high demand. Students may be refused enrolment due to capacity limitations.
    • At UBC, Economics is within the Faculty of Arts and is separate from the Sauder School of Business and Bachelor of Commerce program. Due to limited capacity, access to Economics courses is not guaranteed.

Application, dates and practical info

Not from a university partner?

Visiting, Unclassified, and Access Studies students are part of Non-Degree Studies, which is for students taking UBC courses without pursuing a UBC degree.

See Non-Degree Studies information for more details and to find out how to apply.

If you have questions

Go Global Inbound Exchange Team

Email enquiries + drop-in advising

When emailing us, please include:
  • Your student number in the subject line
  • Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Inbound Exchange Team

Telephone: 604 822 0942

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