UBC is a hub for outstanding researchers from around the world and welcomes visiting international research students (VIRS) to participate in our community of inquiry.
The VIRS program provides admission to UBC for students conducting research full-time at UBC. The student is under the supervision of a UBC faculty member.
While registered as full-time students at UBC, VIRS students may not enroll in academic courses for credit, nor formally audit courses.
The student can be either:
- enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or graduate-equivalent program at another international university
- a participant in a UBC-recognized “bridging” program.
- Examples: The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) and Mitacs Globalink. Please contact us with respect to other programs.
The VIRS admission process is rolling and there are no deadlines. We strongly encourage students to submit their applications at least 8 weeks before the intended date of arrival. Learn more about the VIRS application process.