University of the Philippines Los Banos

City: Manila
Language of instruction: English
  • 1/6 constituent universities of the University of the Philippines System
  • Started out as a College of Agriculture in 1909 but became a full-fledged university in 1972
  • Research activities in UPLB are geared towards sustainable productivity and efficient resources utilization premised on ecological balance, optimal rural and urban development, appropriate technologies for processing industry, basic research and cutting-edge technologies, indigenous knowledge systems, and Philippine culture
  • Situated 67 kilometers south of Manila (capital of the Philippines) and is spread across 1,542 hectares of campus land, experimental fields, demonstration farms, and research areas among the foothills of the legendary Mt. Makiling
  • Manila has a vibrant culture and long and diverse history
  • Archeological discoveries show that humans existed in the Philippines around 40,000 years ago

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Partner university's areas of study

ForestryLand and Food Systems


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Forestry and Land and Food Systems (LFS) students only

Term dates

  • Term 1: Early August to Early December
  • Term 2: Mid-January to Early May


What term to list on your Go Global Application:

  • Term 1: if planning to take UPLB's semester 2
  • Term 2: if planning to take UPLB's semester 1
  • Full year: if planning to take UPLB's semester 2 and then take UPLB's Semester 1
  • Split Year: if planning to take UPLB's semester 1 and then take UPLB's semester 2
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • 3.6 UPLB Credits = 3.0 UBC Credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Full course load information

  • Students take 6 courses per semester

  • Semesters are approximately 5 months long

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: FRST 231
Title: Introduction to Biometrics
Partner course code: FRM 61
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 318
Title: Forestry Economics
Partner course code: FRM 117
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRST 4th
Title: Fundamentals of Agroforestry
Partner course code: SFI 123
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Equity Issues in Social Forestry
Partner course code: SFFG 155
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Equity Issues in Social Forestry
Partner course code: SFFG 155
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: APBI 497b
Title: Special Problem in Agricultural Systems
Partner course code: UPLB 190
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FRE 3rd
Title: Land Economics
Partner course code: AECO 140
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • 11 dormitories for students available, situated in different parts of the university
  • The abundance of nature is what makes these dormitories conducive not only for studying but also for recreational activities
  • Women’s Residence Hall is exclusive to female UPLB students
  • Men’s Residence Hall used to be exclusive for male UPLB students but now houses female undergraduates as well
  • New Dormitory was primarily built for freshmen students
  • Some of the dormitories can also accommodate transient guests, specially during off-peak seasons and student vacation periods
  • A number of hotels, bed and breakfast inns and resorts are in Los Baños which visitors and friends can choose to stay in when they go to the campus for business or leisure

Housing Information

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