UBCO offers world class university education
in one of Canada's most desirable cities.

In September 2005 when UBCO opened its doors, welcoming 3,500 year students to its campus. By September 2010, after just a short five years, the university had doubled in size with a total of 7,000 students.

This fall UBCO welcomes 9,120 students. Of those, twenty-seven percent are from the Okanagan, fifty-seven percent are from other parts of Canada, and sixteen-percent are from countries around the world. In fact, 99 countries are represented by international students who have chosen to come here and build their future with a UBCO education.


“The combination of a globally recognized UBC education in a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community is one of the unique elements of UBC Okanagan that help make this an innovative hub for learning, research and discovery. We welcome students and faculty from around the world and empower them to make a difference.”

— Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Principal


UBCO consists of 8 Faculties and Schools,
each offering a range of academic programs.

Programs are available for the study of: biology, chemistry, community, culture and global studies, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, Earth, environmental and geographic sciences, economics, philosophy, political science, history, sociology, psychology, fine arts, education, engineering, health and exercise sciences, nursing, social work, management, and medicine.

Learn more about each of the faculties and schools and their respective programs and degrees.


Faculties and Schools

  • Arts & Sciences, Irving K. Barber School of
  • Creative and Critical Studies, Faculty of
  • Education, School of
  • Engineering, School of
  • Health and Social Development, Faculty
  • Management, Faculty of
  • Medicine, Faculty of (Southern Medical Program)


UBCO is located in the North end of the City of Kelowna at the heart of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. The university campus is directly across from the Kelowna International Airport and just a short 12.5km drive to Kelowna's downtown. The University District neighbourhood that surrounds the campus is a vibrant community that's been growing leaps and bounds in recent years.