Please read this page before you apply, as there is an additional deadline/application for the Biomedical option in Electrical Engineering, all options in Mechanical Engineering and for the Environmental Engineering option (joint program with UNBC).
Step 1. Explore – departments and programs:
Explore your options by visiting the Open Houses, reading through the Resources listed on the side of this page, and doing some research of your own.
Regardless of the industry or field your passion lies within, you can practice your specialty within an ever growing diversity of industries.
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering (Process)
- Chemical & Biological Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Important CIVL 201 requirements: A Communication Skills Module of this course, commencing two weeks before the normal start of term, is mandatory for some students.
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics. In addition to the placement form, Engineering Physics requires all candidates to meet with the selection committee in person (video or teleconference where required). See their website for further details.
- Environmental Engineering The joint UNBC/UBC program is a 2nd-year placement option which also requires you to apply as a transfer student to UNBC. If you miss the UNBC deadline, please contact UNBC and Engineering Student Services as soon as possible. If you are interested in this option, please review this information. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-827-3415. Please note that students accepted into this option will be required to relocate to Prince George, BC for at least 2 years.
- Geological Engineering
- Integrated Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- UBC Okanagan Civil Engineering
- UBC Okanagan Electrical Engineering
- UBC Okanagan Mechanical Engineering
Step 2. Submit your preference
Click on the button below to access the Program Preference form for 2nd-year placement. When the form is open, you can fill in/update/change until the deadline of MAY 15. Remember to think carefully about your choices – take the time to explore the programs and career options. Read through the resources on the side of this page and FAQs on the bottom.
- Log in to the form with your CWL (Campus Wide Login) – see below.
- Check your information on the form – correct in your SSC account if necessary.
- Rank your preferences of programs including UBC-Okanagan if applicable. It is important to note that if you only rank your top preference(s) and you are not placed, it will be assumed that you will not be continuing in UBC Engineering.
- If you are placed into a UBC-Okanagan program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Kelowna, BC.
- If you are placed into the Environmental program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Prince George, BC.
- Support your 1st choice: Tell us why you think you should be considered for your program of choice. Applications are not first-come first-served. All applications received by the deadline are reviewed beginning in June.
- Only your first-choice program reviews your Personal Statement.
- Review the Second Year Placement process. For more information on how students are placed, please refer to the following video.A UBC CMS account is required to view the video.
- If you don’t have an account, log in to register for a UBC CMS account and then refresh this page to access the video.
- Existing UBC CMS users can log in to access the video immediately.
- Register for your courses. Information from UBC has not yet been released so the following are general guidelines/dates. Placements for current UBC Engineering students will be made by June 30 and your registration should be early-mid July. Students transferring into UBC Engineering in 2nd-year will be placed over the summer after you have been admitted to UBC. Check your account for your placement and registration date/time. General information on registration dates can be found here. Note: Students are expected to register for their courses by the end of July. If not, it is assumed that you are not continuing in engineering so you are at risk of losing your placement and seat in the faculty. If you are unable to register by the end of July, please advise ESS of your status.
- Remember, in our last round, over 90% of students got their first or second choice.
Department & Program Open Houses
Departments and Programs regularly hold Open Houses where students can ask current Faculty and Students about the programs. Check back later for an updated list of open houses.
Explore Engineering Programs
Here are some resources to help you explore the different engineering programs:
The Career Action Program
The Career Action Program through Engineers Canada has a wealth of information for students to learn more about the engineering profession. This resource provides information on what it means to be an engineer, a complete overview of the fields of engineering, a list of accredited institutions, and a detailed guide to licensure. In addition, it has an optional, fee-for-service ($160) assessment with a series of questions designed to test your aptitude for the engineering field.
Information about the field of engineering, career options, employment, earnings, etc. (this is a US-based site, but should give you a good idea about your options).
Descriptions of programs of study, career options and aptitude needed for each field.
A website dedicated to discovering careers and other options within the field of Engineering.
Career Cruising (Username: ubc | Password: careers)
Career Cruising provides detailed career profiles. Students can search job descriptions, job titles, and see a “day in the life of” typical employees, at junior, intermediate, and senior job levels. Education, training, duties, salary ranges and benefits are also described.
O*net describes the tasks, skills, and knowledge required for this professional. Related occupations, related job titles, and categories for professions are described. No login or membership is needed. Content provided is American.
Current UBC Engineering Students: placements will be posted in your SSC accounts by JUNE 30. Check your account for your placement as well as your registration date/time.
Students transferring into UBC Engineering: admitted students should be placed by JUNE 30, with placement results posted in your SSC account. Students admitted after mid-late JUNE will be placed on a rolling basis, shortly after being admitted to UBC. Check your account for your placement and registration date/time.
Your evaluation is based on a combination of your first-year average and your personal statement. If your first choice program is full, we will try to place you into your second choice program, and if that’s full, we’ll look at your third choice, etc. All students will be placed in a second-year program (provided that all the necessary requirements are met). Please rank your preferences of all programs including UBC-Okanagan if applicable. It is important to note that if you only rank your top preference(s) and you are not placed, it will be assumed that you will not be continuing in UBC Engineering. If you are placed into a UBC-Okanagan program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Kelowna, BC. If placed into the Environmental program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Prince George, BC.
During the application period of mid-March to May 15, an Apply Now button will be available above. Use your CWL login and password to access the form.
You can apply online from mid-March until May 15th. The application process is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline are reviewed in June.
Although it is up to you, we strongly recommend that you rank your preferences of all programs, including UBC-Okanagan if applicable. It is important to note that if you only rank your top preference(s) and you are not placed, it will be assumed that you will not be continuing in UBC Engineering. If you are placed into a UBC-Okanagan program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Kelowna, BC. If placed into the Environmental program, you will be required to relocate to the city of Prince George, BC.
You can change your preferences any time until the application deadline, May 15th. Just log in again and resubmit your form with the changes. Remember that if you change your first choice, you might also want to edit your personal statement.
You will need to put some time and effort into exploring your interests and aptitudes. Looking at what subject areas you might be interested in, exploring career options in each field, thinking about if you like travelling or not, weighing your value system with a possible career path, or thinking about how important a salary is to you are all ways in which you can explore your interests. We have prepared the resources on the side of this page for you to start exploring the various fields and options within engineering. Take the time to explore all your options before ranking your preferences. It is a decision you should explore extensively.
Although we were able to place many students in their top choice, demand for seats is always quite competitive. If you have been placed in a program other than your top choice, we hope that you will use this opportunity to explore the interdisciplinary nature of Engineering and seek ways in which your academic path ahead can contribute to and shape your career goals.
While you may not be in the program you were initially hoping for, engineering is a vast field in which you can explore your passion, and perhaps from a different angle. For example, if you were keen on mechanical engineering because you like the idea of working on cars, you can still achieve that goal through other programs. Electrical engineers, material engineers and other disciplines also work in the automotive industry in teams with mechanical engineers.
If you would like further information about the program you have been placed in or other programs, you can contact the relevant programs.
Program placement decisions are generally final, but students who believe that they have not been admitted to a program due to an error in process or who believe they deserve special consideration due to extenuating circumstances may appeal their placement decision. Such requests, along with supporting documentation, must be submitted using the Appeal for Reconsideration of Second Year Placement form found below.
The minimum GPA for each program changes from year to year, based on supply and demand. If more students with higher averages apply for a program than in previous years, then the minimum GPA is likely going to be higher; if fewer students apply or if the students who apply have lower averages than in previous years, then the minimum GPA will be lower. Choose your preferences based on your interests rather than on GPA.
Yes. Your application will be considered incomplete if you do not include a 500-word personal statement. Your statement will strengthen your application. Although students' grades are important, we recognize that there is more to you than just your grades.
Current UBC Engineering students: The registration date for 2nd-year is listed on the UBC Student Services website. You can register on or after the date and time assigned to you in your student account. It is best to register as soon as you are able. Check the SSC for your registration date and time.
Students transferring into UBC Engineering: When you are admitted to UBC, your registration date and time will be posted in your student account. If you are admitted after the 2nd year registration period, you can register as soon as you see that you have been placed into your program (on the SSC). Registration is open all summer, but you should register as soon as you are able.
To be considered for 2nd year, you must complete a minimum of 27 credits from our 1st year engineering program. See the UBC-V Academic Calendar to review the Academic Standing & Promotion Requirements in its entirety.
Second-year placement is based on a combination of your academic performance in the previous winter session and your personal statement. Summer courses are not included in that average.