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What will I learn?

Gain an understanding of the histories, contemporary realities, and political concerns of Indigenous peoples in Canada and beyond. This interdisciplinary program reflects the belief that deep understanding and ethical engagement are central to the well-being of resurgent Indigenous communities and foundational to more respectful Indigenous-settler relations.

First Nations and Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary program, open to all undergraduate students. You will enrol in a set of core courses that focus on topics and approaches central to First Nations communities, as well as select from a list of relevant courses in other departments.

Fourth-year First Nations and Indigenous Studies students complete a 6-credit research practicum in partnership with an Aboriginal organization. The practicum provides valuable experience in designing, negotiating, and implementing research projects that respond to community needs.

You can select Major or Minor concentrations, as well as Double Major or Major-Minor options that complement your other interests.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $39,573.60 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,319.12
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,

VANCOUVER,

British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Four years of English (not ESL) to the Senior Level; A minimum of three other full-year Senior-level academic subjects Three years of mathematics to the Junior level; SAT I or ACT + Writing (in countries where the SAT and ACT are unavailable, exemptions may be granted). Other English language requirements: CAE(Certificate in Advanced English ): Minimum score  of B; CAEL(Canadian Academic English Language assessment): Overall score  of 70; TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): ): Minimum score  of 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE); MELAB(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview): 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test; PTE(Pearson Test of English (Academic)): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60.

For international students

Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school: Higher Secondary School Certificate awarded on completion of Standard XII. Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

English Language Admission Standard: Canadian Academic English Language assessment - Overall 70; Cambridge English Qualifications – 180; UBC Certificate in English – 600; International English Language Testing System (Academic) - 6.5, with no part less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Overall: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60; Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test - Overall: 90, Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21.

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