Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts at UBC is the largest and most multifaceted academic unit on campus with nearly 15,000 students, faculty and staff. The Arts faculty is an internationally recognized leader in broad-based liberal education that celebrates diversity, freedom of inquiry, and intellectual curiosity.

Providing a wide array of course offerings and programs, the Faculty of Arts is comprised of 16 departments, four professional schools, two museums and over 20 interdisciplinary programs spanning the humanities, social sciences, professional studies and the creative and performing arts.

At the centre of one of Canada’s and the world’s top research universities, the Faculty of Arts is well-placed to observe, study and participate in the formation of a multicultural Canada and a culturally diverse internationalism. Part of an ethnically diverse campus in an ethnically diverse city, the Faculty seeks to create comparative cultural perspectives in its teaching and scholarship.

In the Faculty of Arts, 50% of international undergraduate students are from Asian countries. And of undergraduates with Canadian citizenship, approximately 50% are of Asian heritage. This points to the critical contribution to campus life made by students from Asian countries and cultures in the Faculty of Arts.

The Faculty is home to more than 20 percent of UBC’s professors and roughly 30 percent of its student population. Over 13,000 students in bachelors, masters and doctoral programs are presented with compelling opportunities to explore and choose among 2,000 courses taught by 450 scholars who are leaders in their fields.

Among the many options available are comprehensive exchange programs at partner universities around the world and the Faculty’s highly sought-after Co-operative Program, which offers students a chance to combine academics and practical work experience in fields as varied as arts administration, international development and communications.

The following research, courses and programs showcase some of the initiatives reflecting the Faculty of Arts’s significant interest in and partnership with Asia.


Arts Wednesdays

Arts Wednesdays is the Faculty of Arts’ popular lecture series. All lectures in the Fall of 2010 were devoted to China. Talks included:

  • Confucian Teaching in the Age of Globalization
  • Street Vendors in China
  • Our Future as a Half-Chinese City: Lessons From History
  • Tongue-Tied: B.C.’s Investment in Mandarin Language Education

The Virani Lecture Series in Islamic Studies

Funded by philanthropists Amir and Yasmin Virani and produced in partnership with the Asian Studies department, the series, now in its fourth year, focuses on advancing public understanding of Islam, with a particular focus on its South Asian forms.

Community Service Learning

The Community Service Learning program allows UBC students to volunteer in community-based placements that enhance their classroom learning and help achieve the goals of the community. Read about one student’s experience in this program.

UBC – Korea University Joint Academic Program

This exchange program allows students from Korea University (Seoul, South Korea) to live and study at UBC for one year.

UBC – Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programme

This exchange program allows students from Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan) to live and study at UBC for one year.

UBC Co-operative Learning

UBC Co-operative learning allows students from diverse backgrounds to learn on the job. Read about one student’s experience in this program.

Go Global

Go Global offers international learning opportunities through study, research and service learning that promote global awareness, meaningful engagement and cross-cultural understanding.
UBC’s current academic exchange partnerships in China include:

  • Fudan University
  • Nanjing Forestry University
  • Nanjing University
  • Peking University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shanghai Summer Program
  • Tsinghua University
  • Tsinghua University – COMM
  • University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

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UBC Asia Pacific Regional Office
Room 1207, 12/F., FWD Financial Centre, 308 Des Voeux Road Central,
Hong Kong, China
Tel: 852-2111-4400
Fax: 852-2111-9532

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