BIE Admissions

The Bachelor of International Economics (BIE) program at UBC is a direct-entry to a first-year program with a limited number of available seats per cohort.

Admissions to the Bachelor of International Economics

The BIE program has a broad-based admission policy that incorporates several factors, including performance in specific high school courses, evidence of relevant learning and achievements in and out of school, and other indicators of suitability for the program. The BIE curriculum emphasizes international aspects of economics and will admit an internationally diverse cohort of students, with admissions balanced between domestic and international applicants.

BC Secondary School Applicants (or Equivalent)

Applicants must satisfy university admission requirements and BIE admission requirements. The average used in admission considerations for the BIE will be calculated using grades from English 12 (or equivalent), one of the principles of mathematics 12 or pre-calculus 12 or their equivalent and two other approved grade 12 courses.

Admitted applicants must take either MATH 104, 184 or another first-year calculus course in the first year of the BIE and so must have established eligibility to take one of MATH 100, 102, 104, 120, 180, or 184. For details on requirements, see the Department of Mathematics website.

Applicants who have already completed 6 credits of first-year-level calculus are exempt from these requirements. While not a factor in the admissions decision, many students find that taking a secondary school calculus course helps them succeed in our first-year math course; it is strongly recommended.

Although we do not admit students solely based on grades, academic performance is extremely important. Only applicants with competitive grades are eligible to be considered for admission.

Please note that the course grades used in calculating your average and what is considered competitive will depend on where you are currently attending secondary school and the grading scale used by your school. You can find detailed information on secondary school course requirements and equivalents, as well as information on how we will evaluate your courses and grades at the you.ubc application portal.

College and University Transfer Students

Admission into the second year of the program is limited. Transfer application to the second year is accepted only if space is available in the program. Evaluation for second-year transfer applications will start in May. Transfer applicants are NOT admitted into the first, third and fourth years of the program.

All admitted second-year transfer students are required to take the BIE year two Standard Timetable (STT) and missing year one core courses (COEC 293 and/or WRDS150) in the Winter Session they are admitted. Deferrals are not accepted. If you cannot start the BIE STT as required, we will rescind your offer. You can apply again in the next winter session when you are ready to take the BIE year two STT.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and meet a minimum overall average of 60% calculated on the last 27 to 30 credits* of coursework and a minimum score average of 65% calculated on the required Math course, all Economics and English Writing courses. All attempts at core courses are used in the calculation of your core average.

However, meeting the minimum average does not guarantee admission into the BIE program. Due to the extreme competitiveness of transfer admission to the BIE Program, outstanding performance in the core courses mentioned above is required.

To be eligible for admission to the second year of the BIE program, students must have completed the following UBC courses (or their equivalences at a recognized post-secondary institution*):

  • ECON 101 and 102 (high school transfer credits are NOT accepted)
  • MATH 104 (or 184) and 105
  • If available, one of WRDS 150, WRDS350, ENGL 100, Arts One, ASTU 100, or ASTU101 (CAP) with a minimum grade of 60%. ENGL 112 may be substituted in calculating the admission average for students transferring from other faculties but admitted transfer students should note that they must subsequently complete a Writing Component course. Exceptions can be made if an equivalent course is not available at the applicant's attending institution.

*UBCO students should refer to transferring to the Vancouver campus for information on accepted campus equivalencies of BIE prerequisites.

We will only assess transfer credit after you've formally applied for admission to the program, and we will assess each case individually.

*If you are missing the English writing component or a total of 27 credits, you should contact Triny Shen, BIE Academic Advisor.

If you transfer from another institution, including UBC Okanagan, you must apply via “youbc Vancouver” and indicate the BIE program as the first or second choice program.

Students currently registered in a bachelor's degree program at UBCV should apply to the Vancouver School of Economics directly to transfer to the BIE Program. Please do not apply on SSC.

We will make admission decisions throughout the summer until we fill all with qualified candidates.

To apply, you need to fill out the transfer application form and complete the statement essay. Evaluation for second-year transfer applications will start in May of each year. Admitted students will receive their offer via email.

Applications from current UBC Vancouver students must be submitted electronically through our online application.

Please contact Triny Shen, BIE academic advisor, for any questions.

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