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

B.C. Secondary School Applicants (or equivalent)

Applicants must satisfy University admission requirements and B.I.E. admission requirements. The average used in admission considerations for the B.I.E. will be calculated using grades from English 12 (or equivalent) and one of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12 or their equivalent and two other approved Grade 12 courses.

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

Average Required: Although we do not admit students solely on the basis of 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 the calculation of 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. Detailed information on secondary school course requirements and equivalents as well as information on how your courses and grades will be evaluated can be found at

College/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. Applicants are NOT admitted into the first, third and fourth years of the program.

There are two separate processes for non-UBCV (including UBCO) students and current UBCV students. Please refer to more details below.

To be eligible for admission to second year of the B.I.E. 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 the calculation of 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 webpage for information on accepted campus equivalencies of BIE prerequisites.

Transfer credit will only be assessed after you’ve formally applied for admission to the program and each case will be assessed individually.

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 core average of 65% calculated on the required Math course, all Economics and English Writing course. 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 above mentioned core courses is required.

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

Apply via “youbc Vancouver” and indicate the BIE program as the first or second choice program.

*Please note that First-Year applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to the BIE program will automatically be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts. For example, if an applicant who selects the Bachelor of International Economics as first choice and the Bachelor of Commerce as second choice is not admitted to either program, the applicant would automatically be considered for the Bachelor of Arts program.

Students currently registered in a Bachelor Degree Program at UBCV should apply to the Vancouver School of Economics directly for transfer to the B.I.E Program. Please do NOT apply on SSC.

*Application for current UBCV students are usually open in January. Admission decisions will be made throughout the summer until all seats are filled 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. Offers will be made throughout the summer until seats are filled with qualified applicants.

Applications from current UBC Vancouver students must be submitted electronically to All applications should be clearly labelled “Second Year Application to the BIE Program”. Note that sometimes the UBC spam filter will mistaken regular emails as junk emails. Please use the subject field with caution.

Please contact Triny Shen, BIE Academic Advisor for any questions.

Office: Room 231, 6000 Iona Drive

T: 604-822-9819 | E:

*Second Year Transfer Application for September 2019 entry is now closed. 


Please contact Triny Shen, BIE Academic Advisor for any questions.

Office: Room 231, 6000 Iona Drive

T: 604-822-9819 | E: