Individual Learning Plans

The individual learning plan is your personal guide to your educational experience, enabling you to develop a theme or area of focus for your studies.

For example, you may wish to take electives focusing on a particular geographical region or pursue a minor in a non-economics discipline; the development of an individual learning plan will help you outline and take the necessary actions to achieve those goals.

Elective courses for the Bachelor of International Economics (BIE) may be taken from the Faculty of Arts or other faculties at UBC (with the exception of commerce courses). You are strongly advised to take 6 credits of additional upper-level economics courses as electives in order to gain a deeper knowledge of a particular area of economics.

If you are a new BIE student, you should contact the BIE Academic Advisor during your first term of study for assistance to start developing your individual learning plan.

New students may also find helpful information about being a new student at UBC by clicking here.

Academic Track

This stream is aimed to allow students that would like to pursue graduate studies in economics to tailor their undergraduate curriculum in order to be more competitive in the graduate school application process.

Requirement 1:

Students in the regular track are required to take three courses among Business Fundamentals. In the Academic Track this requirement is substituted for three courses chosen from:

  • ECON 306 (Honours Microeconomics)
  • ECON 307 (Honours Macroeconomics)
  • ECON 425 (Introduction to Econometrics)

If ECON 425 is not offered in any given year, the program director shall designate an equivalent course to satisfy the Academic Track requirement.

Requirement 2:

Students in the BIE Academic Track are required to complete two courses among MATH 200, MATH 220, and MATH 221 (the specific choice of courses shall be determined in consultation with the Program Director and the Academic Advisor).

Requirement 3 (same as in the regular track):

Students in the Academic Track are still required to take COEC 371 and three courses from the Advanced Economics requirement.

Students that have completed the second year of the BIE program are eligible to apply to the BIE Academic Track.

Admission to the Academic Track is by application only, and subject to minimum academic performance standards and capacity constraints. It is expected that Academic Track enrollees will be among the top students in their cohort. It is also expected that enrollment in the Academic Track will be limited to a maximum of five students per cohort.

If you do not complete the Academic Track requirements after having been admitted, you will need to complete the regular BIE program requirements in order to graduate.

There will be no specific Academic Track designation on your transcript. Obviously, any courses you take will be reflected.

No. If you do not enroll in the Academic Track, you may still apply to graduate programs, just as BIE students have done until now. You will continue to receive the full support of the program’s faculty and staff towards this end.


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