Graduate tuition is assessed as an annual program fee, which is divided into three equal installments due at the beginning of academic terms starting in September, January and May.  This fee is the same regardless of how many course credits the student is registered in.

Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.

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International students might be eligible for  the International Tuition Awards up to $3,200.00 which is applied to assist with their tuition fees if they are registered in fifth or later years of doctoral programs.

Students need to hold a valid Student Authorization (study permit) and are not holders of major scholarships. Students who receive external funding (i.e., their home government, Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship, or other funding agencies like CIDA, WUSC, DAAD, etc.) for their tuition which is equal to or higher than the value of the International Tuition Award are not eligible. Students who receive external funding toward their tuition which is lower than the value of  will have their International  Tuition Award reduced by the amount of the external tuition funding

The University reserves the right to change fees without notice. For more information and update on the International Tuition Awards please visit  the following web-sites:,266,773,0

The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) program will ensure UBC’s best PhD students are provided with financial support of at least $18,000 per year plus tuition for the first four years of their PhD studies. Four Year Fellowships may be held by domestic and international students. All PhD applicants offered admission are automatically considered for 4YF funding. In general, the fellowships are offered to students beginning their first year of PhD studies, but may be offered to continuing PhD students. Each graduate program is allocated a number of Four Year Fellowships each year. The Department of Asian Studies reviews incoming and continuing students and offer Four Year Fellowships to the very best students. Students do not apply for this fellowship.

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