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UBC BCom 2009 Entry

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Every year, students from across Canada and around the globe choose UBC’s four-year Bachelor of Commerce program. Their goal is to get a world-class university degree. They’re eager to earn credentials that will impress future employers. They want to develop the skills and confidence needed to become leaders in the business world and beyond. They arrive on campus with the spirit, enthusiasm and motivation to get them where they want to go, and they believe the Sauder School of Business is the best place to begin their journey. They know a UBC BCom can open worlds for them. Discover where it can take you.

Our strengths

Our West Coast spirit

The story behind our name

UBC has built its reputation on innovative and excellent teaching and research since 1915. As Canada’s third largest university, we’ve earned our place as a leader of higher education. UBC’s 12 faculties and 11 schools offer students a tremendous range of options in their studies. We are home to Canada’s biggest intramural sports program and second largest university library system including the David Lam Management Resource Library.

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and snow-capped mountains, no other Canadian university can match our location. Vancouver is one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities that consistently tops international lists of best places to live. Soon, it will take global centre stage as host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Our 1,000-acre campus boasts some of Vancouver’s best attractions and recreation facilities including the worldfamous Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the UBC Botanical Garden. Take in a concert. Bike in nearby Pacific Spirit Park. Or just relax and enjoy the view.

When British Columbia business leader William L. Sauder gave UBC Commerce $20 million in June 2003, it was the largest single private donation ever made to a Canadian business school. In recognition of his gift, we became the Sauder School of Business. Did we mention Dr. Sauder was a UBC BCom grad?

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“I chose Sauder because I wanted to stay in beautiful Vancouver, but I fell in love with the experience because of where UBC BCom took me. From organizing a three-day orientation for over 300 students (Frosh) to racking my brain at a national business case competition (JDC West), from learning about business from Chinese locals during the Shanghai Summer Program to getting firsthand experience on European business practices during my exchange to Barcelona — these experiences opened my eyes to the world and gave me the leadership skills I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. The UBC BCom truly opens doors for anyone wanting to be a global-minded, well-rounded leader in business.” 

Jenny Ma UBC BCom 4th year student, Outstanding Female Graduate

Specialization Marketing and Human Resources

Favourite UBC location The plaza above the Rose Garden on a beautiful day, where you can see the ocean, mountains and the flowers in bloom.

Plans To travel throughout Southeast Asia before I start my job with ColgatePalmolive in Toronto as a Commercial Management Team Trainee working on brand marketing and account management.

Paul Moore UBC BCom 4th year student, Outstanding Male Graduate

Specialization Accounting Favourite UBC location The Village Chinese Restaurant — I’ve eaten more meals there than I can count. Large portions, good food and low prices — what more could a student want?

Plans Two days after convocation I will be flying to Bangkok to start my travel through Southeast Asia for three months. When I return I will be working for KPMG in Vancouver.


“What attracted me most to Sauder was that I’d meet people who are engaged, involved and passionate. I was Second Year Member-at-Large and Vice President Academic with the Commerce Undergraduate Society. I also competed with the accounting team at JDC West, placing first and therefore contributing to Sauder’s place as 2008 School of the Year. These activities allowed me to give back to the student community, meet people with similar interests and have fun. They also helped me build important skills in communication, leadership, teamwork and project management — all critical for success in the real world. My professors here have been outstanding, always willing to spend extra time outside of class if you need help. The Undergraduate Office and the Career Centre are also great resources for academic and career planning. I have really gotten the most out of my Sauder experience.”


01 Fresh ideas

Marketable skills

Our faculty’s ground-breaking research is helping to improve the way business is being done today. And it has made the Sauder School of Business Canada’s leading management research school. Connected to industry and committed to your academic and personal success, our instructors will guide you in both the theory and practice of business. They are enthusiastic and approachable and their expertise and dedication will inspire you to raise your standards and set your sights on how you can use your BCom degree to make a world of difference.

A UBC BCom will arm you with the practical knowledge employers look for — critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, organization, leadership. You’ll also see current business issues brought to life through lectures, case studies and noteworthy guest speakers. To help you apply your new knowledge, you’ll have opportunities to work on projects generated by the business community and in paid job placements through our co-op program.

The know-how to reach your goals Whatever career path you choose, you’ll succeed if you can meet new and unexpected challenges. A UBC BCom will give you the broad range of business basics and the management skills you need to thrive in any work environment.









Decision Analysis

Government and Business

One of:


Organizational Behaviour*

Business Writing

Commercial Law


Financial Accounting*

One of:


Managerial Accounting

Logistics and Operations Management

4-6 electives

Managerial Economics

BCom Year One:

Business Statistics

(Direct Entry)

Introduction to Finance


Business Communications*


Management Information Systems

Calculus Financial Accounting Organizational Behaviour Business Communications

Commercial Law Logistics and Operations Management

One of: Strategic Management

2 courses in your specialization

New Enterprise Development

4-5 electives

International Business Management Simulation

Managing the Employment Relationship

3 courses in your specialization


5 electives

Up to 4 electives

2-4 electives *completed in Year 1 by Direct Entry students

Legend >

Core Courses


Elective Courses

At UBC, you’ll also learn to use today’s most common business software applications. Our computer lab is equipped with over 90 fully-loaded computers for you to use. Or use the wireless environment on campus with your laptop. For more detailed program information go to

Gaik Li Che UBC BCom 3rd year student from Malaysia

Specialization Transportation and Logistics Co-op

Favourite UBC location The Student Union Building — you never know what great items you might find at the marketplace. Also because Blue Chip makes such good cookies…

Plans To get a job in the oil and gas industry as I thoroughly enjoyed my work experience with BP Canada.

“Sauder is one of the few schools offering a degree in Transportation and Logistics, but what also attracted me was its co-op program. It helped me put a foot in the door of the working world through my work terms with BP Canada in Calgary and Toyota Canada. My co-op experience helped me get more out of my classes. I could see and understand how my education can be applied in the real world. The co-op program maximizes the value of the UBC BCom program and prepares me for what to expect after graduation. It has definitely been a fulfilling experience.”

With a UBC BCom, you can apply your knowledge and skills to just about any career that interests you. In fact, our graduates work around the world in fields such as international banking, entertainment, high-tech, sports, telecommunications, environment and financial management.

11 career paths to choose from In year three of the UBC BCom program, you’ll get to shape your own career path by choosing from one of 11 areas of specialization. - Accounting - Business and Computer Science* - Commerce and Economics - Finance - General Business Management - Human Resources Management - International Business - Management Information Systems - Marketing - Real Estate - Transportation and Logistics



Aboriginal students who have completed the Ch’nook Diploma at one of UBC’s partner colleges have the opportunity to enroll in the Ch’nook specialization and select courses designed to address aboriginal business issues and interests. For more information on specializations visit or

Job placements that pay Participate in our co-op program and you can put your new knowledge into practice, building valuable experience in a year of paid work in one of the following fields. - Accounting - Management Information Systems - Marketing - Real Estate - Transportation and Logistics - Human Resources Management - Business and Computer Science - Finance * This specialization begins in first year


Valerie Rose Pidcock UBC BCom 2nd year student

Specialization Marketing and Political Science

Favourite UBC location The library in the Music building. I have a background in classical piano and studying there allows me to relax and get in touch with my musical side.

Plans To work for a few years before pursuing graduate studies. My dream job is to work for a consultancy that advises businesses on sustainability. Although it’s early to tell what area my graduate studies will be in, my purpose in learning will be to help solve global challenges such as climate change.


“There is an overwhelming sense of opportunity that permeates the way Sauder students work, play, create and interact. Having always felt strongly about the need to effect positive change on society, I got involved with the Commerce Community Program at Sauder. This has piqued my interest in sustainability and how businesses can make a positive impact. As Sustainability Director on the Student Council of the Commerce Undergraduate Society, I’m in charge of educating my peers on the sustainability movement and how it affects them as future business graduates. At Sauder, I feel empowered with the tools and knowledge to accomplish what I didn’t think was possible for someone my age. This is a true testament to a quality that is unique to the UBC BCom program — its capacity to grow students into proactive, involved individuals.”



Push your limits A UBC BCom adds up to more than just the sum of commerce courses you complete. Employers value business graduates with a mix of interests because flexibility + creativity = the ability to tackle any career challenge. That’s why we offer BCom students many opportunities to widen their scope.

Compete in the National Intercollegiate Business Competition or other national competitions where UBC has come out with top honours for over 10 years.

Lead There are countless opportunities

of courses in any one of UBC’s 12 faculties and 11 schools. Drama, astronomy, Japanese – explore whatever appeals to you.

both within the Sauder School of Business and the university to develop your leadership skills. Run for student government. Manage a team to organize a conference. Take advantage of UBC’s Leadership and Development training program. These are just a few examples of what is available.

Invent something new. Take our New

Research and sharpen your critical

Venture Design course and team up with engineering students to create consumer products with business plans that have impact.

thinking skills in the Commerce Scholars Program. Conduct original research under the mentorship of a distinguished Sauder faculty member and get a paid research stipend and the opportunity to present research at a Scholars conference.

Choose your electives from a range

Manage a $3 million endowment fund guided by UBC Portfolio Management Foundation (PMF) mentors. Qualified finance students aiming for a career in capital markets can try their hand at managing the PMF endowment fund, investing in money markets, fixed income investments of Canadian and foreign issuers, and equity investments.


Lauren Kristjanson UBC BCom 3rd year student

Specialization Real Estate Favourite UBC location The observation deck at the Aquatic Centre. It is always so warm up there and it’s a great spot for a nap between classes.

Plans To work for a Vancouver-based property development company. The property development projects and competitions in the Real Estate option have allowed me to get some hands on experience and develop a passion for the industry.


“The UBC BCom program is great because of its flexibility and diversity — there is something positive in it for everyone. It has opened up so many opportunities for me. I spent a year on exchange in Australia, which allowed me to travel around Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. This experience changed my life. It gave me a new perspective and allowed me to make friends from all over the world. I also play Varsity Rugby and belong to the Ski and Board, Surf, Salsa and Real Estate clubs. It has all been a fantastic adventure.”



With the world In a world full of opportunities, you need an education that won’t stop you at the border. If your goal is a career in international business or to work overseas in your area of expertise, the UBC BCom can open the world for you. Experience another culture while completing part of your degree overseas through UBC’s student exchange program. With opportunities to study at 150 universities in 42 countries, the program is one of the largest of its kind in North America.

UBC BCom students can also study abroad at business schools in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and Wales.

Or, choose the International Business (IB) specialization and get in-depth insight into the culture and commerce of another country. Maybe, like many IB students, you’ll opt for one of the nations in the Asia-Pacific where the Sauder School of Business has earned a reputation for cross-cultural business education initiatives. From China to Chile, Australia to Italy, UBC BCom students are going places and gaining fresh perspectives. But you don’t need to leave campus for an international education. There are 121 countries represented in the student body at UBC where global perspectives and cross-cultural learning are encouraged both in and out of the classroom.

Take a quick study trip to... Shanghai Learn Chinese language, business and culture in one of Asia’s biggest business centres on our five-week summer program at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Europe Study with the Manchester Business School, one of Europe’s best, on a five-week Euro-Study Program, and visit England, France, Spain and the Czech Republic while you’re there. For further information about international study opportunities go to



Get involved

With a UBC BCom you get more than just a degree, you get the chance to experience life on one of Canada’s most dynamic university campuses. Extracurricular choices are limitless. There are more than 220 student clubs and organizations ranging from cultural and performing arts groups to sports teams, student government and community service alliances. Our facilities include the Chan Centre, Freddy Wood Theatre, a recreation centre, a winter sports centre, an aquatic centre, a golf course and much more.




Meet students like you In the UBC BCom program you’ll meet some of the brightest young people in Canada. The program attracts a diverse group of students who are creative, enthusiastic and motivated to succeed. The Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) creates opportunities for you to make new friends, network, increase your confidence in business settings and, most importantly, enjoy your time at the Sauder School of Business.

Clubs and associations CUS sponsors 16 special interest groups involved in e-business, consulting, entrepreneurship, venture capital and more.

BCom students develop leadership, organizational and teamwork skills inside and outside of the classroom while building a lifelong community of friends.

Social events CUS hosts many social

Mentor programs The Commerce Mentor

activities. Enjoy everything from casino and karaoke nights to skydiving and golf tournaments.

Program pairs 1st and 2nd year students with senior BCom student mentors; the Executive Mentor Program gives select BCom students the chance to learn oneon-one from Vancouver business leaders.

Conferences CUS organizes four major ones every year, providing excellent learning and networking opportunities. These include: Enterprize, a national entrepreneurship conference and business plan competition; Me Inc., a career exploration event; Ignite!, a career conference and fair; and the International Business Conference, where senior executives from multinational organizations speak about today’s global economy.

Sports From annual sporting events to intramural tournaments, CUS teams know how to compete, often finishing in the top three in athletic competitions. To learn more about the CUS, visit

Left page, top: BCom students play a spontaneous game of volleyball at nearby Spanish Banks Bottom left: Commerce Undergraduate Society President Spenser Rocky (left) in a planning session with his team Bottom right: BCom students let off steam with a game of ultimate frisbee


“A degree from Sauder is not only a personally rewarding experience; it’s a leveraged bet on your career. It gave me the educational skills, faculty support, and business network I needed to realize my full potential in a challenging and rewarding career. I arrived at Sauder working two full-time jobs for mediocre pay and left with a Wall Street career at Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York. I was twice promoted before leaving the firm in May 2007 as Vice President in Capital Introductions. Today, I lead the marketing efforts for Persistent Edge Management, a top-ranked Asia hedge fund-offunds with offices in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Beijing. I believe that my degree is among the best investments I’ve ever made.” 14

Michael Warner UBC BCom Graduate (2001) Investor Services, Persistent Edge Management

Specialization International Business and Finance

Favourite UBC location Anywhere with a running surface.

When it’s time to find the future that fits your interests, the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre offers an extensive range of services aimed at helping you secure your dream job and connect with top employers in the local Vancouver business community and beyond. The Career Options Online (COOL) job posting website allows you to apply for a wide variety of different job postings, whether you’re looking to kick start your career after graduation, or land a summer internship to gain valuable work experience. The Career Centre hosts events year round, such as the Fall Career Fair, Trek Programs to Toronto and Calgary to connect with their business communities, the Vancouver Recruiter’s Breakfast, the Chartered Accounting Recruitment Program, and company recruitment sessions, all with a focus on letting Sauder’s first class students network with the most prominent companies across Canada. Lunch and learn seminars occur throughout the year to help you explore various career paths. Personalized attention in the form of career coaching appointments are available year round to assist you with editing covering letters, perfecting resumes, mastering interviews, networking skills and identifying career goals.




Who hires UBC BCom graduates? Accenture Bain & Company BC Hydro BDO Dunwoody Best Buy BMO Nesbitt Burns Boston Consulting Group BP Energy Business Objects Canaccord Capital CIBC World Markets Colliers International Deloitte Electronic Arts Ernst & Young GE Commercial Equipment GE Healthcare General Motors of Canada HSBC IBM Canada Imperial Oil ING Group

Intrawest Corporation Ipsos-Reid Group KPMG Kraft Canada Merrill Lynch Microsoft Pepsi Bottling Group PricewaterhouseCoopers Procter & Gamble RBC Capital Markets RBC Dominion Securities RBC Financial Group Research in Motion (RIM) Scotiabank Shell Canada TD Canada Trust TD Securities Telus Terasen Towers Perrin Translink

How far can you go with a UBC BCom? Our graduates are employed in diverse and exciting jobs around the world. You’ll find UBC BComs working for the American basketball team Miami Heat, Merrill Lynch in New York, Frito-Lay in Shanghai, and Microsoft in Seattle to name just a few. 15

“Coming out of high school, I had many ideas of what my university experience was going to be like, but none of them could have compared to my first year at Sauder. I chose Sauder because of the endless opportunities it offers. I knew I would be able to really take advantage of what the university can provide to develop my skills, interests and character. One of the best things about the UBC campus is its natural setting. Between classes I’d go for a run through the trails or walk down to the beach for some skimboarding and a little tanning. I am gaining a lot from what UBC has to offer.”


Edward Blunderfield UBC BCom 1st year student, Winner “Outstanding New Student” award

Specialization Marketing and International Business

Favourite UBC location The CG Lounge in the Henry Angus building. With people always coming and going, it's a great place to meet new people... and study.

Plans With three years to go before graduation, I will keep my plans flexible. Travel, great experiences and meeting new people are a few of the many things I’d love to see in my future.

Are you ready to become a UBC BCom student? Go to for more information and step-by-step instructions on how to apply to UBC.




Our Admission Policy

College/University Transfer Students

Admission is based on a combination of academic performance and your overall record of leadership and accomplishment, participation in extracurricular activities and teamwork skills. You will need to submit your grades as well as the online BCom Supplemental Application Form.

If you are already attending a recognized college or university, you can apply to transfer into year two or year three of the BCom program, depending on the courses that you have completed. For specific information on admission requirements, go to

Our Admission Requirements Secondary School Students If you’re applying from secondary school, you must have completed Math 12 or the equivalent. Go to vancouver for complete information on admission requirements from different education systems.

Our Financial Assistance UBC offers more than 75 major entrance scholarships to outstanding students entering university from secondary school. In addition, the Sauder School of Business offers more than 100 corporateand individually-sponsored scholarships to deserving students in the BCom program. To learn more about these awards go to finances.ezc.

About the UBC BCom program For more information on UBC’s BCom program, visit our website at or contact us at: Undergraduate Office Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia 303 – 2053 Main Mall Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2 tel 604.822.8333 fax 604.822.0655 email

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Questions? For more information on UBC, including program fees, housing, scholarships, sports and recreation and more, visit or contact: Welcome Centre, Brock Hall University of British Columbia 1200 - 1874 East Mall Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1

303 – 2053 Main Mall Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z2

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Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents tel 604.822.9836 toll-free (Canada & USA) 1.877.272.1422 fax 604.822.6943 Questions?

International Students (non-Canadians) tel 604.822.8999 fax 604.822.9888 Questions?


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