Study Abroad at UBC KIN (SAK)

Study Abroad in Vancouver – UBC Kinesiology Semester/Year Program (SAK)

Join students from across Canada and around the globe for a transformative undergraduate experience in the beautiful surroundings of Vancouver’s snow-capped mountains and Pacific Ocean!
Study Abroad at UBC KIN (SAK) is a flexible, short-term program for visiting students. Students can choose to start in either September 2020 or January 2021, and enroll for 4, 6*, 8, 10, 12 months. Upon successful completion of eligible courses, you will receive UBC course credits and an internationally recognized transcript.
*The 6-month option is only available for students who start in January.



  • Flexible duration (minimum 4 months to a maximum of 1 year)
  • Flexible start (either in September or January)
  • Offers knowledge of key frameworks in Kinesiology with a Canadian perspective
  • Tailored to include courses that fit with the vision of our partners
  • English Language Institution available prior to coursework


  • Meet the English Language Requirement, TOEFL 90 (IBT), IELTS 6.5 scoring no less than 6.0* in any section
  • Currently enrolled in a degree program at a recognized institution
  • Letter of permission from your home institution

*Conditional entry through the English Language Institute for students who require English support of TOEFL 82 (IBT), IELTS 6.0 scoring no less than 5.5 in any section Course

UBC KIN offers various courses on diverse areas of study in the field of Kinesiology. These include:

  • Psychology & Physical Activity
  • System Biology, Exercise & Health
  • Culture of Sport and Exercise
  • History of Physical Culture & Sports
  • Health Promotion
  • Neuromechanical & Motor Performance
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Human Athletics Performance

Additionally, students may take up to two courses in any other UBC faculties if there are seats available.
To browse all UBC courses, visit:

Please note that seat availability is dependent on the class and subjected to seat numbers or openings. If a desired course is full, we will help the candidate find a suitable replacement. Available topics and classes for the Winter session will be released in July and March for the Summer session.

To receive a study record, students must complete 5 courses (15 credits).
Most students take 5 courses per term at UBC, so the program may take a term to complete.
Students staying for two terms will take the courses required for the program, as well as additional courses. Students can consult with an international affairs office advisor to pick courses that best suit their interests.

Important Dates:

September (Term 1) Start January (Term 2) Start
Application: due June 15 of the current year Application: due June 15 of the previous year
Orientation: September Orientation: January
Class Dates: Early September to Early December Class Dates: Early January to Early April
Exam Period: December Exam Period: April

We recommend that students apply to SAK early, to leave sufficient time to apply for a Canadian study permit and visa. Entry to the program is contingent on holding all required legal documents on the start day.

Choose your stream

1. Create or login to your account at

  • Once you submit personal information, you are asked to create a CWL (Campus-Wide login)
  • Verify your CWL
  • Log in using your username and password

2. Apply to Undergraduate degree programs (not non-degree studies)
3. Complete personal information, and academic history
4. Under the “Program Selection” section choose the “Visiting Student” box
5. Submit the application
6. You should receive an email confirmation of your application within 2-5 business days.

- The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program will need to be applied for separately and if you require this program prior to the entry of SAK.
- To fill out the application, pay the application fee, read policies, submit supporting documents and secure accommodations, please visit

For more information, please contact

Approximate tuition and fees for 2019/20:

Study Abroad at UBC KIN (SAK):
2019 approximate tuition cost per credit: $ $1,306.58
1 term Tuition (15 credits – 5 classes): $ 19598.70
Other estimated expenses:
– Student Fees ($700 to $1000 per year)
– Accommodation fees ($800 to $1,200 per month)
– Health Insurance ($30 to 75 per month)
– Other expenses ($3,000 + per year)
For accurate, up to date tuition fee schedules please visit:,266,772,0

English for Academic Purposes (EAP):
Details of the tuition for EAP can be found on the ELI website:

Melody T.
Hometown: Shanxi, China
“The SAK was my best choice for my college career, it not only offered me a great chance to experience the academic atmosphere at UBC, but also gave me a direction to explore further learning in the sports field. My involvement with KIN contributed much to my learning and career planning, and has improved my English abilities. Moreover, I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to make friends from all over the world with SAK.”

Sherman W.
Hometown: Beijing, China
“Being able to join the SAK has been a privilege for which I’m grateful. It has had a huge influence on my life and future career. The living and studying experience is exciting and also a challenge I’ve embraced. My fellow classmates, friends, professors, and student advisor have been very supportive of me and I have learned a lot from them.”

To learn more about Study Abroad at UBC KIN (SAK), please contact