The University of British Columbia is home to two internationally recognized residential graduate colleges. These colleges are dedicated to the enhancement of the academic and social life of the graduate community which encompasses resident graduate students, postdocs and visiting scholars as well as non-resident faculty, staff and the wider UBC community.
St. John’s College
St. John’s College is UBC’s international graduate college. A magnet for international and multicultural exchange, the College offers an academic
setting that encourages discussion, debate and cultural expression, all
enlivened by the participation of resident graduate students who come from
diverse cultural backgrounds.
In addition to providing on-campus accommodation and dining facilities for 184 graduate students, postdocs and visiting scholars, the college offers residents an eclectic mix of social activities and academic programming: from film screenings and forums to concerts, cultural workshops and charitable initiatives.
St. John's College at UBC is the realization of a dream held by local and international chapters of the alumni associations of the former St. John's University in Shanghai to revive the spirit of their alma mater and perpetuate the SJU motto: Light and Truth. That spirit underscores the values of honesty, generosity, justice and integrity in serving society.
Green College was founded in 1993 as a residential graduate community
with a mandate for interdisciplinary studies and the motto of
Ideas and Friendship. The resident community of 100 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars participate in college life along with
non-resident members of the rich and diverse UBC community. In keeping with
its mandate to provide extra-curricular, interdisciplinary academic and cultural programming for the University community, every year the college hosts more than 150 lectures, workshops, forums, classes and concerts. Members are chosen on the basis of excellence, interdisciplinary interests and receptiveness, and their commitment to involve themselves in the life of the college.
Green College also provides superb residential and social facilities, which are integral to building a vibrant intellectual community. It is a community where communications are direct, open, trusting and reciprocal, and where differences of ideas, interests and identities are not only accommodated, but celebrated and used to enhance college life.