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  1. I believe U of A also emphasizes GPA strongly and it's one of the main factors of how they rank you for offering admission seats. The program is definitely rigorous which I underestimated going in. In my undergrad I had a high GPA (3.90 out of 4.00) and I struggled this semester which I never have academically before so that was new to me. The first semester alone is 18 or 19 credits, plus a bunch of random extra things that you kind of have to do. So anyone who's only used to taking 12-15 credits at once will definitely notice the increase in work load.
  2. UBC Interviews are really just based off of GPA entirely. I've had several department members confirm that they only really look at other aspects of your application during the review phase AFTER the interview. Alberta is definitely an intense program content wise (but tbh I think they all are) especially the first semester, but totally worth going if you get the chance. The first semester is close to 8-3 or 9-4, but I've also had Friday's off (just depends what lab time you pick). The department suggests you keep 9-5 Monday-Friday free because they do schedule extra learning opportunities etc on Fridays and around class times. The 2nd semester and beyond has less class time so for example T/Th it's only like 9-12 for me.
  3. They do! But even across provinces in Canada each regulatory body has their own minimum requires (hours, etc) for licensing. It's just that US schools are probably 2x to 3x more expensive and typically non-thesis programs or 'professional' programs don't provide funding for students.
  4. Hey everyone applying, I found this forum really useful when I was applying to U. of A for OT and thought I'd answer any questions you have (if I can) so ask away. I also interviewed at UBC and Manitoba but ultimately went to Alberta.
  5. Thanks for the update! Do you mind if I ask what number you started at initially?
  6. I'll be moving from BC to Alberta this fall as well! I applied for housing at the HUB since it's furnished and includes water, heat, electricity, internet, etc
  7. They don't explicitly say you can take a moment to consider your answer or anything along those lines. So it gives the impression you should answer right away. However, they do say they can repeat the question at any point.
  8. From emailing questions to the department, I think GPA is the main factor in interview offers, and then admissions offers are based on your entire application as a whole.
  9. Hey everyone. I interviewed last year and honestly it was a really strange interview for me, nothing like any other interview I've ever done. It's not really like a typical interview style that you'd intuitively prep for. My advice would be to prep all the normal interview questions that come up ('OT interview questions for grad school' search on google) plus know a lot of ongoing issues, hot topics, conflicts, and current events and struggles in the field of OT and some creative/guided solutions for said problems.
  10. Nope unfortunately not I think this was the last week we could have.
  11. No I haven't checked in since then. Trying not to bug the department too much ahaha. Have you heard anything?
  12. Thanks! I interpret that as basically a 9-4 day with a 1 hour break mid day.
  13. Yep! I'm still hopeful because I'm closer now and there's still some movement happening
  14. Hi there, does anyone happen to know what the schedule/time demand for UBC's MOT program is during the semester but also on placements? I'm wondering how classes are throughout the week, and how many hours you actually have to be on campus. This is because I live further away so commuting would take around 1.5 hours, but I'm also wondering if it's possible to maintain a part-time job during the program. Thanks!!
  15. Hey everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that the waitlist for UBC OT is still moving slowly (moved 1 position this past June) and they accept until the first week of September
  16. I checked with the department a few days ago, it only moved 2 so far. You're probably #3 now!
  17. Just wondering, is anyone currently accepted to UBC planning to decline UBC's offer in favor of a different program? Just trying to estimate if I should expect the wait-list for UBC to move any further. Thanks!
  18. I got the acceptance email this morning as well. I'm a BC resident, but went to university in the states. Good luck everyone!
  19. Thanks for updating! The department said anywhere from 2-15 people on the wait list get accepted (it varies a lot every year) so fingers crossed!
  20. Congrats to those who got accepted! Just wondering, on your acceptance email, does it give you a deadline to make a decision (accept/reject offer) by? I'm wait-listed and just wondering when to expect some movement on the wait list. Thanks!
  21. This is what I found https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators
  22. HI there, I just got an interview offer, seems like they're doing it in batches across a few days so don't worry if you haven't heard back yet. I have a 3.81 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and 3.85 in the last 60 credit upper division courses from a U.S. university, but I'm a resident of BC and applied as a resident. My school has no such thing as an A+, our A is the highest mark so I'm not entirely sure how UBC converts GPA, but they do have an Excel doc on their website that you can input each grade for each course and it'll give you a % on their own scale. Hope this helps and good luck everyone!
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