Institute for Veterans Education and Transition

The Veteran Friendly Campus initiative at UBC will be administered by the new Institute for Veterans Education and Transition (IVET).  IVET will carry on much of the work started by Dr. Marvin Westwood and the Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT) who have long been pioneers in the fields of veterans’ transition and trauma counselling research and programming.

IVET will provide a point of entry to UBC for military-connected individuals transitioning from military service as they explore new academic and career opportunities. By providing counselling services, training, and educational opportunities, IVET can connect Veterans with resources and services to help ensure their success in the civilian world.

As part of UBC’s Veteran Friendly Campus Initiative, IVET is in the process of developing a Certificate in International Development & Human Security which would be offered to start fall 2021. Courses offered as part of the 1-year (part-time) certificate program will be focused on helping prepare students for work in the International Development field.


In the fall of 2019, President Santa J. Ono announced that the University of British Columbia (UBC) was committed to becoming a “veteran-friendly” campus by the end of 2020. As part of this initiative, the university will offer programs and services specially designed for veterans including:

  • A specialized admission process for Veterans, reservists, and currently serving members (military-connected individuals).
  • Accessible and affordable housing (single and family) on UBC Campus for Veterans students 
  • Financial support options (VAC, Vocational Rehabilitation, UBC awards programs).
  • A Veteran Cohort, ensuring military-connected individuals can participate in classes comprised of their peers.
  • Specialized professional development courses.
  • Social and recreational opportunities.
  • A new UBC Royal Canadian Legion Branch.

Faculty of Education Award for Veterans

Awards totaling $40,000 have been available annually through a gift from the John Ranton McIntosh Endowment Fund for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education who are veterans that have served in the Regular or Reserve Force of the Canadian Armed Forces. Candidates will have demonstrated good academic standing. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education. (First award available for the 2021/2022 winter session).