Data Communications Group
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
2356 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4 Canada

Ph: 604.822.2872 (ECE)
Kaiser Lab Ph: 604.822.4985
ICICS 388 Lab Ph: 604.822.5084
ICICS2 X327 Lab Ph: 604.827.4117
Fax: 604.822.5949

For New Students


Prospective students are encouraged to read ECE's Graduate Applicant Handbook. Students new to the Communications Group may obtain detailed information on getting settled by visiting the website of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Students Association (ECEGSA).

Upon your arrival to our Department you should contact the graduate secretary and let her know you are here. She'll provide you with some preliminary information and a few forms you need to fill out in order to gain access to our facilities, including: labs, office space, copy room, building access, etc. In addition, a few other tasks will need to be followed to get you started, such as getting your student/library card, obtaining a parking permit (if applicable), etc.

In our group, students are often admitted without having a supervisor. The purpose of this is to give students a chance to meet with each of the Group's professors and become familiar with their respective research interests. After these interviews, both students and faculty are in a better postition to define who would most likely best suit each other's research needs.

A number of recommendations are usually made for graduate students moving to Vancouver. Along with your letter of acceptance, UBC usually sends via regular mail a useful guide to assist out-of-town students in their planning before their arrival. If you did not obtain such guide, visit UBC's prospective students site to obtain more information.

Depending on a number of factors, you might or might not be appointed a Research Assistanship (RA) by your supervisor, and/or a Teaching Assistanship (TA) by the Depertment. Teaching assistanships are usually appointed to PhD and second-year masters students. Talk to the graduate secretary upon your arrival for more information.


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