Nsyilxcn Language Fluency

Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF)

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Achieve advanced proficiency levels in Nsyilxcn while learning about multiple ways to contribute to the language’s recovery and revitalization efforts in your communities.

BNLF undergraduate-program

Why study Nsyilxcn at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Community Impact

Language is deeply intertwined in our Indigenous communities’ culture. This degree is an innovative collaboration between communities, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), En’owkin Centre, and UBC Okanagan to sustain and revitalize language traditions, restore language competence, and protect the knowledge of our communities.


The approach to learning is fully immersive emphasising instruction in and through language, with community language-experts in the classrooms.


The degree begins with a summer transition course to ensure students’ successful transition to UBC Okanagan and the university environment. During this course, students will connect with other Indigenous students, get familiar with the campus, engage with the Indigenous Programs and Services staff and services, and stay in on-campus residence.

Internship and Capstone Project

The final year of the degree requires an internship with a relevant community partner as well as a personal language project as a capstone for the degree. These opportunities allow students to explore their own interest in their language learning, and practice proficiency building in a personally meaningful context.

what you need to know

Choose the path that best meets your goals.

Years Program Institution
1 Indigenous Language Certificate (ILC) Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)
2 Indigenous Language Diploma Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)
3 & 4 Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency UBC Okanagan

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency Degree, graduates may consider to apply for an MA or MSc degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan, or to the Bachelor of Education post-degree program offered by the Okanagan School of Education.

Courses in this degree are highly prescribed to achieve an advanced level of written and oral language proficiency level. Thus, they are language immersive with a focus on application. Courses tackle language skills, instructional capacity, Indigenous ways of knowing, and language revitalization courses.

Sample courses:

  • EDUC 104: Introduction to Academic Pedagogy: An Aboriginal Perspective (summer transition course)
  • INLG 281: Sounds of Endangered Languages
  • NSYL 353: Language Applications: Traditional Ecological Knowledge



To enter this degree, students must meet UBC’s requirements for transfer students’ admissions, with the exception of the English Language Admission Standard, which may be waived.

Additionally, students must have successfully completed the two-year NVIT Nsyilxcn Language Diploma program.

Application Deadlines

Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.

Tuition Fees

UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre.

US citizens may pay domestic fees if they have an affiliation with an Indigenous nation of Canada. Learn more about Financial Planning, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca — there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose “Okanagan campus.”

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1.877.807.8521.

Your Career Options

  • Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
  • Translators, terminologists and interpreters
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • College and other vocational instructors
  • Social and community social workers
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Health care
  • Social services

UBC’s Okanagan campus offers MA, MSc and PhD degrees in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program, which offers innovative interdisciplinary themes and individualized options in which students can have an Indigenous studies faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Graduates may also choose to apply to the Bachelor of Education post-degree program offered by the Okanagan School of Education.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

  • Travel to a conference or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

  • This degree is fully immersive, with research, internship and community engagement opportunities imbedded in the curriculum.
  • Pursue innovative and original research as part of the Undergraduate Research Awards.

Get a financial boost to start your research experience. Pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look impressive on your resumé.

  • Undergraduate Research Awards: The URA offers an $8,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $9,500 per student. For international students, the IURA offers a $9,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $10,500 per student.
  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the indigenous studies program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an Indigenous student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.

  • Indigenous Programs & Services at UBC’s Okanagan campus has designated Indigenous Student Advisors to provide support from your UBC application and throughout your time as a student.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection, and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction, and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres, including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active — from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals, and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

  • The Indigenous Centre at UBC’s Okanagan campus is a home away from home that includes a study and social space, computer lab, kitchen, and meeting room. The Centre’s programming encompasses the academic, social, and cultural aspects of student life. Visit Indigenous Programs & Services.
  • Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options at one of many clubs and associations including the Indigenous Studies Course Union.
  • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun in various campus clubs.

Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

Find out more about living in residence.

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people — the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Learn more about UBC Okanagan at you.ubc.ca.


UBC’s Okanagan campus is located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Peoples. We are grateful to our host communities for their partnership in our many educational and research endeavours.


Traditional Welcome to the Okanagan Video


This degree is being implemented as an element of the UBC Okanagan’s Declaration of Truth and Reconciliation Commitments. These commitments are a part of the university’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

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