Step 1: Send us your final course selections by May 13, 2019
The Go Global office will email all exchange students in late April with information regarding the final course request survey. You will need to make your course selections using the 2019/2020 Course Schedule.
After you receive an email from us about the final course request survey, please follow the instructions and complete your course selection by May 13. Your course timetable can be viewed at the Student Service Centre (SSC) after you have been registered.
If we do not receive your final course request survey by the deadline, you may be required to register in courses upon arrival in September. Many courses will already be full at this time.
Step 2: Read the International Student Guide
Find everything you need to know about life as an international student at UBC's Vancouver campus. Review the UBC International Student Guide for important information and documents you're responsible for and resources will help you navigate life as an international student at UBC.
Step 3: Pay your iMED and U-Pass fees
The easiest way to pay your iMED and U-Pass fees is by Visa or Mastercard on the SSC. Once you've logged in, select "Financial Summary". Fees will not appear on the SSC until you have been registered in your first class.
The SSC lists the due dates for your fees. If fees are not paid on time, your account will be placed on financial hold and charged a $30 processing fee, plus interest. You will be unable to make any registration changes, and we will be unable to issue your academic transcript.
Step 4: Plan for housing
For students planning on living on-campus housing:
Apply to UBC Housing by May 1
If you are interested in applying to live on-campus, you will need to apply to UBC Housing by May 1.
In May, UBC Housing and Conferences will begin to process your application and will email Offers of Assignment to eligible students. If you receive on-campus accommodation, you must accept your offer and make any necessary payments by the deadline.*
The front desk at the on-campus residences are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for arrival and check-in.
*Please note: if you know your payment will not arrive by the designated due date, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform UBC.
For students planning on living off-campus housing
If you plan to live off campus, you are strongly advised to arrive at least two weeks before the start of classes to find a place to live. Please ensure you have a temporary place to stay until you find permanent accommodation. Students who do not make arrangements before they arrive may end up paying premium rates at a hotel, up to several hundred dollars per night during August and December.
Step 5: Update your address
Go Global and UBC Housing will use email as our primary means of communicating with you, so please inform us if your email address changes. The email address we currently have on file is printed on your Go Global letter of acceptance. Please add the following email addresses to your contacts or safe lists:
Step 6: Apply for your Study Permit and/or Temporary Resident Visa (if required)
Depending on where you come from and how long you stay, you may need a visa and/or study permit. Students who study at UBC for more than six months will require a study permit. Use your letter of acceptance to apply. For detailed information on immigration issues, please see the International Student Guide.
If you have any questions related to your immigration documents (study permit, eTAs and/or visas), please contact International Student Advising by emailing email@example.com.