Register for Courses at UBC on Exchange

Course registration and restrictions for exchange students.

Registration Overview

Many faculties, schools, and programs at UBC are open to visiting exchange students; however admission into some programs is limited. Please be sure to check the faculty-specific restrictions noted on this page, and be aware of the faculties or schools that are not open to exchange students. 

Faculties or Schools Not Open to Exchange Students

  • School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
  • School of Journalism
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • School of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • UBC Vantage College

**Please note that the Peter A. Allard School of Law is only open to exchange students coming to UBC through Law-specific exchange agreements.

Course Registration Process

UBC's Course Schedule allows you to browse courses being offered in current academic year at each UBC campus. Go Global office assists in registering courses for exchange students. However, we cannot guarantee access to specific courses, even if they are required by your home university. Please check out the flow chart below for more information about course registration process.

Course Numbers and Levels 
Generally, courses at UBC are numbered as follows

100: First-year
200: Second-year
300: Third-year
400: Fourth-year (final year of undergraduate degree)
500+: Graduate-level courses

Course-load Requirements 

  • Undergraduate exchange students typically take between 9 and 15 credits per semester at UBC, depending on degree requirements at their home university. Go Global is not able to advise you on the minimum course load required by your home university.
  • Students must maintain registration of minimum of 9 credits per term to be considered as a full-time student at UBC.
  • If you are living in one of the student residences or considering working with a valid Study Permit, you must maintain your full-time student status.
  • There is a credit limit for both full year (30 credits/year) and single-term students (18 credits/term). 

Getting Permission to Take a Restricted or Full Course 

If a course offered by the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science is full or restricted, students can submit a request to Go Global after arriving by completing the Registration Form. 

For undergraduate courses offered by other Faculties that are full or restricted, please visit the Faculty advising office after arriving to seek approval. More information will be provided in the Go Global orientation session.

Taking Graduate-level Courses 

Exchange students wishing to take graduate-level courses must get permission from instructors and are normally required to complete the Enrolment of Undergraduate Exchange Students in Graduate Courses form after arrival. 

You can find more information about taking graduate-level courses under the "other" section below. 

Faculty Specific Restrictions