Other Program Restrictions for Exchange Students

Including Law, Graduate Studies, Kinesiology, Land and Food Systems, Music, Library, Archival and Information Studies, and Population and Public Health, and the School of Community and Regional Planning

Graduate Studies

Graduate Program Restrictions

  • Many departments have higher TOEFL requirements for graduate students. Please check the Faculty of Graduate Studies to see if you meet their minimum requirements.
  • Classification as a graduate student at your home university does not necessarily mean that you will be considered a graduate student at UBC. There is limited availability in graduate-level courses.
  • Economics, psychology, business and anthropology courses are not available to exchange students at the graduate level.
  • Undergraduate students wishing to take graduate-level courses are required to complete the online form (pdf)
  • Students who intend to conduct research while on exchange must have approval from a UBC faculty member to supervise their time at UBC prior to completing their online application.

School of Kinesiology

Many courses are restricted and have a limited class size, particularly KIN 230, 231, 261, and 284.

Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Faculty of Forestry

Courses not open to exchange students:     

  • All MGEM coded courses, except for MGEM 500, which requires permission from the instructor
  • FRST 519, 533, 526, 534, 543, 559, 560, 562 (MIF program)
  • FRST 555, 556, 557, 558

School of Law

Law Restrictions

  • Law courses are only open to students from universities that have a law exchange arrangement with UBC and have been nominated via that arrangement.
  • Students applying to Law must have completed at least one year of law studies with an average of 70% (or equivalent).
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not permitted to apply for a Law exchange (with exceptions to be made for students applying to attend UBC on exchange from a Canadian law school). The Law exchange program is meant to promote educational and cultural exchange among citizens of other countries.
  • Access to specific courses is not guaranteed. Students should plan to complete their core requirements at their home university.
  • Space in seminar and clinical/experimental courses is typically limited. Graduate law courses are not available.
  • Exchange students are not permitted to enroll in Ethics & Professionalism, Administrative Law, Business Organizations, or Jurisprudence & Critical Perspectives.

Please refer to this comprehensive list of universities with which UBC has a Law-specific exchange agreement, and find detailed information on course availability and restrictions at Allard Law.

School of Music

Music Restrictions

Auditions are held during the first week of school. See sign-up information:

No supporting documents or audition materials are required ahead of time.

School of Population and Public Health

Population + Public Health Restrictions

  • Limited availability in SPPH courses. Most of them are at the graduate level.
  • SPHA courses are not open to exchange students.