Distance education

UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) offers credit courses and programs with the flexibility of off-campus study.

Choosing distance education

Some students may choose to complete a significant part of their degree program by distance. Others may select only one or two distance courses, simply for the experience of learning at a distance.

Distance education courses typically carry full credit toward degree or certificate programs in accordance with the requirements of the UBC faculty concerned.

Courses & registration

Course selection

You can find information about courses offered on ctlt.ubc.ca. All of our courses are included in the Academic Calendar.


Registration is available through the Student Service Centre (SSC), unless otherwise indicated.

Update your contact info

Make sure your mailing and email addresses are current on the SSC, as instructors and CTLT staff will contact you using the email address provided there. 

Course extensions

Distance education courses can be extended for a maximum of 4 months.

How to request a course extension

  1. Contact your instructor to discuss your course progress and plans for completion

  2. If your instructor approves your request, your next step is to submit the request to your faculty advising office

  3. Your faculty advisor will evaluate your request and inform both you and Enrolment Services of the decision

  4. If the extension is approved, Enrolment Services will process the extension and email you a confirmation 

  5. If you get approved for an extension, you won't be able withdraw from the course without faculty recommendation.

How faculty evaluates extension requests

Extension requests are evaluated based on:

Course changes and refunds

Course change and withdrawal (add/drop) dates are based on both the term (A, B, C, or D) and the Session (Winter or Summer) in which the course began. Terms are different from the course sections, which may also contain a letter.

To find your Distance Education course term, log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and select Registration >  Add/Drop Courses.

Course change and withdrawal dates

You can find course change dates in the following places:


Distance education exams

On-campus exams

If you're writing exams on campus, you'll be automatically scheduled to write your final examinations on the Vancouver campus and won't have to complete an exam application. The on-campus distance education exam schedule will be released at the same time as the campus-wide exam schedule.

Your exam date and location information will be available 1 month before the start of the exam period. To see your exam information, go to the Student Service Centre (SSC) and select Exams > Exam Application.

Off-campus exams

If you plan to write outside of the UBC Vancouver campus or are registered with Access & Diversity, you'll be required to complete an exam application by the deadline (see below). Your exam date and location will be available 2 weeks after the on-campus exam schedule release.

Distance education exam dates

Exams are held at 8:30 am, 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 7:00 p.m. Exams can only be changed if there's a scheduling conflict. They cannot be changed for work, travel, or other plans.

Exam Month Distance education exam period Application Deadline
Dec 2017 Dec 5 - 20 (inclusive) Oct 15 2017
Apr 2018 Apr 10 - 25 (inclusive) Feb 15 2018
Aug 2018 Aug 14 - 18 (inclusive) Jun 15 2018

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