Distance education

UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) supports Faculty offered online credit courses and programs.

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.

Students with US Loans

If you take any Distance Education and/or an online course as a part of a credential, you will be ineligible for US Direct Loan funding for the duration of your program. Contact an Enrolment Services Advisor if you have questions about this regulation.

Courses & registration

Course selection

You can find information about the courses offered in the online Course Schedule.

  1. Select "Search" from the top menu.
  2. Choose "Courses" from the dropdown.
  3. Select the checkbox, "Return Distance Education courses only".
  4. Click the button "Search for Sections" to show a list of Distance Education courses only.


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 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. The letter in some course section codes does not necessarily reflect the term the course is in.

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

Course change and withdrawal dates

You can find course change dates in the following places:


Find out if you're eligible to get a tuition refund for Winter and Summer sessions.

Distance education exams

Students are expected to be available to write their exams for the full duration of the exam period. Special accommodations will not be made for students unable to make their scheduled exam due to travel.

Distance Education courses will be scheduled as one of the following:

  • On-campus exams: If you're taking Distance Education courses, you'll automatically be scheduled to write your exam on the Vancouver campus.
  • Off-campus exams: If you intend to write your exam off-campus, you must apply to write at a partner exam centre, or find an invigilator at another Location.  
  • Proctorio exams: If you are writing an online exam invigilated via Proctorio, you can expect to write at the same time as the scheduled Vancouver campus exam. You are responsible for converting the scheduled Vancouver time to your location time zone. For overseas students, your exam time and date may be adjusted to fall within regular waking hours. You will be notified by email if your time is adjusted.

If you aren’t sure if you will be off-campus or not, it is better to submit an application for off-campus before the application deadline (and cancel it at least 4 weeks before the exam period if necessary), than try to add an off-campus exam late.

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.

Centre for Accessibility: As soon as the formal exam schedule is released, register for your exam through the Centre for Accessibility Exam Reservation System.


Your exam schedule will be released at the same time as the campus-wide exam schedule.

Your 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 Schedule.

Exams are held at 8:30 am, 12:00 pm, 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm during the standard examination period.

Off-campus exams

If you plan to write outside of the UBC Vancouver campus, you'll be required to complete an exam application by the deadline.

Go to the Off-campus exams page

Proctorio Exams

If your course section is available for Proctorio, you’ll be required to complete an exam application by the deadline. 

Centre for Accessibility:  Proctorio invigilated examination are not an option for exam accommodation. All exams are paper examination.  

For detailed question on Proctorio please contact CTLT DE Student Support

If you have questions

If you have questions, please contact your Enrolment Services Advisor. Even if you do not have an assigned Enrolment Services Advisor, they are still able to help.