Non-Degree Studies

About Non-Degree Studies

Non-Degree Studies provides study options for individuals wishing to take UBC credit-based courses without pursuing a UBC degree, diploma, or certificate.

Non-Degree Studies is an option for you if you meet one of the following:

  • You want to take courses for general interest.
  • You want to take a course for professional upgrading or academic advancement.
  • You are completing an undergraduate degree at another institution.
  • You have already completed a degree.

If you would like to take courses at the UBC Okanagan campus, please contact UBC Okanagan Non-Degree Studies.

Types of Non-Degree Studies

  • Unclassified
    This option is for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree.
  • Visiting
    This option is for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor degree program at another institution.
  • Access studies
    This option is for students who have not completed an undergraduate degree and are interested in taking courses for general interest, not towards a UBC degree.

Enrolling in Non-Degree Studies

The admission process differs based on your academic background. However, you can follow these steps for all 3 types of Non-Degree Studies.

  1. Review the program requirements for the type of Non-Degree Studies you want to enroll in. Submit an application according to the type of Non-Degree Studies you're applying for:
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Wait for a confirmation email including next steps.

Application dates

Course start date  Application deadline

September for Winter Session Term 1

July 15

The Term 1 and 2 application deadline for Visiting students is July 15.

January for Winter Session Term 2

October 15

If you are a Visiting student, this deadline is not applicable to you. You must submit your Term 1 or 2 application by July 15.

May for Summer Session Term 1 or 2

March 15

Registering for courses

Once you are admitted, you will need to register for courses. Even if you’re enrolled in Non-Degree Studies, you are not guaranteed a spot in any particular course.

UBC STEPS Forward program

If you have developmental or intellectual disabilities and are interested in attending post-secondary education in a way that supports your strengths and learning style, consider applying for the STEPS Forward program.

Additional resources

If you have questions