Non-Degree Studies for unclassified students

Unclassified students take courses at UBC after completing a recognized four-year bachelor's degree program.


  • You meet the English language requirement
  • You have completed a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution
  • You can provide a final official transcript showing your degree conferral
  • There are further steps required for Senior Citizens

If you intend to take Education courses only, you can apply directly to the Faculty of Education

When to apply

Courses start Application deadline
September (Winter Session Term 1) July 15
January (Winter Session Term 2) October 15
May (Summer Session Term 1/2) March 15

How to apply

If you're new to UBC or have previously applied but not attended UBC

If you're new to UBC, please apply through the following steps:

    1. Create or login to your account at

    2. Apply by selecting “Undergraduate Degree Programs and Non-Degree Studies”

    3. On the Program Selection page, select the Unclassified Students box

    4. Submit your application

    5. We will email you with a confirmation of your application and your next steps in 5-7 business days

    6. Submit all required and any additional documents to:

      Undergraduate Admissions, Attention: Non-Degree Studies

      The University of British Columbia
      Undergraduate Admissions, Attention: Non-Degree Studies
      2016 – 1874 East Mall
      Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1

    If you have graduated from UBC

    UBC graduates do not need to submit an application or pay an application fee for unclassified eligibility; it is granted upon request. The above application deadlines do not apply.

    Please request unclassified eligibility through ensuring you provide the following information:

    • UBC student number
    • Date of birth
    • Dates you attended UBC
    • Intended start date
    • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

    If you have previously been admitted to and registered at UBC

    As a student record has already been established in the UBC system with your information, please provide with the following details to begin your admission process:

    • Full name
    • UBC student number (if available)
    • Date of birth
    • Non-Degree Category (Unclassified/Visiting/Access)
    • Intended start date
    • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

    Senior citizens

    BC residents 65 years of age or over, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution are eligible to apply through Unclassified Studies.

    How much does it cost?

    Normally, senior citizens do not pay tuition or student fees, except under the following circumstances:

    • Programs within Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, or any faculty or school where existing facilities and resources are limited
    • See up-to-date administrative course fees for distance education on the academic calendar  
    • If you wish to opt in to the full suite of student fees, please forward this indication to  

    You can also expect to pay about $100.00–$150.00 per course for course materials, which are available through the UBC Bookstore.

    How do I apply as a senior citizen?

    Follow the application instructions above and send proof of your date of birth (such as a photocopy of a passport or driver's license) and your UBC reference (student) number by:

    Other information

    • Please be aware that depending on the time of year, it may take several weeks for your documents to reach our office and be processed
    • Admission as an Unclassified student does not guarantee entrance to the courses requested or subsequent admission to a degree program at UBC
    • Courses may be transferable to a future UBC degree program at the discretion of the faculty to which you apply
    • Non-Degree students are not eligible for Credit/D/F grading. You can consider auditing courses.

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