Non-Degree Studies for unclassified students

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


You can apply to be an unclassified UBC student if:

  • 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 Faculty of Education courses only, you can apply directly to the Faculty of Education.

When to apply

Course start date Application deadline
September (Winter Session Term 1) July 15
January (Winter Session Term 2) October 15
May (Summer Session Term 1 or 2) March 15

How to apply

If you're new to UBC

If you're new to UBC, or have previously applied to but not attended UBC, you’ll need to create a new student account.

  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.
  6. Email all required and any additional documents to

    If you’ve graduated from UBC

    UBC graduates do not need to submit an application or pay an application fee to become an unclassified student, as it is granted upon request. The above application deadlines do not apply.

    Please email to confirm your eligibility. Make sure you include the following information:

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

    If you’ve previously been admitted to and registered at UBC

    A student record has already been established in the UBC system with your information. Please email with the following details to begin your admission process:

    • Full name
    • UBC student number (if available)
    • Date of birth
    • Non-Degree Category (Unclassified)
    • 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 do not hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution are eligible to apply through Access Studies to take courses for general interest.

    Tuition costs for senior citizens

    Normally, senior citizens do not pay tuition or student fees, except for Distance Education administrative course fees and 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 email  

    Expect to pay about $100 – $150 per course for course materials, which are available through the UBC Bookstore.

    How to 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 or student number by emailing

    Things to know

    • 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 may consider auditing courses.

    If you have questions

    Non-Degree Studies - UBC Vancouver

    Non-Degree Studies - UBC Vancouver

    Enrolment Services

    Enrolment Services Advising Centre
    Brock Hall
    1874 East Mall
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1