Non-Degree Studies for unclassified students

Overview

As an unclassified student, you can continue to take courses at UBC even after completing a recognized four-year bachelor's degree program.

To apply, you’ll need to meet all the following requirements:

  • 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

If you’re a senior citizen, there are additional steps you’ll need to follow, which you can review in the section below.

If you plan to take Faculty of Education courses only as an unclassified student, apply directly to the Faculty of Education.

Considerations for unclassified students

  • 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.

Application deadlines

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

How to apply

New students

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 an Education Planner BC account online. 

  2. Fill in your personal information and academic history.  

  3. Click “Start Applying” and select University of British Columbia as the institution.

  4. Select the appropriate Admissions Category based on your academic history.

  5. Select “Unclassified Student” under First Program Choice. 

  6. UBC Admissions will email you with a confirmation of your application and next steps.

  7. After completing your application, email any additional and required documents to non.degree@ubc.ca.

Previous students or previously admitted students 

If you have previously been admitted to and registered in courses at UBC, a student record has already been established in the UBC system with your information. Please email non.degree@ubc.ca with the following details to begin your admission process:

  • Full name

  • UBC student number, if available

  • Date of birth

  • Your Non-Degree Category, which is "Visiting"

  • Intended start date

  • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

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 non.degree@ubc.ca 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)

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 non.degree@ubc.ca.  

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

  1. Follow the application instructions above. 
  2. Email non.degree@ubc.ca with proof of your date of birth, such as a photocopy of a passport or driver's license. Include your UBC reference or student number.

If you have questions