Non-Degree Studies for visiting students


Non-Degree studies are available for students enrolled in a Bachelor degree program at another institution.

You can apply to be considered a visiting student if you satisfy all the following requirements:  

  • You meet the English language requirement.
  • You are in good academic standing.
  • You are enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at a recognized institution.
  • You can provide a Letter of Permission.

Considerations for visiting students

  • Admission as a Visiting 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
  • Visiting students are admitted to UBC for one academic session (Winter or Summer) at a time. If you want to continue your UBC registration in subsequent sessions, please email

Eligible courses

Application deadlines

Courses start date Application deadline
September (Winter Session Term 1) July 15
January (Winter Session Term 2) July 15
May (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 “Visiting 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

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 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)

Letter of Permission

Visiting students are required to provide a Letter of Permission issued by their home institution.

Your Letter of Permission is only valid for one session. You will need to submit a new letter for any subsequent sessions in which you wish to register for courses.

Requirements for the Letter

  • The Letter must be typed on official university letterhead or written on an appropriate university form
  • You must include a list of all the courses that you wish to take
  • You must note the academic session you are applying to (e.g., 2021/22 Winter or 2022 Summer)
  • You must indicate your current bachelor's program and academic standing
  • The Letter must be in PDF format

Please have the issuing office email the Letter of Permission to

If you have questions