Non-Degree Studies for visiting students


  • 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 (see below)

Eligible courses

When to apply

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

How to apply

If you have previously applied to, been admitted to or have studied 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 (Visiting/Unclassified/Access)
  • Intended start date
  • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

If you're new to UBC

  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 Visiting 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

Letter of Permission

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

  • Be typed on official university letterhead or written on an appropriate university form

  • Include a list of all courses that you wish to take

  • Include the academic session you are applying to (i.e. 2018-2019 Winter or 2019 Summer)

  • Show your current bachelor's program and academic standing

The issuing office can email the Letter of Permission to in PDF format

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.

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 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 can 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, you'll have to reapply through the application process above

Contact us

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