Non-Degree Studies for visiting students


You may apply to be considered a visiting student if:  

  • 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 

Eligible courses

When to apply

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

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 (Visiting)
  • Intended start date
  • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

If you are 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 “Visiting 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

Letter of Permission

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

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., 2018-2019 Winter or 2019 Summer)
  • You must indicate your current bachelor's program and academic standing
  • The Letter must be in PDF format

Please have the the issuing office can email the Letter of Permission to

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.

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 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

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