Registration for Non-Degree students

Next steps for non-degree students after being admitted

How to register for courses

  1. Log in to Student Service Centre (SSC)

    If you didn't create a Campus Wide Login (CWL) account when you applied, sign up now. Be sure to select “Student & Alumni” in the process.
  2. Find out when your registration begins

    A registration date is assigned in your Student Services Centre (SSC) two weeks before registration opens for your student category. See Winter Session and Summer Session dates.

  3. Pay your deposit and application fee

    You will need to pay your application fee if applicable, as well as the registration deposit.  The deposit appears on the SSC a few weeks before your registration date.

  4. Register in courses

    Register in your courses on the Course Schedule as soon as your registration opens. You will be able to do so until the course add/drop deadline. Non-Degree Studies students receive registration eligibility after all other degree seeking students, you may need to wait to get into a popular course. 

  5. Pay your tuition & student fees

    Check and pay your fees on the SSC by the due date, or you may be charged a late payment fee and interest on the outstanding amount. Remember to learn about the UBCcardU-Pass, and Student Health & Dental Plan (if applicable).

If you have trouble registering

Prerequisites and Transfer Credit

Non-Degree students do not receive transfer credit from other institutions. Your SSC will not automatically show transfer credits even though you may have provided transcripts for the purpose of an admission decision. If you took a prerequisite course at another institution, you will need to:

  • Use a Registration Form 
  • Have an up-to-date copy of your transcript with you just in case

If your desired course is full

  • Online waitlists

    Some courses have waitlists on the SSC that you can register for.  You will not be notified that you have been moved from the waitlist into the course, so check your registration regularly on the Course Schedule. Please note that there is no guarantee of section access based on waitlist registration.

  • Informal waitlists

    Some instructors have informal waitlists and during the registration period may sign Registration Forms for students on their waitlists or for those who come to class and request it.  This is at the instructor's discretion and may not be granted.

  • Check the course schedule

    Keep checking the Course Schedule as students add or drop courses throughout the registration period.

Other things to know

  • Generally, students are admitted to an entire academic session (winter or summer) and may choose to register either in one term or both terms.
  • UBC registration occurs on a sessional basis. For example, if admitted for the Winter session, you will register for courses in both terms (September and January) at the same time.
  • If you are an international student and not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may need to follow additional steps after admission to UBC. Please review the information on study permits and visas.
  • For more detailed instructions and information on registering, creating worklists, and adding, dropping, and switching classes, read about course registration.
  • Non-Degree students are not eligible for Credit/D/F grading. You can consider auditing courses.

More information

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