Registration for Non-Degree students

Here are your next steps now that you've been admitted

How to register

  1. Log in to Student Service Centre (SSC)

    1. If you didn't create a CWL account when you applied, sign up now:

      1. Review the CWL terms of use

      2. Select Student & Alumni

      3. Fill out the form. Your SSC password will be your birthdate in yy/mm/dd format

      4. Use your new login name and password to access the SSC

      5. Reset your password online

  2. Find out when your registration begins

    A registration date is assigned on the SSC a few weeks before registration opens for your student category (Winter Session and Summer Session dates).

  3. Pay your deposit and application fee

    Pay your registration deposit and application fee (if applicable).  The deposit appears on the SSC a few weeks prior to your registration date.

  4. Register in courses

    Register in courses when your registration opens. Many courses fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

  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 inform yourself about the UBCcardU-Pass, and Student Health & Dental Plan (if applicable).

Trouble registering?

Prerequisites and Transfer Credit

If you have trouble registering yourself in a course on the SSC because you took the equivalent prerequisite course at another institution:

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

Non-Degree students do not receive transfer credit from other institutions. This means your academic history from another post-secondary institution is not transferred into the UBC system even though you may have provided transcripts for the purpose of an admission decision.

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 SSC.

  • 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 instructors' discretion and may not be granted.

  • Check the course schedule

    Keep checking the course schedule as registration fluctuates throughout the registration period.

  • We're sorry!

    Unfortunately, sometimes it's just not possible to register in a course; it's full.

What else do I need 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.
  • If you are an international student and not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may need to take 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.

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