In accordance with the Academic Calendar, students in ‘Good Standing’, for most programs, may take an academic Leave (time away from UBC studies) of up to one full year or 12 months.
Students in some programs are required to seek permission for an academic leave before leaving. All students should discuss their plans with an academic advisor in their faculty or school.
Those who choose to take one year off will be automatically assigned an Eligibility to Return (ELTR) status on their account for the following academic year.
Example: A student in "Good Standing" after completing the 2019/20 Winter Session will automatically be eligible to register in the same program for the 2020 Summer, 2020/21 Winter, 2021 Summer and 2021/22 Winter Sessions)
Consequences of not being in good standing
Students who have been placed on academic probation may be restricted to register in a maximum number of credits in the following term. Please see your faculty’s academic regulations or contact your faculty’s advising office for more information.
Programs requiring approval for academic Leave
Students in cohort-based or limited enrolment programs are required to seek permission for an academic leave prior to departing due to limited ability to accommodate leaves in such programs.
However, for all other programs, students are highly encouraged to notify their home faculty to ensure they understand the implications and next steps. Please contact your faculty or school prior to taking an academic leave.