This definition is for immigration purposes to denote students who may be eligible to work full time on or off campus .
Registered, eligible, or continuing students in UBC degree, diploma, or certificate programs are considered on a “scheduled break” if:
- They were full time for immigration purposes in the previous term, and
- Their degrees have not been conferred, and
- They will resume full-time studies in the following term
Summer: Students in graduate programs or the Diploma in Accounting Program (DAP) are deemed to be on an academic summer session, not a scheduled break. All other degree-, diploma-, or certificate-seeking students, who meet the above criteria, are deemed to be on a scheduled break, NOT an academic summer session, regardless of their academic activity.
Students on a scheduled break are permitted to work full time on or off campus as per Immigration Refugee and Protection Regulation 186 (v)(iii).
Scheduled breaks include:
- Midterm break (Okanagan only)
- Winter Break
- Reading Week
- Break between Winter Term 2 and Summer
- Summer (not available for students in graduate programs or the Diploma in Accounting Program (DAP))
- Break between Summer and Winter Term 1
International students on a scheduled break can start work on the first day after the posted final exam period of the term as per the UBC Vancouver or UBC Okanagan academic calendar. They can work until the day before the first day of classes of the term that follows the break.
Exception: If an international student’s academic program has start and end dates which differ from those specified in the applicable academic calendar, the student can start work on the first day after the posted final exam period of their program’s term. They can work until the day before the first day of classes of the term that follows the break.
 Work refers to work which is authorized by a study permit. Students who also hold work permits may be able to work additional days/hours in addition to work authorized by their study permits.