Frequently asked questions

Below you'll find answers to many of the most frequently asked questions by students who contact the Undergraduate Office. We've also provided links to where you can find additional information on this site, students.ubc.ca, and the UBC Calendar

Last updated June 8, 2021 at 9:00am PT

 

  • All years
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • International students
All years

Course basics

What is the difference between a course and a section?
What do the abbreviations LEC, WEB, TUT, LAB, etc. mean?
What are prerequisites?
What are co-requisites?
What is the difference between general and restricted seats in a course?
What is transfer credit?
Where can I see my transfer credit and how do I use it toward my degree?

Registration

How do I register for courses?
How many credits do I need to be registered in?
When are the course schedules available for the summer and winter sessions?
When is registration?
A course I want to take is full. Can I ask the instructor if I can join? Can I be added to a waitlist?
There is a restricted seat available in a course for which I’ve been trying to register. Why can’t I register for that seat?
Can I increase the number of credits I’m allowed to register for?
When is the deadline to add a course or drop a course once it has started?
Can I be added to a course after the deadline to register?
I dropped a course after the deadline and have a W for it? What does this mean?
I’m planning to take some time off from my studies? What do I need to do?
Can I request permission to take courses at other universities?
Can I retake a course to get a better grade?

Degree requirements

What courses do I need to take?
What’s an elective and how many do I need to take?
How do I choose which electives to take?
What courses do I need to be promoted?
Do I need to complete all of my elective requirements for my year to be promoted?
Can I take longer than four years to complete my degree?
Can I switch my degree program?

Options (i.e., specializations), minors, and concentrations

How do I declare my major?
What’s the difference between an option and a specialization? An option and a concentration?
Can I complete a double major or a minor?
Can I change my option after I choose it?
Can I double count courses between concentrations, options, and minors?

Academic support

I'm struggling to understand some of the material in a course. Where can I get help?
Where can I learn more about academic integrity and properly citing sources in my work?

Health and wellness

Where can I access resources to support my wellbeing?

Academic concession

What can I do if an illness or another personal challenge/conflict is impacting my ability to attend classes and complete course work?
How do I request an academic concession?

Exams

When will the exam schedule be published?
What is an exam hardship?
What do I need to know about writing exams at UBC?
Can I retake an exam that I've already written?
What do I do if I miss my exam?
What do I do if I experienced technical issues during an online exam that prevented me from completing it?
I’ve been granted deferred standing (SD). When will my deferred exam be scheduled?

Grades

When will my grades be available after I have completed a course?
Are there minimum grade requirements in courses?
How will my academic performance for the year be evaluated?
If I am asked to discontinue from the program because of my academic performance, can I appeal the decision?
What is the Dean’s Honour Roll?
What is Credit/D/Fail grading?

Additional opportunities

Where can I learn more about the Co-op Program?
Where can I learn more about the Exchange Program?
Where can I learn more about the Commerce Scholars Program?
Where can I learn more about the Portfolio Management Foundation Program?

Tuition, fees, scholarships, awards, and funding

Is tuition reduced for online courses?
When is tuition due? What payment options are available?
What happens if I don't pay my tuition by the deadline?
Who can I talk to about my tuition, fees, or student loans?
Am I eligible for scholarships and awards? Do I need to apply?

Year 1

Year 1 course requirements 

Registration

I have transfer credit from high school. Can I use these credits toward my degree?
Can I drop courses from my standard timetable (STT)?
Can I switch sections of courses within my STT?

Degree requirements

How do I choose my electives?
How many electives do I need to do in first year?

Year 2

Year 2 course requirements

Registration

I'm a transfer student who is new to Sauder. How do I figure out which courses to take?
How do I choose my option?
When and how do I declare my option?

Year 3

Year 3 course requirements

Registration

I'm a transfer student who is new to Sauder. How do I figure out which courses to take?
How do I choose my option?
When and how do I declare my option?
How can I complete a double option?

Year 4

Year 4 course requirements

Registration

What can I do if I’m unable to register for a course that I need to graduate?

Graduation

Is there a deadline by which I need to complete all of my degree requirements?
How can I check that I have completed all of my degree requirements?
Do I need to apply to graduate?
How do I declare my double option, concentration, or minor?
If I finish all of my degree requirements in the fall term of the winter session, when can I graduate?
If I finish all of my degree requirements in the summer session, when can I graduate?
Am I eligible for a Degree with Honours?
Can I take more courses after I graduate?

International students

Travel

I’d like to return to Canada to resume my studies in Vancouver? Can I request a letter of support for travel?

Registration

I’m planning to take a break from my studies. How will this affect my eligibility for a post-graduation work permit?


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