Admission to UBC

To register for distance learning courses, you must first be formally admitted to UBC. You can apply for admission via youbc as an undergraduate degree student, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as a graduate degree student, or through Non-Degree Studies if you are not seeking a UBC degree.

Undergraduate and graduate students are those admitted to UBC on either a full-time or part-time basis, and who are planning to graduate with a degree or diploma. You will follow the same admissions procedure as any prospective student.

Non-Degree Studies includes different categories of students not completing a UBC degree. All applicants interested only in online learning courses may apply through Access Studies.

For more information on admissions please contact:

Enrolment Services
Tel: 604 822 9836
Toll Free: 1 877 272 1422

Website: Enrolment Services
Website: Non-Degree Studies

Before You Register

If you are in a study program, please make sure that you discuss your plans to take distance learning courses with a faculty advisor to ensure that they fit your program requirements.

If you receive a student loan, keep in mind to contact your Financial Assistance and Awards Advisor. Distance learning courses have specific start and end dates and some may exceed the regular university term or span both winter and summer session. As student loan regulations require students to complete their courses in a specified time frame, this might have an effect on your student loan. You may have to reconsider your choice, or decide to contact the course instructor for permission to accelerate through the course.

If you are living in a remote area or are studying from overseas, we advise you to contact the course instructor before registration. Let the instructor know about your location and find out how much flexibility she or he can allow you with regard to the submission of assignments. If you consider taking an online course, make sure that your local Internet connection is adequate enough in order to proceed through the course without any problems.


Once you are admitted to UBC and have received your student number, you can register for courses online through the Student Service Centre. Please consult the Courses and Programs page for course codes.

Please see the online registration and course fees page for more information.