Course registration

How to register: 

Step 1: Plan your first year

Use the first year advising guide specific to your degree program to help you select courses. 

Step 2: Choose your courses 

You have lots of course choices as a UBC Okanagan student! When you choose your coursework, keep the following in mind: 

Degree Requirements

You don’t need to complete all of your degree requirements within your first year but you do need to know what the requirements are and plan to meet them before you graduate.

Major/Minor/Concentration/Specialization Requirements 

Explore your options within your selected program. If you are a first year student, you won’t be required to declare a Major/Minor/Concentration or Specialization before you register, but you need to take the necessary first-year and second-year courses in preparation for your ultimate goal. Consult the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar for more information. 

For more program-specific information on choosing and declaring Majors/Minors/Concentrations/Specializations, visit Declaring Majors

Winter Session and Summer Session 

Winter Session runs from September to April and is divided into two terms.
Term 1 is from September to December
Term 2 is from January to April

Summer Session runs from May to August and is divided into two terms. 
Term 1 is from May to June
Term 2 is from July to August

When you register for each session, be sure to register for both Term 1 and Term 2.
Most courses are 3 credits (over one term). Courses that run over both terms are normally 6 credits.

How many credits can I take in a session? 

For the Winter Session, students in most UBC Okanagan programs can register in a maximum of 18 credits per term (6 courses), or 36 credits for the entire Session. This is a very heavy work load and not recommended. If you are considering 6 courses in one term talk with an academic advisor first.

Most students take 15 credits per term (5 courses), or 30 credits for the entire Session. 

Many students also take fewer than 5 courses per term, allowing for time to work, play, or study. It’s up to you on how many credits you take. Always be aware of drop dates (can be found on the SSC when looking at a specific course) – you may want to lighten the load if things seem too much. Keep in mind that there is a minimum number of credits you need to be registered in to qualify for on campus housing, student loans, and scholarships. If you are unsure of what that is, consult with Housing or Student Services

For the Summer Session, students in most UBC Okanagan programs can take a maximum of 12 credits (4 courses). You aren't required to take any credits during the Summer Session.   

Step 3: Log into the Student Service Centre (SSC)

Log into the SSC and start browsing at the Course Schedule. In the Course Schedule you will be able to create worklists or practice schedules. This will give you a good idea of what your schedule will look like in the coming year. Check the SSC for information on how to create a worklist.

Be aware that one-hour classes are actually 50 minutes and one-and-a-half hour classes are actually 80 minutes. The extra 10 minutes gives you time to get to your next class. 

In your SSC account you will be able to create worklists, or practice timetables, so that you have an idea of what your year will look like. Once you have a worklist that you are happy with, you can submit it to our office so that we can check it over. When it comes time to register for your courses you can go into your worklist and select "Register All". As long as there is still space in the courses, you meet prerequisites, and it hasn't been blocked you will be registered into the courses.

Dropping courses, full courses, and more

When should I drop a course? 

Be aware of drop/withdrawal deadlines and drop the course as soon as you know you decide that don’t want to take it. Your fellow students are waiting for the chance to grab an open seat. The first drop deadline allows you to drop without financial penalty or any notation on your transcript. After that, you’ll have to pay at least for part of the course, and you’ll see a ‘W’ on your transcript.

As drop/withdrawal deadlines approach, assess your ability to meet your obligations. If you feel overwhelmed, it may be wise to adjust your course load, or discuss your concerns with an Academic Advisor

Note: If you are required to maintain a minimum course load due to housing, funding or other circumstances, make sure you are aware of how many credits you must be registered in before you consider withdrawing from a course. 

The course I want is full. Now what? 

There are a couple of ways to deal with full classes and which one is applicable depends on the particular course.

On-line waitlists: Some courses have waitlists. That means you can register for the waitlist on the SSC. These waitlists look like sections of a course, but they will say “waitlist” or "WL". It is still your responsibility to monitor the course for an available seat and add yourself to the course, if possible. Certain departments will block a course once it becomes full. If a course is blocked and has a waitlist available, add yourself to the waitlist and you’ll be notified by email if you've been moved into the class as space becomes available. Always be sure to check the Section Comments for more information – they can be very helpful.      

Note: Waitlist sections are included in your total registered credits for the term. 

Check the course schedule regularly: You’ll be surprised at how many people make changes to their schedule all summer, and if someone drops a course while you’re on the system, you can enter it that way.

Try to find another class: Try using the Course Search function on the UBC Course Schedule to find another suitable course if you cannot get into the one you want.

The course is blocked or restricted, what does that mean? 

Blocked course: If a class is ‘blocked’ it means that seats in the class are currently not available. If the course has a waitlist section, register yourself on it. Also check the SSC frequently for open seats. Sometimes you will see a course is blocked but has seats still available. You still need to add yourself to the waitlist if you want to eventually get into the course. Check the Section Comments for more information. 

Restricted course: Some seats in courses may be reserved for students in particular programs or year levels. If you’re not sure if you might be included in that restriction, try to register in the course.
Many courses have restricted seats (reserved) and general seats (anyone can register in a general seat) - if there are general seats available you should be able to register in the course.


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