Visiting Students

If you are a student completing a degree program at a recognized degree-granting institution, you are welcome to apply to UBC's Okanagan campus as a visiting student, and to take courses at UBC that will transfer back to your home institution.

Is this the right option for me?

UBC's Okanagan campus is a university like no other. Here you will enjoy a small, friendly campus with big-university resources and unparalleled access to innovative professors.

You must provide evidence that you are a student in good standing in a degree program at a recognized degree-granting institution. Some programs also require that you satisfy course prerequisites in order to be admissible or to enrol in particular subjects.

Please note that enrolment is limited in some programs, and that admission as a visiting student does not guarantee entrance to the courses requested, nor does it guarantee subsequent admission to a degree program at UBC's Okanagan campus.

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in English before they're admitted.

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How much does it cost?

All visiting applicants will be assessed an application fee, as follows:

  • $60 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • $100 for international students

Tuition fees for UBC students are assessed on a per-credit basis and depend on the level of the course and the faculty in which it is offered.

Most undergraduate courses are 3 or 6 credits in value, although there are exceptions. The course schedule will detail the credit value of a course. Students studying on campus at UBC are assessed student fees in addition to their tuition.

Most student fees are assessed on a per-credit basis, so depending on how many credits you are taking, the total amount of student fees owing will fluctuate.

Expect to pay about $100–$150 per course for course materials. Course materials are available through the UBC Okanagan Bookstore.

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How do I get started?

If you wish to take on-campus courses, apply to UBC's Okanagan campus as a Visiting student by following the steps below:

  1. Ensure that you meet the English Language Requirement.
  2. Visit the course schedule to view the courses offered, and choose the courses that you are interested in taking.
  3. Apply through youbc and select the following information in the sections indicated:
    1. Select the Okanagan campus and log in.
    2. Select My application.
    3. Select Ready to apply.
    4. Select Apply, and choose Undergraduate Studies.
    5. Under Program Selection, choose Visitor.
  4. You will receive an acknowledgement email from UBC's Non-Degree Studies office advising you as to which supporting documents are required to process your application.
  5. Upon submission of these documents, your application will be evaluated.  Once a decision is reached, you will be notified by mail as well as online through the Student Service Centre.
  6. Register for classes at UBC's Okanagan campus.
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