Visiting students

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If you are a student at a recognized post-secondary 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. All Visiting Student applications are processed by Undergraduate Admissions on the Vancouver campus, and all inquiries can be sent to

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 at a recognized post-secondary institution. Some programs also require that you satisfy course prerequisites in order to be admissible or to enrol in particular subjects.

Enrolment is limited in some programs, and 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.


All students who are accepted as Visiting Students will be assessed an application fee and will be required to play an acceptance deposit upon successful admission.

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 three or six 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.

Visit the Academic Calendar for the most up-to-date fees and policies.

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


View the application deadlines.

If you’re new to UBC

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

Step one:

Ensure that you meet the English Language Requirement.

Step two:

Visit the course schedule to view the courses offered, and choose the courses that you are interested in taking.

Step three:

Apply through youbc and select the following information in the sections indicated:

  • Create or login to your account at
  • Apply to Undergraduate Degree Programs and Non-Degree Studies
  • On the Program Selection page, select the Visiting Students box
  • Submit your application

Step four:

UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions Office will contact you with a confirmation of your application and your next steps in 5-7 business days.

Step five:

Submit all required and any additional documents to:

The University of British Columbia

Undergraduate Admissions, Attention: Non-Degree Studies

2016 – 1874 East Mall

Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1

If you’ve previously applied to, been admitted to or have studied at UBC

As a student record has already been established in the UBC system with your information, please request visiting eligibility by emailing

Under subject line, use Non-Degree Studies – Visiting student.

In your email, include the following:

  • Full name
  • UBC student number
  • Date of birth
  • Name of school
  • Name of bachelor degree program
  • Desired start date of UBC courses (month and year)
  • Campus preference (Vancouver or Okanagan)

Visiting students are admitted to UBC for one academic session (Winter or Summer) at a time. If you want to continue your UBC registration in subsequent sessions you will have to reapply using the above application request procedure.

Letters of Permission

Visiting students are required to provide a Letter of Permission issued by their home institution. All Letters of Permission should:

  • Be typed on official university letterhead or written on an appropriate university form
  • Include a list of all courses that you wish to take
  • Include the academic session you are applying to (e.g. 2019 Summer or 2019 Winter)
  • Show your current program of study and academic standing

The issuing office can email the Letter of Permission to in PDF format. Your Letter of Permission is only valid for one session. You will need to submit a new letter for any subsequent sessions in which you register for courses.

What else do I need to know?

  • Note: Depending on the time of year, it may take your school several weeks to produce your official transcript and Letter of Permission, so plan ahead.
  • Admission as a Visiting student does not guarantee registration in the courses requested or subsequent admission to a degree program at UBC.