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Visiting Students

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.

Please note that enrolment is limited in some programs, and that admission as a visiting student does not guarantee registration in 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.

When can I apply?

Application deadlines can be found here.

How much does it cost?

    All students who are accepted as Visiting Students will be assessed an application fee and will be required to pay 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 3 credits (one term) or 6 credits (two terms) 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 policy.

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

    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:

    If you're new to UBC

    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. Create or login to your account at
      2. Apply to Undergraduate Degree Programs (not Non-Degree Studies)
      3. On the Program Selection page, select the Visiting Students box
      4. Submit your application
      1. UBC's Undergraduate Admissions Office will contact you with a confirmation of your application and your next steps in 2-5 business days

      If you've registered in courses at UBC before

      Please request visiting eligibility by emailing

      Under Subject line use Non-Degree Studies - Visiting student

      In your message, please 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)

      Please note: 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 (i.e. 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?

      • Please 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
      • Submit all required documents to Undergraduate Admission, Attention: Non-Degree Studies at

      Last reviewed shim5/9/2019 8:34:30 AM