Graduate Student Vacation Policy

UBC CalendarGraduate Student Vacation Policy

Graduate students are entitled to three weeks of vacation (15 working days) from their academic obligations per academic year.

Main points:

  • The academic year means the period of time from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. The period between the Christmas and New Year statutory holidays is not counted as vacation time.
  • Vacation must be approved by the student’s supervisor and by any faculty member providing Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) funding. Vacation must be arranged so that there is minimal impact to the student's research and other obligations to the University.
  • Awards will continue while students are on approved vacation.
  • There will be no vacation pay in lieu of any vacation time not taken.

Please see the Calendar for complete information.