Students Transferring to UBC with Faculty Supervisors

  

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Students who transfer to UBC with newly hired faculty members may choose one of the following:

  • Transfer to UBC in order to complete a UBC degree. In this case, students should apply for admission in the usual way by submitting the application form, application fee, transcripts, letters of reference and any other supporting documentation required by the graduate program. It is expected that fees will be assessed as if the years spent by the student at the previous university were paid at UBC for that period. The maximum time to complete the program will be calculated on the same basis. Eligibility for awards will be as if the years spent by the student at the previous university were spent at UBC.

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  • Apply to become a visiting student in order to complete their work and graduate from their original university. Students may spend up to a year at UBC as a visiting graduate student. Credits completed while a visiting student may not subsequently be credited toward completion of a degree at UBC.

More Information:

These procedures and guidelines apply to the situation in which a graduate student registered at another university, who is supervised by a faculty member newly hired at UBC, transfers to UBC with the new faculty member to complete a UBC degree. The student must apply for admission in the usual way by submitting the application form, application fee, transcripts, letters of reference and any other supporting documentation required by the graduate program.

The graduate program should make a recommendation to admit the student to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. If the graduate program recommends acceptance, the program’s recommendation should propose detailed conditions for transfer, by taking into account the following questions:

1. Which, if any, formal courses should be required?
2. What provisions for lab space, computer access etc. are appropriate?
3. Should comprehensive exams be required? If so, when? If not, why not?
4. Is there a satisfactory supervisory committee available? Have the members expressed their willingness to serve? Are they aware of what the project entails? Where combined programs (MD-PhD) or other unique situations are anticipated, specific instructions may be needed.
5. Funding commitments, (research assistantships, teaching assistantships, financial aid/loans) should be made explicit at the time of admission.

It is expected that fees will be assessed as if the years spent by the student at the previous University were paid at UBC for that period. The maximum time to complete the program will be calculated on the same basis.

Eligibility for awards will be as if the years spent by the student at the previous University were spent at UBC. UBC awards to student can only begin once the student is registered and will be pro-rated from the date of entry.

Students transferring with Faculty from other universities may be able to transfer more than 12 credits towards their UBC degree, with the support of the graduate program as well as permission from the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students who wish to graduate from their original university may spend up to a year at UBC as a Visiting Graduate Student. Required course credits completed while a visiting student may not subsequently be credited toward completion of a degree at the University of British Columbia.