Visitors from Canadian Universities

Students enrolled in graduate programs at other Canadian universities may enrol at UBC as a visiting student through one of three mechanisms:

Mechanism Universities included
Western Dean's Agreement
  • Athabasca University
  • University of Alberta
  • Brandon University
  • University of British Columbia
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Victoria
Graduate Exchange Agreement
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of Montréal
Regular Visiting Students
  • All other Canadian universities

Western Dean's Agreement

Students at participating Universities in Western Canada can attend other institutions as visiting students without having to pay the host university's tuition fees.

Students may be required to pay student, activity, application, or other ancillary fees to the host institution, according to general policies in effect at the host institution. Wherever possible, these fees will also be waived.

To visit UBC under the Western Dean's Agreement, fill out the WDA Authorization Form and obtain the required signatures.

Students must have the Western Deans' Agreement Authorization form approved by the relevant Graduate Program Advisor and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the host institution at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the course(s) requested. The fee waiver is not available retroactively.

To qualify, you must be:

  • in good academic standing in a graduate program at the home institution
  • up-to-date in payment of all current and back fees at the home institution
  • seeking to take courses that are considered integral to your degree program

Students in the following graduate programs are not eligible for the WDA: MRSc, MET, MFA Creative Writing Distance, MEng, MBA or MM

Courses taken by PhD students under the Western Deans' Agreement will not be credited to their degree programs.

More information on the Western Dean's Agreement.

Graduate Exchange Agreement

This agreement allows graduate students in good academic standing at UBC, McGill University, University of Toronto and University of Montréal to take courses at each other's university without having to pay extra tuition fees to the host institution.

Graduate Exchange Authorization forms are available here.

The terms of the agreement for the Graduate Exchange Agreement are the same as those set out for the Western Deans' Agreement.

Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Protocol

The Canadian Universities Graduate Transfer Protocol (CUGTA) is to provide students in good standing enrolled in a graduate degree or diploma program at a CAGS member university the opportunity to avail themselves of courses offered at another member institution (host) for transfer credit to the program at their institution (home). Visit the CAGS website for more information.

Regular Visiting Students

Students with good academic standing at Canadian universities not participating in other exchange agreements may enrol at UBC as regular visiting students.  Students may hold visiting status at UBC for a maximum of twelve months.

If you do not meet the requirements for any of the above-named exchange agreements and wish to take courses at UBC and pay fees, please contact the graduate program directly. The graduate program staff in your selected area of research can advise you on how to apply via the online system.

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Visiting graduate students who are engaged in research activity only (no courses) must register for the non-credit activity 'Visiting Graduate Student' (VGRD500). The fee for each registration in this activity, which covers either Winter Session Term 1 or Term 2, or Summer Session, is equal to the tuition fee for one credit of coursework plus authorized student fees.

Note for international students: International students registered at a partner Canadian university taking courses at UBC through one of these exchange agreements will automatically be assessed the iMED fee. For those who already have coverage, you must follow an opt-out procedure to have the iMED fees lifted. Please visit the Student Services website for more information on opting out of the iMED insurance.