Academic Advising

Arts Academic Advising supports the academic success of the faculty’s 12,500 undergraduate students. From the point of admission, Advising provides programs and services to help students make informed and thoughtful decisions about their academic path throughout their degree program.

All Arts students have access to Arts Academic Advising. In addition:

Contact information is available on department and degree program websites.

Students in the Bachelor of Music (BMus) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) are provided advising services within their respective schools.

How we help:

Undergraduate Students

  • Ease students’ transition to university life, including support with the course selection and registration process
  • Give ongoing support and encouragement to students as they experience questions/concerns with their coursework
  • Provide targeted assistance to students who are having academic difficulty and may be in danger of academic probation or failure
  • Make appropriate referrals to other campus resources as needed (eg., Counselling Services, Access and Diversity, Student Health)
  • Adjudicate student graduation
  • Provide targeted services/support to Aboriginal students and International students with specialized teams of advisors

Faculty and Staff

  • Collaborate with units across campus on initiatives to support student success
  • Work with Department Advisors who are supporting students in their program specializations
  • Assist and support faculty with academic concession cases and aiding students in distress
  • Inform and connect faculty and staff to resources available to students across campus

Four ways to contact Advising

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in Arts Academic Advising is available from 1pm to 4pm, Monday through Thursday in Buchanan D111. To join the virtual line text “UBC” to 604.229.4098 and follow the prompts. Extended hours of 10am to 4pm are in effect the first two weeks of September and January (add/drop period). Closed on statutory holidays.

Call or visit our Information Desk

Our information desk and phone staff can answer many of your general questions.

Monday – Friday    9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed weekends and statutory holidays
Buchanan D111, 1866 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Phone: 604.822.4028


Contact Arts Academic Advising form (CWL authentication required)
Aboriginal Students –

Please Note: During peak periods it may take up to three business days to receive a reply.



Quick Question? Ask Advising on Facebook. Our Arts Peer Advisors visit our Facebook page daily (Mon-Fri) to answer your advising related questions in visitor posts.