Failed Years and Readmission

If you have been required to withdraw from UBC based on your academic performance, there are some options available for you to return.

Failed year standing

At the end of every academic session, you are assessed for eligibility to continue based on your sessional average. If you are required to withdraw from the Faculty of Arts or another faculty at UBC, know that you are not alone and many students successfully return to their studies once they have regained a pattern of academic success while away from UBC.

If you wish to complete your degree in Arts after receiving a failed year standing, you can contact Arts Academic Advising to discuss your situation and develop a new academic success plan. Also, you may wish to contact other on-campus support units relating to finance, health, and wellness during this time.

Readmission after a failed year

Readmission deadline

The deadline to apply for readmission is May 15.

Readmission application process

Carefully read UBC readmissions criteria below, paying particular attention to the information about Arts-eligible credits. Once you meet readmission criteria, you may apply for readmission via the SSC by May 15, under the “admissions” tab.

If you’ve completed 53 or fewer total of UBC Arts-eligible credits

In order to qualify for readmission, you must complete 21 university-transferable credits at a post-secondary institution with a minimum overall of 3.0 or UBC Arts’ competitive average, whichever is lower and also satisfy UBC’s admission policy.

There is no time limit to complete these credits, so you can choose to study part-time at college and complete the required number of credits over several terms. The earliest you can be readmitted is one full academic year (September – August) after you were assigned a Failed Year standing.

If you’ve completed 54 or more total of UBC Arts-eligible credits

In order to qualify for readmission, you must sit out for one full academic year (September – August) and are not required to complete transferable credits. Readmission is guaranteed in this circumstance.

Appeal for permission to continue

If your failed year standing is due to a short-term circumstance, you may appeal your initial requirement to withdraw from UBC Arts. Successful appeals require evidence that the situation has been resolved. You can submit a letter of appeal and supporting documentation directly to Arts Academic Advising via the permission to continue appeal form.  The deadline to appeal for permission to continue is June 30 of each year. The appeal form is available from May 20 – July 1 each year.

Appeal deadline

The deadline to appeal for permission to continue after a failed year is June 30.


Readmission after two failed years

If you experience a second failed year, you must follow the readmission application process, and then you will be prompted to submit a letter of intent with supporting documents for committee review (deadline is May 31).

Applications are reviewed carefully, taking into account that the issues causing the failed years have been resolved. Students who experience two failed years do not have a right to readmission.

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