2021 Winter Session

This page was last updated September 7, 2021.

UBC has returned to campus for the 2021/22 Winter Session. Courses will be primarily delivered in-person, with the expectation that students will be on campus. In Term 1, a limited selection of courses are available with online delivery.

We are strongly encouraging all members of the UBC community to receive a vaccination as soon as they are eligible, and free COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to all incoming UBC students. Please visit covid19.ubc.ca for the most up-to-date information from the university and answers to frequently asked questions.


What to expect in your Arts courses

Visit this dedicated page to find the most up-to-date information on what to expect for your studies this fall. Learn what you need to know about the mask mandate for in-person classes, missing classes, mid-terms or in-class assessments due to illness, and academic concession.


If you are arriving late for classes, before September 20

The last day to drop Winter Term 1 courses without a W standing and with a full tuition refund is September 20, 2021. It is important to make a decision about changing your registration before this deadline.

While instructors are accommodating late arrivals as well as they can, you may still find it difficult to catch up with coursework for in-person courses. You are responsible for any material covered in class and there may be work that is difficult to make up.

Let your instructor know in advance if you will be arriving late, so you can plan ahead for what you will miss or make an informed decision to change your registration. Note that some departments prefer you to contact their Departmental Office rather than the individual instructors if you will be arriving late.

Contact your course instructor if your course is not referenced below:

You may want to consider reducing your Winter Term 1 course load or registering in courses that do not require you to attend in person. International students need to maintain a minimum of 9 credits per term to be considered a full-time. See a list of online courses that currently have room for registration, and what to do if an online course you’d like to register for is full.


If you are arriving after September 20 or are unable to attend Winter Term 1

If you are not able to join in-person classes before September 20, it may be difficult to catch up with in-person courses or receive extra support. We encourage you to withdraw from in-person courses by September 20, so you can withdraw without a W standing and receive a full tuition refund.

If you want to stay in a course after September 20, you have the option to withdraw from the course until October 29, but will receive a W on your transcript and you will have to pay a prorated tuition fee.

If you are an international student, carefully review the following scenarios before making a decision.

If you withdraw or do not take any Winter Term 1 2021/22 courses, in order to maintain the conditions of your study permit and eligibility for the post-graduation work permit program, you will have to register in at least 9 credits of Winter Term 2 courses starting in January 2022.

If you want to stay in a course after September 20, you have the option to withdraw from the course until October 29, but you will receive a W on your transcript and you will have to pay a prorated tuition fee. In this scenario, you may be eligible for UBC’s authorized academic leave option.

If you withdraw from Winter Term 1, Term 2, or both Terms, you may be eligible for UBC’s authorized academic leave option. See the next section for details.


Authorized Academic Leave Winter Session 2021/21

UBC recently announced a new authorized leave for international students. This leave will allow you to take time away from your studies while maintaining the conditions of your study permit and eligibility for the post-graduation work permit program.

This leave enables international students in good academic standing to take up to a year away from studies without having to reapply for admission. If you want to prove to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that you are on authorized leave, you can now request an official letter that documents your leave details.

Note: If you take a leave for the entire Winter Session, it will impact your Post Grad Work Permit eligibility. Contact International Student Advising to discuss.

To request your authorized leave and letter, complete this form. Your Campus Wide Login (CWL) will be required. If your request meets all eligibility requirements, International Student Advising will email your authorized leave letter. Please be sure to keep that email and letter for future reference. You can also access a copy of the letter through your communication tracking in the Student Service Centre (SSC).


Online Arts courses with room for registration

See a list of online courses at the Faculty of Arts that currently have room for registration.

CRWR CRWR 200 005
CRWR CRWR 308 001
CRWR CRWR 310 001
FHIS FREN 101-102, 201-202, 301-302, 401-402
FHIS SPAN 101-102, 201-202, 301-302
FHIS ITAL: 101-102, 201-202
FHIS ITAL 303
GEOG 121 101
GEOG 250
GEOG 310 101
GEOG 329
GEOS 103 101
POLI POLI 100 001
POLI POLI 260 001
POLI POLI 101 001
POLI POLI 110 001
POLI POLI 240 001
URST 200 101
VSE ECON 101 002
VSE ECON 101 005
VSE ECON 345 002
VSE ECON 351 003
VSE ECON 355 005
PSYC Psyc 101-901
PSYC Psyc 102-903
PSYC Psyc 217 901


What if an online course is full?

A small number of Arts courses will be fully online for Winter Term 1, so these courses may fill up quickly. Many Arts departments have plans to use waitlists and gradually release seats to give access for all year-levels, while prioritizing seats in online classes for students who cannot physically be on campus in time for Winter Term 1.

Go directly to the departmental website for more information if the department/course is not listed here:

African Studies AFST 250A 002
Seats will be gradually released according to different year-level registration dates. If the course is full, email arts.fyp@ubc.ca to be added to the internal waitlist.

Asian Studies
View a list of Asian Studies courses being offered online. If a course is full, register for the waitlist.

Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies
Reach out to the course instructor directly if you are looking for a seat in a full online course.

Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
CLST 105 001, LATN 101 002, and LATN 102 001: Seats will be gradually released according to different year-level registration dates. If you are able to be present on campus, you are expected to enrol in one of the in-person sections. If an online section is full, register for the waitlist and contact cners.undergrad@ubc.ca.

CLST 101 001: Seats will be gradually released according to different year-level registration dates. If the course is full, register for the waitlist and contact cners.undergrad@ubc.ca.

Creative Writing
Seats will be gradually released. If an online section is full, contact crwr.undergrad@ubc.ca.

CRWR online courses: 200 005, 200 006, 206 002, 209 001, 209 002. CRWR 308 001, 308 002, 309 002, 310 001, 353G. 400-level courses are restricted to CRWR Majors: CRWR 401F 001, 403G 004, 406F 001, 406F 003, 406G 002, 409F 005, 416F 001, 416G 002

Economics
There are five fully online sections: ECON 101-002, ECON 101-005, ECON 345-002, ECON 355-005, and ECON 356-006.

Seats will be gradually released according to the different year-level registration dates, so that all year levels get an equal chance to register for these sections.

If you are found to have registered for in-person classes in WT1, you may be removed from an online ECON section in order to make room for students who cannot attend in person.

English
Term 1 online courses: Engl 110 006, Engl 242 001, Engl 246 001, Engl 301 99A, Engl 321 99A, Engl 364 99A, and Engl 392 99A. Term 2 online courses: Engl 301 99C, Engl 322 99C, Engl 348 99C, Engl 365 99C, and Engl 372 99C.

If a course is full, please register for the waitlist.

French, Hispanics & Italian Studies
Online courses will be managed with course caps, gradually increasing by year level. If you encounter a full online course, please register in the waitlist. If you are in a situation where an online course is needed, please wait until the end of the registration period (Aug 1) to contact fhis.undergrad@ubc.ca for support.

Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Waitlists will be used to manage registration. Read more about GRSJ waitlists and registration.

Geography

Term 1 online: GEOG 121.101, GEOG 310.101, GEOG 329.101, GEOS 102.101, GEOS 103.101, GEOS 370.101, GEOS 370.201, GEOS 372.101. Term 1 hybrid (in-person not required): GEOG 250.101, URST 200.101, GEOS 270.101. Term 2 hybrid: GEOS 372.201

Check the course schedule regularly, as seats often open up. Contact undergraduate.program@geog.ubc.ca or book an advising appointment if you are looking for a seat in a full online course.

Linguistics
Term 1 online courses: LING 100 section 1, LING 100 section 3, LING 200 section 1. Waitlists will be used to manage registration. Email ling.undergrad@ubc.ca if you are looking for a seat in a full online course.

Philosophy
PHIL 220A 99A, 331A 99A, 333A 99A, 333A 99B are online. For more information see the Philosophy website.

Political Science
Seats will be gradually released according to different year-level registration dates. All “hybrid” sections require in-person attendance. If you are an Indigenous student in a community that is continuing to take increased safety measures during the pandemic, have health concerns or visa issues, and need access to an online section that is full, email poli.advising@ubc.ca for assistance.

Psychology
Email undergrad@psych.ubc.ca if you are looking for a seat in a full online course.


Registering for online or in-person courses

Quick Tips for Course Registration

  • There will be 3 modes of delivery this Winter session: Online, In-person and Hybrid.
  • Use the “Mode of Delivery” and “Requires Attendance” fields in the Course Schedule to identify which courses, discussions, tutorials, and labs are in-person, online, or hybrid.
  • An “online” Mode of Delivery does not guarantee that all course elements are fully online. Always check the course comments section for additional information relating to your course. Any exceptions will be noted in the course section.

A new labelling system has been developed to address the wide variety of modes of delivery for courses in 2021/22 Winter Session, and the uncertainty that some students may not be able to return to campus.

There will be three modes of delivery this Winter Session:

  • In-person: The course component takes place in-person.
  • Online: The course component is fully online, but all elements of the entire course may not be eligible to complete remotely. Check the Section Comments for details.
  • Hybrid: The course component takes place in-person, but will also be provided online for students who cannot come to campus. For example, the instructor may provide an asynchronous recording of an in-person lecture.

The Course Schedule search tool now allows you to search and distinguish between courses that are delivered online, in-person, or through a hybrid model, and if they require in-person attendance or can be completed remotely.

How to search for online, in-person, or hybrid courses

Filter by Mode of Delivery

Use the Mode of Delivery field to identify which courses, discussions, tutorials, and labs are in-person, online, or hybrid.

An “online” Mode of Delivery does not guarantee that all course elements are fully online. There may be some in-person elements, such as the final exam. Check the Section Comments for every course to confirm the details. When the term begins, consult the syllabus for the most up-to-date and accurate course information.

Filter for courses that require (or do not require) in-person attendance

If you are unable to attend classes in-person in Term 1, use the Course Schedule search tool and select “NO” in the “Course Requires In-Person Attendance” field. This search filter will restrict your search to display only courses that will be delivered online.

The vast majority of courses will be labeled “YES” or “NO”. In a few instances, courses might be labeled “SEE SECTION COMMENTS”. Within the Section Comments, you’ll find clarification whether the course or section has some in-person components or can be completed fully online.


Cross-Faculty Studies

If you are taking a double major, minor, or dual degree with a program delivered outside the Faculty of Arts (e.g. Science, Land and Food Systems, Applied Science etc.), contact that faculty for details about their program delivery.


Graduate Studies

If you are a UBC student in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, visit this dedicated page for up-to-date information related to funding, assessments, dissertations, and housing.


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