2021 Winter Session

This page was last updated June 2, 2021.

UBC is currently planning a return to on-campus activity for 2021/22 Winter Session. Courses will be primarily delivered in-person, with the expectation that students will be on campus in September. In Term 1, a limited selection of courses will be 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.

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.

Which courses are in-person vs. online?

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.


Before returning to campus

Students will need to complete a mandatory COVID-19 Student Safety Training course before returning to campus. The course takes 10–15 minutes to complete and is delivered on Canvas.

For up-to-date information on UBC’s Campus Return Plan, please visit https://covid19.ubc.ca/.


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.


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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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