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Visiting Students

A visiting graduate student is one who is attending UBC to complete coursework and/or research toward the requirements of a graduate degree at the home university. To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, the student must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at another recognized university. Normally, students may hold visiting status at UBC for a maximum of 12 months.

Applicants for regular visiting student status (other than those applying under the Western Deans Agreement or the Graduate Exchange Agreement) must submit the following documentation:

  • Graduate Studies Online Application and the application fee.
  • Two sets of official transcripts of the graduate program for which the applicant is currently registered.
  • Evidence of English proficiency, where applicable, in the form of an official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB score.
  • Letter of permission from the home university's registrar or department head confirming that the coursework and/or research undertaken at UBC while a visiting student is for the purpose of completing the graduate degree requirements at the home university.

At the recommendation of the graduate program, the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will issue a formal offer of admission to the visiting student. Visiting students cannot use the Student Service Centre on the web to register; they must be registered in coursework or non-credit activity (if doing research only) by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

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