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Credit Load, Withdrawals and Academic Leave

1. Credit Load

Students interested in taking more than the recommended credits (per term or per session) for their Major should consult with LFS Student Services; this is not normally permitted. First-year students especially should note that taking more than the recommended number of credits per term may make the transition to university studies more difficult than necessary.

As per Campus-wide Policies and Regulations, students are not permitted to take courses for academic credit at other post-secondary institutions concurrently with their program in the Faculty without receiving prior consent from the Director, LFS Student Services. The Faculty is not obligated to grant transfer credit for students who do not receive permission in advance of attempting courses elsewhere.

2. Withdrawal

A student who decides to withdraw from a course should refer to Change of Registration.

A student who decides to withdraw from the University should refer to Withdrawal.

3. Academic Leave

Students in good academic standing after a Winter Session are normally eligible to register in the following Summer and Winter Sessions but may choose instead to take an Academic Leave of up to one academic year. In this case, students will retain eligibility to register in the next Winter Session. If away for more than one academic year, however, students must apply for readmission through Enrolment Services. Published deadlines will apply. Academic Leave is not an opportunity to take courses toward the students’ UBC degree at another institution. A student who wishes to study at another institution must consult with LFS Student Services in advance to determine whether or not they are eligible for a Letter of Permission. Students with student loans or scholarships are advised to consult with an Enrolment Services Professional before taking a leave, as there may be financial implications.

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