Important COVID-19 Updates for Undergrads

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Answers to Your FAQs


You’ve got questions, we’ve got some answers! We’ve compiled a list of your most frequently asked questions and will continue to add to and update this list as new questions come forward.

FAQs Last updated: January 21, 2022


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Campus Safety Measures | Course Delivery | Registration | Course Specific Information

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Campus Safety Measures

Please make sure you read the information UBC is posting here. It is important that you are informed on the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures on campus, including mask mandates, vaccine disclosure requirements, and the impacts these will have on your academic and non-academic experience at UBC this year.


Course Delivery

New for the 2021 Winter Session schedule, you will now see two new columns called “Mode of Delivery” and “Course Requires In-Person Attendance” for each activity (in addition to days, start time, end time, etc.). Look to these columns for details. Here’s what you may see:

Mode of Delivery = In-person, Online or Hybrid

  • In-person = course is offered in-person
  • Online = course is offered online
  • Hybrid = course will have combination of in-person and online activities

Course Required In-Person Attendance = Yes, No, See Section Comments

  • Yes = yes, you have to show up in this class in person
  • No = no, you do not have to participate in person
  • See Section Comments = see the ‘Section comments’ column for details, as this course doesn’t fit neatly in to one box or the other. You will want to read these carefully so you understand what the expectations are for you.

Of course, if you have any questions, please contact LFS Student Services and we'll do our best to help you interpret what's posted.

Synchronous means ‘at the same time’, and refers to course activities that require you to be logged on at the set time for your class listed in the course schedule. This could be live lectures, midterms or quizzes, group project work, or other activities that are scheduled and must be completed at that time. Asynchronous is the opposite of this- coursework that can happen at any time, allowing you to work on your own schedule (while still keeping deadlines in mind, of course!). This could be recorded lectures, readings, Canvas quizzes, or homework assignments.

Your classes may be using synchronous or asynchronous methods, or a combination of both. Each instructor will decide on the best methods to engage the course and allow students to meet the learning objectives that have been set out. Your course syllabus and Canvas will provide you with the details.



If you are interested in registering in courses that have a conflict, you need permission from both instructors to take the classes. You need to have them e-sign the official 'UBC Conflict Registration Form' and then submit the signed document to LFS Student Services at with the words "Conflict Registration Form" in the subject heading of your email. Download the form here.

Like the name says: just...wait! For LFS courses, we are reviewing seat availability in sections and moving students off the wait list (in priority sequence) in to available seats as we are able. For courses in other departments (like BIOL, CHEM, etc.), they are doing the same. Just keep your eye on your list of registered courses in your SSC as you may not always receive an email notifying you that you have been added to a class.

All wait lists are done manually, and staff will be accommodating as many students as they can all the way up to the published add deadlines of each term.


Course-Specific Information

The Chemistry and Physics Departments updated their course codes and delivery methods for teaching, so you may see some changes to course codes at the first-year level. We strongly encourage you to review the information each Department has posted online.

The new course codes will be accepted in place of their equivalents for the purpose of year promotion and to meet degree requirements. However, if you have any questions, you're welcome to contact LFS Student Services.



Details of the application process and graduation timelines for both November 2021 (course work completed by October 30, 2021) and May 2022 (course work completed by April 30, 2022) are available here.

If you are already assigned year 4 standing, you will be able to apply via your SSC. If you are not already in year 4 standing, please email LFS Student Services to request a review of your year level, or to request a 'Late Application for Graduation' after the online application window closes.


Student Engagement & Careers

We have lots of opportunities within the Faculty and UBC open to students. Email Thilini, the LFS Student Engagement Officer, to chat about the various opportunities available to you.

Visit CareersOnline to book 1-on-1 career advising with our Career Strategist, Rob Kim, or attend career webinars on topics from resume to job search. You will also find work and volunteer opportunities on the job board. Visit for career-related resources.


Additional Resources

We know that this is a particularly challenging time, and want to encourage you to reach out for support when needed. UBC has a variety of resources available to students, some of them we've featured below:

If you can't find what you're looking for here, try using the Campus Lightbox search tool - it's an expanded student's guide to all UBC resources.

UBC International Student Advising has gathered many of the questions international students like you are wondering about in relation to immigration and health insurance on their website, so please take a look. There may be changes to your ability to work in Canada, travel to Vancouver, or apply for required immigration documents depending on your circumstances and the emerging information about COVID-19. Information is being updated regularly as new details are announced, so please bookmark this page if the content is relevant for you.

Joining us this fall? Welcome to LFS! All new students should check out the info we posted on the Welcome To LFS section of our website so you're up to date with activities and resources to support your transition in to UBC and LFS. Also, check your inboxes for an email inviting you to log in to LFS ROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition & Study Skills) Canvas course, where you can meet your peers, connect with upper-year students, staff and faculty, attend webinars and workshops and get all your questions answered in the months ahead. We look forward to connecting with you!


Contact LFS Student Services

If, after reading through this information, you still have questions, you are welcome to contact an Academic Advisor in LFS Student Services. We thank you in advance for your patience as our volumes are higher than normal under these extraordinary circumstances.


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