Important COVID-19 Updates for Undergrads

Hello LFS!

We recognize that you may have questions, so to stay on top of things, we encourage you to monitor UBC’s official channels of communication which include any emails directly from UBC, the UBC COVID-19 response page and here!

We want to thank you for your patience as we continue to modify our services to best support you during these changes.


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.

Last updated: June 01, 2021


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Course Delivery | Registration | Course Specific Information

Graduation & Year Level Promotion | Student Engagement & Careers | Resources


Course Delivery

On Monday, March 8, all students and members of the UBC community received an email from President Santa Ono confirming that UBC will "return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September." Check your inboxes for this announcement, or read the President's statement here.

On Friday, April 16, all current students received an email from Dean, Rickey Yada with a further update, so please check your inboxes for that.

You can be assured that all staff and faculty are reviewing and updating safety plans in accordance with public health guidelines, and under direction from the government and health authorities, and things will evolve in the months ahead as circumstances and restrictions change. It will take some time for the details of how things will look and operate to be finalized, so thank you for your patience as we all work to ensure a safe return for all members of UBC's community. Please monitor this page and your email for updates - we will be sure to communicate decisions with you here and by email, as soon as we're able.

Most undergraduate classes across Faculties will also be taught in-person in the 2021 Winter Session, but it is possible they may offer some online sections. For information on specific courses, please check the 2021 Winter Session course schedule, and look to the column "Mode of Delivery" to confirm if the course will be taught in-person, online, or be a hybrid offering (some online and some in-person components). You can also visit individual Faculty or Department websites for details.

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.

Some web-oriented courses may have scheduled class times, where Distance Education courses do not. Students in web-oriented courses should double check whether or not their course has any synchronous activities associated with it, such as live lectures or virtual meeting times during the class time listed on the SSC.

Distance Education courses are asynchronous - where you can do the learning expected on your own schedule, being mindful of set deadlines.

If you have questions about how a specific course is being designed, please check your course syllabus in your Canvas list, or reach out to the instructor of that course directly.



You will receive an email from Enrolment Services one week before your registration opens informing you of your specific registration date and time, but you can check your year level against the schedule posted online here.

For most courses, no, you cannot. Details of this option can be found here. You are permitted to opt for Credit/D/Fail only for courses designated as unrestricted electives. It is your responsibility to be mindful of your degree requirements and possible future implications before selecting this option for a course. Selecting Credit/D/Fail may impact your eligibility for awards, scholarships or financial support as only % grade results can factor in to these decisions. In addition, professional programs or graduate schools may not allow pre-requisites to be completed through Credit/D/Fail. If you wish to complete a course through Credit/D/Fail, you are strongly encouraged to contact your Program Advisor or LFS Student Services prior to registration, and be mindful of deadlines provided by Enrolment Services.

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.

Sometimes UBC course codes can be a bit confusing. For example, MATH 100, 102, 104, 110, 120, 180, 184 are all acceptable to meet your MATH requirement. This is because there is sufficient overlap in the course material and credit may be obtained for only one selection. To keep track of which courses have exclusions, please review the Science Credit Exclusion List regularly. You are responsible for your registration, and should be familiar with our policies found in the UBC Academic Calendar.


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.


Graduation & Year Level Promotions

If you are planning to graduate in November 2021 and are missing a course that was not offered due to COVID-19, please contact your Program Advisor for advice and options to allow you to continue progressing towards graduation.

Program Advisor contacts:

Applications for graduating at the November 2021 ceremony via your SSC between Wednesday, June 16 and Friday, September 10, 2021. If you are 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 September 10. Details of the application process and additional graduation timelines are available here.


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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