Information for students


Support services

Thesis and dissertation defences

Housing students

International students

Questions and answers


Winter semester

​May semester (May 1 to Aug. 21)

  • All courses for the May semester will be moved to alternative forms of delivery and assessment.

​Fall & winter semester

  • Course registration opens on May 15, 2020
  • View the course schedule on May 1, 2020

Dropping Winter semester courses without academic penalty

Undergraduate students who would like to drop a Winter 2020 semester course without academic penalty may request an exceptional late drop from the Office of the Registrar. Processed late drops will remove the course from the official transcript and will not impact the semester or cumulative GPA. Students who choose to drop Winter 2020 semester courses should be aware of possible impacts to their student Awards, Loans and funding, meeting pre-requisites for future courses, progress in their degree program, as well as international student visa status. Questions can be forwarded to

Students can request an exceptional drop from a Winter 2020 semester course by contacting the Office of the Registrar via email from their UNBC email account to and should include their student number, full name, and the course(s) they wish to be dropped. Emails sent from non-UNBC email accounts will not be accepted.

The final deadline for requesting an exceptional drop from the Winter 2020 semester is Monday March 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm.

There will be no financial refund associated with this drop as students have a choice to complete the term through alternate methods of delivery offered by UNBC.

Graduate students who are concerned about their Winter 2020 registration should contact from their UNBC email account.

Student support services

UNBC Wellness Services staff (counselling, medical clinic and Access Resource Centre) are dedicated to providing all UNBC students with personal, professional and confidential support. For students who may need assistance during this time or in the future, support is available in-person, by telephone, through email or via video conferencing. Details on services, hours of operation and contact information can be found on the Wellness Centre website. Please feel free to reach out.

Counselling services

  • Service is available either in person, phone or video conference
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will continue as planned
  • New appointments can still be scheduled as needed

Phone: 250-960-6369

More details on the counselling website

Medical clinic

  •  Service is available either in person, phone or video conference
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will continue as planned
  • New appointments can still be scheduled as needed

Phone: 250-960-6370

More details on the medical clinic website

Access Resource Centre

  • Service is available either in person, phone or video conference
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will continue as planned
  • New appointments can still be scheduled as needed
  • Students registered with ARC will continue to receive appropriate supports

Phone: 250-960-5775  

ARC questions and answers

Office of Graduate Programs

The office is closed to in-person service but students can email for support.

Academic Success Centre

Online writing supports - Many students already use our online writing supports. This support will not change.  If you need help accessing online writing supports check out the ASC website or email

Tutoring - If you are no longer on campus, scheduled tutoring can continue through video conference.  You can still schedule small group tutoring by emailing or 250-960-6367

Supplemental instruction - SI’s will continue to offer support through Blackboard. If you need help connecting please email

Support on the ASC Website - Many resources are available on the ASC website to help you with citations, writing structure, study strategies and exam tips etc.

ASC Handouts

Drop in support - Drop in sessions are discontinued until further notice.

Registrar's office

Admitted or continuing UNBC student:
If you have applied to UNBC or are interested to learn more about UNBC:

Have paper forms to drop off?

Use the drop box. It will be checked regularly.

Thesis and dissertation defences

As a continued part of our commitment to ensure social distancing remains a priority, all currently scheduled thesis and dissertation defences will be held virtually with no in-person attendees. The event listing on the Office of Graduate Programs website and our Facebook events will be updated by the end of the week with links to view defence so we can ensure defences remain public. You will find the updated list of defences here:  Please reach out to with any questions you may have.

StudentAid BC

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Bulletin

Questions and answers

Will the University close? Will classes be cancelled?

See UNBC's current status

If I am sick or choose to self-isolate what should I do?

Connect in with your instructor as you would normally to report illness. Your faculty member will work with you in order to modify or accommodate missed work.

Will exchange programs to China, Italy, Iran, Korea, or other affected countries be cancelled?

UNBC will take guidance from Provincial and Federal agencies on any travel restrictions. A risk assessment will be made for a decision on any pending program exchanges. Learn more about travelling during the pandemic.

I am currently learning and/or working in a health-care setting off campus. What precautions should I take?

Follow the infection control protocols of the facility you are currently working or learning in. If you have questions, connect directly with your academic coordinator/supervisor (e.g. co-op or practicum coordinator, course instructor, graduate supervisor, etc.)

More on our coronavirus (COVID-19) info page