Winter 2020 Term 1 General Information

We are working as quickly as possible, and with your needs and safety in mind, to deliver the high quality educational experience you expect this September. You can be certain that we will be there to guide and support you in every way possible.

2020 Winter Term 1 (September – December):

  • Undergraduate engineering programs will be delivered 100% online for the first term, with a full suite of course offerings
  • Additionally, courses offered by the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Sauder School of Business and other faculties will also be online. This means you can choose to be anywhere in the world to start your engineering studies at UBC.
  • All lectures and tutorials will be online, and we are in the process of determining what that will look like, considering that many of you will be in different time zones.
  • Many labs will be online. However, for the very few labs that are not able to be delivered in an online format, they will be deferred until a time when you can safely be on campus, and make up the lab at a later date.
  • Small group activities, already built into courses, will be delivered online. You will still be able to work in teams and on projects that are integral to the work that engineers do.
  • Term 2 (Jan-Apr) is still uncertain, but we will make sure you are aware of any changes well in advance, so that you can plan for that as well.

  • As an engineering student, community is everything, and connecting with your fellow students is an important part of university life. Our students pride themselves on being one of the close-knit groups on campus, and we are working diligently to ensure this continues. You will continue to have many opportunities to connect with other students through summer engagement programs, to join clubs and student design teams in the fall, as well as take part in other programs we will be providing to enhance your learning experience.
  • Our co-op program staff have been tirelessly connecting with employers to maintain the positions they typically offer, and to find other opportunities for you. We have supported faculty members in securing new funding for co-op research positions in order to add to the existing positions available for work terms. We have also been working with co-op students who have either lost a position, or who have not yet secured a position, with their continued job search. We are making sure that you are not adversely affected.
  • Incoming students will also have the opportunities throughout the summer to connect with their new cohort, our ENGagement Program, and virtual orientations this fall – additional information will be sent out as it becomes available.

The following is from the FAQs for International Students Regarding Immigration and Health Insurance:

“I was just admitted to UBC – can I apply for my study permit now?

Yes. As soon as you are admitted to UBC, you should apply online for an initial study permit so that you are in the queue for processing. After you apply, you may be asked to submit biometrics—photo and fingerprints—which may not be possible to do right now, but we are confident that Immigration will account for these delays and will process study permits as quickly as possible.

The current travel restrictions will not prevent your study permit application from being processed.

Visit the IRCC website for the latest updates on study permits.”

If you have questions about study permits or immigration, you can contact our International Student Advisors who are able to help as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs):

There is no need to come to Vancouver in Term 1 as you will not need to be on campus since all UBC Engineering 2020W Term 1 courses will be 100% online.

Successful classes are going to be put together with a mix of different elements - some parts of a course may be synchronous, where we hope that students can come together at the same time to engage with the course instructors and the rest of the class simultaneously. With these courses, time zones will be considered and should be easy to manage. For other classes, they may be done asynchronously allowing students to engage in other ways. We are designing the courses and assessments to be completed by all students regardless of where they live.

Please follow the instructions outlined on to update our Admissions Office with your specific details regarding the completion of your courses.

Students can apply to defer their admission to September 2021, however, please note that this is an application process and not guaranteed. If you are interested in doing so, you should apply for deferral as soon as possible. Please ensure you will be following the guidelines outlined along with the instructions to apply for deferral found here: Unfortunately, UBC Engineering does not have a January entrance route.

For information about ways you can pay your fees, please review:
If you still have more questions, our Enrolment Services Advisors are the best people to answer questions related to your finances, as well as university policies and regulations. If you don't know who your ES Advisor is, log onto the SSC, and find them under "Personal Info" > "UBC Contacts.” If you haven’t been assigned an Enrolment Services Advisor yet, you can still contact the team by calling 604-822-9836 or using

For questions about UBC Student Housing please refer to:
If you have already applied for residence, you can expect to receive more information from our UBC Student Housing Office once it is available.

Yes, Jump Start is online this year! Learn more and register at:

First year registration opens at the end of June and you'll be emailed about one week in advance with your specific registration date and time. In the meantime, you can start planning your courses by creating worklists! We recommend creating several worklists in your SSC as your preferred STT could become full before your registration opens. UBC Engineering recommends that you complete your first year chemistry, math, and physics at UBC. We also suggest that you register for all of your courses as soon as your registration date and time allows, and to not drop any courses from your schedule until you see your AP/IB/A Level credit in your SSC in late July or August.

If you need help navigating the SSC, please visit the UBC Student Services Registration site. Please note that this is general information and will not address the specifics regarding UBC Engineering courses.

If you are entering from high school, check out the High School registration website for more information about AP/IB credit/A Level, elective courses, and which STT to choose. If you are entering from another post-secondary program, be sure to have a look at the Transfer Student registration website.

Some Helpful Registration Tools:

In addition to registering for a Standard Timetable (STT), first year students register for a Humanities and Social Science elective, and a first year English course.

Humanities and Social Science Elective
Choosing an elective can be difficult, but the best advice is to pick something you are interested in! We recommend using the Humanities and Social Science Elective Search Tool to help you - the search tool can tell you which courses are approved for this degree requirement.

First Year English Course
WRDS 150B is the recommended first year English course. Check out the various sections of this course and their corresponding topics that will be available in Term 1 and Term 2 for the upcoming school year!