Campus Return Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

As UBC plans for a return to on-campus instruction and activities this fall, a series of FAQs have been compiled to support our students, faculty and staff. Please note that individual Faculties will also be providing updates.


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Teaching and Learning

  • Will UBC be returning to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?

    Is UBC planning a return to in-person classes for the 2021/22 Winter Session?

    Yes. Based on current guidance from provincial and regional public health authorities, UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activity for Winter Session, Term 1, in September. Updates regarding the fall course schedule for Faculties, on-campus activities, and various orientation activities will be provided as we approach course registration periods.

  • Will student residences be open?

    Will student residences be open?

    Yes. UBC Student Housing will continue to accommodate upper-year and graduate students in our Winter Session (September to April) residences on both campuses and year-round residences in Vancouver. UBC Student Housing also plans to provide Winter Session accommodation for eligible first-year residents in all first-year residence communities beginning this fall, 2021.

    Upper-year students who have applied for Winter Session and/or year-round residence should continue to monitor their waitlist numbers as we will continue to send offers, based on availability. First-year students who are eligible for the First Year Guarantee will receive an update regarding their housing application in mid-June.

    We recognize that many of our undergraduate students will be entering their second year, but will be part of the campus community for the first time. We have given significant consideration to this unique situation, and while we do not have the capacity to provide student housing this fall term for all second-year students we have taken steps to increase their likelihood of being offered housing. 

    For more information about the Vancouver campus, please visit the UBC Student Housing website.

    For more information about the Okanagan campus, please visit the UBCO Student Housing website.

  • I am a student, should I plan to move to Vancouver or Kelowna this fall?

    I am a student, should I plan to move to Vancouver or Kelowna this fall?

    Yes. Our intention is to return to as much in-person campus activity, including teaching, as possible. Based on current guidance from the BC Provincial Health Officer, Faculties are working toward in-person instruction, with the expectation that students will attend on campus. Some courses (or elements of courses) will remain online. Faculties will confirm details about the mode of delivery for most courses as we approach course registration periods.

  • Will I be expected to have had the vaccine in order to study on campus?

    Will I be expected to have had the vaccine in order to study on campus?

    It is vital that members of our community support the provincial vaccine program and we encourage you to be vaccinated. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UBC has worked in partnership with the public health agencies to ensure we are part of a coordinated response. As BC rolls out its provincial vaccine program, we are encouraging all members of our community to support it. The vaccines are the best way to protect against COVID-19. They do more than protect you, they also protect everyone around you. The more people in a community who are immunized against COVID-19, the harder it is for the virus to spread. You can learn more at https://immunizebc.ca/.

  • Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada?

    Will international students be able to get vaccinated in Canada?

    Yes. All people in BC can be vaccinated for free, regardless of length of stay or status, even if they will be here for only one dose (first or second). If a person has received a first dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen, while outside BC and then arrives in BC, they can bring their vaccination record from their first jurisdiction (with information about which vaccine and when it was administered) and request their second dose in BC. A doctor will determine the appropriate second vaccine. If a person brings the vaccine for their second dose with them into BC, a doctor will determine whether it can be administered in BC, depending on the vaccine and how it was transported. Everyone who is vaccinated in BC will receive a vaccination record, which they can present in BC or elsewhere to show what vaccine they received and when.

  • Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated?

    Will in-person classes still happen if some people don’t get vaccinated?

    Yes. The BC Provincial Health Officer has provided guidance that UBC should be confident that a return to on-campus instruction can be undertaken safely and successfully. The university offered some in-person teaching throughout the 2020/21 academic year and we have strong protocols to ensure we can pursue academic activities safely. We will continue to follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC as we move forward in planning for the fall. With more in-person activity, we should also expect to continue to support our community by maintaining some of the public health and social measures that we have become familiar with and responsible for over this past year.

  • What information is there to support international students?

    What information is there to support international students?

    International students are encouraged to visit the following websites for useful resources and updates:

  • Will student study spaces be available in September?

    Will student study spaces be available in September?

    Yes, study spaces, including informal study spaces, some library spaces, and other locations where students can find suitable space for silent and personal or quiet group studying, will be available.

  • Will the UBC Library be expanding its activities in September?

    Will the UBC Library be expanding its activities in September?

    We are planning to make the normal range of services in the library available in fall 2021, in alignment with public health guidelines. Access to collections on site and in Canvas will be ensured, and the UBC Library is working toward a return to in-person access to collections. 

  • Will there be extracurricular activities such as orientation this fall?

    Will there be extracurricular activities such as orientation this fall?

    Yes. We are planning to have orientation programs available for new-to-UBC students. There will be other extracurricular activities planned for Winter Session, Term 1. The nature of the activity and whether the type of activities will be in-person or virtual (or a combination of the two) will be determined as we work with public health to ensure that all of our extracurricular activities have robust safety plans in place. Other non-academic activities will follow the BC Provincial Health Orders.

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