Distance Learning Program - How to Apply

For information on eligibility to enroll in online courses, please review our Eligibility page.

Please note the application deadlines are as follows for admissions to Access Studies:

  • March 15 (for courses starting in May)
  • July 15 (for courses starting in September)
  • November 15 (for courses starting in January)


Step 1: Online Application

Prospective students to the distance learning program must first complete an online application to UBC as an Access Studies student here.  When you have completed your application to the Access Studies program, send the following to the Distance Learning Program by clicking here:

  1. Your UBC Identification Number (Your application number sent in the automatic response. This is also your UBC Student Number.);
  2. The method by which you meet the English Language Admission Standard;

Next, please create a Campus Wide Login (CWL) username, if you have not created one, please see the following instructions:

Visit https://activate.id.ubc.ca/ to create your UBC CWL account. If you have previously applied to UBC, you may have already created a CWL account.

1.  Review the terms of use
2.  Select Student & Alumni
3.  Fill in all required information, your SSC Password is your date of birth: YYMMDD

    It will take 3-4 business days for Non-Degree Studies to process your application and assess the application fee.  To pay your fee, log in to your account on the Student Service Centre (SSC) and select “Finances” and then “Pay Fees”. 

    None of your application materials will be evaluated by Non-Degree Studies until this is paid.


    Step 2: NCA Assessment and Transcripts

    Prospective students should have the NCA send their NCA Assessment via email directly to the Distance Learning Program’s email address: distancelearning@allard.ubc.ca.  The NCA Assessment is a required part of the application to the Distance Learning Program. 

    Prospective students should have the NCA to forward their academic transcripts used in their assessment along with the Assessment.  The academic transcripts are a required part of the application to the Distance Learning Program.


    Step 3: English Language Requirements

    Prospective students must meet UBC’s English Language requirements.  There are nine ways to meet UBC’s minimum English Language Admission Standard, listed here.  You will receive an email if you are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency.  Your application will not be evaluated until this is submitted to The University of British Columbia. 


    Once all of the above steps are complete and all supporting documents have been received by Enrollment Services and the Distance Learning Program, an assessment can be made to determine your eligibility to the program. 

    UBC will notify you by email of the decision to be admitted to the program. 


    Step 4: Pay Registration Deposit

    Once you have been accepted, all registration fees and deposits are available on UBC’s Student Service Centre.  Log in with your CWL and then under the finance tab to view and pay your fees. Note the registration deposit is non-refundable, but it will be applied toward tuition if you take a course in the term during which you apply.


    Step 5: Registration for Classes

    Review our Courses page for information on when course registration opens for your course(s). Generally, Summer Session registration opens mid-spring and Winter Session registration opens mid-summer.  Students will not be registered in a course prior to the course's opening registration date. Accordingly, please do not submit registration materials in advance of the opening registration date for your course.

    Complete and submit the Course Registration form for the current term found on the courses webpagePlease note that course space is limited.  Submitting a completed form is not a guarantee of course enrolment.


    Step 6: Pay Tuition and Fees

    Payment of tuition and fees is done through UBC’s Student Service Centre (SSC)

    Once registered, it is important to keep your mailing and email address information current on the SSC.  The email address you provide is how the Allard School of Law and the course instructors will contact you. 

    For information about how to withdraw from a distance learning course once registered, please visit UBC's Student Services Website.