Information for current students


Courses and exams

Fall 2020 semester

  • Schedules are available for viewing with timetable and instructor information.
  • Registration is now open.?The updated schedule indicates the location and delivery modes for all Fall courses.
  • Any in-person course delivery will take place based on direction received from the Provincial Health Officer. We anticipate some labs, likely upper division, will take place in person.
  • Very few in-person classes or lectures will take place in the Fall semester.

Winter 2021 semester

  • The draft Winter semester schedule is available for viewing with timetable and instructor information.
  • Sept. 11: The schedule will be removed from the website so that we can update it with information about the mode of delivery for all courses and make any necessary changes.
  • Sept. 28: Updated schedule will be published at 9 a.m. PT.
  • Oct. 5: Registration opens at 9 a.m. PT.

Support services for students

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 still available 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 via phone or video conference
  • Pre-scheduled appointments will continue as planned
  • New appointments can still be scheduled as needed

Phone: 250-960-6369

BCcampus: Adapting to COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people may experience feelings of heightened anxiety, stress, isolation, and more – and this is a natural response to unprecedented times like these. ?

To help students, staff, and faculty in the B.C. public post-secondary sector, BCcampus has created a website that addresses the need for mental health supports. All resources developed by BCcampus are openly licensed and published with accessibility in mind.?

In partnership with experts across the province, BCcampus will host webinars on topics like effective online learning, mental health, and resilience. All events will be recorded and stored on the website for those unable to attend.

Please visit Adapting to COVID-19 to learn more, follow us on social media to stay up-to-date, and help share this resource.

Here2Talk

The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free, single-session services by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

Access Resource Centre (ARC)

  • Service is available via 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
  • Students requiring new academic accommodations are encouraged to contact ARC early

Phone: 250-960-5775??

Support for Indigenous Students

UNBC urges each Indigenous student to reach out to your Aboriginal Education Coordinator or the point person within your community and plan ahead in the event that your Band office closes down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a returning student for the summer or fall semester, please make sure there is a plan in place for your education. Share this information with your friends and roommates as it is important for everyone to stay informed.

If you need assistance, please contact Bev Best, Manager of the?First Nations Centre,?at bev.best@unbc.ca.

Students in need of assistance regarding Government/Band funding can get in touch with Roxanne Umpherville, UNBC Aboriginal Student Life Navigator?at roxanne.umpherville@unbc.ca.

Office of Graduate Programs

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

Academic Success Centre (ASC)

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

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 asc@unbc.ca.

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

Supplemental instruction - SIs will continue to offer support through Blackboard. If you need help connecting please email asc@unbc.ca

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

Office of the Registrar

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

futurestudents@unbc.ca

Have paper forms to drop off?

Use the drop box. It will be checked regularly.


Financial support for students

Get ready to apply for the CESB

The Government of Canada has created a $9 billion fund to help support students and recent graduates during the summer; the Canada Emergency Student Benefit is one of the measures underway, which the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is delivering. The following language regarding how best to prepare comes from the CRA:

Applications for the CESB will open Friday, May 15, 2020. To get ready to apply, the CRA encourages eligible students to take three important steps:

  • Step 1: Register a profile with the CRA. If you have never filed an income tax return with the CRA, you may not have a profile with us. Call 1-800-959-8281 to activate your SIN with the CRA.
  • Step 2: Register for My Account as this is the fastest and easiest way to apply for the benefit.
  • Step 3: Enrol for Direct Deposit with the CRA through My Account or your financial institution to get your CESB within 3 days of applying. Alternatively, you must ensure your mailing information is up-to-date in My Account to receive a cheque by mail within 10 business days.

Student fee reductions and elimination?- May semester

The University has worked collaboratively with the Northern Undergraduate Student Society and the Northern British Columbia Graduate Students’ Society to reduce or eliminate some fees charged to UNBC students for the May semester only. The University continues to work with other bodies to determine if it can implement further fee reductions for the May semester.

UNBC on-campus fees to be removed:

  • Intramural Recreation and Fitness Fee (FITN)
  • Athletic Intervarsity and Junior Varsity Program Fee (NATH)

NUGSS on-campus fees to be reduced/removed:

  • Building Fee (BLDG)
  • Student Society Fee (SUGD) – all students will be charged the off-campus rate
  • Bus Pass – PG (UPSS) *
  • Bus Pass – Quesnel (QUPS) *

NBCGSS on-campus fees to be removed:

  • Bus Pass (GPSS) *

* BC Transit has approved bus pass fee removal, as it is temporarily suspending its U-PASS programs across the province effective May 1, 2020.

StudentAid BC

Read the latest information bulletin from StudentAid BC regarding students who receive financial support and the Government of Canada's response to COVID-19.

Increased provincial emergency supports for Indigenous students

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced on Friday, April 3, 2020 that Indigenous post-secondary students experiencing financial pressures will benefit from additional provincial emergency funding of $1.5-million to supplement the Indigenous Emergency Assistance Fund.

This fund assists Indigenous students who are experiencing an unexpected financial emergency that may affect their ability to finish their studies. Support is available through all 25 public post-secondary institutions in B.C., as well as the Native Education College (NEC).

UNBC students who would like to learn more about how to access the fund can contact Aboriginal Student Life Navigator, Roxanne Umpherville, at roxanne.umpherville@unbc.ca.

Provincial emergency funding for students

The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training announced on Thursday, April 2, 2020 that students attending B.C.'s 25 public post-secondary institutions who are experiencing financial pressures will benefit from a one-time investment of $3.5-million in emergency financial assistance.

This investment is meant to supplement existing emergency financial assistance for domestic students in B.C. that are unable to handle expenses or may not be able to finish their studies due to financial hardship.

UNBC students who are interested in applying to access this funding can email awards@unbc.ca for more information.


U-Pass opt-in

For the Fall 2020 semester, only students enrolled in a course taking place on the Prince George campus will be automatically assessed the bus?pass fee. Students who are registered in online courses exclusively but require a bus pass are eligible to opt in. Please complete the appropriate form and forward to upass@unbc.ca. The fee will be added to your term charges within 5 business days. The bus pass sticker may be picked up from the Cashier’s Office commencing September 1 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Students are required to present their UNBC Student ID Card for verification. New students will be required to present other valid picture ID and will receive their UNBC Student ID Card with their U-Pass sticker.


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.? Please reach out to grad-office@unbc.ca with any questions you may have.


General questions and answers

Will the University close??Will classes be cancelled?

Please refer to?UNBC's current status?for the most up-to-date information on University operations.

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 international exchange programs be suspended?

All international exchange programs are currently suspended. We hope to resume exchange in September 2021. UNBC will continue to 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.)