Deferring your admission

If you are offered admission to full-time study in the first year of a direct-entry degree, most UBC faculties will allow you to defer your studies for one full academic year.

Am I eligible to apply for deferred admission?

You are eligible to apply for a deferral if you have been admitted to year one of an undergraduate degree and one of the following conditions applies:

  • You are planning to take a gap year.
  • You are required to complete mandatory military service.
  • You will be participating in a Rotary program.

You are not eligible to apply for a deferral if any of the following conditions applies:

  • You have been admitted to the second or upper years of a degree.
  • You have been admitted to a limited enrolment degree, including but not limited to the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Midwifery, or Bachelor of Education.
  • You want to defer your admission to attend another post-secondary institution.

How do I apply for deferred admission?

To apply for a deferral, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must accept your offer of admission.
  • You must submit your final transcript/report of grades.
  • You must fulfill the conditions of your offer of admission.
  • Your offer of admission must be finalized.
  • You must not be registered in any courses.
  • You must submit a deferred admission request form by August 15.
Deferred admission request form
Download this form to submit an admission deferral request.


Do I need to notify UBC Student Housing?

If you are granted deferred admission and have applied for residence, you should notify UBC Student Housing directly.