English is the primary language of instruction for Writing Centre courses. All prospective students are required to have a minimum level of English. Non-native English speakers may be asked to demonstrate a score of 570 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam (88 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL), or equivalent English language proficiency test results.
Part-Time and Online Courses
Please note that our refund policy has changed. If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice at least three business days before the course begins to be eligible for a refund (less a $50 administration fee). An email is considered adequate written notification. No refund will be made for cancellations received later than three business days before the course begins. UBC Continuing Studies is sometimes forced to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, you will be contacted by email or by phone and a full refund provided.
Students who want to withdraw must do so by the Friday of the first week of the course. Students who registered through the Student Service Centre (SSC) must withdraw through the SSC; withdrawals are not accepted by phone or by course instructors. Those who registered through UBC Continuing Studies must notify us in writing of their decision to withdraw by the deadline.
Summer Institute Programs
The withdrawal deadline for our intensive summer institutes is one week before the course start date. A $100 administration fee is deducted from each refund; no refunds are possible after the deadline. If the Writing Centre has to cancel a course due to insufficient enrolment, a full refund is provided.
View all general UBC Continuing Studies registration information and policies, including refund and cancellation.