New and Prospective Students

Welcome to SCARP!

Before the SCARP orientation sessions there are some steps you can take to make your first few weeks of classes run smoothly. For more detailed information, refer to your student handbooks

Things to Know and Do Straight Away


You should register for courses as set out on your Program Requirements pages.

Registration dates and times for the Winter Session are available in June, and Summer Session dates are available in late February.

More information


At SCARP the first week of term is reserved for orientation sessions, for all SCARP students. (This includes returning students, as the School is frequently in a state of development and change.) The schedule for the orientation will be communicated to you in advance.  The orientation provides an opportunity for incoming students to meet faculty, staff and students and become more familiar with the School.

You are expected to attend the entire orientation session. Contact the Graduate Administrator if they require any accommodation.

International Students

UBC and The School of Community and Regional Planning welcome applications from candidates of varied backgrounds. 

UBC Student Services comprehensively assists students from other countries with immigration permits to study in Canada, orientation to the UBC campus, preparing for the cultural transition, student health insurance, the Academic English Support (AES) Program and many other details that will make your move to British Columbia easy.

Once you are established at UBC there are resources and opportunities for socializing, volunteering and working on campus.


General Campus Services
  • Campus Orientation
    UBC Student Services offers orientation sessions for the Vancouver Campus and provides valuable information for new students. 
  • UBCcard
    Your official ID, library card, and Food Services money-card Apply from the Carding Office located in the UBC Bookstore, 6200 University Boulevard. (Hours of operation.)
    In order to obtain a UBCcard students are required to know their student number and present one piece of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, provincial/state identification or passport. To be eligible for a UBCcard, students must be registered on the UBC Student Service Centre.
  • U-Pass / Compass Card
    U-Pass is your transit pass for all zones in Metro Vancouver. Students pay into the U-Pass as part of their student fees. The U-Pass is available at the UBC Bookstore.
  • Internet and Email
    Access to UBC secure WIFI and UBC student email addresses
  • Student Email and Wireless Internet Access
    Set up your UBC Wireless Internet Access
    Set up your email account
    Access your webmail account
    Let the SCARP Office know your email account as soon as it is set up so that you can be added to the email distribution list by sending an email You can also use your exsting email address if you prefer.
    E-mail and the SCARP website are central parts of the school's communications system. You will receive SCARP emails regularly once you are signed up on the email distribution lists applicable to you (based on your program, etc.). Each message details information pertaining to you as a student in SCARP. Students are advised to check their e-mail daily, otherwise important notices could be missed.