Success in university is easiest when you know where to turn for help. As an Arts student, you have a dedicated team of professionals who are happy to support you along your journey.
Before Contacting Arts Advising
We expect you to do a little bit of research before contacting our office. Prior to speaking with an advisor, students are highly recommended to:
- Look through the UBC Academic Calendar (the official rule book for UBC) and search the UBC Arts website.
- Attend an Advising workshop.
- Review your Degree Navigator report.
The answers to the majority of your questions are found in these places.
Newly admitted students are also required to fill in the First-Year Planning Tool before their appointment.
Common Help Topics
Medical and Emotional Difficulties | Course Planning | Degree Requirements | Course Registration and Blocks | Getting into Full Courses | Declaring a Major | Transfer Credits | Degree Navigator Reports
Online Advising Forms
How to Contact Us
Arts Academic Advising Office
Our front counter and phone staff can answer many of your general questions.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed weekends and statutory holidays.
Location: Buchanan D111, 1866 Main Mall
Phone: 604.822.4028 | Fax: 604.822.4923
Please include your student number.
Domestic Students – firstname.lastname@example.org
International Students – email@example.com
Aboriginal Students – firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: During peak periods responses may take several days.
Monday – Thursday | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | *Fridays Added, June 8 – 29
Extended Hours: First two weeks of September and January (add/drop period), Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Virtual Line: Rather than standing in line, you now join the queue from your phone or at the kiosk at the Arts Advising entrance. Text “UBC” to 604-229-4098 and follow the prompts. An approximate wait time will be given. The virtual line opens 15 min before drop-in hours and closes when the day’s appointment capacity is reached.
Advising Workshops & Events
Arts Registration Tutorial Sessions
For first-year and new transfer students.
Attend an online planning session before you register for classes. Sessions are hosted by an academic advisor and the peer advising team.
No registration is required. Simply log in by clicking on the selected session below. We recommend that you log in 20 minutes before the session start time and that you test your browser and audio settings in advance. Tutorial Sessions are held using Blackboard Collaborate classroom. All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time.
First-Year Sessions 2018
Transfer Student Sessions 2018
Quick Question? Ask Arts Advising on Facebook. Our Arts Peer Advisors visit our Facebook page daily (Mon-Fri) to answer your advising-related questions in visitor posts. Please do not post personal information.
Department & Program Advising Contacts
All Arts students have access to Arts Academic Advising. In addition:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students have access to specialization-specific department advisors. Check your department or program website for contact details.
- Bachelor of International Economics (BIE), Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS), Bachelor of Music (BMus), and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) students have access to degree program advisors.
Questions about non-degree related questions, such as transcripts, student loans and financial support? Contact your Enrolment Services Professional (ESP).
Are you a prospective student? Visit the UBC admissions website.