Readmission after a failed year

At the end of every academic session, you are assessed for eligibility to continue based on your sessional average. If you are required to withdraw from the Faculty of Arts or another faculty at UBC, know that you are not alone and many students successfully return to their studies once they have regained a pattern of academic success while away from UBC.

If you wish to complete your degree in Arts after receiving a failed year standing, you can contact Arts Academic Advising to discuss your situation and develop a new academic success plan. Also, you may wish to contact other on-campus support units relating to finance, health, and wellness during this time.

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Preparing to return to Arts

Carefully read UBC readmissions criteria below, paying particular attention to the information about Arts-eligible credits. Once you meet readmission criteria, you may apply for readmission via the SSC, under the “admissions” tab. The readmission deadline is May 15.

UBC readmissions 

If you’ve completed 53 or fewer total of UBC Arts-eligible credits

In order to qualify for readmission, you must complete 21 university-transferable credits at a post-secondary institution with a minimum overall of 3.0 or UBC Arts’ competitive average, whichever is lower.

There is no time limit to complete these credits, so you can choose to study part-time at college and complete the required number of credits over several terms.

If you’ve completed 54 or more total of UBC Arts-eligible credits

In order to qualify for readmission, you must sit out for one full academic year and are not required to complete transferable credits. Readmission is guaranteed in this circumstance.

Readmission after two failed years

If you experience a second failed year, you must follow the readmission criteria, application process and deadline outlined in the section above, and then you will be prompted to submit a letter of appeal form with supporting documents for committee review.

Students who experience two failed years do not have a right to readmission. Appeals are reviewed carefully for evidence that the student has completed university-level coursework successfully and that the issues causing the failed years have been resolved.


You may appeal your initial requirement to withdraw from UBC Arts if you meet the following conditions:

  • You experienced a short-term impact from an unexpected situation and can demonstrate that the situation has been resolved.
  • You have documentation of the event and evidence that your academic situation has improved.

If you are not readmitted because you fell short of transferrable credit requirements or competitive-average requirements, you may appeal if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have proof of an extenuating circumstance that prevented you from completing the required number of credits at another institution.
  • The extenuating circumstance has not significantly affected your average

The appeal deadline is June 30. It can take up to five weeks to process appeals after the deadline. You can submit a letter of appeal and supporting documentation directly to Arts Academic Advising via email at If you have questions about your appeal, you can contact an arts academic advisor prior to submission.

Writing your letter of appeal

Letters of appeal should include a thoughtful analysis of the reasons for your academic struggles and how your progress was impacted.

You should be able to demonstrate that your situation has been resolved and you have capacity to continue with your studies, or that the impact is being managed with the support of appropriate professionals

You can supply documentation that can corroborate the actions taken to rectify issues that interfered with your academic progress, and a strong, considered and viable academic success plan.